The BEST episodes written by Jason Katims

Always
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9.04
627 votes

#1 - Always

Friday Night Lights - Season 5 - Episode 13

The Taylors face several decisions that could change their lives forever.

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Refugees
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9.00
29 votes

#2 - Refugees

The Path - Season 1 - Episode 7

After Cal’s actions beckon a swarm of media attention to the compound, Sarah and the elders question his tactics. Cal discovers Eddie’s secret relationship with Alison. Feeling his control slip away, Cal spirals into a rage and leaves Sarah to address the congregation on her own.

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May God Bless and Keep You Always
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8.91
197 votes

#3 - May God Bless and Keep You Always

Parenthood (2010) - Season 6 - Episode 13

In the excitement of her big day, Sarah surrounds herself with the original Braverman clan. Meanwhile, Hank approaches Zeek for his blessing and asks Drew for a special favor. Amber adjusts to life as a new mom with a little help from her grandparents. Julia and Joel get a phone call that forces a life-changing decision. Max gets his first job, while Crosby and Adam reach an understanding about the Luncheonette. Kristina presents Adam with a new plan for the future of Chambers Academy, and for their family.

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Destiny
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8.80
155 votes

#4 - Destiny

Roswell - Season 1 - Episode 22

After escaping from Pierce, the aliens save Nasedo. Michael accidentally kills Pierce. Nasedo, as the aliens' guardian takes Pierce's place to help the aliens. The aliens figure out how to use the devices and release a message from Max and Isabel's real mother. She says Max is their leader and Tess, his fiance and that Michael is Second in command and he is Isabel's fiance. After hearing all this Liz runs out.

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Skin and Bones
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8.70
155 votes

#5 - Skin and Bones

Roswell - Season 2 - Episode 1

Max and the others must rescue Michael after he is arrested for murder; Liz takes a job with a congresswoman who has a hidden agenda.

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A Roswell Christmas Carol
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8.70
155 votes

#6 - A Roswell Christmas Carol

Roswell - Season 2 - Episode 10

Max witnesses a tragedy and is haunted by the ghost of a man he could have saved, leaving him overwhelmed with guilt and questioning his healing abilities. Isabel aka the Christmas Nazi (dubbed by Michael) tries to brighten up the holiday season and Tess tries to became a part of the Valenti family.

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State
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8.65
676 votes

#7 - State

Friday Night Lights - Season 1 - Episode 22

The rumors about Coach Taylor leaving the team at the end of the season get a boost when an inside source decides to speak up. Meanwhile, the Panthers are preparing themselves for the state championship.

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The White Room
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8.50
155 votes

#8 - The White Room

Roswell - Season 1 - Episode 21

Max finds himself in a white room with no windows or doors, facing questions by Agent Pierce. Isabel telepathically contacts Max, who leaves her clues to his location. Michael, Isabel and Tess then set out on a rescue mission.

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The Departure
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8.50
155 votes

#9 - The Departure

Roswell - Season 2 - Episode 21

Max, Isabel, Michael and Tess struggle with goodbyes on what they believe to be their last night on Earth before they travel back to their home planet. In the final hours, Max frantically searches for the killer that is still out there and threatens the lives of everyone they love.

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Thanksgiving
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8.45
490 votes

#10 - Thanksgiving

Friday Night Lights - Season 4 - Episode 13

The Taylors host Thanksgiving dinner; Coach tells Vince he has to be more selfish; Tami must make an apology; Julie and Landry are surprised by a visitor from their past; Tim makes a difficult decision; East Dillon rallies around the Lions.

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Monsters
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8.40
207 votes

#11 - Monsters

Roswell - Season 1 - Episode 3

Isabel is concerned about Maria's nervous reactions to Sheriff Valenti, so she invades one of Maria's dreams to determine whether she can keep the aliens' secret.

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The Pontiac
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8.31
213 votes

#12 - The Pontiac

Parenthood (2010) - Season 5 - Episode 22

Haddie comes home for the summer, while Adam and Crosby reminisce about their childhood and also reenact some childish antics. Amber reunites with Ryan and struggles to let him go, meanwhile Sarah finally addresses Hank’s request. Victor conquers his fears and Julia and Joel are there to support him, while Zeek surprises him with a driving lesson. Drew realizes a mistake and goes after what he wants.

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The Convention
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8.30
155 votes

#13 - The Convention

Roswell - Season 1 - Episode 13

Max plays host to actor Jonathan Frakes at the annual UFO Convention while trying to avoid the meddlesome couple who witnessed Max's life-saving abilities on Liz at the Crashdown Cafe.

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The End of the World
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8.30
155 votes

#14 - The End of the World

Roswell - Season 2 - Episode 5

An older Max travels from the future (2014 to be exact) to tell Liz that their relationship will imperil his planet and together they devise a plan to change the future: by making present Max fall out of love with Liz. Not an easy task until Liz tricks Max into believing she slept with Kyle.

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Heart of Mine
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8.30
155 votes

#15 - Heart of Mine

Roswell - Season 2 - Episode 16

The onset of junior prom stirs up emotional tumult as Liz tempts fate by asking Max to be her date, Isabel decides Alex is the man she's been searching for, and Michael tells Maria he won't take her to prom.

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Toy House
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8.30
155 votes

#16 - Toy House

Roswell - Season 1 - Episode 11

When Max rescues his mother from a kitchen fire she faces her suspicions about his extraordinary abilities; Liz reaches out to Kyle in friendship.

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There's Something I Need to Tell You...
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8.27
442 votes

#17 - There's Something I Need to Tell You...

Parenthood (2010) - Season 4 - Episode 5

Kristina shares her health news with the family; Joel is nervous as Victor plays in his first baseball game; Sarah is caught in a tender moment with Hank.

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How the Other Half Lives
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8.20
155 votes

#18 - How the Other Half Lives

Roswell - Season 2 - Episode 14

Max tries to stop Alex and Kyle from being buried alive in a cave filled with glowing blue crystals; Isabel is kidnapped by Grant Sorenson possessed by the alien parasite queen; Michael is shot while trying to protect Laurie.

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The Morning After
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8.20
207 votes

#19 - The Morning After

Roswell - Season 1 - Episode 2

Liz tries to maintain her relationship with Kyle despite her deep bond with Max; Michael is obsessed with the idea that there was another alien in Roswell in 1959 and tries to decipher the meaning of the flashes only he sees. Meanwhile, Liz suspects the new guidance counselor Ms. Topolsky is hiding something, especially when she sees her with Michael's file.

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What to My Wondering Eyes
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8.13
454 votes

#20 - What to My Wondering Eyes

Parenthood (2010) - Season 4 - Episode 11

Kristina and Adam are faced with a health scare; Jasmine and Crosby celebrate their first Christmas as a family; Sarah feels torn between Mark and Hank; Ryan and Amber have relationship problems.

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A Bunker Hill Christmas
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8.11
919 votes

#21 - A Bunker Hill Christmas

Pure Genius - Season 1 - Episode 7

The optimism of a young leukemia patient inspires James to become a better person; James confesses his feelings for Zoe; Julianna's Christmas visit with Walter reveals the strain of their long-distance marriage.

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Pilot
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8.10
233 votes

#22 - Pilot

Roswell - Season 1 - Episode 1

Liz Parker learns Max Evans' out-of-this-world secret when he saves her life and must rely on her to safeguard his secret as an orphaned extraterrestrial.

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Heat Wave
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8.10
181 votes

#23 - Heat Wave

Roswell - Season 1 - Episode 9

A freak December heat wave hits the town and sparks romance as Michael's relationship with Maria heats up and Liz's infatuation with Max intensifies; meanwhile Isabel enters into one of Alex's dreams only to discover her likeness already there and dancing with Alex.

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Election Day
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8.10
307 votes

#24 - Election Day

Parenthood (2010) - Season 5 - Episode 9

Jasmine and Crosby take advantage of the election as a teaching moment for Jabbar; the band asks Amber to sing guide vocals; Sarah lends Hank a hand.

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We Made It Through the Night
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8.07
165 votes

#25 - We Made It Through the Night

Parenthood (2010) - Season 6 - Episode 12

Camille and Zeek make a decision concerning Zeek's health. Sarah makes a big decision and shares some good news with her dad. Adam and Crosby clash over differing business opinions, and Adam stands his ground, deepening the tension between the brothers. Amber rushes to the hospital with labor pains, and the Bravermans flock to her side.

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Graduation
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8.00
208 votes

#26 - Graduation

Roswell - Season 3 - Episode 18

As their high school graduation approaches, the gang must come to terms with their expectations for the future, while joining together to thwart the FBI when they discover that several members of the group are under surveillance. Meanwhile, Liz begins exhibiting even more alien-like powers, that cause her to see visions of their future - including their deaths.

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Chapter Fifty
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8.00
10 votes

#27 - Chapter Fifty

Boston Public - Season 3 - Episode 6

Violence and compassion commingle in this insightful episode. In the main plot, a rebellious, Irish-American teen squares off against an offended, African-American classmate in a racially incited brawl that distresses their caring teacher and leads to a more contentious fray with principal Harper. In other storylines, Winslow teachers undergo peer evaluations where Ronnie reluctantly grades Zach, with whom she has a somewhat romantic involvement; and Marla seeks to arrange medical help for a hearing-impaired student, whose parents aren't receptive.

Leaving Normal
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8.00
181 votes

#28 - Leaving Normal

Roswell - Season 1 - Episode 4

Liz's grandmother is rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke prompting Liz to reach out to Max for comfort.

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Pilot
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7.96
260 votes

#29 - Pilot

Rise (2018) - Season 1 - Episode 1

In the premiere, Lou petitions to take over as director of the theater program in an attempt to revitalize his passion for teaching, but quickly realizes he has his work cut out for him. His controversial decision to change the musical to the more provocative "Spring Awakening" and his atypical casting choices create a ripple effect for the program's assistant director Tracey Wolfe. the school's football coach Sam Strickland, and the students in the show.

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It Has to Be Now
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7.93
292 votes

#30 - It Has to Be Now

Parenthood (2010) - Season 5 - Episode 1

The new Braverman baby causes a stir; Kristina takes on another kind of fight; Joel and Julia face challenges; Hank returns; Amber's boyfriend returns home.

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Pilot
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7.91
1413 votes

#31 - Pilot

Pure Genius - Season 1 - Episode 1

Silicon Valley tech titan James Bell enlists Dr. Walter Wallace, an exceptional veteran surgeon with a controversial past, to run his state-of-the-art hospital with an ultramodern approach to medicine.

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Fraud Alert
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7.89
167 votes

#32 - Fraud Alert

Parenthood (2010) - Season 5 - Episode 19

Joel and Sarah celebrate their accomplishments; Adam takes Max on an adventure to cheer him up after a field trip gone wrong; Amber surprises Sydney and Victor.

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Because You're My Sister
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7.88
386 votes

#33 - Because You're My Sister

Parenthood (2010) - Season 4 - Episode 15

In the fourth season finale, Jasmine and Crosby plan an anniversary get away and receive exciting news. Kristina and Adam prepare for the next phase of her treatment. Drew learns the results of his college applications. Amber and Ryan discuss the future of their relationship. Joel and Julia plan an event for the entire Braverman family. Meanwhile, Sarah is forced to make a decision about her relationships with Mark and Hank.

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The Substitute
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7.88
123 votes

#34 - The Substitute

My So-Called Life - Season 1 - Episode 6

Liberty High deals with the issue of censorship when a substitute English teacher encourages students to write liberal poetry for the school paper.

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Nora
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7.86
560 votes

#35 - Nora

Parenthood (2010) - Season 3 - Episode 5

Kristina goes to the hospital with unlikely company; Julia and Joel receive good news; Crosby is bothered by Jasmine's dates; Seth returns and could put a damper on Sarah's relationship with Mark; and Amber helps Max reconcile with Jabbar.

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Tomorrow Blues
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7.86
700 votes

#36 - Tomorrow Blues

Friday Night Lights - Season 3 - Episode 13

Five months later, Coach Taylor's contract is up for review on Billy and Mindy's wedding day. Tyra grows anxious about her waitlist status. Matt leaves Grandma Saracen and Julie behind to attend college. Tim and Lyla question their future together.

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Most of All to Dream
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7.85
194 votes

#37 - Most of All to Dream

Rise (2018) - Season 1 - Episode 2

Lou is brought down to Earth when his production budget is slashed, Coach Strickland vindictively monopolizes Robbie's time, and he has a conflict with Tracey. Lilette finds herself starting to fall for Robbie.

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Not Your Grandmother's Robotic Surgery
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7.85
993 votes

#38 - Not Your Grandmother's Robotic Surgery

Pure Genius - Season 1 - Episode 4

When James' beloved elementary school teacher is diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, he tries to employ a risky robotic surgery to save her, an approach with which Walter disagrees. Also, a military veteran blinded in combat and riddled with guilt refuses Zoe and Talikha's high-tech treatment that could restore his vision.

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How Did We Get Here?
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7.82
160 votes

#39 - How Did We Get Here?

Parenthood (2010) - Season 6 - Episode 10

Zeek is rushed to the hospital and the entire family hurries to his side. As Adam and Crosby nervously await news of Zeek's health, a serious emergency at The Luncheonette pulls them away. At the hospital, Joel sticks by Julia, offering unwavering support, and further blurring the lines of their relationship.

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East of Dillon
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7.80
645 votes

#40 - East of Dillon

Friday Night Lights - Season 4 - Episode 1

Coach Taylor wonders how low his fortunes can sink as he struggles to pull the East Dillon Lions together while Tami navigates the new politics at West Dillon. Meanwhile, Matt gets a taste of life as a townie and Tim is inspired by a college lecture on "the hero's journey."

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My Brother's Wedding
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7.80
393 votes

#41 - My Brother's Wedding

Parenthood (2010) - Season 3 - Episode 18

The Bravermans come together to celebrate a momentous event while Julia and Joel strive to overcome the emotional rollercoaster adopting a child has put them through. Also, Crosby and Adam decide on the fate of The Luncheonette and Sarah makes a difficult decision about her future.

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Chapter Sixty-Six
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7.78
9 votes

#42 - Chapter Sixty-Six

Boston Public - Season 3 - Episode 22

When a student writes a letter to Whitney Houston asking her to attend the prom with him, faculty and students are amazed that she accepts. Houston's attendance at the prom causes Aisha, who is set to perfrom, to get stage fright. Meanwhile, Harper presents a radical way to prevent the firing of teachers for budget reasons; and Danny asks Claire's father's permission to marry her.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
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7.78
667 votes

#43 - Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Friday Night Lights - Season 1 - Episode 19

With TMU trying to recruit Coach Taylor, Julie insists that she will not be moved away from Matt and Dillon. The quad rugby recruiters in Austin deliver some bad news to Jason. Riggins becomes friends with a single mother and her son.

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Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew's Therapist
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7.77
498 votes

#44 - Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew's Therapist

Parenthood (2010) - Season 2 - Episode 17

Crosby pays the price for a mistake that will change his relationships with those closest to him. Adam gets annoyed with Alex's frequent visits. Meanwhile, Adam and Kristina are then forced to deal with a huge problem that will affect Max's progress. Elsewhere, Drew is hit with some disappointing news from his father, while Sydney makes a decision that her parents, Julia and Joel, are supportive of

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I Don't Want to Do This Without You
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7.76
512 votes

#45 - I Don't Want to Do This Without You

Parenthood (2010) - Season 3 - Episode 1

Sarah approaches her 40th birthday and turns to Mr. Cyr for support in the Season 3 premiere. Meanwhile, Amber takes a step toward independence; Adam worries about providing for his family and considers joining Crosby for a business opportunity; the adoption process frustrates Julia; and Alex shares a secret with Julia.

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Little Girl I Wanna Marry You
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7.74
711 votes

#46 - Little Girl I Wanna Marry You

Friday Night Lights - Season 1 - Episode 13

The Panthers have only one more game to win in order to qualify for the play-offs. Smash's mother discovers something that could end his football dreams.

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Hard Times Come Again No More
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7.73
622 votes

#47 - Hard Times Come Again No More

Parenthood (2010) - Season 2 - Episode 22

Sarah and the rest of the Braverman family worry about Amber's well-being after an accident. Meanwhile, Max 's behavior upsets Adam, and Julia unexpectedly plays a big role in a woman's labor and delivery. Also, Kristina helps with Haddie's transition into womanhood and Crosby tries to convince Jasmine to visit his new proprerty.

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Chapter Sixty-Eight
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7.71
7 votes

#48 - Chapter Sixty-Eight

Boston Public - Season 4 - Episode 2

After a cheerleader is attacked, blame falls on another student's mother (Sean Young); Carmen goes head to head with a ""bad boy"" student (Milo Ventigmilia); Hansen copes with a student who says he is the son of God.

Family Portrait
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7.70
431 votes

#49 - Family Portrait

Parenthood (2010) - Season 4 - Episode 1

As Haddie prepares to head off to college, the Bravermans gather for a family portrait; Joel and Julia worry about the behavior of their newly adopted son; Sarah tries to impress a photographer with her skills as an assistant.

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Vegas
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7.70
206 votes

#50 - Vegas

Parenthood (2010) - Season 6 - Episode 1

Sarah takes Zeek on a birthday trip to Las Vegas; facing a life change, Amber struggles to navigate adulthood; the family helps Adam and Kristina prepare their charter school for opening.

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