The BEST episodes written by John J. Sakmar

Illustrated Steele
39 votes

#1 - Illustrated Steele

Remington Steele - Season 3 - Episode 19

A young cartoonist finds his life threatened as the events of his strip start happening to him.

Steele in the Spotlight
68 votes

#2 - Steele in the Spotlight

Remington Steele - Season 4 - Episode 17

The search for a singer from the fifties has unexpected, deadly consequences.

The Proposal
58 votes

#3 - The Proposal

Ed - Season 4 - Episode 9

Ed is planning an elaborate proposal in New York, but when Carol returns to Stuckeyville to find out how they stand, he must come up with another plan. Mike's parents visit and his dad drives Mike crazy. Plus he wants to deep fry the turkey. Eli, afraid, that Jenny will date someone else, arranges a charity Thanksgiving dinner at StuckeyBowl and enlists her help.

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The Future Me
43 votes

#4 - The Future Me

Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Season 1 - Episode 6

When the postal detectives discover a letter postmarked with a future date, it sets off a chain reaction that leads them down a surprising, emotional journey. As Rita prepares for the Miss Special Delivery pageant—and faces threats from Glynis Rucker, an intimidating supervisor whose daughter is also competing for the crown—Oliver, Shane and Norman find themselves in the middle of a unique couple's struggle for acceptance.

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Gray vs. Gray
5 votes

#5 - Gray vs. Gray

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 21

Maxine gets a new supervisor at D.C.F.; Donna becomes stressed when Oscar's attorneys petition to have his conviction reversed; Amy and Maxine are at odds over having Maxine's terminally ill client testify in a case that Amy is hearing; Vincent counsels Donna against telling Oscar about her attraction to other men, and reassures her that her feelings are normal.

Stronger Than Steele
39 votes

#6 - Stronger Than Steele

Remington Steele - Season 3 - Episode 13

Laura has a personal stake in the investigation of the death of a movie producer who was planning on making a movie of an old TV series without the original star.

Phantom at the Opera
51 votes

#7 - Phantom at the Opera

Early Edition - Season 1 - Episode 20

Gary saves an artist from being murdered in her studio and they fall for each other. But Gary can't keep his mind off the paper, and repeatedly cancels their dates.

Give Me Liberté
135 votes

#8 - Give Me Liberté

seaQuest DSV - Season 1 - Episode 8

When Commander Ford and other crew members are contaminated with a deadly virus from a downed space station, Captain Bridger finds himself fighting against the clock and a government cover-up to save them.

Shaken, Not Stirred
11 votes

#9 - Shaken, Not Stirred

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 14

Amy must decide if a young boy accused of shaking his infant sister to death is guilty of murder; Maxine fights to keep a 10 year old girl away from her abusive stepfather; Vincent struggles with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder; Amy finds herself in a sticky situation when she accepts a date with the father of one of Lauren's classmates, and then learns that he's a child advocacy attorney who's scheduled to appear in her court; Vincent gets better acquainted with Lisa.

The Second Episode
4 votes

#10 - The Second Episode

Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Season 1 - Episode 3

With the assistance of a nerdy bookkeeper, Mr. and Mrs. Smith go to sea to spy on a shipper who is suspected of stealing 200 Stinger missiles.

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Act Naturally
58 votes

#11 - Act Naturally

Valentine - Season 1 - Episode 3

Tucker Blumsack, a Los Angeles theater manager, has his world thrown off balance when a movie star, Vivi, literally comes crashing into his life. Grace, Danny and Kate team up to save Vivi from jail time and get Tucker and Vivi together in order to have them realize they are meant for each other. Meanwhile, Phoebe doubts the motives a a mortal woman that enters their lives and has Leo help her confirm her suspicions about her.

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Three for the Road
200 votes

#12 - Three for the Road

MacGyver - Season 2 - Episode 10

A retired actor and his wife stop at a motel on the way to Los Angeles. MacGyver rescues them from a drunkard who nearly makes a mark on their car. MacGyver is supposed to meet a mobster-turned-informant at the motel, but the meeting goes wrong. The mob shows up and kills MacGyver's friend before he can give MacGyver what he promised. Instead the bag lands in the old couple's car, where the old actor finds it and discovers it full of money.

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Waging Bull
10 votes

#13 - Waging Bull

Chicago Hope - Season 4 - Episode 18

Dr. McNeil attends a medical convention in Las Vegas, believing he can control his gambling addiction. After the son of a close friend dies, McNeil begins gambling again. Watters, Shutt, and Wilkes are forced to share a room in the hotel, when it is overbooked for the convention.

Chapter Forty-Six
10 votes

#14 - Chapter Forty-Six

Boston Public - Season 3 - Episode 2

Temporary synopsis from TV Guide: Harsh echoes resound from the student riot; the Danny-Marla confrontations lead to racist allegations against her; a drug deal entraps one of Guber's prized pupils.

Chapter Forty-Five
11 votes

#15 - Chapter Forty-Five

Boston Public - Season 3 - Episode 1

A new year arrives at Winslow High and new tensions immediately arise. Brooke is caught in the middle when a group of students plan a walkout because the administration has been unable to handle crucial issues such as toxic mold in the bathrooms and overcrowded classrooms. Harper and Guber try to talk to the students, but the students see it as another weak attempt to appease them. And when the students stage the walkout, a riot quickly ensues. Meanwhile, Marla finds a newborn baby in the toilet and discovers that her student Amy had just given birth and left the baby in the bathroom. Amy insists that she wanted her baby and was coming back to get her. Marla rationalizes that Amy was in shock and was coming back immediately. To protect Amy, Marla tells the police that her baby was on the floor. This prompts Danny, who is highly suspicious, to tell Harper and Guber, who are then forced to notify the authorities that evening. Senate runs into his student, Trina, while taking a drive in R

Treasures of the Tonga Trench
81 votes

#16 - Treasures of the Tonga Trench

seaQuest DSV - Season 1 - Episode 6

When Krieg brings back what he believes is a priceless gem, greed runs amok on the seaQuest. No one listens to his stories of sea monsters in the area, until one attacks the seaQuest.

Chapter Thirty-Seven
13 votes

#17 - Chapter Thirty-Seven

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 15

Controversy swirls at Winslow over a reviled racial epithet, which becomes a heated subject of debate in a class taught by the provocative Danny Hanson, who fans the flames by alleging a double standard. ""Clearly,"" he tells his students, ""people seem OK with Chris Rock using the word...But if Garry Shandling'd all be sick."" Word gets to Harper, who calls upon Hanson to cease the discussion because ""the word stirs up too much hate."" But when the teacher persists, the principal trumps him. ""Do you think you understand n----r, Danny? Do you think you really get it?""

435 votes

#18 - Glade-iators!

The Glades - Season 4 - Episode 6

When the VP of a local bank is found dead in the vault, Jim discovers her tattoo and bruises reveal a double life as the star jammer of a rough and tumble roller derby squad.

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Poker? I Barely Know Her
1096 votes

#19 - Poker? I Barely Know Her

Psych - Season 1 - Episode 14

Henry's friend refuses to report his son, Brandon, missing after the son steals 30,000 dollars. Shawn agrees to help locate the son, and finds out that Brandon has been involved in some underground poker. Meanwhile, O'hara tries to surprise Lassiter on his birthday.

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Shot Girls
501 votes

#20 - Shot Girls

The Glades - Season 4 - Episode 2

The murder of the spokesmodel for a prominent rum brand sends Jim into the sexy, cutthroat world of liquor promotion to find the killer.

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Chapter Forty-Nine
10 votes

#21 - Chapter Forty-Nine

Boston Public - Season 3 - Episode 5

Senate's erratic behavior rattles Ronnie and prompts a telling showdown with Harper; pupil misconduct provokes a new teacher, whose youth belies grit.

Chapter Fifty-Nine
7 votes

#22 - Chapter Fifty-Nine

Boston Public - Season 3 - Episode 15

Anxiety besets Winslow staffers, scrutinized by the mayor's spy; a teacher's sex scandal is grist for the mill of student TV-journalists; boyfriend-related tensions affect school-musical star Aisha.

Chapter Forty-Two
9 votes

#23 - Chapter Forty-Two

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 20

As the prom approaches, female students outrage the faculty when they auction themselves as dates, while Harper deals with angry students who oppose his allowing a gay student to compete for the queen's crown.

Chapter Thirty-Four
15 votes

#24 - Chapter Thirty-Four

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 12

The faculty decide to have a staff talent show to lighten the mood at Winslow. Lipschultz asks Ronnie to sing a duet with him at the talent show but she convinces him that Marylin is just waiting to be asked. Meanwhile Danny befriends one of his Cerebral Palsey kids and arranges for him to attend Winslow. The mood is severely challenged when a student finds a notebook with plans for a bombing and shooting spree at Winslow

Dalton, Jack of Spies
157 votes

#25 - Dalton, Jack of Spies

MacGyver - Season 2 - Episode 17

Dalton, who is believed to be dead, recruits MacGyver to help uncover a CIA mole.

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Chapter Thirty-Five
12 votes

#26 - Chapter Thirty-Five

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 13

A student's illness rattles Senate, who's haunted by feelings of futility; a teen's eating disorder upsets Lauren, who's also unnerved by an web site advocating anorexia.

Steele on the Air
71 votes

#27 - Steele on the Air

Remington Steele - Season 4 - Episode 10

A traffic reporter dies while aloft in a helicopter and the two prime suspects are the disc jockeys, who were on the air at the time.

Jack of Lies
303 votes

#28 - Jack of Lies

MacGyver - Season 2 - Episode 6

MacGyver, returning home one night, walks into his apartment, only to everything he owns missing from his apartment. Initially suspecting a robbery, MacGyver eventually comes to the conclusion that his old friend Jack Dalton is the one responsible for the theft.

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Who Ya Gonna Call?
1203 votes

#29 - Who Ya Gonna Call?

Psych - Season 1 - Episode 7

Shawn reluctantly settles for a private client who claims a ghost has it in for him after Lassiter kicks Gus and him off the much more interesting case of a murdered psychologist, but the two investigations seem to be running parallel and Shawn may still end up solving the police's case.

The Dream
58 votes

#30 - The Dream

Ed - Season 4 - Episode 3

Ed & Mike buy a racehorse. Carol faces trouble with the school board and Molly when she suggests to Warren that college may not be for him. Warren pursues his dream of being a TV host on local cable access.

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Chapter Fifty-Four
10 votes

#31 - Chapter Fifty-Four

Boston Public - Season 3 - Episode 10

Anne Archer plays willful and sultry Patricia Emerson, whose daughter Becky is a student in an English class taught by Colin Flynn. At a home-tutoring session for Becky, Mrs. Emerson comes on to Flynn. It's an attempted seduction that really heats up when Emerson---who says she's related to the poet-essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson---begins interpreting Emily Dickinson's ""The Sea"" for him as a poem rich in sexual metaphors. Elsewhere, Winslow's basketball coach denies charges that he illegally recruited a star player---who's enamored of Harper's daughter.

Chapter Twenty-Eight
14 votes

#32 - Chapter Twenty-Eight

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 6

A statutory-rape case entangles Ronnie with the enraged parents of the 15-year-old victim; an illicit-drug situation embroils Harper with his unsettled daughter

Chapter Thirty-Three
12 votes

#33 - Chapter Thirty-Three

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 11

Ronnie and Danny discover that Brooke is dating a 27 year old man and report it to Steven. Steven is outraged at this discovery and demands Brooke stop seeing him. She disagrees at first but the next morning, her boyfriend Rupert reports to Steven that the two have broken up. Brooke later debates leaving Winslow High but Steven convinces her not to.After Harry getting sick of his students being considered dumb, he challenges Guber to a debate in preperation for a big upcoming debate for Scott's debate team. He accepts and the two teams practice to no end. When it comes debate time, both teams deliver but Scott's team comes out victourious but only by three points.

Chapter Forty
9 votes

#34 - Chapter Forty

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 18

Dana Poole returns to Winslow High as a mature, sexy, college freshman looking to spend time with Senate for a class project. Meanwhile, Lipschultz gets a visit from a 58-year-old man who says he's his son, and Hanson is accused of giving special treatment to Debbie.

Chapter Twenty-Six
13 votes

#35 - Chapter Twenty-Six

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 4

Harper's headstrong daughter Brooke enrolls at Winslow High after she is kicked out of private school. Meanwhile, when Ronnie is disappointed that her class is not learning Shakespeare, her ex-suitor Matthew Baskin, who continues to pursue her, offers a unique way to reach her and her students.

Chapter Forty-Seven
7 votes

#36 - Chapter Forty-Seven

Boston Public - Season 3 - Episode 3

Temporary synopsis from TV Guide: Misconduct charges target Guber, who's up against a new superintendent; race issues fester between Marla and Danny; reckless student driving sparks reproach.

95 votes

#37 - Pilot

Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Season 1 - Episode 1

While searching for two missing physicists who've made a breakthrough in cold fusion, a secret agent encounters an equally secret and capable blonde who is in competition with him.

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Chapter Thirty-One
11 votes

#38 - Chapter Thirty-One

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 9

Tensions escalate among Meredith, Jeremy and Guber, who seek family counseling; controversy swirls around a student's class-project photo and a speech by Lipschultz.

Chapter Twenty-Nine
13 votes

#39 - Chapter Twenty-Nine

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 7

Tidings of comfort and joy gladden this Christmas episode, which, true to the series, also has its share of heartaches and crises. The main storyline centers on the holiday hopes of principal Harper's teenage daughter, Brooke, who's anxious for a reconciliation between her divorced mom and dad. In other developments, Guber and Mrs. Peters shop together for a special Christmas present; Marylin, Marla and Louisa form a musical trio at the school pageant; and Senate gets caught up in the plight of a sensitive youth who he thinks may be suicidal.

Chapter Seventeen
43 votes

#40 - Chapter Seventeen

Boston Public - Season 1 - Episode 17

A student's mother complains about bus fumes to Steven. The tape of Lauren showering ends up on Sheryl Holt's webpage. Harry gets in trouble for knowing Tyronn was a murderer. Scott becomes Lisa Grier's co-teacher for her Shakespearre class.

The Stinger
162 votes

#41 - The Stinger

seaQuest DSV - Season 1 - Episode 18

In the lead up to an important demonstration, Lucas is knocked unconscious and the Stinger, seaQuest's prototype high speed sub, is stolen.

Chapter Thirty-Two
12 votes

#42 - Chapter Thirty-Two

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 10

Lauren asks Guber to go to a concert with her on the night of his three-month anniversary with Meredith and he accepts. Which causes Meredith to be extremely angry. Danny is having problems with religion in school. One of Ronnie's students attempts suicide and is pregnant because of a sex crime after she is pregnated for the purpose of having the child for her parents. Harvey moves onto the state finals with his speech and places in the top three.

Chapter Nine
43 votes

#43 - Chapter Nine

Boston Public - Season 1 - Episode 9

The first day back at school has barely begun when the police show up looking for a murder suspect. A botched robbery has gone down a few blocks away and the panicked assailant, wearing a Winslow High letterman's jacket, shot and killed a man before heading towards school grounds. The police think the suspect is a student who is hiding on campus and demand to begin the search at once. Meanwhile, oblivious to the tense situation, Lisa and Buttle decide to have sex in the deserted boiler room. Unfortunately, Riley and an officer stumble upon the couple during the investigation and catch them in the act. Riley agrees to keep quiet about the affair for now, but urges Buttle to break it off before he loses his job…or worse. As the hunt continues, it becomes a code red condition, locking both teachers and students in their classrooms. Eventually, Lauren realizes that a pupil in her class might be the suspect but before she can take action, the desperate student whips out his gun and takes La

Chapter Thirty-Eight
12 votes

#44 - Chapter Thirty-Eight

Boston Public - Season 2 - Episode 16

Mikki, an 18-year-old Winslow student, tricks Harper and the administration into allowing Barely 18, a racy Maxim-like magazine to come to the school to shoot provocative photos of her. Ronnie, who stumbles upon the shoot, pleads with Mikki not to pose for the magazine, saying it is a decision she will regret for the rest of her life. Ronnie confides in Mikki that she was approached in college to pose for a pictorial, but thankfully decided against it. Later, Ronnie reveals to Senate that she actually went through with the shoot, but the photos were never published. Ronnie and Senate share a moment, but nothing materializes from it. Meanwhile, back at school, a student approaches Guber with information that Meredith hit her with her prosthesis during an argument. After some investigating, Guber reluctantly admits that he believes the student and fires Meredith. As a result, Guber and Meredith's relationship seems to be terminated as well. Also at the school, one of Lauren's students ha

Chapter Twenty-One
41 votes

#45 - Chapter Twenty-One

Boston Public - Season 1 - Episode 21

Steven's remarks prevent Scott from getting a job as a headmaster. Lauren finds out Daniel is stalking her. Marla worries when a convicted sex offender asks a younger girl to the senior prom. Marilyn suspects Jeremy has done something to his mother.

Chapter Fourteen
45 votes

#46 - Chapter Fourteen

Boston Public - Season 1 - Episode 14

Lauren finds Harry hasn't told his friend about her. Six teachers resign and Marla must teach a class she doesn't know how to. Scott wins a contest to be a guest conductor and asks Marilyn out when she is too nice to him. Steven and Harry look for a missing teacher.

Hidden Agendas
58 votes

#47 - Hidden Agendas

Ed - Season 4 - Episode 14

Carol is concerned that Liz and Ed still have feelings for each other when Liz returns to town with yet another business proposition for Ed; Mike's eager anticipation of the arrival of Gunter, the foreign exchange student that the Burtons have agreed to sponsor, turns to disappointment when Gunter seems more interested in hanging out with Nancy than playing sports with him; Eli's concern about the closing of the community center prompts him to challenge a radio talk show host, and he does so well that the radio station offers him a tryout when the host gets the flu; Molly urges Carol to talk to Liz after Liz gives Ed an inappropriately expensive watch; Eli continues to use his stint on the radio to advocate for the community center and enlists Ed's help in convincing the City Manager to keep it open; Mike discovers that he couldn't be more wrong about Gunter's interest in women after Gunter tries to kiss Nancy; Liz gives Ed the inside information he needs to help Eli expose the corrupt

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The Impossible Mission
30 votes

#48 - The Impossible Mission

Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Season 1 - Episode 11

Mr. & Mrs. Jones are sent in to retrieve stolen currency plates from the treasury department. When Mrs. Jones gets shot Mr. & Mrs. Smith gets called in to finish the job.

Chapter Fifteen
44 votes

#49 - Chapter Fifteen

Boston Public - Season 1 - Episode 15

Harry advises Tyronn to leave town when he is shot at. Harvey sends Scott on a two-hour drive for a non-existing conducting opportunity. A student accuses the cheerleading teacher of touching her in inappropriate ways.

135 votes

#50 - seaWest

seaQuest DSV - Season 1 - Episode 12

Hitchcock goes into an underwater gold mining colony in order to investigate a distress signal and discovers that the original and rightful owner of the mine and his family are being held hostage by an outlaw and his thugs.