The Best Episodes of Transparent

Exciting and New

#1 - Exciting and New 8.29

Season 3 - Episode 10

The Pfeffermans escape their problems on land by taking a cruise together. Though the clan spends most of the cruise apart - venturing on their own journeys of self discovery - they ultimately find themselves coming together at the Seder that almost wasn't.

Directors: Marta Cunningham
Why Do We Cover The Mirrors?

#2 - Why Do We Cover The Mirrors? 8.10

Season 1 - Episode 10

A funeral brings all the Pfeffermans together and reunites them with their past – Shelley and Maura with old friends, Sarah with her ex, and Josh with his teenage babysitter. Just when they thought there were no more secrets, the family busts out a few more.

Directors: Jill Soloway
Grey Green Brown & Copper

#3 - Grey Green Brown & Copper 8.07

Season 2 - Episode 10

Maura reconciles with her lineage, both past and present; Ali talks to Leslie about her academic future; Josh looks to Buzz as a father figure; Sarah tries to tie up loose ends.

Man on the Land

#4 - Man on the Land 8.07

Season 2 - Episode 9

Maura makes a new friend and has a rude awakening at the music festival; Sarah experiences liberation from an unlikely source; Ali makes an unexpected journey to the past.

To Sardines and Back

#5 - To Sardines and Back 8.03

Season 3 - Episode 3

Relationships are tested as the Pfefferman family gather for Maura's birthday. Sarah confronts Buzzy on temple board politics and Maura makes a big announcement, experiencing pushback from both Vicki and Shelly. The night culminates in a game of Sardines, forcing tense situations into tight spaces.

Directors: Jill Soloway
Oh Holy Night

#6 - Oh Holy Night 7.93

Season 3 - Episode 5

The Pfefferman family gathers at Hineni to support Sarah's alternative spiritual endeavor. After the news of a close friend's untimely passing, a distressed Josh leans on Raquel for support. Ali ends the night by witnessing the pitfalls of Leslie's prejudices.

Directors: Stacie Passon
Kina Hora

#7 - Kina Hora 7.92

Season 2 - Episode 1

Sarah and Tammy are getting married, while Maura and Ali are visited by ghosts from the past and Josh and Rabbi Raquel can't hide their big news.

Directors: Jill Soloway
Symbolic Exemplar

#8 - Symbolic Exemplar 7.90

Season 1 - Episode 7

Josh goes on a date with Raquel. Ali explores her feminine side with a TA from Gender Studies class. The kids turn out for Maura's performance in a talent show, but her delight quickly turns to dejection.

Directors: Jill Soloway
Off the Grid

#9 - Off the Grid 7.85

Season 3 - Episode 9

After reconnecting with Colton, Josh decides to move to Overland Park, until a concerned Ali travels to him, intending to bring him home. Feeling abandoned, Sarah has trouble controlling her rage. Shelly confronts Buzzy about his spending, leading to some unforeseen revelations. Newly single Maura has an exciting, surprising night out.

Directors: So Yong Kim
The Open Road

#10 - The Open Road 7.85

Season 3 - Episode 6

Josh hits the road with an unlikely copilot, stirring up some undeniable chemistry along the way. Back at home, Shelly becomes wary of Buzzy's outlandish spending while Ali sees God during a nitrous induced trip at the dentist's office.

Directors: Jill Soloway
The Wilderness

#11 - The Wilderness 7.84

Season 1 - Episode 6

As they struggle to come to terms with Maura, Josh looks for answers from a rabbi, and Ali looks for answers in a Gender Studies class with Syd. Sarah is left to answer questions from her own kids, who meet Maura for the first time.

Directors: Jill Soloway
Elizah

#12 - Elizah 7.79

Season 3 - Episode 1

While working at an LGBT suicide hotline, Maura receives a distressing call from a young trans woman, Elizah. Afraid that Elizah will hurt herself, Maura goes on an odyssey through South Central LA to find the troubled teen and lands herself in the hospital.

Directors: Jill Soloway
Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump

#13 - Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump 7.79

Season 2 - Episode 2

Josh has a pool party for his new band, but he and his siblings are caught off-guard when Maura and Shelly arrive together; Ali reconnects with an old friend; Sarah finds her past catching up with her.

Best New Girl

#14 - Best New Girl 7.77

Season 1 - Episode 8

In a flashback, Mort escapes with a friend to a cross-dressing retreat in the woods, and becomes captivated with a very accepting woman. Left alone after cancelling her Bat Mitzvah, 13-year-old Ali finds trouble with an older man at the beach.

Directors: Jill Soloway
Looking Up

#15 - Looking Up 7.76

Season 1 - Episode 9

Maura finds solace with ex-wife, Shelly, and the two hatch a plot to help Ed realize his wishes. Sarah spends time with her ex-husband and begins to question their breakup. Raquel finally breaks through to Josh. When all members of the family are summoned to Shelly's, they are in for a few surprises.

Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Mee-Maw

#16 - Mee-Maw 7.74

Season 2 - Episode 5

Davina and Shea inspire Maura to re-imagine her past; Colton's adopted family visits, leaving Josh facing a touch decision; Ali finds herself more drawn to Leslie; Sarah tries visiting a life coach.

Directors: Silas Howard
Wedge

#17 - Wedge 7.72

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Shelly's husband goes missing, Sarah, Josh and Ali set out to find him but instead find themselves lost in their past. Ali can no longer keep Maura's secret from Josh, which sends him into a tailspin. When Maura runs into a Pfefferman family friend she takes a stand for her new identity.

Directors: Nisha Ganatra
New World Coming

#18 - New World Coming 7.70

Season 2 - Episode 3

Josh and Raquel ask Colton to move in; Maura and Ali meet a feminist scholar—and Maura's former nemesis—at UCLA; Sarah launches a sexual fantasy life with a domineering figure from her past.

Just the Facts

#19 - Just the Facts 7.70

Season 3 - Episode 4

Maura gets an exciting peek at the future with a visit to the plastic surgeon's office but fails to muster the same enthusiasm from Vicki on a fun night out. Josh visits an unusually upbeat Rita while Ali and Leslie struggle with intimacy. Sarah finds distraction from her personal troubles by spearheading an unorthodox approach to Judaism.

Directors: Silas Howard
The Book of Life

#20 - The Book of Life 7.68

Season 2 - Episode 7

On Yom Kippur, Sarah tries to make amends with Tammy; Maura tries to communicate with Davina; Josh tries to make peace with Raquel; Ali and Syd host a break-the-fast party.

If I Were a Bell

#21 - If I Were a Bell 7.66

Season 3 - Episode 8

Boyle Heights, 1958. 12 year old Maura's femininity causes a clash between her mother Rose and her grandparents, Haim and Yetta. Across town, 12 year old Shelly quits the school play and stops eating but won't tell anyone why. Flash forward to 1966, where 21 year olds Mort and Shelly carry on a secret affair.

Directors: Andrea Arnold
Life Sucks and Then You Die

#22 - Life Sucks and Then You Die 7.64

Season 3 - Episode 7

Josh arrives in Overland Park and delivers difficult news to Colton. Sarah oversteps her boundaries with Raquel, putting the Hineni Seder in danger. A tough conversation with Bryna brings up some big issues between Maura and Vicki.

Directors: Shira Piven
When the Battle Is Over

#23 - When the Battle Is Over 7.63

Season 3 - Episode 2

After a health scare, Maura confronts death and her relationship to her body. Sarah hopes to join the MidCity Temple board. Shelly plans a onewoman show with Buzzy. Dissatisfied with their lives, Josh and Ali play married couple.

Directors: Silas Howard
Moppa

#24 - Moppa 7.63

Season 1 - Episode 4

Maura finally comes out to Ali and they join Sarah on a field trip to the mall, where they all get rude lessons in womanhood. Josh is forced to confront his past thanks to questions from Syd about his long-time relationship with Rita.

Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Rollin'

#25 - Rollin' 7.58

Season 1 - Episode 3

Maura moves out of the family house and into a lively new apartment complex, just as Sarah needs a new home after dismantling her perfect life. Josh has to reconsider his sudden vision of starting a family. Ali finds some new boundaries to cross.

Directors: Jill Soloway