The BEST episodes written by David Amann

Rise and Fall
star
8.37
132 votes

#1 - Rise and Fall

Without a Trace - Season 7 - Episode 5

The team must shift their attention from a case they are working on and hand it over to Martin, after a child is reported to have been kidnapped at a mall.

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All in the Family
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8.36
11 votes

#2 - All in the Family

Chicago Hope - Season 4 - Episode 10

Shutt has his first group counseling session with a family, and tries to help a young man whose brother commited suicide. Wilkes father comes back into his life. Hancock and McNeil try to treat a boy whom he suspects is abused, even though the child and his father deny the abuse.

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Higher Powers
star
8.30
10 votes

#3 - Higher Powers

Chicago Hope - Season 3 - Episode 6

Austin sprays a subpoena server with mace, inspiring his fellow servers to wage war on the hospital. Hancock tries to counsel a woman in her late forties whose health is severely threatened by her pregnancy but who refuses to let the baby be delivered early. Kronk finally returns to Chicago, dressed in Masai garb, and tries to reconnect with Diane.

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Positive I.D.s
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8.30
10 votes

#4 - Positive I.D.s

Chicago Hope - Season 3 - Episode 21

Grad tries to persuade a hesitant Kronk to perform a double mastectomy on a healthy woman does not have cancer but who does have the gene for breast cancer and a family history of the illness. Austin struggles to get a reluctant Sara into an exclusive girls school. Nyland returns to work following his accident and throws himself into trying to identify a severely beaten and comatose young woman.

Target (1)
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8.21
3344 votes

#5 - Target (1)

Castle (2009) - Season 5 - Episode 15

In the first of a two-episode story arc, Castle and Beckett begin a murder investigation that also exposes a plot to kidnap the daughter of a wealthy Middle Eastern businessman. FBI Agent Harris (Dylan Walsh), an even-keeled professional is brought in to help find the kidnappers.

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Nickel and Dimed (1)
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8.17
124 votes

#6 - Nickel and Dimed (1)

Without a Trace - Season 3 - Episode 6

A young mother disappears after leaving her three year old son with a babysitter.

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Disciple
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8.14
3068 votes

#7 - Disciple

Castle (2009) - Season 6 - Episode 9

Castle and Beckett arrive at a crime scene to discover that the female victim bears a shocking resemblance to Medical Examiner Lanie Parish. As the team tries to make sense of this mystery, they realize the killer may be targeting detectives of the 12th Precinct. Dr. Kelly Nieman, an exclusive Manhattan cosmetic surgeon who draws Castle and Beckett's interest because of her connection to the victim.

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After the Storm
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8.12
3765 votes

#8 - After the Storm

Castle (2009) - Season 5 - Episode 1

After four seasons of "will they" or "won't they," Richard Castle and Kate Beckett finally gave in to their feelings for each other. Season 5 picks up on the proverbial morning after, with Castle and Beckett facing new questions -- Was this a one-time fling, or are they now a couple? But before they find the answers, they must take on the forces responsible for Beckett's mother's murder that now threaten Kate Beckett's life.

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Love on the Rocks
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8.10
10 votes

#9 - Love on the Rocks

Chicago Hope - Season 3 - Episode 25

McNeil doesn't cope well with the demands for attention from Karen, his ""roomate"" and a thereapy patient claiming that McNeil's his father. Billy lears that Aaron kissed Diane, and handles it very badly. A depressed Nyland gets one more unwelcome surprise. Phillip receives an offer from Emma.

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In the Belly of the Beast
star
8.09
2645 votes

#10 - In the Belly of the Beast

Castle (2009) - Season 6 - Episode 17

Beckett is recruited to assist on a Narcotics investigation, but a routine mission turns deadly when an undercover operation goes awry. To survive, Beckett must engage in a battle of wits against some of the most dangerous men in the New York underworld – including a powerful enemy from her past.

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Setup (1)
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8.07
4431 votes

#11 - Setup (1)

Castle (2009) - Season 3 - Episode 16

Castle and Beckett investigate the apparent robbery-homicide of a New York cab driver, only to discover that the victim was involved in a mysterious conspiracy with unimaginable consequences. As the stakes continue to rise, hard-charging federal agent Mark Fallon takes over the investigation. Together, Fallon, Beckett and Castle must race to unmask the truth about the victim before it's too late.

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3XK
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8.05
4502 votes

#12 - 3XK

Castle (2009) - Season 3 - Episode 6

When a beautiful woman is found dead in an alley, all clues point to her being a victim of the notorious Triple Killer. The Triple Killer, or 3XK, terrorized New York City four years ago, then mysteriously disappeared. Now he's back. In a deadly battle of wits, Castle and Beckett race against time to stop 3XK before he claims his next victims.

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Under Fire
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8.02
2853 votes

#13 - Under Fire

Castle (2009) - Season 6 - Episode 11

When Castle and Beckett discover that the victim of a building fire was actually shot to death, they get on the trail of a serial arsonist turned murderer. Meanwhile, Ryan's wife, Jenny, goes into labor, but disaster threatens to ruin the joyous moment.

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Verdicts
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8.00
9 votes

#14 - Verdicts

Chicago Hope - Season 3 - Episode 13

A hit-and-run victim escapes serious injury but her infant twins face a desperate crisis. Hancock faces testifying in court against his brother-in-law. Patient Linda Fortin's heart continues to grow weaker as her pregnancy progresses, endangering herself and her baby.

Pandora (1)
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7.99
4017 votes

#15 - Pandora (1)

Castle (2009) - Season 4 - Episode 15

Castle and Beckett pursue a ruthless killer who, they discover, is part of a sinister, international conspiracy. Castle and Beckett are joined on the case by Sophia Turner, a smart, sexy CIA operative who has a complicated past with Castle.

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That '70s Show
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7.96
2668 votes

#16 - That '70s Show

Castle (2009) - Season 6 - Episode 20

When construction workers find the body of an infamous New York mobster who disappeared in the seventies, Beckett and Castle try to solve this three decade-old Mafia hit. Unfortunately, their only witness is a man who thinks it’s still the 1970’s, so to uncover what he knows, they must play into his delusion, and party like it’s the last days of disco.

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Dead Wives' Club
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7.94
156 votes

#17 - Dead Wives' Club

Crossing Jordan - Season 2 - Episode 19

A woman is kidnapped and, thirteen years later, her body washes up in Boston. Jordan is convinced the killer is the husband but the evidence does not support her theory. Meanwhile, Dr. Winslow has to identify a body at the morgue.

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Last Call
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7.92
191 votes

#18 - Last Call

Without a Trace - Season 7 - Episode 3

A white-collar criminal goes missing on his way to testify against a former associate and the team must find out why.

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Patient X
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7.91
138 votes

#19 - Patient X

Without a Trace - Season 4 - Episode 12

After therapist Gina Hill disappears, the team investigates and initially suspects that one of her patients may be involved. After discussions with Gina’s fiancé and her own therapist, the team follows the trail of clues to a bartender named Vince with an unusual ability to get good women to do whatever he wants them to. Martin continues to struggle with his recovery.

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Claus and Effect
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7.89
161 votes

#20 - Claus and Effect

Without a Trace - Season 6 - Episode 10

A child prodigy turned store Santa vanishes and the team wonders if he had criminal connections.

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Heroes and Villains
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7.86
4357 votes

#21 - Heroes and Villains

Castle (2009) - Season 4 - Episode 2

When an ex-con is mysteriously slain in an alley, Castle and Beckett believe a vigilante is behind the murder. But efforts to identify their suspect are thwarted when they discover that he roams the city in a Superhero costume -- and may indeed be a Superhero. Can they capture and unmask the killer before he strikes again?

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Release
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7.85
391 votes

#22 - Release

The X-Files - Season 9 - Episode 17

When an FBI cadet with amazing profiling skills approaches Doggett, Reyes, and Scully with a lead on a suspect in a series of recent murders, he claims the same killer is responsible for the death of Doggett's son. The agents find themselves wondering if his knowledge of the deaths is because of his obsession with the cases he has studied at Quantico, or if he is in some way involved in the murders.

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Missing Pieces
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7.85
92 votes

#23 - Missing Pieces

Crossing Jordan - Season 3 - Episode 7

Ten months ago, a young girl was kidnapped; now her suspected kidnapper turns up dead. Where is the girl? To everyone’s shock she turns up at the police department… but why?

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Desert Springs
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7.81
184 votes

#24 - Desert Springs

Without a Trace - Season 5 - Episode 15

The team searches for missing water plant supervisor Jason Turner, and learn that he had become the target of a lot of anger after recent layoffs at the plant. Carlos comes to the office looking for Elena.

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Objects are Closer Than They Appear
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7.80
10 votes

#25 - Objects are Closer Than They Appear

Chicago Hope - Season 4 - Episode 19

After the mysterious death of a seemingly healthy 15 year-old Dr. Wilkes decides to investigate. A lesbian wants her lover to die with dignity and fights her family to get her wishes.

Resurrection (1)
star
7.79
1597 votes

#26 - Resurrection (1)

Castle (2009) - Season 7 - Episode 14

When clues in a murder implicate Castle and Beckett's nemesis, Dr. Kelly Nieman, Castle is called in to consult on the case.

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Hard Reset
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7.79
213 votes

#27 - Hard Reset

Without a Trace - Season 6 - Episode 13

Jack goes missing after taking a case into his own hands which soon becomes intertwined with a human trafficking prostitution case that Vivian is working on.

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The Human Factor
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7.77
3113 votes

#28 - The Human Factor

Castle (2009) - Season 5 - Episode 23

When Homeland Security inexplicably seals the crime scene of a car bombing, Castle and Beckett find themselves with two mysteries on their hands: who murdered the victim, a government whistleblower, and why are federal agents trying to take over the case? The plot thickens when they discover that the victim wasn't killed by a car bomb but by a missile from a military drone.

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American Dreams (1)
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7.76
791 votes

#29 - American Dreams (1)

FBI - Season 2 - Episode 18

Part 1 of a crossover with FBI: Most Wanted. Jess LaCroix and his team come to help OA find a fugitive LaCroix arrested years ago after a bus with 26 students goes missing—and he’s the main suspect.

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Payback
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7.75
858 votes

#30 - Payback

FBI - Season 2 - Episode 13

When the son of a well-known retired FBI agent is taken just blocks from their home in what appears to be a revenge kidnapping, the team must uncover if it's tied to the agent's past or trouble the son has gotten into on his own. Also, Isobel must make a hard call when information from the past comes to light.

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Deja Vu
star
7.75
186 votes

#31 - Deja Vu

Without a Trace - Season 6 - Episode 15

The team searches for a coma patient who had woken up after three years only to disappear.

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Crash and Burn
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7.71
157 votes

#32 - Crash and Burn

Without a Trace - Season 5 - Episode 21

A former soldier, now stuntman, goes missing and the team learns that he changed his will only short time before he went missing which makes them wonder who needed the money.

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Fallout
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7.68
854 votes

#33 - Fallout

FBI - Season 2 - Episode 11

After a businessman with a history of harassment claims against him is killed, the team suspects it may be one of his many accusers.

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Codename: Ferdinand
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7.67
893 votes

#34 - Codename: Ferdinand

FBI - Season 2 - Episode 8

When the team digs into the circumstances surrounding a car crash that resulted in the death of a photographer, they realize there is more than meets the eye. Also, Maggie sympathizes with his widow, Annie Weber, when she notices similarities with her own husband's death.

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Taken
star
7.67
529 votes

#35 - Taken

Take Two - Season 1 - Episode 3

When a popular nightclub owner and one of Eddie's old nemeses hires Eddie and Sam to track down his club's missing DJ, Eddie balks. Meanwhile, Sam remembers her party days at the club and clashes with Eddie over the case. As they dig deeper, Sam and Eddie learn that the missing young man was kidnapped and soon realize his abduction may be part of a plan to ignite a mob war that only they can stop.

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Kill Switch
star
7.66
2016 votes

#36 - Kill Switch

Castle (2009) - Season 7 - Episode 8

When subway passengers, including Detective Esposito, are taken hostage by a mysterious gunman, Castle, Beckett and the team must uncover the gunman's agenda before it’s too late.

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What Lies Beneath
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7.66
1010 votes

#37 - What Lies Beneath

FBI - Season 1 - Episode 20

When a controversial senior leader from Egypt comes to New York for a heart transplant, OA struggles to balance his personal opinion with his professional duty when he is assigned to the security detail.

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Showdown
star
7.65
174 votes

#38 - Showdown

Without a Trace - Season 4 - Episode 1

Martin and Danny are ambushed by Emil Dornvald, who ends up killing the prisoner they are transoprting. Martin is in serious condition, and a barely wounded Danny is at the end of his rope as he tries to find the man who put Martin in the hospital in critical condition. Jack has his hands full with keeping Danny in check and hunting down Emil Dornvald, the mercenary who had previously worked for General Gamba. Things get sticky when Victor Fitzgerald and Tom Banes of Homeland Security get involved, determined to make a deal with Nuru, whom Jack believes isn't the friendly that Homeland Security believes he is.

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The Lives of Others
star
7.64
996 votes

#39 - The Lives of Others

FBI - Season 2 - Episode 2

After the son of a prominent Mommy blogger is kidnapped, the team must sweep through her two million followers to find the culprit. Also, Kristen continues to adjust to life as a field agent with her new partner, Stuart Scola.

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Outsider
star
7.64
934 votes

#40 - Outsider

FBI - Season 2 - Episode 6

After a Wall Street investor is murdered, the team is led to an insider-trading ring that uses unconventional methods to gain information. Also, OA struggles to maintain confidence in his budding relationship with Mona.

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Agua Mala
star
7.64
419 votes

#41 - Agua Mala

The X-Files - Season 6 - Episode 13

Arthur Dales summons Mulder and Scully to his holiday home in Florida where he is concerned over the disappearance of his neighbors. Despite the raging hurricane, Mulder and Scully head out to investigate and discover several strange deaths caused by an octopus-like sea creature that swam in through the overflowing sewer system.

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It Takes a Thief
star
7.64
346 votes

#42 - It Takes a Thief

Take Two - Season 1 - Episode 12

Sam's friend implores Sam and Eddie to track down and recover a $50 million painting that was stolen from his auction house. If he can't get it back before the upcoming auction, his personal and professional reputation will be ruined. With the clock ticking, Sam and Eddie manage to identify a suspect who they believe was hired to steal the painting by a wealthy, corrupt businessman. With no hard evidence against them and time running out, Sam and Eddie devise a bold plan to get the painting back. Meanwhile, Sam's return to the dating scene tests her relationship with Eddie, leading to a surprising realization for both of them.

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Rush
star
7.64
503 votes

#43 - Rush

The X-Files - Season 7 - Episode 5

A young man who has gained the ability to move faster than the eye can see begins to use his new power to kill his enemies, including the local sheriff who happens to be his father.

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John Doe
star
7.63
185 votes

#44 - John Doe

Crossing Jordan - Season 2 - Episode 15

When a John Doe comes into the morgue, Bug makes it a mission of his to find this man’s identity. Dr. Macy sets out to try to prove murder or suicide when a cop turns up dead.

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Fade-Away
star
7.62
184 votes

#45 - Fade-Away

Without a Trace - Season 5 - Episode 11

When 17-year-old Ted Soros goes missing after a basketball game, the team begins an investigation, soon learning that Ted was an emancipated minor who was living on his own to attend a school with an exemplary basketball program. Learning he had recently contacted his mother with a request for legal advice from an uncle, the team begins to suspect that Ted may have done something that he could face criminal charges for, and realise that Ted's secret is connected to a university recruiting party. While the team works Ted's disappearance, Jack learns from Ann that she lost the baby, and waits for her at the clinic while she seeks medical attention.

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Exposed
star
7.61
1115 votes

#46 - Exposed

FBI - Season 1 - Episode 14

After an investigative journalist is murdered, the team uncovers information linking the suspect to past cases. The victim’s death also strikes a chord with Maggie, leaving her desperate for answers in regard to a traumatic event in her personal life.

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Driven
star
7.58
2482 votes

#47 - Driven

Castle (2009) - Season 7 - Episode 1

In the Season 6 finale, as Richard Castle drove to his much-anticipated nuptials, an ominous black SUV bore down on him. Meanwhile, after waiting in vain for Castle to arrive at the wedding, Beckett was called to an accident scene to find Castle's car in a ravine, engulfed in flames. Who or what caused the car crash? Is there any way Castle could have survived? The episode will pick-up at the scene of that accident, right where the finale left off, in a premiere that promises to put Beckett through the toughest case of her career

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Hellbound
star
7.55
391 votes

#48 - Hellbound

The X-Files - Season 9 - Episode 8

Agent Reyes takes the lead while investigating an X-file case, surrounding a man found skinned alive after having visions of seeing other people appearing skinned alive. Reyes calls on Scully's expertise to help on the investigation, which pays off when Scully finds a link to a case from 1960.

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The Truth is Out There
star
7.51
217 votes

#49 - The Truth is Out There

Crossing Jordan - Season 2 - Episode 3

Jordan and Nigel are making a trip to the local Total-Mart and end up with a dead door greeter. The case takes an unusual turn when someone tries to steal the body.

Leland Bray
star
7.51
2834 votes

#50 - Leland Bray

The Blacklist: Redemption - Season 1 - Episode 1

A routine trip to New York turns perilous when ex-operative Tom Keen is recruited by a mercenary chief to help rescue a kidnapped CIA agent.

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