The WORST episodes of Baywatch

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 4/30/2022Network: Syndication
Path of Leist Resistance
9 votes

#1 - Path of Leist Resistance

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/13/1999

Dawn's past threatens to cause her problems in the present. A kid is caught in a storm drain and the Baywatch team races to rescue him before it is too late.

Directors: Rick Jacobson
Livin' On the Fault Line (1)
111 votes

#2 - Livin' On the Fault Line (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/1/1994

After a minor earthquake, a geological survey team arrives at Baywatch to place an underwater seismometer in the Malibu fault. Hobie has an argument with his father about his future.

River of No Return (1)
67 votes

#3 - River of No Return (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/14/1992

Mitch and friends travel to northern California's rugged gold country to investigate the death of Mitch's prospector uncle where they find an old treasure map leading to a valuable gold nugget along a rough river.

Directors: Douglas Schwartz
Now, Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale
27 votes

#4 - Now, Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/24/1992

Mitch is not pleased to find his Baywatch staff glued to re-runs of Gilligan's Island at headquarters. He shuts down the TV just as Captain Thorpe arrives. Mitch sends them off on their various assignments. While Eddie is making his way toward a couple of young lovers, he slips and hits his head on the tower ramp. Things begin to go very odd at this point. When Eddie and Shauni have helped a girl on a wave runner, the scarab won't start, and Eddie and Shauni find themselves stranded on an island. There they meet Gilligan and Mary Ann. They take them back to Baywatch, where they find out that Captain Thorpe has won $ 70 000 000 on a lottery ticket. Thorpe buys a boat and names the boat the Minnow II. On that boat, they are going to sail out and try to find the rest of Gilligan and Mary Ann's crew members. But the boat ends up in the middle of a storm, and the gang is stranded again. Then a man sings a song and introduces the people: Gilligan, the skipper (Garner), the millionaire (Thorp

Directors: Douglas Schwartz
Point Doom
27 votes

#5 - Point Doom

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/26/1992

When Matt is out driving his motorcycle on the cliffs above Malibu, a woman on a motorcycle drives by him. He follows as the mystery girl with flowing blonde hair and a knockout body, races down Point Dume Road. But Matt can't catch up with her and she leaves him in the dust. Now Matt is wondering who she is and where she comes from. Then back on the beach, he sees her again. This time, she asks a guy named Hudson if he wants to race her at Point Dume Road. The winner can keep both bikes. He accepts and then he drives away from her with his gang. Later the mysterious girl goes down to the beach and Matt asks her out. They have a wonderful time together, but when Matt wakes up in the morning, she is gone. The next day, when the mysterious girl is leading the race, Hudson throws a chain around her back tire. Then she falls down into the water. Mitch and Stephanie who are out swimming, see the accident and swim to the rescue. They rescue her and then Matt finds out that her name is Jessie

Stakeout At Surfrider Beach
22 votes

#6 - Stakeout At Surfrider Beach

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/15/1993

Mitch finds himself falling for an Italian actress who is being stalked by ruthless robbers. Meanwhile, CJ and Stephanie help Guido pretend to be a lifeguard in order to impress his visiting mother.

Air Buchannon
19 votes

#7 - Air Buchannon

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/29/1994

Mitch and Stephanie ponder rekindling their romance during a 24-hour shift at the beach.

Princess of Tides
26 votes

#8 - Princess of Tides

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/2/1992

When Mitch and Newmie are in a boat race in Ben's scarab, C.J. comes into the race orbit and their opponents almost runs her over. Mitch and Newmie are forced to stop and see how she's doing. By that they only finish in fourth place. The winner James Lewiston is very happy and Mitch is angry and wants another race. Lewiston is engaged to a princess named Catherine and she wants a taste of the real world before she gets married. Her father doesn't want her to leave the boat because terrorists have threatened them. Therefore she elope and near the beach she is very tired and almost drowns. Mitch has to rescue her. Mitch and Catherine falls in love and she tells him she can't get in contact with her friends. Later when Hobie is looking in some newspapers, he finds out that Catherine is a princess. When Hobie and Catherine is out on roller-blades, two terrorists try to kidnap her, but Hobie helps her to get away from them. He also tells her that he knows who she really is. Then Catherine c

Directors: Parker Stevenson
Promised Land
18 votes

#9 - Promised Land

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/13/1995

Caroline tries to help a Chinese immigrant woman stay in America after the woman escapes from an illegal refugee boat. Garner and Matt try to stop a beautiful con artist rip off beach goers when she exposes too much.

Sharks, Lies & Videotape
14 votes

#10 - Sharks, Lies & Videotape

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/5/1998

Mitch and Cody witness a disaster involving a parasailer and a boat. When they are heading for the rescue, they are once again beaten by Bayguard, a new firm that specializes in privatizing lifeguards. When the rescue has been completed, Mitch is introduced to Alex Ryker. She is the CEO of Bayguard. She tells Mitch that she plans on going up against him for the county contract. Baywatch's contract with the county is about to expire. The next day, when Mitch goes to the Chief's office, he is surprised to find Alex there. It turns out that she has shown the Chief a videotape of some of Bayguard's amazing rescues. She has also shown the Chief a tape showcasing the Baywatch team slacking off. Mitch objects immediately, but the Chief thinks that Alex's proposal warrants consideration. After his meeting with the Chief, Mitch tells his lifeguards to start acting like professionals, otherwise they will not have any jobs left by the end of the week. Meanwhile, when April sees a man having a hea

Directors: Parker Stevenson
The Child Inside
17 votes

#11 - The Child Inside

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/22/1993

The episode starts with Stephanie and Barnett rescuing a diver in trouble. Baywatch hosts the Special Olympics for the first time. The Olympics is held by Mitch's old friend and elite gymnast Mary Lou Retton, who won 5 gold medals in the 1984 Olympics. She asks Mitch to take care of a troubled kid named Darnel while Stephanie to take care of a girl named Sammy. Darnel's father abandoned him when he was a little kid, and Mary Lou has managed to track him down. During a race, Darnel pushes his opponent in order to win and the coach for that team wants Darnel disqualified. But Mitch talks to Darnel and Mary Lou talks to the other boy's coach and they agree to let him stay in the Olympics if Darnel improves his sportsmanship. Meanwhile, Stephanie befriends Sammy who wants to be a gymnast. But she doesn't think that she's good enough. However Stephanie teaches her to believe in herself and during the final race Mr. Shepard shows up to watch his son compete. During the race, Sammy falls and

Directors: Douglas Schwartz
Hot Stuff
45 votes

#12 - Hot Stuff

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/14/1995

Kaye Morgan is volunteering at the Malibu School for the Blind, and Hobie is helping her with the kids. The kids are supposed to boogie-board, but one of the kids Charlie doesn't want that. Instead Mitch gives him a metal detector to play with. Hobie also follows the kids Charlie, Peter, Melissa and Bonnie on a hike in the woods. But disaster is about to strike. A shattered bottle thrown from a passing car has ignited a dry brush, and by that created a huge wall of fire that blows through the canyon threatening hundreds of homes and also the kids on their hike. Especially Charlie who lost his sight in a fire. When they are about to return to the school, Charlie disappears and Hobie is forced to find him before it's too late. By doing so, he is forced to leave the other kids behind, but they are later taken care of by Kaye. When Mitch finds out about the situation, he heads out to rescue Hobie and Charlie. He arrive just in time to do so. Meanwhile, Logan thinks that Caroline and Cody h

Directors: Georg Fenady
25 votes

#13 - Masquerade

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/9/1992

When the Baywatch gang has found Beverly Lowry, Gordon Lowry's wife, dead in the water, Stephanie is convinced that they are dealing with pirates, but Mitch and Garner doubt that. Then Mitch and Stephanie get a yacht from one of Stephanie's friends and acts as a newly wed rich couple named Trevor and Lilly van Tress. There is a man in the marina named Fred Adler who meets all the couples and he has the information of who is rich and who isn't. Garner and C.J. follow Mitch and Stephanie in the scarab when they sail off with their yacht Venus. Garner becomes seasick and tells C.J. to slow down. When Mitch and Stephanie are playing the role-play, thy get attracted to each other and almost makes love. But they are interrupted by Fred Adler and the pirates who have just arrived to their yacht. Meanwhile, C.J. is forced to do a rescue and transport the victim to shore. Then Garner takes another boat but boards the wrong yacht. Then Mitch is forced to go to shore and get all their money. Mean

Directors: Heather Hill
Bachelor of the Month
43 votes

#14 - Bachelor of the Month

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/3/1997

Stephanie and Tom are planning a small and simple wedding. However, Caroline is convinced that a big wedding is the best thing to have. Tom tells Stephanie to tell Caroline how they feel, but Stephanie is afraid to hurt Caroline's feelings. She is still vulnerable after breaking off her engagement to Logan. In order to keep the wedding small, Stephanie and Tom decide to get married on the beach the same day. They have a small wedding on the beach and afterwards Stephanie throws her wedding bouquet, with Caroline catching it. Logan still loves Caroline, but they decide just to be friends. Meanwhile, a young editor from the Flash Magazine named Molly McCoy, approaches Mitch and tells him that he has been nominated to be the Flash Bachelor of the Month. It turns out that C.J. has nominated him. Meanwhile, a great Portuguese-Man-of-War is terrorizing the beach. When Molly doesn't get the video she wants for the Internet, she fakes a drowning. But then the Portuguese-Man-of-War comes and Mi

Directors: Reza Badiyi
Desperate Encounter
46 votes

#15 - Desperate Encounter

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/10/1996

While vacationing in Mexico, Mitch and his new girlfriend witness an attempted murder and are then hunted by the killers. Country and Western singer Jesse Lee Harris helps Logan and the Baywatch lifeguards raise money to save a ranch that rescues endangered horses.

Directors: Douglas Schwartz
Livin' On the Fault Line (2)
50 votes

#16 - Livin' On the Fault Line (2)

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/8/1994

Stephanie and the geological team are trapped underwater by a massive earthquake. Hobie's and Jackie's lives hang in the balance. It is up to the Baywatch team to save them before it's too late!

Heal the Bay
41 votes

#17 - Heal the Bay

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/27/1997

Mitch unknowingly swims in polluted waters after Baywatch is contaminated by toxic waste. After he falls ill, Neely, C.J. and Cody must come to his rescue and discover the source of the illegal dumping and the nature of the poison.

Directors: Gus Trikonis
45 votes

#18 - Scorcher

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/21/1996

A heatwave precedes a visit to the beach by the President of the United States, as Mitch encounters a bumbling Secret Service Agent. Cody faces an audit by the IRS. Caroline thinks no one has remembered her birthday.

48 votes

#19 - Aftershock

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/15/1994

Hobie has returned from Ohio and Gayle has traveled with him back home. Gayle tells Mitch that their separation hasn't been good for Hobie and therefore she is willing to give their marriage another try. Hobie is very excited when he hears about the wedding-plans and the wedding will be held at the beach with Garner as Mitch's best man. Meanwhile, a fishing boat far out at sea gets an old mine in their fishing-net, and when the mine hits the boat, it explodes. When the lifeguards finds out about it, everyone leaves the wedding ceremony including Mitch. The rescue is successful but when Mitch comes back to the beach, Gayle is nowhere to be seen. He finds her on some rocks and she tells him that she has changed her mind. So the wedding is canceled making Hobie even sadder then he was before. Mitch does his best in order to comfort him. Meanwhile, when Caroline and Logan are out on a wave-runner, Logan is forced to make a rescue. Meanwhile, Caroline is waiting on the wave-runner that is k

Directors: Gus Trikonis
Showdown at Malibu Beach High
28 votes

#20 - Showdown at Malibu Beach High

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/19/1992

The summer is over and school is about to begin. When Slade surfs in the water near the Bremmer's land, Courtney makes a move on him and offers him a sponsor. She spends a lot of time with him at school and Summer gets jealous. When Slade and Summer share a passionate kiss at Matt's beach party, Courtney interrupts them. But Slade has shown her where his feelings are. One day, Slade's father Nicholas pays him a visit. He tells Slade that he will resign from the army and settle down in California. Slade tells him that he will do fine without having him around. Then Nicholas pushes him and tells him to stay in school no matter what, because he can't live on his surfing and then he breaks his surf-board in half. Meanwhile, C.J. has taken the job as a Volleyball coach at Malibu Beach High School. A friend of Matt's named Bear Sutter is a chumash-indian. He claims that the land that is supposed to be taken away in order to build apartments, is holy chumash-land. In order to prove that, he c

Directors: Douglas Schwartz
Watch Now:iTunes
15 votes

#21 - Homecoming

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/17/1997

Neely returns to Baywatch after a long absence, recuperating from a terrible skiing accident. When she is getting her pills at a pharmacy, a robber comes in. An old man named Mr. O'Hara is standing next to Neely and he has a heart attack and Neely is forced to perform CPR. The robber freaks out and grabs the money and runs away. Mitch and Donna watch Neely on TV. It turns out that Neely has become hooked on painkillers. Donna figures it out but Neely denies everything. Meanwhile, Lani sees a group of Native American Indians constructing something on the beach. When she walks over to them, she finds out that they are building a Chumash Death Bed. The Chumash Death Bed is built for an old indian named Eyes That See At Night. When Mitch arrives, Craig Pomeroy makes a surprise visit as the old indian's lawyer. Craig and Mitch catch up on their lives and Craig tells Mitch that he and Gina have separated. Mitch wants him to come back to Baywatch again but Craig isn't sure he wants to do that

Directors: Paul Cajero
The Incident
47 votes

#22 - The Incident

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/20/1996

Caroline blames herself after a victim drowns after a nighttime rescue. Spurred on by Neely, Caroline takes a walk on the wild side.

Beauty and the Beast
42 votes

#23 - Beauty and the Beast

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/3/1996

After swimmers are attacked by an alligator living in a storm drain, Mitch, Logan and Cody hunt for the creature. C.J., Caroline and Neely compete to become the cover model for Inside Sports magazine.

Directors: David W. Hagar
44 votes

#24 - Beachblast

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/28/1996

Mitch and the Baywatch gang compete against Jenny McCarthy and MTV VJ's in a charity games to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The One That Got Away
69 votes

#25 - The One That Got Away

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/30/1991

Lifeguard and marine biologist Megan is tricked into rescuing a fisherman who appears to have fallen off a rock jetty. When she finds out that she has been set up, it's too late. He pulls a knife and tries to rape her. Megan hits him in the crutch and manages to get away by swimming away from the beach. When Mitch arrives, the fisherman leaves. Megan just tells Mitch that she took an extra long work out. But Mitch is suspicious and when the same man attacks a French stewardess, he tells her she isn't the right one. Harvey rescues the stewardess. When Mitch finds out what the fisherman said, he starts thinking about Megan. When Megan starts having nightmares about the incident, she tells Mitch the truth. In order to catch the fisherman, Megan acts as bait. But when Mitch and Garner head towards the restroom to capture a man they think is the fisherman, the real one drags Megan under the pier. Mitch comes to the rescue and Garner escorts the fisherman to prison. Harvey befriends the Fren

Directors: Gus Trikonis