The Best Episodes Directed by Scott Winant

That's Not My Penguin

#1 - That's Not My Penguin

Awake Season 1 - Episode 6

While working a hostage situation with Detective Vega, Detective Michael Britten unexpectedly finds himself collaborating with Dr. Lee. In an effort to calm down Gabriel Wyath -- a patient who has threatened to blow up a mental hospital -- Britten is compromised, and the effects follow him into his other reality. Meanwhile, Rex introduces his girlfriend, Emma, to his dad and Bird shows concern over Britten's lack of focus due to his sleepless nights.

star 8.64
240 votes
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Crawl Space

#2 - Crawl Space

Breaking Bad Season 4 - Episode 11

Walt takes drastic action to protect his secret and Gus. Skyler's efforts to solve Ted's financial problems hit a wall.

star 8.63
4375 votes
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New Canaan, CA

#3 - New Canaan, CA

Carnivàle Season 2 - Episode 12

In the cliff-hanging season finale, Samson devises a grand plan by scheming with Ben, Jones, and the entire troupe to lure Brother Justin to Carnivale for his confrontation with Ben. Meanwhile, Stroud wants to protect Justin who correctly suspects that the carnival is setting a trap for him. Sofie finds herself locked in a dark shed after she tells Justin her conflicted thoughts about where her loyalties lay, and soon becomes terrorized by ghostly visions of her mother. Rita Sue is touched by Samson's generosity of giving her the money needed to pay off Stumpy's loan shark. Later, the final confrontation approaches when Brother Justin persuades Iris to overcome her fear of heights by riding the Carnivale Ferris Wheel where Jones traps both of them in for Ben to drain Justin's powers, and Ben performs his most important healing of Reverend Balthus, leading to Ben and Justin finally meeting face-to-face, and the visions of Ben and Justin becoming full circle. At the same time, Joney sets out to rescue Sofie from Stroud, but soon realizes (way too late) that she has made her choice to which side her loyalties are.

star 8.45
122 votes
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And When I Die

#4 - And When I Die

True Blood Season 4 - Episode 12

The souls of the dead rise up in Bon Temps. Sookie makes some important associations. Jesus and Lafayette's connection is imperiled. Sam and Luna imagine a happy and perfect future. Sookie and Tara are confronted by Debbie.

star 8.17
916 votes
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I Will Rise Up

#5 - I Will Rise Up

True Blood Season 2 - Episode 9

A wounded Eric plays Sookie for a sucker, to Bill’s dismay, and ends up getting inside her head. Later, Sookie and Jason bond over their recent adventures. Blaming Eggs for Tara’s bruises and bizarre behavior, Lafayette and Lettie Mae try to figure out a way to pry their kin from Maryann’s clutches. Hoyt defends his relationship with Jessica to Maxine, to no avail. Jailed by Bud along with a group of Bon Temps revelers, Sam looks for a way to escape and avoid capture by an increasingly obsessed Maryann. In Dallas, Eric and the vampires defend their recent actions to Nan Flanagan and are shocked when Godric decides to take the fall for their PR disaster.

star 8.14
835 votes
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Everything Is Broken

#6 - Everything Is Broken

True Blood Season 3 - Episode 9

The Vampire Rights Amendment is close to being ratified so Nan confronts Eric at Fangtasia about the whereabouts of the Magister. Russell vows revenge against all his vampire and human adversaries. Bill discovers the truth about Sookie's true identity. Unexpected help arrives as Jason goes up against Felton and Calvin. Arlene is overcome by a sense of futility about her future while Tara meets up with a new ally and with someone who caused her pain in the past. Sookie meets a new family member. Hoyt addresses his real feelings head on.

star 8.11
856 votes
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Who Shaves the Barber?

#7 - Who Shaves the Barber?

Fargo Season 1 - Episode 7

Malvo seeks answers, while Lester finagles a few of his own. Molly and Gus try to get past a setback in the investigation.

star 8.07
3653 votes
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In the Evening

#8 - In the Evening

True Blood Season 6 - Episode 7

Eric tries to save an ailing Nora; Sam ignores Alcide's warning and returns to Bon Temps; Jessica shows her gratitude to James; Sarah exacts a measure of revenge on Jason.

star 8.02
1451 votes
Gone, Gone, Gone

#9 - Gone, Gone, Gone

True Blood Season 5 - Episode 10

With vampire-on-human attacks increasing, the Authority attempts to woo public favor. Meanwhile, Nora tries to convert Eric to Lilith’s gospel. Jason finds a mysterious scroll; Elijah, the new vampire sheriff of Area 5, pushes Pam and Tara to obey a new mandate; Sam and Luna search for Emma; Russell seeks a higher calling.

star 8.01
935 votes
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The Heap

#10 - The Heap

Fargo Season 1 - Episode 8

Molly faces pressure to close the case, while Lester starts to feel like a new man.

star 8.01
3646 votes
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#11 - Trouble

True Blood Season 3 - Episode 5

Alcide and Sookie turn to an alpha-wolf "packmaster" for advice on how to deal with Russell's minions. Tara considers a proposal from Franklin, who's completed his mission for Russell; Joe Lee breaks his promise to Sam and Tommy; Lafayette learns the meaning of patience from Jesus, his mother's orderly; Jason meets his match in a mysterious girl named Crystal. An heirloom reminds Eric of his past and his ongoing thirst for vengeance.

star 8.00
824 votes
You Smell Like Dinner

#12 - You Smell Like Dinner

True Blood Season 4 - Episode 2

Sookie adjusts to Bon Temps' new realities; Bill reveals pieces of his past; Eric crashes a witches' meeting; Jason gets his wounds licked; Andy struggles with his addiction; Sam learns of Luna's special talents; Jessica satisfies her blood cravings; and Arlene witnesses strange behavior from her family.

star 7.98
916 votes
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#13 - Radioactive

True Blood Season 6 - Episode 10

Bill discovers the price of salvation; Jason senses a vampire attraction; Sookie examines her future with Warlow; a new crisis threatens the humans and vampires of Bon Temps.

star 7.96
1501 votes
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#14 - Pilot

Dead Like Me Season 1 - Episode 1

When smart, cynical 18-year-old George is killed by an errant toilet seat falling from space, she joins the ranks of an undead group of grim reapers. As she clumsily learns to adjust to her new role in the afterlife, George haphazardly hurtles towards her first dreaded assignment: to collect the soul of a little girl.

star 7.94
401 votes
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#15 - Barnstormers

The Shield Season 2 - Episode 7

Vic and Emma try to help a woman who's in an abusive relationship. Vic and the Strike Team begin to make plans for the money train take down, even though the greenlight still has them on their toes. When David tells Dutch that he embarrassed the department with the Bob and Marcy case and that Claudette is now lead on all their cases, he's forced to take any action necessary to prove himself in a new homicide. Danny finally makes a stand against Yassirah.

star 7.92
386 votes
Green Light

#16 - Green Light

Breaking Bad Season 3 - Episode 4

Walt loses control as he reacts to Skyler's news, endangering his job and relationships with Saul and Jesse. Hank throws himself into his blue meth investigation. Jesse enacts a new plan.

star 7.92
4143 votes
California Son

#17 - California Son

Californication Season 1 - Episode 8

Hank's father dies. Despite the memories of his father floating to the surface, he doesn't want to go to the funeral. To ease his pain, he goes to bed with a hooker named Trixie, despite the fact he doesn't have enough money to pay her. Meanwhile, Karen does her best to help him overcome the pain.

star 7.88
702 votes
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#18 - Scratches

True Blood Season 2 - Episode 3

Bill and Eric team up to save Sookie from a mysterious creature. Jason has second thoughts about the Light of Day retreat anti-vampire agenda, but Sarah and Steve counter his doubts with flattery and promises. Sam leaves town after alienating everyone. Jessica heads over to Merlotte's, where a smitten Hoyt falls for her. Tara is attracted to Eggs but is rudely interrupted by a fog.

star 7.88
851 votes
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I Don't Wanna Know

#19 - I Don't Wanna Know

True Blood Season 1 - Episode 10

Sam shares a secret with Sookie; Lettie Mae and Tara celebrate; Jason and Amy debate what to do with Eddie; Bill faces a harsh penalty.

star 7.88
880 votes
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#20 - Amarillo

Better Call Saul Season 2 - Episode 3

Jimmy's client outreach efforts thrive, and he exhibits new heights of showmanship. Mike is perplexed by daughter-in-law Stacey's troubling news.

star 7.87
5097 votes
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Beautifully Broken

#21 - Beautifully Broken

True Blood Season 3 - Episode 2

Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi, concocts a plan to consolidate his power. Eric remembers his past; Sam tests the strength of his family bonds; Tara finds an ally in a shady vampire named Franklin Mott.

star 7.86
901 votes
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Years, Continents, Bloodshed

#22 - Years, Continents, Bloodshed

Veronica Mars Season 4 - Episode 8

Veronica and Keith follow a new lead, and discover another victim. Matty follows her own instincts, landing herself dangerously close to a killer. Veronica has a tragic epiphany as the clock is ticking.

star 7.86
257 votes
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The Leadership Breakfast

#23 - The Leadership Breakfast

The West Wing Season 2 - Episode 11

To get real issues to be discussed at a bi-partisan breakfast, Toby makes a deal with a former acquaintance who is the majority leader's new Chief of Staff to strike a bargain and put an issue on the agenda, thereby undermining CJ and setting up the administration to ridicule; The possibility of moving the press corps across the street is briefly explored; Leo and Toby start to face harsh realities about Bartlet's re-election; Josh and Sam build a fire with unfortunate consequences; Leo tells Josh to apologize for him after embarrassing himself in front of a columnist. Unfortunately the embarrassment continues with Sam and Donna.

star 7.84
323 votes
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So-Called Angels

#24 - So-Called Angels

My So-Called Life Season 1 - Episode 15

The Chase's Christmas is more complicated than usual when Angela's anxious search for Rickie leads her into the world of runaway kids where she encounters a mysterious homeless girl.

star 7.82
28 votes
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Lonnigan, Texas

#25 - Lonnigan, Texas

Carnivàle Season 1 - Episode 8

Samson sends Ben on a road trip to enlist a new attraction, where Ben encounters a longtime carnival rival named Phineas Boffo. Back at the carnival, Sofie debates whether to defy her mother and join Libby on the bally of the chooch tent. Meanwhile, Stumpy tells Jones he needs to get his "candle waxed" and offers to set Jones up with Rita Sue. Lodz and Samson have a falling out over Ben's errand in which the old mystic turns to the mysterious Management. In Mintern, while Brother Justin is committed to a lunatic asylum and receiving treatments for "religious excitation," Tommy Dolan is posing a rallying cry for his radio listeners: "Where are you, Brother Justin?"

star 7.81
152 votes
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Losing Streak

#26 - Losing Streak

Veronica Mars Season 4 - Episode 5

Veronica discovers Keith has been hiding something scary from her. The real reason for Penn's latest theory on the bomber comes to light. Veronica loses confidence in new friend, Nicole, owner of Comrade Quacks.

star 7.77
262 votes
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Dancing In The Dark

#27 - Dancing In The Dark

My So-Called Life Season 1 - Episode 2

While Angela awkwardly tries to get closer to Jordan, Graham and Patty learn to romance each other again.

star 7.75
68 votes
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#28 - Home

Resurrection Season 1 - Episode 6

Maggie turns to a person from the past for answers about the mystery; Rachael's secret ends up in the wrong hands; Bellamy and Pastor Tom try to reassure residents.

star 7.75
629 votes
A Close Shave

#29 - A Close Shave

Rake (US) Season 1 - Episode 2

Keegan takes on the case of three Amish bakers accused of attempted murder. Their crime? Shaving off the beard – considered a symbol of a man’s faith and devotion in the Amish religion – of a bishop who was trying to retrieve a sect member in Los Angeles whom he thought was being kept against her will. Meanwhile, Scarlet and Ben plan a recommitment ceremony and Keegan uses a helpful transportation app called “Joyride,” on which he meets driver Brooke Alexander, a slightly overeducated, sports-betting girl who seems too good to be true.

star 7.71
161 votes
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The First Taste

#30 - The First Taste

True Blood Season 1 - Episode 2

After Sookie gets saved by Bill she suffers a lot of injuries and Bill tries to save her "the Vampire way". The next day her brother is released from police custody and the bodies of Sookie's attackers are found. Later that day Bill goes to visit Sookie's family and gets a not so friendly welcome.

star 7.71
1294 votes
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The Scarlet Bunny

#31 - The Scarlet Bunny

The Playboy Club Season 1 - Episode 2

The Bunnies compete to be Hef's pick as a centerfold; Nick steps up his campaign for State's Attorney.

star 7.70
45 votes

#32 - Pilot

My So-Called Life Season 1 - Episode 1

Welcome to the world of Angela Chase. At 15, Angela is sick of her goody goody look, and act. So she decides to hang out with the rebel herself Rayanne Graff, and dyes her hair Crimson Glow. Her mother is not pleased with the new Angela, and states that quite a few times, in this pilot. Her father on the other hand doesn't see the deal.

star 7.69
92 votes
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Time and Tide

#33 - Time and Tide

Marvel's Agent Carter Season 1 - Episode 3

As Agent Carter closes in on Howard Stark's stolen technology, Peggy's secret mission could unravel when the SSR arrests Jarvis and a secret is revealed.

star 7.65
1871 votes
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The Possibilities

#34 - The Possibilities

Preacher Season 1 - Episode 3

Cassidy helps Jesse explore his newfound power; based on new information, Tulip tries to convince Jesse to seek revenge.

star 7.63
5489 votes
Sticky Wicket

#35 - Sticky Wicket

The Brink Season 1 - Episode 7

Alex plans an escape for some Pakistani schoolgirls. Zeke is challenged to a fight. Walter fakes a medical emergency.

star 7.63
490 votes
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Episode 10

#36 - Episode 10

The Affair Season 2 - Episode 10

Noah grapples with essential questions. Alison begins to doubt a recent ambition, and renewed interactions with the Lockhart brothers force her to consider a harrowing possibility.

star 7.62
991 votes
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Thank You

#37 - Thank You

True Blood Season 7 - Episode 10

Sookie weighs a future with and without Bill. Eric and Pam struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus. Sam makes a choice, while Andy comes upon an unexpected inheritance.

star 7.44
1674 votes
Let it Go

#38 - Let it Go

Men of a Certain Age Season 1 - Episode 2

Joe has been living in a hotel since separating from his wife, Sonia, but he’s starting to think about finding an apartment. Owen, who is one of the auto dealership’s weakest salesmen, winds up with an embarrassing dealer car, one his wife simply will not accept. And Terry goes overboard trying to track down a man who nearly ran him over.

star 7.19
24 votes
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First Contact (1)

#39 - First Contact (1)

Earth 2 Season 1 - Episode 1

A new planet offers hope to Devon Adair's physically impaired son and others like him. Adair ignores government orders, assembles a crew and embarks on a journey to the unblemished planet 22 light years away.

star 7.13
102 votes

#40 - Pilot

Men of a Certain Age Season 1 - Episode 1

In the pilot episode, we are introduced to Joe, Owen and Terry, who have been friends for years. Joe, who once had a dream of becoming a professional golfer, is now a party-store owner who is dealing with his recent separation from his wife. Owen works for his father as an auto-salesman in order to make ends meet and Terry is a part-time actor who is trying to recapture his past glory. The three of them support each other through their mid-life challenges during daily lunch meetings at a local diner and hikes in the hills of Los Angeles.

star 6.88
38 votes
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