The Best Episodes of Perception

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2018

This fascinating series features one of the most unique crime solvers on television, an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce’s mind may be brilliant, it’s also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Rachael Leigh Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who has recruited Pierce to consult on cases.

Shadow (1)

#1 - Shadow (1)

Season 1 - Episode 9

A student tips off Pierce about a potential conspiracy to cover up the murder of a U.S. Senator.

star 8.17
322 votes
Directors: Ken Biller
Writers: Mike Sussman
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Blindness

#2 - Blindness

Season 2 - Episode 3

When a series of bizarre public murders occur, Pierce realizes that the killer is trying to send a message about inattentional blindness, but Donnie doubts this theory. But Pierce has a trick up his sleeve that can prove his point, and they must scramble to piece together the clues before the clever killer can make any more examples out of innocent victims.

star 8.15
422 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Nicki Paluga
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Warrior (2)

#3 - Warrior (2)

Season 2 - Episode 10

Morretti faces criminal charges after taking things into her own hands while working on a dangerous case. Pierce and Donnie strive to clear her name, but as conflicting evidence builds, even Kate begins to question her own innocence

star 8.14
394 votes
Directors: Ken Biller
Writers: Amanda Green
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Light (2)

#4 - Light (2)

Season 1 - Episode 10

Moretti learns that there may be some truth to Pierce's conspiracy theory. Pierce's new doctor forces him to face the truth about Natalie.

star 8.12
319 votes
Directors: Kenneth Biller
Writers: Kenneth Biller
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Dirty (1)

#5 - Dirty (1)

Season 3 - Episode 10

When Donnie finds himself in a compromising situation, he calls Pierce for help. As the evidence begins to stack against Donnie, Pierce and Moretti struggle with their own fears and doubts, as they work to solve the case. During the chaos, Pierce must deal with his father after he assaults someone at the assisted living facility.

star 8.12
375 votes
Directors: LeVar Burton
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams
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Cipher

#6 - Cipher

Season 1 - Episode 4

Pierce tries to crack a coded message left in a newspaper by someone who may be connected to a murder. But time isn't on his side as another victim's life could be in danger.

star 8.05
365 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Jerry Shandy
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Wounded (1)

#7 - Wounded (1)

Season 2 - Episode 9

Donnie tries to help a war hero suffering from a neurological disorder, but what starts out as a good deed ends up having major implications. Pierce gets an unexpected surprise when a fling from his past shows up.

star 8.03
401 votes
Directors: Ken Biller
Writers: Michael Sussman
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86'd

#8 - 86'd

Season 1 - Episode 3

Pierce and Moretti race to find clues when a serial killer from 1986 begins killing again. They catch a break when they learn that one of the victims is actually alive. Moretti's dad, one of the investigators on the original case, offers his daughter advice. Pamela Reed also guest-stars as the mother of the surviving victim, while Armin Shimerman is the victim's psychologist.

star 8.01
397 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Stephen Tolkin
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Asylum

#9 - Asylum

Season 2 - Episode 8

Pierce investigates a gruesome stabbing at a psychiatric hospital. Guided by his hallucination of Sigmund Freud, Pierce becomes convinced the hospital is full of dark secrets.

star 8.00
399 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams
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Obsession

#10 - Obsession

Season 2 - Episode 14

Pierce's mental stability is questioned and his job threatened when he is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend, Caroline Newsome. As the situation escalates, Moretti works to find the real stalker with help from a visiting inspector from Canada.

star 7.99
378 votes
Writers: Raf Green, Charley Dane
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Prologue

#11 - Prologue

Season 3 - Episode 8

After a missing FBI agent turns up dead, Pierce is forced to face the one case he was never able to solve. When they discover that the killer is still out there, Pierce agrees to help Moretti, against the wishes of his therapist, Dr. Rosenthal, who believes it will only exacerbate Pierce’s condition.

star 7.99
362 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Michael Sussman
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Paris

#12 - Paris

Season 3 - Episode 1

Dr. Daniel Pierce’s picture-perfect new life in Paris is suddenly turned upside down after he is approached by the FBI legat to help with a dangerous international case. Meanwhile, his assistant Max Lewicki and Dean Paul Haley plot to get Pierce to return to Chicago.

star 7.98
416 votes
Directors: Kenneth Biller
Writers: Michael Sussman
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The Messenger

#13 - The Messenger

Season 1 - Episode 5

When a young man in a cult claims to be hearing the word of God, Pierce must determine if it's actually the word of God or a life-threatening neurological condition. Pierce and Moretti must also figure out if his murder is linked to his drug past or his new life with an organization that may be scamming people out of their life savings. Roger Bart guest-stars as Ethan Kendrick, a high-powered IRS agent looking into the finances of the organization. Meanwhile, the university gives Pierce an award for his research.

star 7.96
354 votes
Writers: Stephen Tolkin, Jason Ning
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Defective

#14 - Defective

Season 2 - Episode 6

A new brain device to control tremors seems to have a defect that turns out to be far more serious than a technical malfunction, and Pierce partners with Donnie to investigate. Their unlikely alliance is tested when the case escalates to murder. Meanwhile, Lewicki learns a valuable lesson about dating.

star 7.95
390 votes
Writers: Raf Green, Charley Dane
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Inconceivable

#15 - Inconceivable

Season 3 - Episode 6

When an infant is reported stolen, Moretti hunts down the kidnapper and makes a very bizarre discovery. As Pierce and Moretti investigate a related murder, they find that there might be another child out there who needs their help. Meanwhile, Donnie and Moretti discuss their future together when Donnie looks into buying a house in the suburbs.

star 7.95
358 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Nicki Paluga
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Caleidoscope

#16 - Caleidoscope

Season 2 - Episode 5

Pierce and Morretti plunge into virtual reality to solve the murder of Kurt Simpson, a man who spent most of his time in a massive multiplayer online game called Caleidoscope. After creating an avatar of himself to investigate the crime, Pierce struggles more than ever to distinguish between reality and fantasy.

star 7.94
396 votes
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams
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Bolero

#17 - Bolero

Season 3 - Episode 7

After Pierce witnesses a gallery owner die during a seizure caused by a video installation, he convinces Moretti that it was actually a murder. Their search for the killer puts them in the middle of a brazen art heist. As Pierce works on the case, he is forced to re-examine his relationship with Natalie.

star 7.94
360 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Tawnya Bhattacharya, Ali Laventhol
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Toxic

#18 - Toxic

Season 2 - Episode 4

Pierce accepts an invitation to work on a case from a renowned environmental activist concerning a chain of abnormal neurological reactions in a group of young girls. However, upon examining the girls, Pierce discovers that a dark secret is at the root of their ailments. Meanwhile, Moretti questions Pierce’s motives in working on a case without her.

star 7.93
413 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Warren Hsu Leonard
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Kilimanjaro

#19 - Kilimanjaro

Season 1 - Episode 8

Moretti and Pierce are called upon to solve a crime in their own backyard when a college student is killed in her dorm room. Pierce is forced into the uncomfortable situation of interacting on a personal level with more than one of his students, which forces him to confront difficult truths about his own past. The case comes just as Moretti is beginning to re-evaluate her relationship with Dr. Hathaway.

star 7.91
324 votes
Writers: Amanda Green
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Neuropositive

#20 - Neuropositive

Season 2 - Episode 7

When Moretti receives a deathbed confession about the hit-and-run murder of a teenager from 1992, she calls on Pierce to determine the ailing man's credibility. The case becomes complicated, however, when the alleged killer's physician, Dr. Hutchins, reveals that his patient’s tumor has mysteriously disappeared. Pierce and Moretti must dig deeper into the past to uncover the truth behind a shocking series of apparent homicides.

star 7.90
378 votes
Writers: Sean Whitesell
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Curveball

#21 - Curveball

Season 2 - Episode 11

With the help of his hallucination, Hall of Famer Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, Pierce fights for an autistic teen under interrogation for murder. Meanwhile, Dean Haley turns on the charm in order to convince a neuroscience prodigy to attend CLMU.

star 7.90
391 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Jason Ning
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Brotherhood

#22 - Brotherhood

Season 2 - Episode 12

Pierce and Lewicki are caught off guard when Lewicki’s brother Kenny shows up unannounced. In an unwelcome turn of events, Kenny is named the key suspect in a homicide case, leaving Pierce torn between helping a friend and serving justice. Meanwhile, Lewicki is approached with a tantalizing offer that makes him question Pierce’s loyalty to him.

star 7.88
389 votes
Writers: Sean Whitesell
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Alienation

#23 - Alienation

Season 2 - Episode 2

Pierce and Moretti take on an extraterrestrial case when a woman reports that aliens have abducted her husband. When Pierce and Moretti arrive to investigate, however, they make a startling discovery. Meanwhile, things heat up between Pierce and his real-life girlfriend, Caroline, but his relationship could be jeopardized if he can't get his imaginary girlfriend, Natalie, out of his mind.

star 7.88
415 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Michael Sussman
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Cobra

#24 - Cobra

Season 2 - Episode 13

Tensions arise between the CIA and FBI after Pierce receives a tip that the CIA might be assassinating U.S. citizens. Things become more complicated when one of Pierce's close friends is murdered. Meanwhile, Moretti tries to overcome her trust issues with Donnie.

star 7.87
363 votes
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams, Nicki Paluga
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Lovesick

#25 - Lovesick

Season 1 - Episode 6

Pierce is called upon to help the FBI investigate the murder of a therapist. Moretti spends more time with Professor Hathaway. And Dean Haley uses Pierce as bait to get a wealthy alumni's widow to fund a new building.

star 7.87
324 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Jason Ning
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