The BEST episodes directed by Timothy Busfield

Charlotte and Wilbur
star
8.78
117 votes

#1 - Charlotte and Wilbur

Ed - Season 3 - Episode 4

Carol's father returns from Florida in time for his birthday party, unaware that she's engaged. When she finally springs the news on him, he's hurt that she's marrying someone he's never even met. At his birthday party, he gives Carol and Dennis the cold shoulder and refuses to speak to her or accept her apology. When she goes to his house to explain, she is shocked to discover that her father remarried a year earlier without telling her. Carol goes ballistic until she finds out that her father may be sick. When she asks him, he denies it. Finally, he visits her and they talk about how they have tried to protect each other ever since her mother died. He finally admits that he's scared and asks Carol to come with him to his doctor's appointment, where they get good news. Warren freaks out about the unfairness of the SAT system and mounts a one-man protest he calls ""Pencils Down!"". After several fruitless attempts to be taken seriously and enroll anyone else in his boycott, he finally fa

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Nevada Day (1)
star
8.56
270 votes

#2 - Nevada Day (1)

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Season 1 - Episode 7

Studio 60 staff must travel to Nevada to free Tom from jail in time for the show. Meanwhile, a judge who doesn't care for the show complicates matters.

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Last Chance
star
8.50
60 votes

#3 - Last Chance

Ed - Season 2 - Episode 22

Ed wrestles with his nervousness about taking what he believes to be his last chance to tell Carol exactly how he feels after he discovers that she and Dennis are going away for the summer together and that Dennis plans to propose during the trip; Warren and Mark compete for Diane's affection; Stuckeyvillians vie for the title of ""The Most Talented Person in Stuckeyville"".

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The West Coast Delay
star
8.42
256 votes

#4 - The West Coast Delay

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Season 1 - Episode 4

Matt fabricates a response to a gift sent by one of Harriet's fans while the show attempts to recover from 90 seconds of questionable material. An article about the show is approved by Jordan.

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Frankie
star
8.34
86 votes

#5 - Frankie

Ed - Season 3 - Episode 11

As Ed takes the case of a injured high school football player who's suing another player for unnecessary roughness, he meets an enthusiastic law school graduate eager for a job; Eli helps Warren and Diane give Mark his last great meal before surgery; Molly does her best to be the coolest principal ever.

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Nevada Day (2)
star
8.31
238 votes

#6 - Nevada Day (2)

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Season 1 - Episode 8

Jack pleads with the local Nevada judge (John Goodman) to free Tom so he can make it back to the Friday night show. Meanwhile, tension heats up between Matt and Harriet on the set.

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The Harriet Dinner (1)
star
8.28
266 votes

#7 - The Harriet Dinner (1)

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Season 1 - Episode 13

Danny and Jordan cannot get down from the roof of the theater; staff members attend a dinner honoring Harriet; Harriet and Matt's relationship begins to unravel.

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Fire and Rain
star
8.21
1197 votes

#8 - Fire and Rain

Nashville (2012) - Season 5 - Episode 11

Juliette helps Maddie navigate the wave of attention she receives after her performance at the CMT Music Awards. Zach demands the masters from Rayna and Deacon's unfinished album.

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The Lie
star
8.20
621 votes

#9 - The Lie

Secrets and Lies (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 10

Certain that he is not responsible for Tom's death, Ben tries to finally relax and enjoy the Christmas that he missed with his family -- until a shocking discovery changes his plans. Meanwhile, with the evidence having been re-tested, Cornell puts all the pieces together and prepares to make an arrest. But in the stunning conclusion, Ben makes a decision that will change his family's life forever. The nightmare is only just starting.

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Always Faithful
star
8.03
420 votes

#10 - Always Faithful

Las Vegas - Season 1 - Episode 23

Danny is recalled to the marines, effective in 24 hours. While he is getting his affairs in order, Mary has a visit from her father. Danny and Mary confront him together, and when he tells her that he has two little girls, she decides to tell his wife what he did to his first little girl. The casino is also dealing with counterfeit money, and Mike is at the forefront of solving the crime. There is a going away party for Danny, he asks Ed to be the executor of his will, gives his car keys to Mike and says goodbye to everybody. Finally he leaves and goes to see Mary, they make love and she tells him that she loves him. He then meets Mike and is driven through Las Vegas one last time as he leaves.

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Human Nature
star
8.01
89 votes

#11 - Human Nature

Ed - Season 3 - Episode 1

Ed is forced to defend the scam artist who manipulated Mike into betting and losing $3,000 on a baseball game; Carol, still furious at Ed for kissing her before she left on her trip with Dennis, finally makes a decision about her romantic future; Kenny bowls a perfect game, then bids adieu to Stuckeyville to pursue new adventures; and Ed hires a new supervising manager for Stuckeybowl.

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The Right Thing to Do
star
8.00
4762 votes

#12 - The Right Thing to Do

This Is Us - Season 1 - Episode 11

Kate struggles with her feelings in the aftermath of Toby's heart attack. As William begins to spend more time with Jesse, Randall has to get used to his father's new relationship. After receiving the news they're expecting triplets, Jack and Rebecca must find a way to afford a home that can accommodate three babies. Olivia unexpectedly resurfaces, throwing both Kevin and Sloane for a loop.

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Turbulence
star
7.97
670 votes

#13 - Turbulence

The Night Shift - Season 4 - Episode 5

Drew faces an emergency on his flight home when passengers become sickened. Also, some staffers participate in an obstacle-course fund-raiser hosted by Akbar Gbajabiamila ("American Ninja Warrior"); Scott has an unforgettable date; TC treats a soldier.

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Wine Tasting
star
7.97
145 votes

#14 - Wine Tasting

Childrens Hospital - Season 5 - Episode 9

A visit from a hospital critic coincides with Sy putting on a wine tasting event and Owen agreeing to cover for Glenn that leads to trouble for all.

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Upstairs Downstairs
star
7.92
132 votes

#15 - Upstairs Downstairs

Without a Trace - Season 3 - Episode 4

When a nanny, and the child she took care of, disappear from her employers' home after being fired by them, the team must determine if the nanny is a kidnapping victim, or a kidnapping suspect.

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Keep the Faith
star
7.90
626 votes

#16 - Keep the Faith

The Night Shift - Season 4 - Episode 7

When protestors descend on a funeral for a dear member of the night shift family, multiple veterans are injured and brought to San Antonio Memorial for treatment. A high profile politician from Drew's past triggers flashbacks to his time in Iraq. Jordan, Scott, and TC disagree on how to best provide care for the politician. Paul and Shannon must improvise while tending to Doug, a former POW. Cain and Drew treat a fearless photographer.

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Patient X
star
7.88
147 votes

#17 - Patient X

Without a Trace - Season 4 - Episode 12

After therapist Gina Hill disappears, the team investigates and initially suspects that one of her patients may be involved. After discussions with Gina’s fiancé and her own therapist, the team follows the trail of clues to a bartender named Vince with an unusual ability to get good women to do whatever he wants them to. Martin continues to struggle with his recovery.

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Brothers, Babies and Breakdowns
star
7.87
217 votes

#18 - Brothers, Babies and Breakdowns

The Conners - Season 2 - Episode 13

Dan avoids coping with a death in the family, only to be confronted by it head-on. Ben and Darlene address Ben’s baby fever and have “the talk.” The Lunch Box is officially open for business, and Dwight gets the jitters when he has to fill in for the chef who suffers an accident.

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Viper
star
7.86
691 votes

#19 - Viper

Franklin & Bash - Season 2 - Episode 2

Jared and Peter's first manslaughter case centers on an aspiring crime fighter charged with pursuing a man who later died. Meanwhile, Peter's mother pays a visit and delivers big news; and Pindar battles his phobias.

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Old Fashioned Day
star
7.85
103 votes

#20 - Old Fashioned Day

Childrens Hospital - Season 5 - Episode 7

It's Old Fashioned Day at Childrens Hospital. And it lasts longer than a day, which allows for a conflict.

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The Local Weather
star
7.84
182 votes

#21 - The Local Weather

Sports Night - Season 2 - Episode 16

Dan decides to skip therapy and spends an hour in Abby's office telling her so. Jeremy e-mails the porn star he blew off, then decides to tell her in person why he's not going to see her again. Casey decides to bribe the gang with international cuisine to get them to watch a track and field event in the wee hours. Dana decides to seek shelter from a rainstorm in church.

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The Times They Are A-Changin (1)
star
7.82
703 votes

#22 - The Times They Are A-Changin (1)

The Night Shift - Season 3 - Episode 1

The night shift crew is back for more action and the gang finds themselves immersed in a life-and-death rescue of a woman gravely injured in a car accident. While TC Callahan, Scott Clemmens and Topher Zia deal with the situation at the hospital, Drew Alister is serving time overseas in Afghanistan and he, along with colleague Syd Jennings, have to figure out a way around the cultural divide to treat a young Afghani woman. Jordan Alexander has recruited Shannon Rivera to the night shift team and the recent med school graduate is eager to prove herself, but her spunky, outspoken nature may not sit well with everyone, particularly Paul Cummings. TC's sister-in-law, Annie, returns and JR Lemon also stars as Nurse Kenny Fournette.

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Facing Demons
star
7.80
465 votes

#23 - Facing Demons

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 20 - Episode 16

A young man’s suicide sparks a child molestation investigation, and Benson turns to Cassidy when the case hits a dead end.

Emergent
star
7.80
652 votes

#24 - Emergent

The Night Shift - Season 3 - Episode 12

In part one of this two-part season finale, Scott and Jordan face grave danger during a rescue mission at a rapidly spreading wildfire outside San Antonio. Tensions are high between Syd and TC as they find themselves in the middle of a humanitarian crisis on the Syria-Turkey border. Paul and Shannon argue over treatment for a patient. Meanwhile a major setback threatens Drew's adoption plans for Brianna, Topher struggles to find a buyer for the hospital and medication goes missing.

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Pilot
star
7.76
261 votes

#25 - Pilot

The Fosters (2013) - Season 1 - Episode 1

We follow a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams, a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef's biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins Mariana and Jesus. Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie, a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it's just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found.

If I Had Wings
star
7.75
44 votes

#26 - If I Had Wings

Dolly Parton's Heartstrings - Season 1 - Episode 3

The pain of the past and the promise of the future collide in this emotional tale of a family divided by difference -- and reunited by chance.

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Sort of Like a Family
star
7.74
1005 votes

#27 - Sort of Like a Family

Damages - Season 1 - Episode 10

Ellen tries to get herself back into the mix as Patty and Frobisher fight it out at the deposition.

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Replacements
star
7.72
89 votes

#28 - Replacements

Ed - Season 2 - Episode 6

Carol is infuriated when Dennis cancels the annual budget meeting for all faculty. The entire faculty bands together to get rid of Dennis, including writing his end of the first semester review. Carol convinces the faculty to give Dennis a chance to prove himself. When he later takes Carol to task for her actions, she investigates further, discovering he was fired. Carol writes him a positive evaluation, which Dennis tears up and returns. Frustrated by his continued rebuffs, she kisses him. A young lawyer, Joe Baxter, fresh out of the corporate world and full of energy, requests to join Ed's ""firm"". He observes Ed for a while, and launches his own ""bowling alley practice"" complete with Kenny, Shirley, and Phil-esque characters in his employ, and going so far as to steal Ed's clients. He advertises himself as the world's first bowling alley lawyer. When push comes to shove, Joe cannot deliver in the court room, and Ed happily regains his status. Ed gets involved in the Carol-Dennis tiff

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Hold On
star
7.70
503 votes

#29 - Hold On

The Night Shift - Season 2 - Episode 11

A building collapses during a rodeo; Scott causes a serious car accident.

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Know Thyself
star
7.70
586 votes

#30 - Know Thyself

FBI - Season 4 - Episode 4

The team hunts for a serial killer who is targeting young, homeless men. Also, Tiffany and Scola don’t see eye to eye on how to handle the case or the difference between partners and co-workers.

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#privacyplease
star
7.68
929 votes

#31 - #privacyplease

Designated Survivor - Season 3 - Episode 3

A political attack on Kirkman puts privacy and transgender rights in the spotlight. Aaron weighs a major decision. Wells and Eli track a bioterrorist.

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Down Low in Hell's Kitchen
star
7.67
501 votes

#32 - Down Low in Hell's Kitchen

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 21 - Episode 3

A serial predator targeting men in gay bars proves difficult to catch, until a celebrity comes forward with his story.

Honey
star
7.67
2843 votes

#33 - Honey

Lie to Me - Season 2 - Episode 4

Eric Matheson, a man suspected of killing his wife, is brought in for questioning by the Lightman Group. Determined to prove his innocence, he takes drastic measures that put the team's lives in danger.

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I Miss Back When
star
7.66
392 votes

#34 - I Miss Back When

The Client List - Season 2 - Episode 11

Lacey copes with the aftermath of the break-in and her attack. Attempting to cheer her up, Riley convinces her to attend their high school reunion. When Taylor sees her soon to be ex-husband, Beau, moving on with another woman at the reunion, Taylor reacts causing Riley to intervene. Meanwhile at the Rub of Sugarland, Selena warns Derek that his client, Lisa wants to take their relationship to the next step, outside the spa. Evan tries to focus on his relationship with Shelby but his past with Riley keeps intruding. Linette struggles with rehab and leans on Kyle for support.

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Shawn and the Real Girl
star
7.65
1110 votes

#35 - Shawn and the Real Girl

Psych - Season 6 - Episode 12

Shawn and Gus go undercover to investigate an attack on a reality-TV contestant who appeared on a dating show in which men compete for the affections of a woman they've crossed paths with but never officially met.

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You Were His Little Monkey
star
7.65
1057 votes

#36 - You Were His Little Monkey

Damages - Season 3 - Episode 12

Patty and Ellen set out to tear the Tobin family apart. When Tom Shayes' job and marriage unravel, he strikes up a deadly alliance.

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The Movie
star
7.65
86 votes

#37 - The Movie

Ed - Season 3 - Episode 21

When Carol is discouraged after Ed spurns her feelings as ""not real"", Molly becomes the catalyst in helping Ed to rethink his position; Ed helps an old friend achieve his dream of making a movie; Nancy and Mike dip their toes into show business as Mike and Phil pester the star of the movie; claiming that it's never over between Ed and Carol, Frankie flees to Houston to visit Leon; Warren is heartbroken when Stella decides to return to Boston to finish school.

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Next One's On Me, Blondie
star
7.65
821 votes

#38 - Next One's On Me, Blondie

Damages - Season 4 - Episode 4

Ellen meets the son of Chris' Afghan contact; Erickson decides to torture Chris for information about the possibility of an intelligence breach; Patty discovers that High Star extracts terror suspects for the CIA.

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The Thing With Feathers (2)
star
7.64
698 votes

#39 - The Thing With Feathers (2)

The Night Shift - Season 3 - Episode 2

In the second half of this two-part episode, TC (Eoin Macken) and Scott (Scott Wolf) work desperately to save a young boy and his mother who were injured in a car accident. With the boy's life hanging in the balance, the team starts to realize there is more to the family dynamic than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Drew (Brendan Fehr) and Syd (Jennifer Beals), deployed overseas in Afghanistan, deal with the aftermath of shots fired in the OR.

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Consequently
star
7.64
209 votes

#40 - Consequently

The Fosters (2013) - Season 1 - Episode 2

Lena and Mike disagree about punishing Brandon. Jesus tries to cover for Mariana at risk to himself. Callie gets blamed for Mariana’s transgression. Jesus and Lexi embark on a secret relationship.

Revolution 1
star
7.64
375 votes

#41 - Revolution 1

Aquarius - Season 2 - Episode 4

On the day of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, Hodiak must investigate a murder in a black neighborhood while trying to prevent an imminent riot. In the midst of the crisis in the black community, Kristin's involvement with the Black Panthers drives a wedge between her and Shafe's marriage. Meanwhile, Charmain brings the drug case to a close and discovers the full cost of undercover work.

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The Hawke
star
7.64
1496 votes

#42 - The Hawke

The Rookie - Season 1 - Episode 6

Nolan and the team must help capture a cop and his former mentor from the academy after he becomes a fugitive following an assault. Meanwhile, Officer Tim Bradford needs Officer Lucy Chen to learn to predict the moves of criminals in order to capture them.

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Back at the Ranch
star
7.62
564 votes

#43 - Back at the Ranch

The Night Shift - Season 2 - Episode 2

The night shift is tested when a rancher accidentally shoots his wife. TC heads to a teen party to save the life of a young football star. Jordan and Kenny treat a beauty queen in severe distress. Topher makes a decision about his job.

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A Square Peg in a Round Hole
star
7.62
344 votes

#44 - A Square Peg in a Round Hole

Chicago Med - Season 7 - Episode 7

Marcel helps Blake replace a patient's liver. Taylor tries to prove herself. Will continues to pursue the truth about Cooper. Ethan gets closer to returning to life in the ED.

Decriminalized
star
7.61
366 votes

#45 - Decriminalized

FBI: Most Wanted - Season 3 - Episode 16

The team gets called to Vermont after a married couple who grow illegal marijuana massacres their employees. Also, Barnes begins to regret not taking any time off to bond with her new baby.

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Las Vegas v. Black Betty
star
7.61
760 votes

#46 - Las Vegas v. Black Betty

The Defenders (2010) - Season 1 - Episode 7

Nick reluctantly defends an entertainer's girlfriend when she is charged with murder; Lisa's newest client reveals potentially dangerous information.

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Target
star
7.61
1622 votes

#47 - Target

Designated Survivor - Season 2 - Episode 21

White House Council Kendra Daynes finds herself in a dangerous situation that puts another White House staffer’s life at risk, while Hannah Wells takes an unexpected trip for answers.

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One More Notch
star
7.60
1488 votes

#48 - One More Notch

Second Chance - Season 1 - Episode 2

Due to the power surge that Mary and Otto caused in bringing Pritchard back to life, two notorious murderers escape from prison. Still determined that this is his city to protect, Pritchard goes on the hunt for them, and Mary - who believes she's partially responsible for the fugitives' escape - offers assistance. Meanwhile, in order to win Duval's trust, Pritchard tells him they're half-brothers

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Family Jewels
star
7.59
387 votes

#49 - Family Jewels

Las Vegas - Season 1 - Episode 21

When five million dollars of diamonds is stolen from a Montecito guest, Danny enlists Mike's technical expertise to determine the techniques used by the mysterious thief. However, Mike's involvement sends him off on a detective tangent as he is determined to solve the great jewel caper. Meanwhile, the arrival of one of the hotel's most loyal high rollers and his announcement of his pending marriage shocks Sam, especially since his fiancé utters the tragic phrase that he "will never gamble again". Determined, she works with Delinda and Mary to make this gambler realize that the true love he seeks actually exists with his longtime assistant. Elsewhere, a corporate psychologist visits the staff to get a read on the mental health of Ed's team.

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Doppelgänger II
star
7.58
151 votes

#50 - Doppelgänger II

Without a Trace - Season 3 - Episode 8

When a homeless woman disappears from a shelter, the team is forced to re-examine the case of twin brothers Greg and Rick Knowles. Five months earlier (Doppelganger), Greg Knowles had confessed to a series of brutal murders, but the team was always convinced that it was Rick who had actually performed the killings. When Greg is released from jail and exonerated of the crimes, the team has to work against the clock to prove that Rick is the guilty party and to save one twin from the other.