The Best Episodes Directed by Russ Mayberry
#1 - A.A.P.I.
Magnum, P.I. Season 7 - Episode 5
At the 14th Annual Convention of Private Investigators, Magnum is to receive the 'Local P.I. of the Year' award, but the event is brought to a halt when Jean Claude Fornier, the famous French Detective, suddenly drops dead while giving a speech, after being poisoned. Magnum is helped - or rather, hindered - by several fellow crime-busting acquaintances as he seeks the murderer, and becomes entangled with a gang of drug smugglers, that the Inspector was hunting before he was killed...
#2 - Over the Line
Miami Vice Season 5 - Episode 15
In the midst of working an undercover assignment, Crockett and Tubbs come across a clandestine vigilante group of frustrated law enforcement officers working within the department. Aware of Sonny and Rico's own frustration with how easily the bad guys seem to circumvent the law, the vigilante organization offers them an opportunity to join in. Lieutenant Castillo encourages them to accept the offer and work undercover in ferreting out the identities of everyone involved and to make sure that no one gets hurt. Unfortunately, that is too tall an order for his detectives to accomplish successfully.
#3 - Deja Vu (2)
Magnum, P.I. Season 6 - Episode 2
Conclusion of this feature-length / two-part story. As Thomas and Penelope investigate the mystery surrounding Geoffrey's death, they become close to each other, and Thomas with this and with flashbacks to his haunting dream that seems to have predicted Geoffrey's death, he feels as though he's almost stepped into Geoffrey's life. The pair uncover that Geoffrey was once part of a powerful group of assassins, and seems to have been killed to stop him from having chance to expose the group. Meanwhile, Thomas learns that Higgins is reluctant to use the stay in England as an opportunity to visit his father, whom he has not seen in forty years after a falling out...
#4 - Freefall
Miami Vice Season 5 - Episode 17
Crockett & Tubbs embark on what they see as a suicide mission. They are recruited by a Special Drug Taskforce to escort the corrupt dictator of Costa Morada, a fictional Revolution ravaged Latin American country. Gen. Manuel Borbon has promised to reveal the members of the most powerful South American drug cartel. Crockett & Tubbs are faced with what might be their final showdown.
#5 - Unfinished Business
Magnum, P.I. Season 8 - Episode 8
Magnum prepares for the trial of Quang Ki, who attempted to kill both him and his family. But when the case is suddenly, unexpectedly acquitted, angered Thomas suspects some other hand is behind Ki's release. It becomes evident that his arch-nemesis will stop at nothing to destroy Thomas and his family, when he receives a video-tape containing terrible information about the fate of his former wife and young daughter. As Thomas plans his revenge against Ki, he is thrust into a quagmire of intrigue endangering a sensitive P.O.W. prisoner exchange programme...
#6 - Tran Quoc Jones
Magnum, P.I. Season 5 - Episode 9
At request of Robin Masters, Thomas begrudgingly is to provide protection for a political candidate whom he has reason to dislike. He is also waiting for a female client, but in her place arrives a young Vietnamese boy, Tran Quoc Jones, who wants to hire Magnum to find his long lost father, a pilot in the Vietnam war. Tran cannot go to the authorities for help as he is an illegal immigrant and would face deportation, and as Thomas does his best to trace the boy's father, he and his friends, especially T.C., become attached to the boy. But Magnum learns that the woman who was originally to have hired him was found murdered - and the politician, the dead woman and the young Vietnamese boy all tie in to the same case...
#7 - Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream
Matlock Season 8 - Episode 11
Matlock dreams that he, Leanne, Billy and Cliff are in 1932 and are involved with the murder of a sax player.
#8 - The Aunt Who Came to Dinner
Magnum, P.I. Season 7 - Episode 20
Magnum's Private Investigator license has expired, and he is in the awkward, red-tape laden task of trying to renew it. But he has a welcome surprise when his Aunt, best-selling, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Phoebe Sullivan, pays an unexpected visit to Hawaii from New York. The rather eccentric authoress has just finished writing a new play, but now is convinced that someone is trying to kill her for it, and that they have trailed her to the Islands. Is someone really after Phoebe, or is her mind getting the better of her?...
#10 - A Girl Named Sue
Magnum, P.I. Season 8 - Episode 7
Magnum is hired by an attractive woman to find the missing will of her late father, who was recently killed in a suspicious boating accident – which she suspects her brother of being behind, in order to steal the will. Working on the case, Thomas finds that former client Susan Johnson – whom he was once locked in a bank vault with – is now a fellow Private Investigator, and is working on the same case – for the brother, who suspects his sister as responsible for their father’s death. The two P.I.s are soon locked in a battle of wills as they both race to solve the investigation first, but the pair are forced to put their rather love-hate relationship to one side and team up to solve the case of sibling rivalry...
#11 - The Fall Guy
The Fall Guy Season 1 - Episode 1
Big Jack sends Colt, with Howie, to find a driver who was responsible for a hit-and-run that hospitalized a young child, and who has since jumped bail. Arriving in a small backwater town, Colt discovers that the man is actually a crooked sheriff, and finds himself up against the entire town's police force.
#14 - Deja Vu (1)
Magnum, P.I. Season 6 - Episode 1
Magnum and Higgins travel to London, England to oversee the establishment of Robin Master's new castle, Robin's Keep, in time for a large banquet. While Higgins is busy training Ian MacKerras for the running of the castle, Thomas takes the opportunity to visit Geoffrey St. Clare, an old friend from Vietnam, but upon arrival, Geoffrey's wife Penelope informs him that Geoffrey has been killed, after being run down in a hit-and-run incident with a black Jaguar. But there is mystery surrounding the death - Geoffrey was supposed to be in France, and the circumstances suggest that, far from being an accident, the death was deliberate murder.The events of Geoffrey's killing seem to be echoing a disturbing, bizarre dream that Magnum had on the journey to England...
#15 - Sweeter Than Life
Kojak Season 3 - Episode 4
While responding to a homicide call, Kojak discovers his camera that had disappeared earlier at a party in which he, his nephew and friend attended. His nephew's friend steals the camera and uses it to buy drugs from the murdered man. They witness the murder and are reluctant to involve the police. Kojak's nephew must go 'cold turkey' before he ends up like his friend who overdosed.
#20 - The Godson
Kojak Season 4 - Episode 15
Kojak's godson becomes mixed up with a gang involved in an armed robbery. Can Kojak get through to his godson before it's too late?
#21 - Blind Justice
Magnum, P.I. Season 5 - Episode 7
Carol persuades Magnum to do some work for her, gathering additional evidence for the big murder case of a man accused of killing his wife that is due to come up in court in a couple of days. The only witness of the woman's death is her young daughter, but Thomas faces a crisis of conscience over just what to and what not to present as evidence in the court-room that could ensure the conviction of the violent accused killer... Meanwhile, Higgins, tired of Magnum's slackness around the Estate, has taken use of the Ferrari away from him, so Thomas must find a new vehicle to get around in...
#24 - Her Sister's Shadow
The Brady Bunch Season 3 - Episode 10
Tired of being in Marcia's shadow, Jan is determined to do something that Marcia never did. But Jan becomes more depressed when she fails to make the cheer squad. Then she wins first prize in an essay contest only to discover that her teacher had made a mistake in scoring.
#25 - Murder by Night
Magnum, P.I. Season 7 - Episode 14
1940s San Francisco: Private Investigator Thomas S. Magnum investigates the murder of newspaper tycoon William Maxfield. The case involves characters that strangely bear a strong resemblance to (modern day) Magnum, T.C., Higgins and Rick...
#26 - Paniolo
Magnum, P.I. Season 6 - Episode 8
A supposed wealthy teenage ranch owner hires Magnum for $100,000 to stop a dangerous group of cattle rustlers on Hawaii's big island, that will soon force his ranch into bankruptcy if many more cattle are taken. But Magnum finds that his employer isn't quite all he makes out to be and will go to any extent to protect his cattle, and the neighbouring ranch owner implicated of being behind the cattle theft is a business partner of Robin Masters'...
#27 - Forty
Magnum, P.I. Season 7 - Episode 17
Thomas is in Chinatown with Rick and T.C. celebrating his upcoming fortieth birthday, but he has little to celebrate when he looses his lucky $2 bill that his Grandpa gave him as a boy. While looking for it, he by chance briefly meets a beautiful woman. He also winds up helping an old friend who is one of a number of shopkeepers being terrorised by an organised gang... But the case takes a back-seat as he becomes pre-occupied with the woman, a news reporter, only for it to seem that she is tied up with the gang he is supposed to be investigating, in a situation that sees him loosing more than just his lucky bill – almost loosing his heart, and his life...
#28 - Rapture
Magnum, P.I. Season 6 - Episode 11
As he and T.C. deep sea scuba-dive, Thomas sees a young boy who appears out of nowhere with no breathing apparatus and signals him to follow. Low on air, Thomas is unable to follow him, and later faces the skepticism of T.C., Higgins and Rick about his vision. An adamant Thomas, determined to prove that he's right, learns that his vision matches the description of a young boy, Keli'i Parker, killed five years earlier in an explosion at sea. The boy's mother has always blamed herself for his death, and as Thomas learns more about Keli'i, he begins to believe that his vision of the boy was destiny reaching out to lead him to the cause of the fatal accident.
#31 - The No-Harm Charm
Bewitched Season 4 - Episode 31
Uncle Arthur does it again. This time he gives Darrin an amulet that is proved to be magical. He really needs help when he tries to help a bank receive some credibility. Samantha discovers that the amulet is fake, and ends up saving Darrin from his mishaps. Darrin lands the bank account when he stops a bank robber.
#33 - The Big Sprain
The Brady Bunch Season 1 - Episode 19
Carol is out of town visiting her sick Aunt Mary and Alice is all prepared to take care of the Brady home. However, she sprains her ankle, after tripping on Chinese checkers, putting Mike and the kids in charge of the household duties. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Sam finds himself in a dilemma over whether or not to take someone else to the upcoming Meatcutters Ball.
#34 - Dirty Laundry
The Fall Guy Season 3 - Episode 7
Flo hits an amorous man, is jailed, and then jumps bail. She flees to Reno, where she is involved with a money laundering scheme.
#35 - The Tattle-Tale
The Brady Bunch Season 2 - Episode 10
Cindy has become somewhat of a tattletale leading Alice to get in a fight with Sam and the other siblings leaving her out of their activities. In the end, Cindy learns there are times when she has to tell what's going on when it's "important" ... such as when Tiger doggie-swipes a claim voucher for a prize Alice won in a jingle-writing contest.
#36 - No Greater Love
Dallas Season 12 - Episode 2
Clayton wants to sell his refineries to Bobby. John Ross questions his mother about why she shot J.R. J.R. fires Harry McSween and moves back to Southfork to gain an advantage in his fight for permanent custody over John Ross. Tammy Miller reappears in Bobby's life. Sue Ellen buys a new house and moves in with John Ross. Miss Ellie and Clayton socialize with Carter McKay. Cliff decides to get out of the oil business. John Ross gets beaten up by kids at school because of his mother shooting J.R. Mitch comes to Southfork and asks Lucy to come back home. April tells Bobby that Cliff lied about seeing Pam. A drunk Bobby appears at Tammy's place. Mitch's job puts a strain on his marriage to Lucy. Sue Ellen decides to let John Ross live at Southfork but she vows to eventually even the score with J.R.
#39 - A Need to Know
Kojak Season 4 - Episode 5
Kojak and the detectives try to stop a child molester who has diplomatic immunity before he strikes again.
#40 - The Teeter-Totter Caper
The Brady Bunch Season 3 - Episode 14
When Bobby and Cindy are not invited to a wedding because they're too young, they set out to do something important: break a teeter-totter record.
#41 - Resurrection in Black & White
The Rockford Files Season 2 - Episode 8
Following her "gut feelings," a magazine writer hires Rockford to help her prove the innocence of a man who's been convicted of homicide. Although skeptical at first, Rockford follows the trail that eventually makes him a believer...and leads him to a shootout at sea.
#42 - Heartstrings
The Equalizer Season 2 - Episode 11
A woman asks McCall for help recovering her kidnapped newborn son.
#43 - The Cats Whiskers
Black Sheep Squadron Season 1 - Episode 11
Pappy decides to make an unauthorized attack against a semingly impregnable Japanese radar station in order to generate good PR, which can be used to avoid his impending court martial.
#44 - Summer School
Magnum, P.I. Season 6 - Episode 13
After being expelled from a number of expensive schools, R.J., Robin's rich, careless, teenage nephew, arrives at the estate to be reformed and educated by Higgins. R.J., however, has other ideas and decides to impersonate Thomas after being impressed by his adventures. Hired by a woman to find the only witness to her husband's murder, R.J. manages to get Thomas and everyone else involved in the case targeted for death by the men who killed the woman's husband.
#45 - Steve Austin, Fugitive
The Six Million Dollar Man Season 2 - Episode 22
Steve is arrested when an assassin he helped send to prison seeks revenge by framing him for murder. Steve escapes from the police and must find the assassin before the police find him.
#50 - The Lock Box
The Equalizer Season 1 - Episode 4
McCall helps a man whose daughter has been abducted by a pimp who services covert government operations.
#51 - The D.A.
Matlock Season 4 - Episode 22
Julie becomes the target of a witness with psychological problems, leaving Matlock and Conrad to learn who is threatening her, and why.
#53 - Past Imperfect
The Equalizer Season 4 - Episode 10
An international crime cartel tries to use a man's estranged son against him when the man refuses to honor their wishes.
#54 - Shadow Play
The Equalizer Season 3 - Episode 8
McCall helps a fellow Intelligence officer stay alive despite someone's efforts to keep him from talking to a Congressional committee.
#55 - War and Love and the Whole Damned Thing
Dallas Season 12 - Episode 6
Cally's brothers get J.R. out of prison and then want to kill him but Cally saves his life. Ray comes from Europe to visit Southfork. Clayton tries to find a legal way to make McKay release the water flow but Miss Ellie decides to blow up the dam. Wendell tells Sue Ellen that he knows about J.R.'s conditional acceptance into Ewing Oil. Wendell wants to team up with Sue Ellen against J.R. Lucy tells Casey she's not ready to get intimate. J.R. works the farm in Haleyville. Cally tells her brothers that she'll turn them in to police for murder if they kill J.R. McKay comes to Southfork with the sheriff but Miss Ellie denies having blown up the dam. Tension escalates between McKay and Southfork as he hires a team of mercenaries. Cliff offically becomes a parnter in Ewing Oil. Bobby dates Tracey Lawton but she's afraid of a commitment. Cally saves J.R.'s life again and they get married. The Ewings wonder about McKay's intentions. Sue Ellen gets divorced from J.R.
#56 - Uncles A-Go-Go
I Dream of Jeannie Season 5 - Episode 10
It is figured out that in order for Jeannie to be married, one of her uncles must approve of the husband to be. Two uncles end up showing; Vasmir and Azmir; and causing a whole heap of trouble for Tony.
#57 - Suspicion of Innocence
The Equalizer Season 3 - Episode 3
McCall regrets persuading a young retarded friend of his into going to the police after he witnesses a murder; he's arrested for the crime.
#60 - Breakpoint
The Equalizer Season 1 - Episode 19
McCall is among those taken hostage by terrorists seeking a Middle Eastern philanthropist.
#61 - Joyride
The Equalizer Season 2 - Episode 4
Two boys drive off in a hearse; not knowing it contains a coffin full of crack.
#63 - Lady Cop
The Equalizer Season 1 - Episode 5
A crooked cop is willing to murder to ensure that his new partner won't blow the whistle on his operations.
#64 - Out of the Frying Pan
Dallas Season 12 - Episode 4
Cally's brothers want revenge on J.R. but the sheriff intervenes and saves his life. Cliff sells Barnes/ Wentworth to Jeremy Wendell. Clayton pressures Bobby to purchase his refineries. Casey Denault is excited about his success. Sue Ellen tells John Ross about the divorce. Back in Haleyville, J.R is in jail awaiting trial for rape. J.R. promises Cally to marry her if she gets him out of jail. Miss Ellie disapproves of Cliff's deal with Wendell. Bobby wants to start fresh with April but she rebuffs him. Casey proposes to Lucy. Miss Ellie wants Bobby to take Cliff into Ewing Oil. Cally lets J.R. out of jail but the sheriff catches up with them. J.R. is found guilty and is sent to prison for 10 years.
#66 - The Coach
Matlock Season 9 - Episode 6
It's no slam dunk for Matlock when a basketball coach is the prime suspect in the murder of a booster.
#67 - Silent Fury
The Equalizer Season 4 - Episode 12
McCall tries to help a young woman who is one of the victims of a series of robberies directed against the deaf community.
#68 - The Best Man
The Virginian Season 9 - Episode 2
Trampas and his friend Pick Lexington visit some old friends in Mexico. But Trampas is caught between Pick and one of his Mexican friends as both men fall for the same girl, and he hopes to stop them from dueling each other while the girl chooses between them.
#69 - Lady at the Bar
The Virginian Season 9 - Episode 8
Trampas is arrested for the murder of a man he argued with over ownership of a mine. The judge and marshal seem primarily interested in wrapping up the trial as quickly as possible so they can go fishing. Trampas's hope lies with his attorney, Frances B. Finch.
#70 - The Legacy of Spencer Flats
The Virginian Season 9 - Episode 17
Stopping in nearly abandoned Spencer Flats, Trampas is held by sisters Della and Annie Spencer, who accuse him of being outlaw Deke Slaughter, though their handyman is not so convinced. Then the real Slaughter rides into the town, claiming to be a sheriff.