The Best Episodes of Speechless

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018

Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”


#1 - C-A-- CAMP

Season 1 - Episode 23

As the family readies for their flight to JJ's camp, Maya gets a surprise at the airport. Ray sees the summer as an opportunity to reinvent himself, while Jimmy and Dylan turn the trip to camp into a father/daughter bonding moment.

star 7.97
421 votes
Writers: Matt Roller, Danny Chun
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#2 - D-I - DING

Season 1 - Episode 18

After leaving a note behind Maya’s back, Ray takes sides against the family when Maya dings a nearby car. Following through on a promise, Jimmy and Dylan share a moment, as father and daughter are on a search in the back room at the local supermarket while JJ teaches a rude customer a lesson, and a moonlighting Kenneth hides his side job from the DiMeos.

star 7.93
520 votes
Directors: Cherie Nolan
Writers: Matt Roller
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Season 2 - Episode 10

After leveraging JJ in an attempt to land a family dog, Dylan takes a vow of silence to better understand what it is to be her brother. Ray brokers a meeting between his girlfriend’s mother, Melanie (guest star Sarah Chalke), and Maya, only to realize they have a history. Jimmy drives Kenneth crazy by gaming a supermarket giveaway to score free Christmas turkeys.

star 7.91
261 votes
Writers: Christine Gernon
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#4 - P-R-PROM

Season 1 - Episode 21

It's prom night, and all three DiMeo kids are going, which leaves Maya and Jimmy with a rare night to themselves. Kenneth is shocked to learn that they like to spend their nights without the kids to bring up past arguments they have bottled up or ignored in the past. Later at school, Ray thinks he is finally about to have his first make-out session with a girl, but learns differently when she uses the "R" word. Meanwhile, a wary JJ bonds with someone who is sick of being the center of attention at school functions.

star 7.91
461 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Elizabeth Beckwith, Eric Lapidus
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#5 - R-U-N-- RUNAWAY

Season 1 - Episode 20

When Maya learns JJ attempted to run away, she is determined to help him complete the task as any able-bodied person could. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to have hard talks with the kids without Maya, and Dylan tries to get Kenneth to revive his glory days as a high school sports star.

star 7.89
476 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Mark Kunerth
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#6 - S-I--SICK D-A--DAY

Season 1 - Episode 13

Dylan becomes Kenneth’s replacement for JJ when Kenneth also gets sick. Jimmy ends up doing well with Maya’s normal duties, but he tries to keep it from her to avoid her feeling bad. Meanwhile, JJ protects Dylan from a boy she’s interested in. And despite its illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray’s school project.

star 7.89
483 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Elizabeth Beckwith, Seth Curland
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#7 - M-A-- MAY-JAY

Season 1 - Episode 22

With the school year over, Maya is excited to spend the summer with JJ, but he and Kenneth have other plans. Meanwhile, Jimmy gets special treatment at the most unlikely of places, while Dylan's identity in the family is threatened.

star 7.88
437 votes
Directors: Geeta V. Patel
Writers: Miriam Datskovsky, Brian Keefer
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#8 - H-E-R-- HERO

Season 1 - Episode 12

In order to get on the good side of their insurance agent to get everything JJ needs, the DiMeos have Dylan make a tough sacrifice at her track meet. Meanwhile, Ray wants to use his brother for inspiration while writing for an essay contest at school, but JJ rejects his plan. But when another student lies using the same plan, Ray and JJ team together to outdo the other student.

star 7.86
493 votes
Writers: Carrie Rosen
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Season 1 - Episode 16

Maya feels threatened by the perceived perfection of one of the mom's at her annual Oscar party; Ray pretends to be someone he's not to impress a girl.

star 7.85
503 votes
Writers: Danny Chun, Scott Silveri
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Season 1 - Episode 3

While JJ finds success at school with a group of friends, Maya forces the cancellation of the homecoming bonfire, concerned that the beach location is not wheelchair accessible. Soon, the students speak out against JJ. But when Maya realizes she was wrong, the two stage a fake prank to encourage his classmates to have a change of heart. Meanwhile, Jimmy helps Ray settle into the new home.

star 7.83
730 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Danny Chun
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#11 - N-O– NOMINEE

Season 2 - Episode 18

JJ travels to a film festival where he’s been nominated for an award but is upset when he learns the real reason he’s being honored. Jimmy stays home and struggles to protect Dylan from the truth about an impending eviction. And Ray takes an unlikely and painful route to basketball stardom in hopes of winning back Taylor,

star 7.82
201 votes
Writers: Scott Silveri, Danny Chun, matt Roller
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Season 1 - Episode 14

Maya gets help with Jimmy's Valentine's Day gift; Ray is excited about the prospect of having a secret admirer; J.J. distributes candy-grams.

star 7.80
501 votes
Writers: Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Niki Schwartz-Wright
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Season 2 - Episode 7

Maya’s mother, Andrea, comes for Thanksgiving, sending the family into a tailspin preparing to impress their established grandmother who they haven’t seen in years. Jimmy deals with getting older and what that means for his oddly impressive digestive system. Cedric dreads spending Thanksgiving with his overbearing father, the Colonel.

star 7.79
287 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Tim Doyle
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Season 1 - Episode 5

Jimmy is upset the kids no longer want to participate in the family tradition of dressing up for Halloween. Maya tries to cheer up Jimmy by allowing him to do things he loves by taking things off the family "Dead to Me" list. Meanwhile, Ray recruits Dylan to help work the school's haunted mansion while Kenneth is scared of losing his job when JJ gets drunk at a party.

star 7.79
654 votes
Directors: Robert Cohen
Writers: Niki Schwartz-Wright
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#15 - C-H-O-CHOIR

Season 1 - Episode 10

Maya surprises everyone by embracing a newfound holiday spirit, but her view is put to the test when the family van is stolen along with all their holiday gifts. Ray joins the choir and gets a coveted solo. But when an attractive new teacher is hired, JJ decides to join his brother and takes Ray's solo.

star 7.79
529 votes
Writers: Jeremy Bronson, Niki Schwartz-Wright
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#16 - R-O--ROAD T-R--TRIP

Season 1 - Episode 11

The family goes on an annual impromptu family road trip, but Ray has something in store, which angers Maya when she finds out what it is. But Maya’s relentlessness proves to be helpful when she takes control of an emergency situation involving Ray’s appendix.

star 7.78
530 votes
Directors: Ben Lewin
Writers: Dan Holden, Miriam Datskovsky
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#17 - D-A-T-E-- DATE?

Season 1 - Episode 6

JJ develops on a new girl at school who must adapt to life in a wheelchair after injuring herself in gymnastics.

star 7.77
630 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Danny Chun, Mark Kunerth
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#18 - C-H-- CHEATER!

Season 1 - Episode 19

Maya and Kenneth team up to hold JJ accountable after he cheats on an exam at school. Meanwhile, Jimmy bails Ray out of a get-rich-quick scheme, but also learns the reason behind his need for some fast cash.

star 7.77
486 votes
Directors: Michael Weaver
Writers: Ron McCants
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#19 - S-L-- SLED H-O-- HOCKEY

Season 1 - Episode 9

JJ instantly wants to join a sled hockey team made up entirely of people with disabilities, but Jimmy is not thrilled and thinks it’s dangerous. Meanwhile, Maya takes a CPR class with Kenneth, and she sees how popular he is and realizes that she needs to be nicer in order to keep him as JJ’s aide.

star 7.77
550 votes
Writers: Elizabeth Beckwith, Ron McCants
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#20 - T-H-- THE C-L-- CLUB

Season 1 - Episode 15

J.J. argues with Kenneth about their time together; the family become members of a country club for a week.

star 7.77
512 votes
Writers: Danny Chun, Matt Roller
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#21 - N-E-NEW A-I-AIDE

Season 1 - Episode 2

Maya struggles as Kenneth takes over as JJ’s full-time aide. Loving his new freedom, JJ avoids attending a physical therapy appointment, and Maya automatically blames Kenneth, using any excuse to confirm her misgivings and moves to fire him. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to teach Dylan the family way to not be so neighborly.

star 7.75
813 votes
Writers: Scott Silveri
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Season 1 - Episode 7

The DiMeos are forced to celebrate Thanksgiving with Jimmy's brother and family.

star 7.73
585 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Eric Lapidus
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Season 1 - Episode 4

Exploring the city on their own, JJ and Kenneth realize strangers look at them as inspirational. The two push their luck, receiving free food and baseball game admissions. Kenneth lets this get to his head, goes overboard, and things fall apart. Meanwhile, as the family can’t do anything without having to worry about wheelchair accessibility, Dylan and Ray convince Maya to take them paintballing. But can she let herself have fun without JJ?

star 7.73
666 votes
Writers: Seth Kurland
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#24 - R-A-Y-C-- RAY-CATION

Season 1 - Episode 8

Maya enlists the family to assist JJ in romancing a girl at school, but it backfires when JJ expresses his feelings to Claire, and they are not reciprocated. Meanwhile, as the DiMeos are always late, Ray has the family practice to get to school in time for his upcoming weekend field trip.

star 7.72
569 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Carrie Rosen, Seth Kurland
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#25 - P-I-PILOT

Season 1 - Episode 1

Maya DiMeo moves her family to a new, upscale school district when she finds the perfect situation for her eldest son, JJ, who has cerebral palsy. While JJ and daughter Dylan are thrilled with the move, middle son Ray is frustrated by the family's tendencies to constantly move, since he feels his needs are second to JJ Soon, Maya realizes it is not the right situation for JJ and attempts to uproot the family again. But JJ connects with Kenneth, the school's groundskeeper, and asks him to step in as a his caregiver, and Ray manages to convince Maya to give the school another chance.

star 7.70
1,004 votes
Writers: Scott Silveri
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