The BEST episodes written by Debora Cahn

The Ticket
687 votes

#1 - The Ticket

The West Wing - Season 7 - Episode 1

As everyone but Josh causes Santos to question his choice of Leo as his running mate, Bartlet's investigation into the dangerous press leak continues. Also C.J. gets interviewed by Babish and Donna approaches Josh for a job.

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The Supremes
723 votes

#2 - The Supremes

The West Wing - Season 5 - Episode 17

Jed and the staff vet potential Supreme Court appointees; Toby and Andy don't see eye-to-eye on her fact-finding trip to the Middle East; Donna's parents are the unlikely inspiration for the resolution to the problems arising from the judicial confirmation process.

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696 votes

#3 - Undecideds

The West Wing - Season 7 - Episode 8

Lou and Santos run into trouble on the road when they try to pick up a family's vote; their child was shot by a Latino police officer. Also, CJ must manage a crisis between China and Kazakhstan.

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Impact Winter
687 votes

#4 - Impact Winter

The West Wing - Season 6 - Episode 9

As acting chief of staff, Josh calls Leo in for backup when the news about Jed's health hits; the staff follows the progress of an asteroid headed for earth; Jed struggles with his relapse as C.J., Kate, and Toby handle the repercussions of his illness on the progress of the China summit; Josh is outraged when Will uses Jed's paralysis as a political opportunity for Russell; Donna resorts to extreme measures when Josh avoids her repeated attempts to sit down for a personal discussion; after receiving some wise advice from Leo about the future, Josh makes a decision about the man he'll support in the upcoming presidential election.

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Drought Conditions
686 votes

#5 - Drought Conditions

The West Wing - Season 6 - Episode 16

A new candidate for president, Senator Rafferty, has garnered much media attention with a ground-breaking speech about health care. But her words contain interesting echoes of President Bartlet's original health plan, which is known only to White House insiders, and reporter Greg Brock suspects that Rafferty is being secretly supported by the incumbent. Meanwhile, Toby is more than usually morose after the death of his brother. A bill to combat drought conditions in the western U.S. gives C.J. problems, particularly in dealing with lobbyist Clifford Calley. And Charlie tells Kate Harper that a man from his gym asked if she was dating anyone.

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Institutional Memory
690 votes

#6 - Institutional Memory

The West Wing - Season 7 - Episode 21

C.J. and Will both face uncertain futures as Bartlet and his staffers prepare to leave the White House to make way for the Santos administration.

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672 votes

#7 - Liftoff

The West Wing - Season 6 - Episode 4

Margaret and Charlie prove to be invaluable allies as C.J. has a rough first day in her new position, made even more difficult by a Russian bearing radioactive gifts and a Defense Secretary's attempts to undermine her; Toby's less than stellar performance in the briefing room makes the search for a new press secretary a top priority, and Josh volunteers Donna to assist him in interviewing potential candidates; faced with a number of vulnerable seats in the upcoming election, Josh attempts to dissuade Matthew Santos from dropping out of another race for the House.

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705 votes

#8 - Privateers

The West Wing - Season 4 - Episode 18

Toby's old friend approaches him ready to blow the whistle on his employer's violations of environmental laws; staff pranks abound on Amy's first day at the office; Abbey charges Amy with the task of convincing the President to threaten a veto on a foreign aid bill containing an abortion gag rule provision; claiming that Abbey's ancestor was a pirate rather than a privateer, a prominent member threatens to mount a boycott of the D.A.R. dinner at which Zoey will be inducted until Will, C.J. and Amy devise a plan to defuse the situation; at the behest of Jean Paul, Zoey sends Charlie a "Dear John" email, but Charlie refuses to accept the brushoff and declares his love for Zoey; Donna is less than thrilled when Josh assigns her the job of shadowing a possible security risk at Zoey's D.A.R. induction; Will takes one for the team in putting an environmental and political face on the destruction and deaths which resulted from the melting of an Alaskan glacier.

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Now or Never
1490 votes

#9 - Now or Never

Grey's Anatomy - Season 5 - Episode 24

In the second part of the two hour season finale, George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie's friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace's doctors together. This is the second hour of a 2-hour season finale.

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The Cold
700 votes

#10 - The Cold

The West Wing - Season 7 - Episode 13

After the near-nuclear disaster at the power plant the polls show surprising, or maybe not so surprising, results for both candidates. The Vinick camp gears up for backlash while the Santos camp hopes for cause to celebrate. Meanwhile Bartlet is still trying to keep the situation in Central Asia under control. Relationships in the Santos campaign, the Vinick campaign, and the West Wing all undergo changes and Vinick and Bartlet attempt to deal with different versions of the cold.

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Useful Idiot
3312 votes

#11 - Useful Idiot

Homeland - Season 7 - Episode 9

Carrie has problems at home. Saul and Wellington work on Paley.

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Two Minutes
2025 votes

#12 - Two Minutes

Homeland - Season 8 - Episode 6

Upheaval in Washington brings an investigation to Kabul.

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No Exit
725 votes

#13 - No Exit

The West Wing - Season 5 - Episode 20

An airborne contamination alert locks down the West Wing, forcing staffers to stay put until the all-clear is sounded; Toby and Will face off over Will's working for the vice president; C.J. tells Donna some things she's rather not hear about Josh and her career prospects; Leo confronts Abbey about the dangers of her recent coping mechanisms; Jed, Debbie, and Charlie are poked, prodded, and sent to the decontamination showers; Kate is initially reluctant to give Josh any information on a personal or professional level as they sit out the alert together.

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Rock and Roll Queen
900 votes

#14 - Rock and Roll Queen

Vinyl - Season 1 - Episode 9

After an unsettling visit with Devon and the kids, Richie weighs his options as the heat surrounding the Buck Rogers murder case is turned up. Thrown out of her aunt’s townhouse, Jamie crashes with Kip as the Nasty Bits finish their record and do a photo shoot. At American Century, Maury Gold pitches a ‘50s compilation LP, while Zak tries to fund a band for his wedding singer, Gary, aka “Xavier.” Clark and Jorge bond over an Indigo tune.

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806 votes

#15 - Requiem

The West Wing - Season 7 - Episode 18

Former series regulars, including Marlee Matlin, Mary-Louise Parker, Tim Matheson, Anna Deavere Smith and Gary Cole, make guest appearances as Bartlet, Santos and their staff members attend a funeral for one of their own. Also, Josh cautions Santos about getting involved in the vote for Speaker of the House.

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Abu el Banat
695 votes

#16 - Abu el Banat

The West Wing - Season 5 - Episode 9

The Bartet clan attempts to gather for a holiday dinner. Jed must deal with a hostage situation in Sudan, an assisted suicide in Oregon, his son-in-law's yearn to run for the House of Representatives, and his grandson's want to spend time with his grandpa. C.J. takes a stand on the assisted suicide because of her father's worsening condition.

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The Racket
955 votes

#17 - The Racket

Vinyl - Season 1 - Episode 4

Richie's counseling session with Devon brings out his uglier side, which she uses as ammunition during a meeting with an attorney, but he turns on the charm to woo a funk superstar. Meanwhile, Zak and Scott ponder their futures in the wake of the Polygram catastrophe; the Nasty Bits look for a new manager; and Skip strikes out trying to get rid of bootlegs.

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I Want You with Me
1144 votes

#18 - I Want You with Me

Grey's Anatomy - Season 10 - Episode 2

The staff continue to assist those affected by the storm. Meanwhile, Callie makes a bold decision regarding her relationship with Arizona, and tragic news brings the doctors together.

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Dark Was the Night
3132 votes

#19 - Dark Was the Night

Grey's Anatomy - Season 8 - Episode 9

Teddy puts her husband’s life in the hands of her peers when Henry is sent to the OR for surgery and she’s called away on another case; Meredith and Derek receive the long-awaited news about Zola; Callie and Jackson come under fire when their patient experiences post-surgery complications; and Meredith and Alex are involved in a life-threatening situation when they travel to a neighboring hospital to tend to a sick newborn, on Grey’s Anatomy

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Active Measures
3372 votes

#20 - Active Measures

Homeland - Season 7 - Episode 5

Carrie puts a plan in motion. Saul visits a source. Keane makes a desperate plea.

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Deception Indicated
2251 votes

#21 - Deception Indicated

Homeland - Season 8 - Episode 1

Carrie recovers in Germany. Saul negotiates. Max has a new mission.

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Unaccompanied Minor
3187 votes

#22 - Unaccompanied Minor

Grey's Anatomy - Season 7 - Episode 22

News of Meredith's dishonesty in the clinical trial comes to light, leading to unanticipated consequences for her and others; Cristina finds herself in a compromising situation, which forces her to decide between her career and her relationship; Owen posts his decision for Chief Resident, and Teddy makes a surprising choice regarding her love life -- and her future.

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Enemy of the State
3671 votes

#23 - Enemy of the State

Homeland - Season 7 - Episode 1

Carrie and Franny are living with Maggie's family in DC. Saul and the federal employees detained after the attempt on the President-elect's life are in prison. President Keane's administration comes under scrutiny. Season premiere.

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Whispered Secrets
1005 votes

#24 - Whispered Secrets

Vinyl - Season 1 - Episode 3

At a record producers' banquet honoring Maury Gold, Richie is embarrassed when the emcee, rival record exec Jackie Jervis, makes a joke about the failed German Polygram deal. Later, Maury and mob cohort Corrado Galasso pay a visit to American Century to probe a detective's recent inquiry, and Joe Corso drops by to pitch Richie a demo by his banquet date, Nora.

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Me and My Baby
120 votes

#25 - Me and My Baby

Fosse/Verdon - Season 1 - Episode 3

As Gwen and Bob pursue separate projects, Gwen thinks back to the beginning of her career, and the circumstances that led her here.

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Scars and Souvenirs
1215 votes

#26 - Scars and Souvenirs

Grey's Anatomy - Season 3 - Episode 18

Alex grows closer to Jane Doe as he continues to work on her case. Helen Crawford flies into Seattle for surgery. She knows someone on the staff. Colin Marlow enters the race for Chief of Surgery. George faces more problems with Callie and Izzie. Callie reveals a big secret. Someone treats a WWII veteran. Also Derek treats a patient near and dear to him.

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Sometimes a Fantasy
1304 votes

#27 - Sometimes a Fantasy

Grey's Anatomy - Season 3 - Episode 3

The staff tries to prevent a patient from getting an elective surgery. Cristina tries to help Preston cope with the after effects of his surgery. A patient bails on their surgery. Someone goes to a bed-and breakfast. Alex deals with a patient who has had a high amount of injuries in the past. A man undergoes surgery. Before the surgery his wife was only somewhat supportive, but the results may be too much for her to handle. Izzie tries to go back to the hospital for the first time since Denny died. One child's constant visits are noted by a nurse. Two foster patients are met with suspicions of child abuse. George and Callie's relationship moves forward.

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465 votes

#28 - Ex-Life

Private Practice - Season 2 - Episode 16

Derek asks Addison to work with his pregnant patient while Archer recuperates from surgery; Bailey and Naomi work together to find the cause of Sam's sudden asthma attack; Cooper, Violet and Pete treat a woman with postpartum depression.

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She's Killing Me
2217 votes

#29 - She's Killing Me

Grey's Anatomy - Season 9 - Episode 20

Upon receiving some unsettling news, Meredith and Derek take preventative steps for their children’s future; a group of Syrian doctors arrive at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital for a crash course in basic surgical skills that they plan to apply in the field; and April decides to come clean to Matthew regarding the truth about her virginity. Meanwhile, multiple pre-op patients develop infections, causing one doctor to wonder if she is at fault.

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Not Responsible
3188 votes

#30 - Not Responsible

Grey's Anatomy - Season 7 - Episode 16

Meredith must choose between her fertility treatments and her eyesight when she begins having trouble seeing, Mark makes it clear to Callie and Arizona that he takes his role as father-to-be very seriously, and April discovers there's more to Dr. Stark than first appears.

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Losing My Mind
1196 votes

#31 - Losing My Mind

Grey's Anatomy - Season 4 - Episode 15

Dr. Wyatt refuses to let Meredith give up on therapy. Alex learns something else about Rebecca. The Chief wants Erica to perform a daring surgery. Christina continues to act strange.

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Run, Baby, Run
2554 votes

#32 - Run, Baby, Run

Grey's Anatomy - Season 9 - Episode 9

As the rest of the doctors prepare for Bailey's wedding, Richard helps her through a bout of pre-wedding jitters. Meanwhile, Lizzie butts heads with Meredith, and Callie and Jackson try to convince Derek to participate in a risky surgery that could fix his hand.

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1324 votes

#33 - Love/Addiction

Grey's Anatomy - Season 4 - Episode 2

A patient is in the hospital because they fell asleep in a hazardous situation. A patient's home laboratory blew up in an apartment building and the victims flood the hospital. Alex investigates the cause of the incident by talking to a really old guy who lived in the building. Jane Burke shows up to deal with what her son left behind. Lexie tries to talk to Meredith. Callie is overwhelmed by her new position while Bailey is searching for things to do.

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2320 votes

#34 - Blink

Grey's Anatomy - Season 6 - Episode 11

Mark flies Addison to Seattle to help with a difficult procedure on his pregnant daughter, Sloan, Owen questions Teddy's motives when she assigns Cristina the lead on a complicated surgery, and Derek's suspicions are raised when the Chief recruits Meredith to assist with a high profile operation on.

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She's Gone
1763 votes

#35 - She's Gone

Grey's Anatomy - Season 8 - Episode 2

News of Meredith and Derek's unsteady relationship raises a red flag for Zola's adoption counselor; Alex quickly realizes that he has become the outcast of the group after ratting out Meredith; and Cristina makes a tough decision regarding her unexpected pregnancy. Also, Chief Webber brings Henry in for a last minute surgery, alarming Teddy. This is an historic episode that finally crosses a long-standing barrier.

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Brave New World
1607 votes

#36 - Brave New World

Grey's Anatomy - Season 5 - Episode 4

Meredith is sent into a state of panic when Derek finds her mother's diary in the house. Meanwhile, Callie stresses while preparing for her first date with Erica. Later, Cristina stumbles across a part of the hospital no one has ever seen before.

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Wish You Were Here
1687 votes

#37 - Wish You Were Here

Grey's Anatomy - Season 5 - Episode 11

Bailey teams with Seattle Grace's new pediatric surgeon, Dr. Arizona Robbins, to save the life of a young patient near and dear to her heart, as the admittance of a death row inmate at the hospital stirs anger in Derek and further erodes Meredith and Cristina's friendship; meanwhile, Callie and Sloan work as a team to fight their respective attractions to Sadie and Lexie, and Izzie tells Alex that she's seeing Denny.

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