The BEST episodes written by Melissa Rosenberg

The Getaway
star
8.73
8314 votes

#1 - The Getaway

Dexter - Season 4 - Episode 12

Dexter and Arthur find themselves on a collision course, as Debra unearths a shocking long-hidden truth, Rita admits her marriage to Dexter is troubled, and Batista and LaGuerta face the consequences of an ethics breach.

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Born Free
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8.38
6093 votes

#2 - Born Free

Dexter - Season 1 - Episode 12

Dexter follows clues left for him by the Ice-Truck Killer in an attempt to find the hostage. Paul tries to convince Rita that she and the children are not safe around Dexter.

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The British Invasion
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8.35
5313 votes

#3 - The British Invasion

Dexter - Season 2 - Episode 12

The Task force believes the Bay Harbor Butcher case is closed, but Dexter still has some trouble to deal with.

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Beanstalks and Bad Eggs
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8.26
52 votes

#4 - Beanstalks and Bad Eggs

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Season 4 - Episode 1

With help from Autolycus, the king of thieves, Hercules set out to find Lianna, who had been kidnapped by the giant Typhoon and taken to a castle in the clouds. Climbing a huge beanstalk, the two men found Lianna in Typhoon's castle, caring for three golden eggs that belonged to the Harpies. Captured by the giant, Autolycus instructed Typhoon in the ways of romance. When the eggs hatched unexpectedly, Hercules saved them from a hungry snake-eel. He and Autolycus departed without Lianna, who decided her home was in the clouds with Typhoon and the Harpies.

The Gauntlet
star
8.25
4 votes

#5 - The Gauntlet

The Agency - Season 1 - Episode 14

Matt and Terri learn about shipment. The CIA gets a new cheif.

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Bad Behavior
star
8.25
12 votes

#6 - Bad Behavior

Party of Five - Season 6 - Episode 12

Bailey has a bad day. Both Charlie and Kirsten try to spend time together, but their jobs say different. Julia gets into trouble after she writes an article about a non-enrolled classmate. Claudia meets a boy from the past and learns more about her instinct in boys. A boy in school tells Owen that Victor is a faggot.

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AKA Smile
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8.20
4695 votes

#7 - AKA Smile

Marvel's Jessica Jones - Season 1 - Episode 13

Jessica and Luke get help from someone else in the neighborhood. Kilgrave gears up for a major test of powers against Jessica.

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Resistance Is Futile
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8.17
5783 votes

#8 - Resistance Is Futile

Dexter - Season 2 - Episode 9

Dexter realizes it won't be easy to end things completely with Lila. Dexter tries to stay ahead of the investigations as the manhunt for the Bay Harbor Butcher intensifies. An enemy of Dexter figures out his secret.

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Dex Takes a Holiday
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7.97
7718 votes

#9 - Dex Takes a Holiday

Dexter - Season 4 - Episode 4

Dexter gets some much-needed R&R time with Rita and the kids out of town, leading to his stalking of a new victim until he unexpectedly begins to empathize with his target, a cop that murdered her family.

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About Last Night
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7.96
6000 votes

#10 - About Last Night

Dexter - Season 3 - Episode 9

The friendship between Dexter and Miguel become strained even as Rita resolves to confront Miguel about his suspected infidelity. Meanwhile, Debra searches furiously for Anton when it's revealed that he was abducted by the Skinner.

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Hats Off to Larry
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7.91
215 votes

#11 - Hats Off to Larry

Ally McBeal - Season 4 - Episode 12

Larry's son flies in from Detroit and goes to Cage & Fish looking for Ally. He wants to sue his parents for emotional damage. Ally and Sam bond, and Larry has to take him back to Detroit. He doesn't want to say goodbye to Ally, who suffers with his departure. Larry promises to return. Meanwhile, Nelle is representing her dance instructor/lover Sam Adams in court. He's suing his ex-partner for stealing his dance moves. Cindy McCauliff returns to the office looking for Richard. (S)He wants to marry a man, but after the court denies it Richard offers to perform the ceremony at the office.

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An Inconvenient Lie
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7.88
5884 votes

#12 - An Inconvenient Lie

Dexter - Season 2 - Episode 3

Dexter sets his sights on a new victim: a murderer so repulsive it seems only fitting that he's a used-car salesman. Dexter's been unable to lie to Rita about his midnight activities, which has her thinking that he's a drug addict. She's threatened to leave him if he doesn't commit to a 12-step program to deal with his supposed addiction. While in this recovery, though, Dexter meets a sexy, mysterious woman named Lila.

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Father Knows Best
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7.87
5998 votes

#13 - Father Knows Best

Dexter - Season 1 - Episode 9

Dexter receives notification that his biological father has recently passed away. Dexter is named as the sole heir of all his possessions including his house. Dexter goes for a weekend away with Rita, Deb, and Rudy.

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The Last Wave
star
7.86
28 votes

#14 - The Last Wave

Dark Skies - Season 1 - Episode 11

Following the suspicious suicide of college classmate Robert Dewey, John and Kim arrive in Los Angeles to see their old friends Nat Heller and Gina Abbott. Learning that Dewey's corpse was mysteriously confiscated by someone claiming to be with the coroner's office, Kim heads to the funeral home to investigate. Upon discovering a cameraman lurking in the bushes, she meets film student Jim Morrison, who has documented the removal of Dewey's body. And though John is suspicious, Kim befriends Morrison to find out just what he knows.

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Both Sides Now
star
7.85
26 votes

#15 - Both Sides Now

Dark Skies - Season 1 - Episode 17

As Steele works on Sayers to willingly accept returning to the Hive, Loengard seeks anyone he believes can lead him to his wife. So, when Bach sends Juliet to Berkeley where the Hive is infiltrating the growing antiwar movement, John insists that he go along with her, unaware that he's being used to locate Kim. Although John spots her, he is unable to stop Kim from Joining Steele on a trip to visit her son. While John and Juliet question antiwar activist Jerry Rubin about Kim's whereabouts, back in Washington Bach sees that the Vietnam War can be used to increase funding for Majestic.

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Wagon Train (1)
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7.83
6 votes

#16 - Wagon Train (1)

The Magnificent Seven - Season 2 - Episode 5

The Seven protect a wagon train when the settlers are threatened by a demanding gold-hunter who claims he owns the land. Vin falls in love with Charlotte, wife to the abusive wagon master. Chris, Vin, Buck, and Ezra ride to rescue Charlotte after she's kidnapped and held ransom. Buck and Ezra try to win a widow's hand by charming her pudgy young son.

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Feat of Clay
star
7.82
175 votes

#17 - Feat of Clay

Birds of Prey - Season 1 - Episode 12

After a robber, Chris Cassius, breaks into a chemical factory and drinks a mixture that gives him the power to turn people to stone, Barbara cancels her vacation with her boyfriend, Wade. Unwilling to allow Barbara to continue neglecting her personal life, Alfred the Butler brings Wade to the clock tower and exposes her secret. Meanwhile, Helena goes to Arkham Asylum and interrogates a villain named Clayface, who possesses the same abilities as Chris, and learns a shocking fact about her past. She must race to prevent Chris from killing New Gotham's most powerful people at a charity fashion show.

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Taboo or Not Taboo
star
7.80
10 votes

#18 - Taboo or Not Taboo

Party of Five - Season 6 - Episode 21

Will keeps avoiding Holly, but Bailey is pushing him to move in with her. A reporter wants to do an article on Julia and her book, but when Justin shows up saying that he broke up with Laura just to get back to her, the reporter gives up. Claudia cheats on schoolwork so she can have more time for Todd, but later she feels guilty and Todd decides to study with her. Daphne misses her old times as a stripper and decides to take Kristen to hang out with her, and Kristen feels tempted to strip. When Charlie comes home, Kristen suggests a warm bubble bath. As she takes off her pants, a dollar bill falls, suggesting that Kristen may have stripped at the club.

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Finding Freebo
star
7.77
6178 votes

#19 - Finding Freebo

Dexter - Season 3 - Episode 2

Dexter continues the hunt for Freebo, knowing he is still in town after finding Teegan's body. Dexter and Rita must make a decision about her pregnancy. Dexter isn't sure whether he can raise a child. Deb searches for the identity of her body, not knowing the link to the Freebo case. Dexter races to beat the rest of the police to Freebo.

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Finale
star
7.75
4 votes

#20 - Finale

The Agency - Season 1 - Episode 22

A CIA Agent is taken Hostage.

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Wrestling Demons
star
7.73
11 votes

#21 - Wrestling Demons

Party of Five - Season 6 - Episode 4

Victor turns the house into a haunted one for Owen on Halloween. Julia realizes that she has feelings for Evan. Charlie and Kirsten explore having their own baby. Bailey finds out that Will is back in San Francisco and is chauffeuring wrestlers.

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Blast the Past
star
7.73
11 votes

#22 - Blast the Past

Party of Five - Season 6 - Episode 16

Bailey refuses to accept that he's ok. He wants to get help even tough he doesn't have drinking problems anymore. He realizes that he's only happy when other people are miserable. He makes up with Holly. Kristen is feeling weird at work and Charlie worries about her, fearing a depression, but the reason she has been an emotional roller coaster is because she's pregnant. Julia gets an email from Justin and decides to go to Vegas and stop him from getting married. Adam confesses his love to her and she decides to let Justin get on with his life, even tough he's not sure Laura is the one. Claudia gets mad at Todd because he doesn't pay attention to her, but he was just afraid of doing something wrong. She kisses him. Joe is tired of Charlie not trusting him anymore, so he decides to leave the restaurant, but Charlie asks him to stay.

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Devil's Eyes
star
7.72
89 votes

#23 - Devil's Eyes

Birds of Prey - Season 1 - Episode 13

Having discovered that Helena is Huntress, Harley Quinn uses a machine that gives her metahuman hypnotic powers. She then hypnotizes Helena and persuades her to knock Barbara unconscious and steal an access disk. Barbara recovers and uses her subneural device to enable her to stand and fight Helena, eventually neutralizing the trance. But Harley uses the disk to gain complete control of the clock tower and, after killing Wade, she broadcasts the hypnotic signal to every television set in New Gotham. Working together with Alfred, Dinah, and Reese, Helena must infiltrate the clock tower and battle Harley and her cohorts before they gain control of the entire city.

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Faith, Hope and Charity
star
7.70
10 votes

#24 - Faith, Hope and Charity

Party of Five - Season 6 - Episode 8

Julia decides to break up with Evan after she discovers his emotional-unavailability. Claudia gets drunk when noone reacts on Derek's problems. Charlie considers leaving his job and working at the factory. Bailey spends time dating a lot of girls and gets interested in Holly. Daphne and Griffin survive a terrible motorcycle accident and the Salingers are ready to pay for his expensive hand surgery.

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One Touch of Nature
star
7.69
26 votes

#25 - One Touch of Nature

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - Season 4 - Episode 10

As the community prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, Dr. Mike and Sully become anxious with their inability to conceive. As the couple try to get used to the idea of not having a baby, Jake becomes depressed about being alone.

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Love American Style
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7.69
6616 votes

#26 - Love American Style

Dexter - Season 1 - Episode 5

While the rest of the police department are focused on finding the Ice Truck Killer, Dexter is busy gathering evidence for his next victim. It turns out he will also discover more about relationships, love and how to make a success of it all. In doing so he gets some hilarious advice from unlikely sources and we see the first time that he actually kills two people at one time.

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The Rescue
star
7.67
492 votes

#27 - The Rescue

The O.C. - Season 1 - Episode 8

It can't stay in Mexico. Not after heartbroken Marissa took all those pills. And not with Marissa's mom trying to have her institutionalized - something Ryan, Seth, Summer and Marissa don't want to happen.

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AKA Everything
star
7.66
1155 votes

#28 - AKA Everything

Marvel's Jessica Jones - Season 3 - Episode 13

An old friend visits Jessica as she sets out on an agonizing mission and learns the true cost of being a hero.

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Reunion
star
7.63
16 votes

#29 - Reunion

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - Season 4 - Episode 22

Dr. Mike's dearest friend from college comes to visit her in Colorado Springs, both women are initially happy to see one another, but soon resort to their competitive relationship of years past.

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The Greater Good
star
7.60
5 votes

#30 - The Greater Good

The Agency - Season 1 - Episode 18

Gage tells Matt to blow up a chemical weapons plant in sudan,even though 100 people work inside.

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AKA Ladies' Night
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7.60
6608 votes

#31 - AKA Ladies' Night

Marvel's Jessica Jones - Season 1 - Episode 1

Jessica Jones is hired to find a pretty NYU student who's vanished, but it turns out to be more than a simple missing persons case.

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AKA Playland
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7.58
2012 votes

#32 - AKA Playland

Marvel's Jessica Jones - Season 2 - Episode 13

Waking up in unfamiliar surroundings, Jessica once again finds herself torn between two worlds and facing an impossible choice.

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Road Kill
star
7.58
7379 votes

#33 - Road Kill

Dexter - Season 4 - Episode 8

Dexter has always known his father’s Code was meant to protect him from exposure. But after committing a serious mistake, he wonders if it could have been designed to protect him from something even more dangerous – human emotion. When he discovers that Trinity is planning an out-of-town trip, Dexter sees an opportunity to ride along and gain insight into the mind of a fellow monster.

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Mummy Dearest
star
7.51
111 votes

#34 - Mummy Dearest

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Season 3 - Episode 4

Awakened by robbers, the mummy Ishtar walked again. Hercules set out to find the mummy with Ishtar's descendant, Princess Anuket. But the evil Sokar was also after the mummy. Sokar acquired the mummy's powerful golden pendant known as the ankh from Salmoneus and prepared to take over the Egyptian throne with the unwilling Anuket at his side. But Sokar was killed by the mummy, who absorbed his life force and grew to enormous size. Hercules defeated the mummy by giving the wrappings a mighty yank, unraveling the corpse. The skeleton spun helplessly into a pool of hot wax.

The Sentence
star
7.50
128 votes

#35 - The Sentence

The Outer Limits (1995) - Season 2 - Episode 22

Let the punishment fit the crime: an ambitious inventor, Dr. Jack Henson, creates a "" virtual prison"" and wants the government to adopt it nation-wide. Using his invention, convicts serve a life sentence in just a few hours. Henson claims the harsh sentences will ensure that criminals never offend again while the short time required cuts prison costs. He seems to be making his point until they connect an innocent man to the apparatus and the demonstration goes sour. To save the young man's life, Henson must submit to his own invention -- and to a lesson in the true meaning of justice.

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The New Law
star
7.50
6 votes

#36 - The New Law

The Magnificent Seven - Season 2 - Episode 1

The Seven go their separate ways when a Federal Marshal takes control of the town. The cattle barons band together to take the now unprotected town. The Seven are forced to reunite to save the townsfolk.

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AKA Start at the Beginning
star
7.47
2711 votes

#37 - AKA Start at the Beginning

Marvel's Jessica Jones - Season 2 - Episode 1

While Jessica deals with a rival PI and a paranoid would-be client, Trish digs up a medical file that could unlock the mystery of Jessica's powers.

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Nature of the Beast
star
7.45
124 votes

#38 - Nature of the Beast

Birds of Prey - Season 1 - Episode 9

When a hit is put out on the life of legendary mob boss, Al Hawke, the only person he trusts to protect him is his son, Detective Reese. Reese turns to Helena for help, but when she learns that Reese's father is the same man who killed Dinah's mother, Black Canary, her loyalties are tested.

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Inhuman Nature
star
7.43
54 votes

#39 - Inhuman Nature

Dark Skies - Season 1 - Episode 7

Following some sightings in Wisconsin, Loengard and Sayers question dairy farmer Kester Boehm about the strange lights he's been seeing and the unusual deaths of some of his herd. Finding one of his cows implanted with a trio of triangular nodules, they head to the University of Wisconsin to see Mark Waring, a veterinary school graduate student familiar with Boehm's problem. Though already warned by Majestic against discussing the case, Waring is persuaded to talk and reveals that the implants found in Boehm's cow were not unique.

The Contact
star
7.42
149 votes

#40 - The Contact

Red Widow - Season 1 - Episode 2

In order to absolve a debt, international crime boss Nicholae Schiller tells Marta she must import a shipment of drugs.

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Working Girls
star
7.41
17 votes

#41 - Working Girls

The Magnificent Seven - Season 1 - Episode 3

The town takes in a group of 'working girls' escaping from their vengeful master.

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AKA The Perfect Burger
star
7.40
1436 votes

#42 - AKA The Perfect Burger

Marvel's Jessica Jones - Season 3 - Episode 1

As Jessica focuses on helping the helpless, Dorothy Walker shows up at Alias to beg for help finding a missing Trish.

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The Third Wheel
star
7.40
375 votes

#43 - The Third Wheel

The O.C. - Season 1 - Episode 15

Ryan doesn't know much about Oliver, Marissa's therapy friend, but he knows he doesn't like him. Yet, Ryan still assists Oliver when he runs into trouble with the law at a Rooney concert.

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If You Love Someone
star
7.35
23 votes

#44 - If You Love Someone

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - Season 4 - Episode 15

After a long period of grieving over his lost fiancée, Matthew finally finds love again, but the object of his affection works at Hank's saloon.

Nocturne
star
7.25
3 votes

#45 - Nocturne

The Agency - Season 1 - Episode 8

The CIA conducts an internal investigation when it suspects Jackson of leaking sensitive information. In order to test Jackson's loyalty to the CIA, Matt and Carl secretly recruit the Persian cellist with whom he is romantically involved to gain information about a terrorist threat at the Yemeni embassy. Meanwhile, Terri must forge a 50-year-old document implicating the CIA in illegal activity involving the Dalai Lama that would prove calamitous for present-day Tibet should it fall into Chinese possession.

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The Outsider
star
7.23
547 votes

#46 - The Outsider

The O.C. - Season 1 - Episode 5

Ryan hangs out with a youth not from the moneyed Newport set, causing Seth to feel blown off. Jimmy's family faces hard choices because of his business crimes.

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Sins of the Mother
star
7.21
167 votes

#47 - Sins of the Mother

Birds of Prey - Season 1 - Episode 5

Barbara and Helena learn the truth about Dinah and Dinah learns the truth about her own past when her mother, Carolyn Lance, comes to New Gotham in search of the daughter she abandoned years before. Dinah is shocked to learn that Carolyn was once Batman's protege, Black Canary. Meanwhile, Helena learns that Detective Reese has family issues of his own when he becomes secretive about a ruthless gangster.

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Pilot
star
7.18
477 votes

#48 - Pilot

Red Widow - Season 1 - Episode 1

Marta has tried to stay out of her father's world of organized crime, but everything changes after her loving husband is brutally murdered.

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Slick
star
7.12
247 votes

#49 - Slick

Birds of Prey - Season 1 - Episode 2

Slick, an evil meta-human who can turn from solid to liquid, is hired by Dr. Quinzel to kill the honest cops who stand in her way. When Reese is the next intended victim, Helena comes to his aid and their mutual attraction continues to grow. Meanwhile, Barbara believes Dinah's story that she's just a runaway, but Helena remains suspicious.

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Witness
star
6.85
13 votes

#50 - Witness

The Magnificent Seven - Season 1 - Episode 5

Mary's young son visits, only to be haunted by his memories of a rogue townsperson. Ezra's con-artist mother comes to town.

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