The BEST Episodes of The Cleaner

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Network: A&E

When William Banks hits rock-bottom from his own addictions during the birth of his twins, he makes a deal with God: in exchange for a second chance at life, he will kick his habits and live his life to help others get clean that have fallen into a life of addiction, whether it is sex, drugs, alcohol, or gambling... by any means necessary.

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Standing Eight

#1 - Standing Eight

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 1, 2009

Although the job is to clean up a boxer before his next match, William finds that the biggest risk to the man's sobriety is close to home.

star 8.40
5 votes
The Turtle and the Butterfly

#2 - The Turtle and the Butterfly

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 11, 2009

William is asked by a woman to get her drug addicted son out of an Inland Empire jail, and he does, but the trip back is not as easy when the young man refuses to change his life, and a chance encounter with a 13-year old drug runner for a powerful dealer.

star 8.00
4 votes
Hello America

#3 - Hello America

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 23, 2009

A friend who's also a program member asks for Banks' help to get her husband to rehab, but the case is complicated by the fact he's not only a newscaster, but a national spokesman for sobriety, and in the midst of a rescue that must be completely confidential Banks finds he's dealing with personal issues that affect both him and his client.

star 7.97
34 votes
Five Little Words

#4 - Five Little Words

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 7, 2008

William rescues a team member, while the others go undercover at a sorority house to get information about a drug dealer.

star 7.91
34 votes
Chaos Theory

#5 - Chaos Theory

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 5, 2008

A mathematics professor uses cocaine to help him publish his research in time. His girlfriend and colleague requests William's help. William tries to stop the professor before he loses everything--his career, personal life, and even his immigrant parents' diner. Meanwhile, William's son discovers a used needle in their house after a dinner party. William realizes that the needle belongs to his former sponsor and must decide whether to cut his sponsor out of his life.

star 7.89
9 votes
Split Ends

#6 - Split Ends

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 21, 2009

Sisters find that they may be linked by more than twinship when they try to achieve sobriety separately. At home, a friend of William's cuts a path of mayhem and destruction as he tempts a recovering addict with her drug of choice and crosses way over a boundary with Melissa.

star 7.88
8 votes
The 11th Hour

#7 - The 11th Hour

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 16, 2008

The original interventionist brings William in after his intervention with a woman goes wrong and she ends up on the streets. The original interventionist considers William a "Thug" making William question his own motivation for finding the woman.

star 7.87
63 votes
The Projectionist

#8 - The Projectionist

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 7, 2009

Still reeling from his separation, William decides to detox a pregnant woman at his safe house, rather than utilizing a hospital, a decision he may come to regret.

star 7.82
33 votes
Here Comes the Boom

#9 - Here Comes the Boom

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 19, 2008

A teenage boy needs William's help with his father, who once went to prison because of William's past efforts. The man is back on the streets and using meth again.

star 7.82
38 votes
House of Pain

#10 - House of Pain

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 2, 2008

William's friend needs help with a student who is abusing heroin and prescription drugs. The boy's father causes problems for the crew. William thinks the boy might be attempting suicide.

star 7.79
34 votes
Directors: Leon Ichaso
Writers: Adam Glass
Rag Dolls

#11 - Rag Dolls

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 22, 2008

A mother thinks her teen daughter is involved with drugs though her drug test comes back negative. The mother enlists the help of William to prove this theory one way or another.

star 7.79
14 votes
To Catch a Fed

#12 - To Catch a Fed

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 26, 2008

William is determined into searching for the former partner of an FBI agent; the missing man is found in a tent city of meth manufacturers, William then realizes that he's has been told lies about the real reason why the FBI agent is looking for her old partner.

star 7.78
37 votes
Trick Candles

#13 - Trick Candles

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 15, 2009

An old friend turns to Banks for help as William closes in on his seven-year birthday. Meanwhile, PK's planned celebration of the event may not go as she'd like.

star 7.75
4 votes
The Things We Didn't Plan

#14 - The Things We Didn't Plan

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 28, 2009

It's a busy week for the team, involving a risky grab of an armed client, and alcoholic father traveling with his daughter, cleaning up a policeman's son and a homeless woman.

star 7.60
5 votes
Back to One

#15 - Back to One

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 30, 2008

The brother of an striving actress discovers his sister cocaine addiction and tries to get William's crew to help. Akani races to find Sweton after he mysteriously goes missing.

star 7.55
59 votes
Lie With Me

#16 - Lie With Me

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 14, 2008

William devises an extreme intervention when a couple's alcoholism endangers their daughter.

star 7.51
60 votes
The Path of Least Resistance

#17 - The Path of Least Resistance

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 18, 2009

William finds a very personal trigger when a new age guru, cashing in on the self-help craze, turns to William for help with her addict son.

star 7.50
6 votes
Meet the Joneses

#18 - Meet the Joneses

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 29, 2008

You never know where drug rings may show up. In this ongoing episode a wife, from the suburbs, involves herself with a drug ring. Her husband enlists the help of William to crack the ring.

star 7.46
13 votes

#19 - Cinderella

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 25, 2009

William weighs protecting Lula and their relationship or putting her face-to-face with the downfall of one of her idols when he decides whether to take the case of a ballerina.

star 7.20
5 votes
Crossing the Threshold

#20 - Crossing the Threshold

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 8, 2009

William and the team take a complex case involving a drug dealer's daughter, endangering both the team and William's family.

star 7.20
5 votes
Let It Ride

#21 - Let It Ride

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 9, 2008

The gambler notices his favourite jockey is using a lot of drugs to meet weight and asks William to step in.

star 7.10
61 votes

#22 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 15, 2008

William tries to help Zach, a once-promising high school athlete who has fallen victim to meth addiction.

star 7.00
26 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Jonathan Prince, Robert Munic
Last American Casualty

#23 - Last American Casualty

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 30, 2009

A weekend with Ben turns into a busman's holiday when William must deal with two alcoholics.

star 7.00
36 votes
An Ordinary Man

#24 - An Ordinary Man

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 4, 2009

A hospital administrator seeks William's help after receiving an anonymous letter accusing a doctor and some nurses of using drugs.

star 7.00
5 votes

#25 - Rebecca

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 23, 2008

A teenager pianist turns to meth in order to cope with the pressure, the father of the teenage girl asks William's crew for help, but they are stonewalled by the girl's mother.

star 6.90
62 votes