The BEST episodes of Once a Thief

Every episode of Once a Thief ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Once a Thief!

The misadventures of a gang of Canadian spies, agents, criminals and mobsters, including three spies, an enigmatic director and two grim-faced assassins.

Last Updated: 11/28/2022Network:CTV
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Mac Daddy
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#1 - Mac Daddy

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/13/1997

Mac is suspicious when his father shows up; Li Ann disappears while investigating a spa that's linked to an arms dealer

Directors: Jeff Woolnough
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Last Temptation of Vic
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#2 - Last Temptation of Vic

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/31/1998

Victor gets mixed up with a gang of wiseguys.

Directors: T.J. Scott
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Endgame (2)
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#3 - Endgame (2)

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/2/1998

SPOILER ALERT - FOR THOSE AMERICAN VIEWERS WHO DO NOT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE ENDING OF THE EPISODE, DO NOT READ THE NOTES BELOW THIS SYNOPSIS In the aftermath of the Godfather's assassination, the team comes close to breaking up, but the arrival of a top-notch assassin who not only is gunning for the Director but used to WORK for the Director (pre-Murphy and Camier) keeps them together. Li Ann is ready to believe in Michael again, who is working with the Director, but Mac is having his reservations. Mac finally does reach out to Michael, only to have it all blow up in his face.

Directors: David Wu
Family Reunion (1)
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#4 - Family Reunion (1)

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/25/1998

Directors: Allan Kroeker
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Politics Of Love
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#5 - Politics Of Love

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/28/1998

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Shaken Not Stirred
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#6 - Shaken Not Stirred

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/21/1998

When the former member of an Irish terrorist group begins stealing antiques and blowing up antique trucks, the agency's number 1 spy in the British division - Ian Leslie, with a licence to terminate - joins them. He's suave, sophisticated and is spending a lot of time getting to know Li Ann. Mac and Vic, obviously jealous, try to interfere with their relationship. The Director also warns her to stay away from him as he is really there to kill the terrorist. Ian denies it but Li Ann is unsure. As the group come together at the climax of their adventure, Mac comes to realise he still loves Li Ann but he doesn't think she feels the same way; Vic is unsure of what he feels but worries he may lose her to Mac; and Ian has to make a new evaluation of who he can trust. Li Ann, knowing Ian didn't lie to her is sad to see him leave but knows that ""he won't even think about another woman for a long time"". But little does she know he and the Director are already on a plane to Paris... Meanwhile in

Directors: Steve DiMarco
The Director Files
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#7 - The Director Files

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/14/1998

The Director turns against the agency thanks to a close encounter with an unknown force.

Directors: John Paizs
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Little Sister
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#8 - Little Sister

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/7/1998

Victor is summoned to rescue his little sister from a gang of alt-culture criminals.

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Kangaroo Court
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#9 - Kangaroo Court

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/28/1998

The gang attempts to save Jackie from an underground justice system.

Directors: John Fawcett
True Blue
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#10 - True Blue

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/21/1998

Victor's haunted by criminal ex-cop buddies who think he's ratting them out.

Directors: David Wu
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Li Ann's Choice
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#11 - Li Ann's Choice

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/14/1998

Jackie, Mac and Victor set out to shut down a feuding family of weapons dealers

Mama's Boys
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#12 - Mama's Boys

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/7/1998

When Mac is sent to investigate a spree of jewel thefts, he doesn't stop the thieves after suppoesdly falling in love with the hostage they take. The Director, annoyed with the teams continual lack of discipline sentences all three to a week of appreciating what goes on inside the agency, beginning with a postmortem with Murphy & Camier. Mac discovers Angie, the supposed hostage, is in on the plan. She lives with her adopted brothers and mother in a ""Brady Bunch"" style family that steals jewels and reports back to a murderous criminal mastermind who is manipulating them. The family soon adopt Mac as one of them and the Director sends Jackie to find out what Mac is up to. Mac confesses to Angie that although her family is odd, he has never had a family. Meanwhile, Vic has to put up with Nathan, who belives LiAnn and everyone else are bug people, Vic is the only one he can allegedly trust. The Rivers family meanwhile have a problem - they need someone else muscular to pull off a diamond

Directors: John Paizs
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That Old Gang of Mine
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#13 - That Old Gang of Mine

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/24/1998

Mac and Li Ann investigate a teen-age mob boss and encounter their ""Godfather.''

Directors: T.J. Scott
Wedding Bell Blues
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#14 - Wedding Bell Blues

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/17/1998

Mac investigates, then falls in love with, a woman who's suspected of organizing the sale of a hand-held nuclear grenade.

Writer: David Wu
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Jaded Love
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#15 - Jaded Love

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/17/1997

Victor's old flame asks him for help after she's threatened by a client.

Writer: Bruce Martin
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Drive, She Said
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#16 - Drive, She Said

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/10/1997

Victor and Mac are sent to a safe house after several male agents are assassinated.

Directors: David Wu
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It Happened One Night
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#17 - It Happened One Night

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/27/1997

An Arabian prince is kidnapped while under the team's protection.

Directors: John Fawcett
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Wang Dang Doodle
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#18 - Wang Dang Doodle

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/20/1997

The team are assigned to investigate a group of psychotics who were once normal. It soon becomes a race against time when the agency's ""cleaners"" - Camier & Murphy - are sent to dispose of the people. Dr Bernard Fry, employed by the agency, is using mind-altering drugs to turn people into ""droogs"".

Directors: T.J. Scott
Art of Death
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#19 - Art of Death

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/6/1997

A cop who arrested Mac and Li Ann works with the agency to stop a terrorist cult.

Directors: Steve DiMarco
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Trial Marriage
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#20 - Trial Marriage

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/29/1997

Mac follows husband and wife terrorists while Li Ann and Vic investigate the death of several scientists who attended the same convention.

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Rave On
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#21 - Rave On

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/22/1997

An investigation into the death of several teens uncovers a dangerous youth rave culture.

Directors: John Fawcett
The Big Bang Theory
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#22 - The Big Bang Theory

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/15/1997

It is three months since the event of the pilot episode. Mac, in particular, is not happy. He is still working for the vixen known as the Director and Li Ann is still in love with Victor. The trio are sent to get a computer disk off a criminal. Unfortunately he is killed before they can, and in the heat of the moment - Mac quits. Surprisingly, the Director lets him go. Li Ann goes to find him but he refuses to come back when he realises she still loves Victor.

Directors: David Wu

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