The Best Episodes Directed by Scott Winant
#1 - California
thirtysomething Season 4 - Episode 23
Michael gets a job offer in California. While out there, he runs into Elliot and they talk about forming another partnership. But Hope is adamantly against the move, so much so that her and Michael's marriage is threatened.
#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.
#5 - Which Lip Is the Cervical Lip?
Huff Season 2 - Episode 13
Huff decides to help out Russell once again. Izzy finally decides to visit Teddy. Beth chooses to tell Alec that she thinks of him only as a friend. Byrd gets upset by all his family's latest actions.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#27 - 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.
#29 - 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.
#30 - 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?"
#31 - The Book of Beth
Save Me Season 1 - Episode 1
Beth Harper, an absentee wife and mother who suffers a dramatic near-death experience and is revived only to discover that she now receives messages from God. As she warms up to her powers and begins dispensing advice that is astonishingly accurate, her husband Tom is skeptical and their teenage daughter Emily is horrified. Complicating matters even more, Tom's mistress Carly shows up to confront Beth about the affair and quickly gets a shocking surprise.
#36 - 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.
#37 - 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.
#38 - 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.
#39 - We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Shut Eye Season 2 - Episode 1
Charlie and Linda consider their options in the aftermath of the disastrous wedding between Drina and Li’l Tony and how to handle their precarious windfall. Fonso is called to a special meeting of the Roma Council while Simza copes with White Tony’s untimely death. Rita is given an unexpected opportunity.
#40 - 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.
#42 - 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.
#43 - Maps Don't Talk (1)
Huff Season 2 - Episode 1
Huff still feels guilty and angry, and so do his family and friends, about his potentially fatal fight with his best friend, Russell. He Beth's mother is dying and Beth is having a difficult time dealing with it. Izzy and Byrd have become estranged from the family. Meanwhile, Russell takes on a troubled new client, Dauri Rathbun.
#45 - Take It Back
Save Me Season 1 - Episode 2
Beth begins a new life on the straight and narrow and wants to make amends with old friends she has offended. Her efforts to return a long-ago stolen espresso machine to next door neighbor Maggie are rebuffed. Meanwhile, Tom learns to adjust to his wife's newfound ability to communicate with God and they both try to re-establish some sense of normality with their old friends and their daughter Emily.
#46 - Ghosts
Hidden Palms Season 1 - Episode 2
The arrival of Johnny's friend from his rehab days, Nikki, makes Greta completely jealous. Meanwhile, Johnny receives disturbing e-mails from an unidentified sender and learns a shocking fact about Eddie's death. Finally, a benefit at the country club turns into a chaotic spectacle.
#47 - 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.
#48 - Driftwood Lane
Gypsy Season 1 - Episode 3
Jean surprises Michael with a date night in the city. Back in Connecticut, Dolly's birthday party creates new tensions with the power moms.
#50 - Holier Than Thou
Save Me Season 1 - Episode 7
When Beth learns that the hospital where Emily was born is being shut down, she decides she must try to raise funds to save it. Unfortunately for her, her friends are busy, distracted or not at all interested. Beth's overzealousness soon becomes a big problem, but when she receives a divine visit from the Almighty herself, she realizes that she really can make a difference without making everyone do things her way.
#51 - Assault and Pepper
Huff Season 1 - Episode 2
Huff is forced to defend himself and his practice in front of a Medical Board hearing, with his reckless best friend and attorney Russell by his side. As if this weren't enough, Huff is besieged by Melody Coatar, a dangerously belligerent bipolar patient and is informed that he's being sued by a patient's parents.
#52 - Pilot
Huff Season 1 - Episode 1
Dr. Craig ""Huff"" Huffstodt is a Los Angeles psychiatrist whose life and career is sent reeling when a tragedy occurs in his office. Huff's nurturing nature is also tested at home as he endures and deals with the conflicting personalities and small insanities within his own family.
#53 - A Dream Deferred
Once and Again Season 1 - Episode 6
Lily faces the reality of being on her own and Judy begins to pull away from her Lily. This happens after Rick offers to remodel the bookstore and Judy feels like the ""odd man out"" because Lily and Rick's relationship, she feels, leaves her little time to spend with Lily.
#55 - Maps Don't Talk (2)
Huff Season 2 - Episode 2
Huff begins his search for Teddy in Mexico, but cannot find him. He ends up being forced to ask Russell, whom he nearly killed and who wants to have nothing to do with him, for help in locating his brother before something drastic happens. Meanwhile, Beth finds that Madeline has taken a turn for the worse and does not know what to do.
#56 - The Linguist
Cupid Season 1 - Episode 2
Still intrigued with Trevor, wondering who he really is and where he comes from, Claire jumps on the opportunity when she meets a linguist who seems able to tell someone's origins just from his patterns of speech. She introduces him to Trevor, who - of course - cannot resist helping the man when he learns that he is still a virgin.
#57 - Pilot
Hidden Palms Season 1 - Episode 1
Having spent a portion of the previous twelve months in rehab following the suicide of his father, Johnny Miller, his mother and his new stepfather move to Palm Springs. Here he meets the enigmatic Greta, increasingly creepy Cliff, mayor's daughter Michelle, and brainy Liza. It soon becomes clear that the former two know more about each other and the death of one of the previous occupants of Johnny's home than they are letting on.
#59 - Mr. Right
thirtysomething Season 3 - Episode 3
CAPSULE: Ellyn and Melissa try using a video dating service. Melissa is unexpectedly attracted to a younger man she meets. Ethan must kiss a girl in the school play. Ellyn and Melissa are talking about using a video dating service, and despite the misgivings of others, they go in and give interviews at the service. They go through the books of available guys and find a cute one, William, whose profile and interview they like. Melissa is afraid to ask for his number, though; she'll wait, hoping he will contact her. Later when they return to the service, Melissa is dismayed to find that the list of guys interested in Ellyn is much longer than hers, and it includes William. Meanwhile, a good-looking young man named Lee Owens has come to paint Melissa's loft. He's spending a lot of time there, and there seems to be an attraction between the two. Also, Ethan is upset about having to learn to dance for the school production of ""Cinderella"" he's starring in. Even worse, he's supposed to kiss
#60 - Legacy
thirtysomething Season 3 - Episode 5
Elliot and Michael have a close encounter with disaster on an airplane. Hope's employer, the magazine Synergy, is being taken over and will curtain its environmental watchdog activities. At a dinner party, Hope gets irritated with Michael and Miles' date. Nancy is ready to take Elliot back.
#61 - Good Sex, Bad Sex, What Sex, No Sex
thirtysomething Season 3 - Episode 17
CAPSULE: Against the background of an examination of the characters' sex lives, Melissa and Lee break up. Melissa and Lee's sex life is going great and she tells the other women about it, to their envy and amazement. They seem to be doing it all the time, unlike Gary and Susannah who are having a hard time fitting sex into their schedule with a new baby to take care of; in fact, he gets injured when he slips on a toy while attempting an encounter while Emma sleeps. Melissa and Lee are out with a couple of Lee's friends of his age, Stephanie and Robert. They end up going to a late-night rock club where a girl throws up on Melissa's shoes. At DAA the next day Melissa is worn out after the late night out. She tells Michael that the nightlife with Lee is boring. She begs off going out on the town with Lee again which causes some tension for a while which is succeeded by--sex! At the Weston's house, Nancy is concerned when she finds copies of Playboy under Ethan's bed. Elliot makes a candle
#62 - I'm in Love, I'm in Love, I'm in Love with a Wonderful Gynecologist
thirtysomething Season 1 - Episode 14
Competing for the attention of the same man jeopardizes the new found friendship between Ellyn and Melissa.
#63 - We'll Meet Again
thirtysomething Season 2 - Episode 1
As she and Michael argue about her working and having another child, Hope learns about some previous tenants of their house. Hope is making tentative moves toward returning to work full-time. Michael suggests, though, that there might be some problems in doing that and muses about having a second child. Hope, Melissa and Gary find an old trunk in the Steadman's basement full of letters and photos of previous residents, Sally and Roy McCauley. Hope gets lost in these, imagining the courtship of Sally Spangler and Roy, who goes to the South Pacific during World War II. Later Hope and Nancy find Sally's journal. There are more fantasy flashbacks about Roy and Sally getting married and him leaving for war. Later that night as Hope works in bed, Michael comes in and begins to get amorous. Hope, not wearing her diaphragm, stops him. Ellyn finds Hope at home crying. Hope has just read about Sally getting a telegram saying Roy is missing in action.
#64 - Towers of Zenith Part 1: The Go-Between
thirtysomething Season 3 - Episode 23
CAPSULE: As Elliot grows more dissatisfied with DAA, Michael finds out something that could change everything about the company. Miles plans to take Michael to New York with him to meet with Bob Spano, head of Minnesota Brands, their largest client. In a meeting, Miles informs Elliot and Michael that a spokesman for another big account has been lost to another agency and he puts the blame squarely on Eliot. Later Michael ask Miles why he was so tough on Elliot. Miles picks up the phone and calls Elliot, giving him a perfunctory apology. In New York, Miles and Michael dine with Spano and Gus Hennesey from Minnesota Brands. The down-to-earth Spano finds Miles a little weird, but seems to like Michael. Later Gus calls Michael and sets up a private meeting. He tells Mike that Minnesota Brands is looking to expand into media. Elliot tells Nancy that his job has become a burden and that he's thinking of quitting after her ""second look"" surgery. Miles tells Michael that he thinks Elliot is di
#65 - Life Class
thirtysomething Season 4 - Episode 2
CAPSULE: Nancy feels that the hysterectomy has adversely affected her sex drive. Shots of Nancy teaching a class at the art center are intercut with her being examined by Dr. Eilertson. She asks about diminished sex drive after a hysterectomy and he tells her it should be no problem. Later at a gallery she sees a younger male student who she'd noticed before in class (and who seemed to notice her.) At DAA, Miles chews out Angel and Hollis, upsetting them. Angel comes to Elliot's office to hide out. Elliot arrives home to find Nancy tired and testy. The always-perceptive Ethan notices the changes in his mother, too. Nancy sees the student again and has a fantasy about him. But back at home with Elliot, she tells him she has no desire to make love. At DAA, Angel begins to work on an important account with Elliot, and they both are enjoying it. Later Elliot stops by Nancy's class and she argues with him, accusing him of gawking at the nude young female model. Nancy talks with Dr. Silverma