The Best Episodes Directed by Timothy Busfield
#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
#2 - 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"".
#3 - 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.
#4 - Power of the Person
Ed Season 2 - Episode 20
Ed agrees to coach the Stuckeyville High ""Quiz Bowl"" team and clashes with Dennis over a team member who's scholastically challenged; Dennis falls off the wagon; Phil tries to promote a boxing match; Warren sets out on a religious search to find the courage to transform his life.
#5 - 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
#6 - Jump
Joan of Arcadia Season 1 - Episode 12
Joan is saddened when she learns Rocky (Death Be Not Whatever) has passed away, causing her to further question God about life and death. Will loses his job when his discovery, and whistle blowing, of a political conspiracy causes the town government, and police department, to be desolved. While Luke continues to work on his science project and his growing attraction to Grace and Kevin is injured in a game of basketball.
#7 - 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.
#13 - Lloyd
Ed Season 2 - Episode 17
Ed's fast-talking big brother blows into town and ropes Ed into a risky plan to glam up Stuckeybowl; Nancy's Internet chat buddy turns out to be a little younger, but a lot older-acting than she expected; and Warren finally sees Diane in a new light after he fails to make headway with a college girl.
#14 - Business As Usual
Ed Season 3 - Episode 18
After Mike and Dr. Jerome get into an ongoing battle over the sign outside their office, Nancy initially brings in Toby to do some conflict management, but is later forced to take matters into her own hands to resolve the dispute; Mark feels responsible when another student's gastric bypass surgery doesn't turn out so well; Ed and Frankie work through the problems of an office romance as they represent an attorney who wants to be released from a contract to marry another lawyer; Carol is shocked and less than thrilled when Ed tells his friends about his romance with Frankie.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#25 - 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.
#26 - More Than This
Without a Trace Season 4 - Episode 20
After Breck Mulligan goes missing from the women's shelter he had been working at, the team is called in to investigate. Breck was originally assigned to work at the shelter as part of a his probation for drug related offences, but the plight of the women and children seeking help had gotten to him and he had continued to work for the shelter, even going so far as to sleep with rich older women to get donations to help the shelter. The team is surprised to learn how little faith Breck's family and friends had in him, discovering that his friends had staged in 'intervention' the night he went missing, trying to convince him to walk away from his new life.
#27 - 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.
#28 - La Forza Del Destino
Sports Night Season 2 - Episode 21
While at Anthony's trying to drown their fears about the future of "Sports Night," Dana meets a mysterious stranger who seems to know a great deal about the bidding for Continental Corp.; and Dan tries to convince Casey that a move to LA might not be a bad thing.
#30 - Honey
Lie to Me Season 2 - Episode 4
Emotions run high when Eric Matheson, accused of murdering his wife, takes the Lightman Group hostage to force them to help him uncover the real murderer.
#31 - Nevada State
Las Vegas Season 1 - Episode 18
An escaped murderer seeks revenge against Sam for testifying against him; the hotel hosts a statewide cheerleading competition; Nessa discusses the merits of Manchester United with a trio of rowdy British soccer fans.
#32 - Hellraisers and Heartbreakers
Las Vegas Season 1 - Episode 12
Big Ed's former CIA protégé Jack Keller (Alec Baldwin), is now a security consultant supervising the Montecito's switch from analog to digital surveillance. Brooks and Dunn get on a lengthy roll at the crap table. Ed sees red when a comic turns blue.
#33 - 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.
#34 - 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.
#35 - Transitions
Without a Trace Season 3 - Episode 18
When Stephanie Healy doesn't show up for choir practice, the team heads in to investigate and soon learns Stephanie had recently had a fight with her boyfriend. While speaking with Eddie, the team is shocked to learn that Stephanie used to be Stephen Patrick Healy. Convinced that the truth to what is happening in Stephanie's present lies in her past, the team investigates who Stephen was. Vivian has trouble hiding her worsening problems from the team, and is upset that Martin has been talking to Sam about his suspicions.
#36 - 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.
#39 - Jokers and Fools
Las Vegas Season 1 - Episode 4
Nessa secretly meets with a cheater busted by Ed and Danny. A psychic gives Mary a dire prediction about his next show. Delinda starts work in the kitchen, but isn't there long.
#40 - 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.
#41 - Neither Rain Nor Sleet
Without a Trace Season 3 - Episode 14
After postal worker Rosie Diaz goes missing during what seemed to be a regular workday, the team initially connects her disappearance to her cargo, which include $12,000 worth of the game Demon Storm, which all the kids were after. But when the team gets in touch with child protective services, they learn that Rosie recently had her foster children taken away after an anonymous abuse call. A search of her home uncovers a DVD containing child pornography, and the team starts to look at the case from another angle. Danny comments on Martin and Sam's obvious closeness, and wonders why they're keeping it quiet.
#42 - 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.
#43 - #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.
#45 - Head Games
Las Vegas Season 5 - Episode 4
The Pacific Tropic Spokesmodel contest at the Montecito is sabotaged and Mike leads the investigation.
#46 - Hold On
The Night Shift Season 2 - Episode 11
A building collapses during a rodeo; Scott causes a serious car accident.
#48 - 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.
#49 - 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.
#51 - Shrink Rap
Las Vegas Season 5 - Episode 2
The new owner of the Montecito, A.J. Cooper, introduces himself to the staff an brings a new campaign with him: "Anything Can Happen." The staff get worried that people might get fired. Sam is seeing a psychiatrist because of her recent abduction, but she won't open up to him. Instead, she tells him everything about her colleagues.
#52 - 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.
#54 - New Orleans
Las Vegas Season 1 - Episode 16
When a "whale" blows town while owing the Montecito almost $5 million, Ed has 36 hours to find the missing trust-fund baby and force him to make good on the debt. However, when the AWOL gambler turns up at the Montecito's sister resort in New Orleans, Danny, Sam and Ed hop a plane to "The Big Easy" to track their fugitive player. Elsewhere, Mary attempts to control an unruly clan of farmers in town to celebrate their family reunion and recent Powerball jackpot, while Mike takes on the daunting task of coordinating the "World's Largest Wet T-shirt Contest."
#55 - One More Notch
Second Chance (2016) 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
#56 - 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.
#57 - Revolution 1
Aquarius (2015) 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.
#59 - 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.
#62 - Grief
Designated Survivor Season 2 - Episode 11
It’s been ten weeks since his wife, Alex, was killed in a car accident; and President Kirkman’s senior staff insist he seek professional help in dealing with his loss, forcing him to reluctantly see therapist Dr. Adam Louden. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Hannah Wells and Aaron Shore travel to Cuba as part of a trade delegation, but the trip does not go according to plan. With lives in the balance, Kirkman is challenged with a decision that will test his role as commander in chief during this time of personal tragedy.
#65 - My Main Trial is Yet to Come
The Client List Season 2 - Episode 4
Selena doesn’t trust Riley’s new hire, Nikki, and Riley tries to keep the peace and some stability in the wake of all the new changes. We get a glimpse into Nikki’s life before The Rub of Sugarland when Riley meets her ex-boss, Greg Carlye, who runs a strip club. Meanwhile Riley discovers that Derek has been keeping a secret of his own that jeopardizes the Rub of Sugarland. Riley wisely decides that Derek’s secret can be used as a valuable business opportunity. Riley must decide whether she wants Katie and Travis visiting Kyle in jail. Riley and Evan struggle to find time with each other. Riley receives an unusual request from one of her clients, a pro football player who likes to test his boundaries.
#66 - Come Fly with Me
Lizzie McGuire Season 1 - Episode 13
In order to stand out of the crowd, Gordo sports a 1960s attire (including a Sinatra fedora) and starts listening to the Rat Pack. But he is disappointed when the trend catches on with the whole school, including Lizzie and Miranda. Matt and Lanny try their hand at creating a record in order to get their names featured in the Guinness World Records
#67 - The Father
Secrets and Lies (2015) Season 1 - Episode 2
Ben starts to conduct his own investigation after learning shocking news about the murder case from Detective Cornell, and the deceased boy's mother suspects his estranged father may be responsible for his death.
#68 - Fireflies and Fidelity
Rosewood Season 1 - Episode 2
When an unexpected piece of evidence surfaces in the 305, Rosewood and Villa attempt to solve a serious crime involving a very well-off Miami man. Meanwhile, Rosewood struggles to balance a new romantic interest with the demands of his mother, and Villa runs into trouble on the job.
#69 - Don't Forget to Thank Mr. Zedeck
Damages Season 3 - Episode 6
Patty is under tremendous pressure from the Attorney's Office to make progress in the Tobin case, and winds up striking a bargain with an unlikely source. Ellen discovers some new evidence in Louis Tobin's death and Tom's financial troubles begin to effect him in more obvious ways.
#70 - Add That Little Hopper to Your Stew
Damages Season 4 - Episode 6
Now that Nasim is labeled as a terrorist, he loses his credibility as a witness. Erickson buys land to build a private army. Ellen enlists journalist Dean Gulickson to track down Chris in Afghanistan. Michael comes to see Patty and demands to meet Catherine.
#71 - Try, Try Again
The Client List Season 1 - Episode 5
A massage mishap breaks the ice with a sexy. eligible client, leaving Riley to wonder if she's ready to start dating. Meanwhile, Linette's relationship with Garrett seems headed for the long haul until damaging secrets from Garrett's past force Riley to intervene.
#72 - Chapter Eight: Pandora's Box
Lipstick Jungle Season 2 - Episode 1
Nico is haunted by her infidelity when Charles gives her a photograph that Kirby took of her during their affair. Overcome with guilt, she debates whether she should tell Charles the truth and decides to go to extreme measures to save her marriage. Wendy decides to cut back on her hours at the office and spend more time at home after she finds her under-age daughter, Maddie, at a bar. Her transition into domestic life is not an easy one especially when her opinionated mother unexpectedly comes to the city for a visit. Victory finds it difficult to avoid Joe who is desperate to get her back. Trying to move on from their personal relationship, she hires a publicist Dahlia Morales to help brand her business and find a retail space.
#74 - New Strings
Nashville (2012) Season 6 - Episode 1
After a public meltdown, Juliette seeks to change her life from an unlikely source. Scarlett and Maddie take a trip. Maddie meets Jonah Ford, a famous pop star. Scarlett struggles to find herself. Will coaches Gunnar. Deacon deals with loneliness.
#75 - Chapter Five: Dressed To Kill
Lipstick Jungle Season 1 - Episode 5
Victory discovers that someone has stolen her designs and learns a trusted, former employee has betrayed her. Wendy, unwittingly, uses her position to rejuvenate her husband's music career by getting him a job composing for one of her movies. Nico continues her affair with Kirby but she's finding it hard to follow her own rules for the relationship and must battle her own jealousy.
#76 - 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.