The BEST Episodes of Baywatch

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2020

Network: Syndication

This long-running series follows the adventures of a team of lifeguards on the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County. Veteran lifeguard Mitch Buchannon watches over the younger lifeguards that come and go with each passing season as they keep the beaches safe for vacationers. Frequently he must take action to save them from the raging seas and from the raging tempers that sometimes flare up between the young guards in this stressful job.

Black Widow

#1 - Black Widow

Season 11 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 11, 2000

At the same time, Sean is stuck in traffic in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. He sees something that makes him catch his breath: a woman that resembles his ex-wife, Maggie. Just as they see each other, his Nextel starts chirping. Crazy Bob has found the body of the husband and dragged it to shore. Sean immediately rushes to the scene. Leigh tries her best to perform artificial respiration, but it's too late. The man is dead. Strangely, his windpipe has been crushed. Leigh runs off to find Sasha, and catches her in the midst of a torrid embrace with Sergio, a ""friend of the family."" Leigh is immediately suspicious of what she has just seen, but Sean reminds her that they are lifeguards, not policemen, and to leave the detective work to the pros. Arriving at the scene of the crime is Maggie. She tries to talk to Sean, but because of the investigation, he can't talk to her at that moment. Instead, they agree to meet at a bar later. Once again, Sean's work has taken precedence over h

star 10.00
4 votes
Last Rescue

#2 - Last Rescue

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired May 8, 2000

When Sean learns that a young man Jamal has dreams of becoming an Olympic swimmer, he decides to do whatever he can to help Jamal realize his goals. Meanwhile, Mitch has his hands full as he aids Jessie in overcoming a family crisis.

star 9.75
4 votes
Big Island Heat

#3 - Big Island Heat

Season 10 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 13, 2000

As his trust in Jenna deepens, Sean decides to take a huge risk by sharing his most dark and emotional secret with her. He can only hope that Jenna will not betray his trust. Meanwhile, Allie struggles to keep up with a challenging day of rescues.

star 9.71
7 votes
Gold From the Deep

#4 - Gold From the Deep

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 22, 1999

The news of a lost treasure's location excites most of the Baywatch lifeguards but the excitement quickly threatens to tear the team apart in the rush to find it.

star 9.67
6 votes
Directors: Robert Weaver
Writers:
Liquid Visions

#5 - Liquid Visions

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 17, 2000

The amazing recovery of a man rescued after being submerged for a very long time inspires Dawn. Kekoa debates getting involved in another relationship as she thinks she dooms her chances for happiness with self doubt.

star 9.67
6 votes
Writers:
Breath of Life

#6 - Breath of Life

Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 21, 2000

Jason, at the request of a young woman, goes to visit her father and reluctantly learns a craft from him. Sean's feelings about Jenna change abruptly when he finds out her plans for the future and how they will impact him directly.

star 9.67
6 votes
Directors: Rick Jacobson
Writers: Tanquil Lisa Collins
Maui Xterra

#7 - Maui Xterra

Season 10 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 24, 2000

Jessie accepts an offer from her sister Dawn, who claims that she wants to help Jessie regain confidence by competing in a challenging triathlon. Sean and Allie worry about Jessie's health and wonder if Dawn might have darker motives behind her offer.

star 9.67
6 votes
The Cage

#8 - The Cage

Season 11 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 2000

While watching over the Ironman Triathlon, J.D. and Sean must perform a rescue of two divers who have come face to face with a tiger shark. The reason the shark is so close in land is that Blake, a nefarious ""shark tour"" provider, had been dumping chum in the water. Sean, of course, is livid and becomes even more so when locals tell him not to interfere. Sean confronts Blake face to face, but Blake is not intimidated by Sean and even threatens him back. Unbeknownst to Sean, Kekoa and J.D. have continued their affair. They have, in fact, ramped it up to the next level, even though both know that what they are doing is dangerous and not in the best interests of the team. Meanwhile, Jason is having problems with tourist Al Raymond. Raymond is a good enough guy, but he wants so desperately to impress his son Noah that he keeps getting in Jason's way. To make things worse for Al, all of his attempts end in embarrassing failure. Al at first irritates Jason, but Max tells him how he misses hi

star 9.60
5 votes
Directors: Rick Jacobson
Writers: Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton
The Stalker

#9 - The Stalker

Season 11 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 5, 2001

Two young and good looking spear fishermen, Ronnie and Eric, get into trouble when Eric accidentally shoots while Ronnie is in front of him. Ronnie's hand is pinned to the coral reef. Meanwhile, Sam (the adrenaline rushing pilot from Dangerous Games) has come back into Leigh's life. He has been sending her post cards and calling her. Carrie thinks Leigh's crazy for not going for him. Suddenly, Sam shows up behind them. He wants Leigh to date him again. Their reverie is interrupted by Eric's cries for help. The trio immediately spring into action. Eric has now been caught in the fishing line and is also in trouble. Using their best efforts and ingenuity, the trio is able to save Eric and Ronnie. Ronnie is taken to the hospital. Eric is very grateful to both Carrie and Leigh, but he seems to take an especial interest in Carrie. The two of them go out on a date. Carrie really likes him, and finds herself opening up to him in a way she hasn't before. The next day, he is on her front door s

star 9.60
5 votes
Boiling Point

#10 - Boiling Point

Season 11 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 9, 2001

Sean and Brian have just completed the daring rescue of Matt, a twelve year old boy who had gotten a little too excited with his birthday present: a wind surfboard. The boy is impressed that he was rescued by ""the"" Brian Keaulana. Brian and Sean, meanwhile, are looking over the new computer system, designed by Zack and paid for by Harold Schuster, the center's biggest donor. Brian asks Sean how to use the banner ads at top. He tries to click on one. The system suddenly crashes. With Schuster coming later that afternoon, this is a major disaster. Zack, meanwhile, is with Jason, JD and Kekoa. They are with Schuster's spoiled daughter, Brit, taking her on a hiking trip to the Waimea Valley on Kauai. Both Zack and Jason are hot for Brit, and she makes sure she plays with the two of them. She is also extremely well equipped, carrying with her a handheld GPS (global positioning satellite) system. They decide to hike to the top of a local peak. JD and Kekoa will stay behind. As the day wears

star 9.50
4 votes
Directors: Gary Capo
Writers: Frederick Rappaport
Trapped

#11 - Trapped

Season 11 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 23, 2001

Sean and Leigh are in the scarab off of Maui investigating a new man-made reef that is being put in to lure additional tourists. Neither of them is happy with this new development because it has caused a shift in the rip patterns. Nick, a surfer, is also concerned and, for some reason, isn't feeling quite well. His brother Joe is surfing and tombstones. Sean and Leigh quickly jump into action and bring Joe to the beach. He is unconscious and Nick is nearly hysterical. Sean and Leigh try to get him to wait for the ambulance, but he's too caught up in trying to save his brother. The ambulance arrives and Nick hops in to go to the hospital. In the hospital, Joe is fine but Nick turns out to have pneumonia. Sean and Leigh begin to suspect that there is something wrong with the materials that are being used to create the new reef. To complicate matters, Sam Parks has come back. Sean definitely does not trust Sam, and Leigh is loathe to tell him the truth about Sam's status as a Navy Intell

star 9.50
4 votes
Directors: Anson Williams
Writers: Kris Dobkin
Killing Machine

#12 - Killing Machine

Season 10 - Episode 22 - Aired May 15, 2000

Mitch faces off against an eco-terrorist, and as the dust settles, Baywatchs' finest will never be the same.

star 9.37
8 votes
Friends Forever

#13 - Friends Forever

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 23, 1998

The Baywatch gang is preparing some kids for the Special Olympics. One of the kids, twelve year old Kayla is deaf. Her father Gavin has been a friend of Alex's for years. When his job forces him to go to San Diego, Alex convinces him to let Kayla stay with her. Meanwhile on the boardwalk, a man named Herbert Crane is berating a dangerous monkey named Mighty Moe. But the dangerous monkey turns out to be a loveable orangutan named Morton. When Morton doesn't scare any people, Herbert wants to get rid of him. While Herbert is driving drunk and loses control over the car, Morton escapes. Herbert follows him towards the ocean and a while later, Herbert is knocked down by a wave and almost drowns. He is rescued by Mitch and Alex. Kayla follows them there and she finds Morton hiding behind some cliffs. But she doesn't tell Alex and Mitch about Morton. So when Herbert keeps wondering where his monkey is, no one believes him. Not until, Cody and Jessie tell them that they meet Herbert and Morto

star 9.33
6 votes
Writers: Deborah Schwartz
Come Fly with Me

#14 - Come Fly with Me

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 18, 1999

While Alex and Mitch are walking down the beach, they get a distress call. When they arrrive to the scene, a lot of people are coming out of the water holding their stomachs. Mitch thinks that the water has been polluted and immediately closes the beach. But the water is not polluted. It was just a hot dog vendor who sold bad hot dogs. At headquarters when they are taking care of the victims, Newmie answers the phone and when Mitch picks up the phone he is surprised to hear Tanner's voice. But the phone call is cut off. Later Tanner calls again and asks Mitch to pick him up. He gives him the address. Mitch arrive to the trailer and finds Blake on the floor and Tanner tied up on the bed. Also in the trailer are some mice and some snakes. Mitch takes Tanner with him, but before they leave, Blake wakes up for a little moment. He is awake long enough to see Mitch. Later during the evening when Tanner has cleaned himself up, Alex arrives and tells Mitch that he might have gotten himself int

star 9.33
6 votes
Writers: David Braff
Galaxy Girls

#15 - Galaxy Girls

Season 9 - Episode 21 - Aired May 10, 1999

Newmie and Alex are spending a lot of time together riding SeaDoos, go scuba diving and stuff like that. Newmie is convinced that Alex's got the hots for him and plans to make a move on her. He tells Mitch about it, but Mitch tells him that it can't be true. When Newmie invites Alex to join him for dinner on the beach, Mitch tells her what Newmie is really after. Alex can't believe it when Mitch tells her about Newmie's intentions. Alex tries to talk some sense into Newmie but he keeps interrupting her all the time. When Newmie finally goes to check on the food that is being prepared by Armond, Alex calls Mitch and tells him to come to the beach and join them for dinner. Later Newmie returns and Alex can not believe her eyes when she finds out that Newmie is wearing a toupee. Finally, Alex spots Mitch fishing by the water. Alex wants him to join them for dinner while Newmie wants him to leave. Mitch ends up staying on the beach and Alex has to tell Newmie about her feelings. She tells

star 9.33
6 votes
Writers: Kimmer Ringwald
Ties That Bind

#16 - Ties That Bind

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 4, 2000

The training period is coming to an end, and all of the trainees are anxious to see who will get the valued A-1 classification. During this final ""heat,"" everyone pushes themselves to the limit, including Zack and Carrie. Meanwhile, Barney Poe and his daughter Liv are on the beach. A thief sees her taking out a wad of bills and tries to steal them. Zack immediately jumps into action and chases the thief through the crowds in the water via jet ski. He collars the thief, but knows he is in trouble with Sean for acting so rashly. He wonders if it will impact his ability to get his qualifying certification. Zack and Liv are attracted to one another. As they look around the training center, Barney explains to Sean that he's been a widower for eight years. Sean, thinking of Ben, understands Barney's predicament and is sympathetic. True to his worst fears, Zack does not get his certification. Zack, of course, is completely devastated-particularly when Carrie consoles him on washing out in fro

star 9.33
6 votes
The Ex-Files

#17 - The Ex-Files

Season 11 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 29, 2001

Jenna is marching around the Training Center with Phil Price, a photographer getting publicity shots of her in action. Meanwhile, Zack is showing around Peggy, one of the trainees. They get a frantic call: a scuba tour group has lost some of its members near a reef. Seeing an opportunity for some photos in action, Jenna grabs Phil and directs Sean to bring him with them so he can get the shots. Zack will ride shotgun with Jenna. As they near the area the call came from, Sean notices that the channel marker is missing. He warns Jenna and Zack, but they are too intent on the rescue. The jet ski hits a reef and flips, tossing Jenna and Zack into the water. Zack breaks his ear drum, but suffers through the pain in order to get Jenna, who is trapped under the water. He and Sean rescue her. It turns out that there never was a group of scuba divers: it was just another in an increasing series of pranks that have been played on the lifeguards. McKenna attempts to use what happened to Zack and

star 9.33
6 votes
Directors: David W. Hagar
Writers: Frank South
My Father the Hero

#18 - My Father the Hero

Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 26, 2001

Sean and Jenna are on their way back from the other side of the island, where they have met some mucky mucks who might be helpful to her reelection campaign when suddenly, they hear shouting from out in the water. They meet Lyle Garrett, a young, good looking man whose friend has been injured in a surfing accident. Sean dives into the water and, even though it will ruin her dress, Jenna does as well. After the friend is taken to the hospital, Jenna has a chance to talk with Lyle. He's an investment banker who handles some very wealthy clients. Jenna's eyes immediately light up: not only does she need to learn to invest her own money better, but a contact with wealthy friends could be very helpful indeed. She feels that Lyle could benefit from her coterie of political contacts as well. Sean, though, is not quite so easily impressed by him: there's something about his behavior that bothers Sean. Jenna poo poos him, especially when Lyle, ""as a favor,"" is able to turn her $5,000 into $10,0

star 9.33
6 votes
Risk to Death

#19 - Risk to Death

Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 1, 1999

Sean considers dismissing Jason from Baywatch unless he changes his attitude. A man and his pregnant wife need to be rescued from the ocean after falling overboard from their yacht.

star 9.25
8 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers:
The Edge

#20 - The Edge

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 14, 1998

Cody has started swimming again. But he is clearly frustrated with his times. They aren't half as good as his times during the qualification races for the Atlanta Olympics back in 1996. Cody couldn't go to Atlanta because of a diving accident (6.22 Go for the Gold). After a race, Cody meets Liz Brooks, a beautiful woman. She turns out to know everything about Cody's past. She wants him to become her spokesperson for a new line of nutritional supplements called ""The Edge 4000"". Cody accepts the offer. When Liz is mixing up an Edge drink for Cody at headquarters, Mitch and Alex start asking questions about ""The Edge 4000"". They are very sceptical. Soon, Cody's training starts to interfere with his lifeguard hours. Mitch tells him to prioritize. He can't do both things. Cody will think about it. Another day, Cody is very cold due to the fact that he has lowered his body fat with 3 %. Therefore, he doesn't have the strength to complete a rescue. When Mitch and Newmie arrive to the scene, t

star 9.20
5 votes
Directors: Robert Weaver
Writers: Steven Barnes
The Big Blue

#21 - The Big Blue

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 11, 1999

Some spectacular stunts are performed by a group of skydivers outside headquarters. Mitch, Cody, Jessie and J.D. look at them in amazement. When they have landed on the beach, Mitch goes down to greet an old military buddy named Ben Frazier. They catch up on each other's lives and then Mitch meets Tracy McCabe again. Tracy is his old Commander's daughter. She has grown up know and since she joined the military, her relationship with her father has been strained. Jessie introduces herself to Ben and Tracy and asks them if they can teach her some of the stuff they can do in the air. The promise to do that. During a picnic on the beach, Mitch asks Tracy why she doesn't want to attend the ceremony of her dad accepting the Navy Cross. Tracy tells him that her father Commander McCabe always ran his home like it was his own platoon. So when Tracy left, she swore that she would never return. Mitch also tells Tracy about the time her father saved his life. Eight years earlier, Mitch was called

star 9.20
5 votes
Writers: Tanquil Lisa Collins
Water Dance

#22 - Water Dance

Season 9 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 22, 1999

When Mitch and Cody are out paddling on their surfboards, Cody tells Mitch that his relationship with Lani is over. She is engaged to someone else. He tells Mitch that he is having a really bad luck when it comes to women, first C.J. and now Lani. He decides to stay away from women a while. Then they see a beautiful violin-player on a yacht. She plays really good and Cody falls in love with her immediately. Suddenly a woman comes out on the deck and forces her to quit. Later on, the violin-player named Ariana tries to escape from the yacht. When she is alone in her room, she puts on a tape so that her bodyguards, Troy and Erik believe she is still practicing. But just when she has started swimming, Erik enters the room and notices that Ariana is gone. But Ariana hasn't gone far and Troy and Erik are able to pick her up in a zodiac. Later Mitch and Cody decide to go back to the yacht. It's illegal to spend the night out at sea. When they come onboard the yacht, they meet the owner of th

star 9.20
5 votes
Writers: John Whelpley
Baywatch O'Hana

#23 - Baywatch O'Hana

Season 10 - Episode 20 - Aired May 1, 2000

Sean and Jenna continue to develop feelings for each other, but Sean is afraid to go public with their romance. When he has a chance to lecture on lifeguard techniques, Sean welcomes the distraction. However, when Jenna ends up in grave danger, Sean's true feelings come to light in front of his team.

star 9.20
5 votes
Sunday in Kauai

#24 - Sunday in Kauai

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 25, 1999

Jessie and Kekoa face-off during a paddle boat trip of a local river in which they must co-operate with each other to rescue and transport a man to safety after his canoe falls down a waterfall. J.D. tries to get Jason to shed his Texan image in order to learn how to flirt with some attractive-looking ladies on the marina. Also, Sean accompanies Allie on a quest into an underwater cave in search of some Hawaiian archaeology.

star 9.14
7 votes
Writers:
Father of the Groom

#25 - Father of the Groom

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 8, 1999

Mitch is shocked when he finds out that Hobie is getting married to a woman he only met recently. The Baywatch lifeguards must undertake a dangerous rescue of a woman trapped in an underwater cave.

star 9.14
7 votes
Directors: L. Lewis Stout
Writers: