The BEST episodes directed by Wendey Stanzler

Happy Valley
star
8.20
696 votes

#1 - Happy Valley

For All Mankind - Season 3 - Episode 4

A surprise maneuver during the journey to Mars provokes desperate measures.

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What Now?
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8.14
4713 votes

#2 - What Now?

This Is Us - Season 1 - Episode 17

The entire Pearson family gathers at Randall's for an unusual party. Kevin and Sophie's relationship deepens on the night of his play's premiere. Kate struggles to open up to Toby about her father's death. Tensions are high between Jack and Rebecca as she leaves on tour with her band.

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Who is Harrison Wells?
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8.08
5356 votes

#3 - Who is Harrison Wells?

The Flash (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 19

Joe and Cisco head to Starling City to continue their investigation of Dr. Wells. While in town, the duo enlists the help of Captain Lance, and Cisco meets the Black Canary, who asks him for a favor. Meanwhile, back in Central City, Barry races to catch a meta-human named Hannibal Bates who can transform himself into every person he touches – which includes Eddie, Iris, Caitlin and even The Flash.

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Magic Snow and Creepy Gene
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8.02
236 votes

#4 - Magic Snow and Creepy Gene

Eastwick - Season 1 - Episode 12

When the ladies make a pact never to reveal what they did to Jamie, they realize they must go their separate ways -- and abandon their powers. A guilty Joanna tries to help Penny find closure; sparks fly between Kat and her hot new neighbor, single dad Colin, who has come to Eastwick with his young son Gene and a dark secret; and just as Kat and Joanna are moving on, things gets complicated for Roxie when Darryl returns to Eastwick with the truth about his mysterious past. (This is US Episode 11, The UK broadcasted the unaired episodes 11 and 13)

Average Rules
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8.01
925 votes

#5 - Average Rules

The Middle - Season 1 - Episode 24

Parent-Teacher conferences cause Frankie to worry about the kids. In them she's told Axl is gifted but not applying himself, that her teachers still do not know who Sue is, and Brick may have to repeat the second-grade due to failure to return over 30 library books. Guest star Betty White as the school librarian.

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Flu Season
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7.99
3060 votes

#6 - Flu Season

Parks and Recreation - Season 3 - Episode 2

While planning for the local Harvest Festival, Leslie is struck with the flu and is forced to go to the hospital. Ron and Andy have a day of male bonding, and Tom hits the spa.

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Know Thy Enemy
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7.97
3681 votes

#7 - Know Thy Enemy

The Vampire Diaries - Season 2 - Episode 17

Elena and Alaric both lash out at John when Isobel’s unexpected arrival leaves Jenna devastated. Bonnie works with Damon and Jeremy to find the spell they’ll need to harness her ancestors’ power. A heartbroken Caroline doesn’t know what to do about Matt. Stefan and Damon realize they have a new secret weapon.

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As the Shadows Deepen
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7.96
302 votes

#8 - As the Shadows Deepen

Switched at Birth - Season 2 - Episode 18

When business at Maui, Kansas starts to slow, Bay coordinates a Deaf Day and works with Emmett to organize a special screening of “Deafenstein.” Daphne is shocked at what she discovers when she runs into Chef Jeff and John brings some business to Regina. Meanwhile, Toby tries to help Nikki cope with a family tragedy from her past.

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Meet 'n' Greet
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7.95
2670 votes

#9 - Meet 'n' Greet

Parks and Recreation - Season 4 - Episode 5

Andy and April host a Halloween bash at their house. Tom emcees an event for Leslie's campaign. Andy and April receive an unusual wedding present from Ron and Ann.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes
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7.95
165 votes

#10 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ugly Betty - Season 2 - Episode 6

Betty and Henry secretly go on a date to see Wicked, but Daniel, thinking that her date is Gio, gives two tickets to Betty and Gio and Gio does not want to give up those tickets. Meanwhile, Daniel gets in a meeting with an advertiser, a woman who has an interest in younger men, namely Daniel.

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There Is Not Currently a Problem
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7.94
855 votes

#11 - There Is Not Currently a Problem

You're the Worst - Season 2 - Episode 7

The group tries to get rid of a mouse in Jimmy's house; Gretchen finally opens up to Jimmy.

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No Longer Just Us
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7.93
781 votes

#12 - No Longer Just Us

You're the Worst - Season 3 - Episode 13

Jimmy and Gretchen investigate a murder site. Lindsay sees a new side of Paul. Edgar makes a sacrifice with unforeseen consequences.

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The Image Disappears
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7.92
189 votes

#13 - The Image Disappears

Switched at Birth - Season 3 - Episode 16

The Kennish and Vasquez families rally to support a loved one who is in critical condition. Amid the emotion, blame is placed, decisions must be made and lives are forever changed.

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A Weekend in the Country
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7.92
985 votes

#14 - A Weekend in the Country

Desperate Housewives - Season 3 - Episode 3

It is a holiday weekend on Wisteria Lane. Bree and Orson are going on their honeymoon, while Gabrielle and Lynette are going a spa vacation and Tom is going on a camping trip with the kids. Meanwhile Susan is going on a quiet romantic getaway with Ian, not sure if she's cheating on Mike. However, things don't go as planned.

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Son of Man
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7.89
982 votes

#15 - Son of Man

The Tomorrow People (US) - Season 1 - Episode 22

Russell realizes his alliance with The Founder was a mistake, and tries to make up for his decision by saving Cara from an Ultra ambush. Stephen understands that he must be the one to stop The Machine and the extermination of humanity, but he fears he may be too late. Russell offers up a plan to help Stephen, but he is going to need everyone’s help, including John and Astrid, if they are going to have any chance to survive. Meanwhile, Jedikiah offers John an interesting opportunity that could have them working together again.

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Who's Zoomin' Who?
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7.89
1591 votes

#16 - Who's Zoomin' Who?

Grey's Anatomy - Season 1 - Episode 9

A sexually transmitted disease breaks out and affects several members of the hospital staff. Chief Webber promptly calls a meeting. Meanwhile, the chief reluctantly tells Dr. Derek Shepherd about his own medical concerns. Izzie and Cristina worry about a patient's wife and daughter who can't agree on his care. Burke treats his college buddy Bill, whose medical diagnosis raises some questions regarding his wife's actions. Then just as Meredith and Derek grow more intimate, a surprise is revealed.

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Spooky Sunday Funday
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7.87
868 votes

#17 - Spooky Sunday Funday

You're the Worst - Season 2 - Episode 8

Jimmy tries to stealthily help Gretchen with her depression by planning a Halloween-themed Sunday Funday.

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Heir to the Demon
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7.86
6575 votes

#18 - Heir to the Demon

Arrow - Season 2 - Episode 13

As Laurel continues to unravel, Oliver and Lance try to convince Sara to stay in Starling City and finally reunite with Laurel and Dinah. However, Sara’s fellow League of Assassins member, Nyssa, comes to bring Sara back to the fold, but when Sara refuses, Nyssa kidnaps Dinah. Realizing she’s putting her family in danger by staying in town, Sara considers re-joining the league.

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League of Assassins
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7.86
6986 votes

#19 - League of Assassins

Arrow - Season 2 - Episode 5

While Oliver tends to the Canary’s wounds, he tries to get her to talk about where she came from but she refuses. However, after Oliver and the Canary are attacked at the Queen mansion by a trained killer from the League of Assassins, she confesses to how she’s connected with the nefarious group. Meanwhile with Moira facing multiple counts of murder and conspiracy for her part in the destruction of The Glades, the Assistant District Attorney offers her a choice – plead guilty now and avoid the death penalty or take your chances in court. Thea begs her mother to fight for her life but Moira seems resolute about taking the offer. Meanwhile, Oliver is furious with Laurel for joining the prosecution’s team on his mother’s case.

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Try Real Hard
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7.85
974 votes

#20 - Try Real Hard

You're the Worst - Season 3 - Episode 1

Jimmy and Gretchen adjust to life after saying I love you. Edgar and Dorothy have sexual problems. Lindsay and Paul start a new hobby.

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Children and Art
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7.85
1005 votes

#21 - Children and Art

Desperate Housewives - Season 3 - Episode 8

Lynette returns home from the hospital. Gabrielle decides to get back into modeling and travels to New York. Susan comes home to find Austin and Julie making out on her couch. Bree meets her antagonistic mother-in-law Gloria, with whom Orson is in a quarrel. Detective Ridley has Mike's house searched.

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Y.G.A.G.G.
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7.84
390 votes

#22 - Y.G.A.G.G.

Atypical - Season 3 - Episode 4

Casey and Evan take to the open road for a tense reunion. Back home, Sam and Zahid get ready to party, and Elsa bids farewell to the past.

The Party
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7.84
718 votes

#23 - The Party

Grace and Frankie - Season 2 - Episode 12

Frankie helps her friend Babe plan a big celebration, and faces a decision; Grace wants to make amends with Frankie.

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You Knew It Was a Snake
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7.84
736 votes

#24 - You Knew It Was a Snake

You're the Worst - Season 3 - Episode 12

The three couples engage in day-long fights.

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The Last Sunday Funday
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7.84
831 votes

#25 - The Last Sunday Funday

You're the Worst - Season 3 - Episode 6

The gang embark on a very special Sunday Funday.

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Uncle Carl
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7.84
2575 votes

#26 - Uncle Carl

Shameless (US) - Season 5 - Episode 8

Fiona is confused by the status of her relationship when Gus announces he's leaving to go on tour. Meanwhile, Carl is asked by his boss to run drugs to Indiana; Frank sees a way to get revenge on Sammi by using Chuckie as the mule and having him busted; and Lip, still in need of tuition money, convinces Kev to come to the dorms and sell drugs. Plus, as Ian refuses to accept his bipolar diagnosis, Debbie is tasked with minding his new meds

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Failed Experiments
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7.83
4574 votes

#27 - Failed Experiments

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 3 - Episode 19

Coulson and his team race to combat Hive’s control over the Inhumans, as their enemy’s deadly plan for the human race is revealed.

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Sara
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7.82
5232 votes

#28 - Sara

Arrow - Season 3 - Episode 2

Lance calls the Arrow when another archer appears in town and starts skewering businessmen. Diggle uses A.R.G.U.S. to find the archer’s identity; he is a man named Simon Lacroix, who goes by the codename Komodo. However, the team hits a rough patch with the mission and gets help from a surprising source — Laurel. Meanwhile, Oliver begins to worry that he hasn’t heard from Thea, which forces Roy to tell him the truth about why she left town. Ray Palmer pursues Felicity. In the flashback, Maseo tells Oliver that Amanda Waller has ordered his first kill. As Oliver looks down the scope of the rifle, he sees the target is his best friend, Tommy. Despite her promise to her sister, Laurel debates sharing a secret about Sara with Lance.

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This Is Your Sword
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7.81
4433 votes

#29 - This Is Your Sword

Arrow - Season 3 - Episode 22

Oliver/Al Sah-him finishes his training and is left with two final tasks to become the next Ra’s al Ghul. Ra’s threatens Nyssa and delivers some shocking news. Meanwhile, Malcolm makes a surprising offer to Team Arrow and Thea goes to see Roy.

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History Lessons
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7.81
188 votes

#30 - History Lessons

Men in Trees - Season 1 - Episode 13

Marin volunteers to help at a rummage sale to deal with writer's block and her problems with Jack. She also gets an unexpected visit from Stuart Maxson, who wants to discuss the second chapter of her new book.

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Disturbing Behavior
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7.81
3517 votes

#31 - Disturbing Behavior

The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 - Episode 4

Still in Chicago, Klaus uses Gloria, a witch he knew long ago, to help him track down missing information that will explain why his plan isn’t working. Gloria’s spells reveal intriguing glimpses of the truth, but she soon realizes she needs Stefan’s knowledge to complete the puzzle. When Stefan suddenly finds himself in danger, help comes from a surprising ally. Back in Mystic Falls, a frustrating new enemy pushes Damon over the brink and he lashes out in a way that will have lasting consequences. Caroline struggles with her own emotional issues, even as she tries to help Elena face her feelings. Jeremy makes a brief but disturbing breakthrough with one of his ghostly visitors, leaving him more confused than ever. Finally, Bonnie has a strange encounter that will affect everyone.

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Recall Vote
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7.81
2180 votes

#32 - Recall Vote

Parks and Recreation - Season 6 - Episode 7

Leslie prepares a haunted house on the day of the recall vote. Tom fears the end of Rent-A-Swag and persuades Ron to help save his business.

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Rocky Road
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7.80
353 votes

#33 - Rocky Road

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World - Season 1 - Episode 6

Despite being on the outs with his sister, Kevin tries to help a desperate man find work in order to support his family. Meanwhile, Amy deals with the ramifications of invading Reese’s privacy – an act that forces everyone to rethink their priorities and what it means to be a family.

We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes
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7.80
2945 votes

#34 - We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes

The Vampire Diaries - Season 4 - Episode 6

Terrifying hallucinations leave Elena shaken and confused, causing her to make a dangerous mistake. After giving Stefan some very disturbing news about Elena, Klaus takes matters into his own hands. Professor Shane reveals a story of ancient witchcraft to Damon and Bonnie. With help from Klaus and Stefan, Jeremy begins a new chapter in his life. Finally, Elena makes a painful personal confession to Stefan, and Matt gives Damon startling new information about Professor Shane.

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Point of Origin
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7.80
472 votes

#35 - Point of Origin

Reverie - Season 1 - Episode 10

The team must race against the clock when one of them is kidnapped, and Onira-Tech is at risk of being destroyed.

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Where He Leads Me
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7.79
629 votes

#36 - Where He Leads Me

Nashville (2012) - Season 1 - Episode 8

Rayna needs to take a look at what’s really important to her after hearing Teddy’s side of the story about Peggy; Juliette feels a sense of belonging with Sean’s family that she has never experienced before; Gunnar risks his partnership with Scarlett when he confesses his feelings; and music producer Dominic Wells invites Avery to Atlanta to work together while Deacon gets an amazing offer to tour -- but both opportunities come with a price.

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Refugees
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7.78
2911 votes

#37 - Refugees

Shameless (US) - Season 6 - Episode 5

Frank helps Erica as Debbie ups her game. Lip tries to protect Helene.

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Gossip
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7.78
1035 votes

#38 - Gossip

Desperate Housewives - Season 3 - Episode 20

Susan goes to the therapist and realizes she must choose between Ian and Mike. Travers is having a birthday party which only spells trouble for Mrs. McCluskey, Gabrielle's engagement party is upstaged by an unexpected announcement and the neighborhood is full of gossip about the dead body found on Wisteria Lane.

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Leslie vs. April
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7.78
2404 votes

#39 - Leslie vs. April

Parks and Recreation - Season 5 - Episode 7

Leslie gets upset when April tries to get Lot 48 made into a dog park. Tom enlists Ben’s help as he tries to launch his new business venture. Andy hones his crime-scene investigation skills.

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All In
star
7.77
684 votes

#40 - All In

For All Mankind - Season 3 - Episode 3

As NASA scrambles to prepare for the launch to Mars, Margo is confronted with a harsh personal reality.

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One Party Can Ruin Your Whole Summer
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7.76
304 votes

#41 - One Party Can Ruin Your Whole Summer

90210 - Season 1 - Episode 24

Adrianna and Navid are forced to make an impromptu exit from the prom when Adrianna goes into labor. Dixon confronts Ethan about Silver when he notices that Ethan might be developing feelings for his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Annie reaches the breaking point when Naomi accuses her of trying to hook up with Liam, and some of her peers (still angry about the after party fiasco) decide to take both verbal and physical action against her.

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The Man Behind the Shield
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7.76
5315 votes

#42 - The Man Behind the Shield

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 4 - Episode 14

Mace fights for his life while Coulson and team find themselves in a deadly cat-and-mouse game as they attempt his rescue.

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Our Town
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7.75
3358 votes

#43 - Our Town

The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 - Episode 11

Although Caroline is in no mood to celebrate her 18th birthday, Elena, Bonnie and Matt surprise her with a small party in an unusual location. Damon and Stefan disagree on the best way to handle Klaus , and a reckless Stefan decides to test his theory by taking things to dangerous extremes. Bonnie is concerned when Elena tells her about Jeremy's new plans. At a Founder's meeting, Alaric once again runs into Dr. Fell, who is in the middle of an argument with her ex-boyfriend, the medical examiner. Tyler refuses to go along with Klaus' latest demand, and is surprised when Klaus seems to accept his decision.

The Diaper Incident
star
7.75
1094 votes

#44 - The Diaper Incident

The Middle - Season 2 - Episode 3

While shopping for baby diapers for Sue, who has run out of them on a baby-sitting job, Frankie is completely humiliated when a clerk assumes she's shopping for adult diapers. Meanwhile, after getting on Mike's case to get a physical exam because she thinks men tend to fall apart faster than women as they age, Frankie proceeds to throw out her back and hides it from Mike, who tells her he received a clean bill of health from the doctor; a clueless Sue falls for Axl's friend, Sean, who barely notices her existence; and Brick begins to test all of the age-old urban legends parents tell their kids - such as not to swallow a watermelon seed for fear one will grow in their belly - after discovering Frankie has used these white lies on him in the past.

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Paradise Lost
star
7.74
4617 votes

#45 - Paradise Lost

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 3 - Episode 16

S.H.I.E.L.D. hunts for information on their dangerous new enemy, and a shameful secret from Malick’s past is exposed, threatening to destroy his Hydra legacy.

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Blood
star
7.74
1717 votes

#46 - Blood

Revenge - Season 3 - Episode 18

Investigations into Pascal lead Emily and Aiden to uncover some long buried family secrets, while Victoria pays a surprise visit to former ally Mason Treadwell as she gets ever closer to exposing Emily.

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The Inherent, Unsullied Qualitative Value of Anything
star
7.73
764 votes

#47 - The Inherent, Unsullied Qualitative Value of Anything

You're the Worst - Season 3 - Episode 11

At a wedding together for the first time since the day they met, Jimmy and Gretchen’s tensions come to a head. Edgar’s relationship is jeopardized by his newfound success. Lindsay is forced to come clean to Paul.

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About a Boy's Dad
star
7.73
372 votes

#48 - About a Boy's Dad

About a Boy - Season 1 - Episode 10

Marcus is elated when his father, Hugh Womple takes a break from his penguin research in Antarctica to make a surprise visit. While Fiona does her best to mask her tormented attraction, she can't help but notice how consumed Hugh is with his work and his indifference towards anything Marcus is interested in. At Fiona's urging, Will steps in and does his best to encourage some much needed father-son bonding. Meanwhile, Sam's demanding work schedule throws a wrench into their plans for romance.

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Superhero
star
7.73
146 votes

#49 - Superhero

Rebel (2021) - Season 1 - Episode 3

Cruz reaches his breaking point.

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Being Sutton
star
7.71
469 votes

#50 - Being Sutton

The Lying Game - Season 1 - Episode 2

Since concern for Sutton's safety seems to be occupying Emma's mind, she starts to let pieces of her own personality emerge. Although Emma is worried by her behavior, it seems her friends and family are enjoying the change in Sutton's character. Wanting to please the father she never had, Emma must learn to ballroom dance for the annual father-daughter dance. Realizing she is in dire need of assistance, Ethan offers to help, in turn risking revealing his and Sutton's secret relationship. Will Emma be able to put aside her worries for Sutton and shine on the dance floor? Or will the night's series of events force her to reveal her true identity? Meanwhile, as the teenagers do anything to keep their secrets, the parents may be lying to keep life-altering secrets of their own.

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