The BEST episodes written by Michael Cassutt

37 votes

#1 - Neurostim

Max Headroom - Season 2 - Episode 6

Zik-Zak introduces Neurostim, a device to directly stimulate the brain and bypass the need to use television for advertising.

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40 votes

#2 - Deities

Max Headroom - Season 2 - Episode 2

The Vu-Age Church is running a phony resurrection service, claiming to be able to store cortical scans of its members and keep them on-line for the day when cloning is perfected and their personalities can be placed in new bodies. Edison is reluctant to pursue the story because Vu- Age's leading televangelist, Vanna Smith, is an old flame.

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Security Systems
44 votes

#3 - Security Systems

Max Headroom - Season 1 - Episode 4

Carter is accused of credit fraud and becomes a fugitive after delving into the hostile takeover of Security Systems, the world's most powerful corporation.

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74 votes

#4 - War

Max Headroom - Season 1 - Episode 5

In the middle of a global ratings sweep programmer packager Frank Braddock tries to sell Network 23 a package covering the activities of a terrorist group, the White Brigade. Edison and Murray become suspicious when Breakthru TV, who have bought the package, start broadcasting terrorist bombings as soon as they occur.

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Tommy Fouls Out
2 votes

#5 - Tommy Fouls Out

Alice - Season 7 - Episode 18

Afraid that he's lost the ""right stuff,"" Tommy quits the basketball team.

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The Winds of Darkness
92 votes

#6 - The Winds of Darkness

Dungeons & Dragons - Season 3 - Episode 6

The Darkling, a skeletal creature of darkness, kidnaps Hank. The kids have to convince the kindly Martha to help rescue their leader, before the Darkling claims his final victim and his Winds of Darkness destroy all light in the Realm. But Martha has been hurt by the creature one too many times and wants nothing to do with their quest.

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The Card
68 votes

#7 - The Card

The Twilight Zone (1985) - Season 2 - Episode 13

A woman with out-of-control spending habits finds her new credit card comes with unexpected penalties.

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Ready or Not
61 votes

#8 - Ready or Not

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 8 - Episode 15

Emma is upset to see Kelly wearing a watch that she had given to Brandon. Dr. Monahan forces Kelly out of the clinic. Emma suggests that she expose him, so Kelly turns on the intercom as Monahan makes another pass at her. Brandon barges in, and the foundation immediately fires Monahan, who will be replaced by Donna's father. Brandon asks Emma to leave the newspaper. She records a phone conversation in which he admits to sleeping with her, and uses the tape to blackmail him. Brandon and Steve hire a new assistant, Janet Sosna; and bring David aboard as a music reviewer. Donna is relieved when David reveals that his relationship with Valerie is a sham. David and Val get back together that day, and Donna plans to sleep with Noah as revenge. Noah nixes this idea, but then uses a private concert by Brian McKnight to get her into bed. Valerie cuts a deal with a bookie operating at the After Dark. Carly and Zach move in with Donna while their house undergoes some renovations. Zach inadvertently helps Donna get a job when he colors over her designs the night before her interview.

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A New Life
586 votes

#9 - A New Life

Z Nation - Season 5 - Episode 2

Warren must leave her new life behind and find her way to Newmerica, reuniting with Murphy and the other heroes, while discovering George is an old friend.

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Heart of Darkness
1345 votes

#10 - Heart of Darkness

Z Nation - Season 3 - Episode 9

Warren and the others inspect Murphytown and realize they are going to need a bigger army to extract Murphy.

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Murphy's Law
1277 votes

#11 - Murphy's Law

Z Nation - Season 1 - Episode 12

Murphy is kidnapped by a group of outlaws trying to crack the "Fort Knox of Oxycontin." As the survivors battle drug-enhanced zombies, a startling discovery is made about Murphy's abilities.

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Murphy's Miracle
1379 votes

#12 - Murphy's Miracle

Z Nation - Season 3 - Episode 3

Warren and team encounter the sole inhabitant of a strange town; Murphy begins a new mission.

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2349 votes

#13 - Tangent

Stargate SG-1 - Season 4 - Episode 12

A test gone wrong leaves Jack and Teal'c marooned in space aboard a damaged prototype attack ship

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458 votes

#14 - Hackerville

Z Nation - Season 5 - Episode 11

With some help from an outpost of renegade hackers, Warren and George hack Altura’s defenses and discover Estes’ secret plan.

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Out of Their Minds
1105 votes

#15 - Out of Their Minds

Farscape - Season 2 - Episode 9

An alien ship fires a weapon at Moya. Although the energy shield is active, some of the blast makes it through and causes everyone's consciousness to jump into another body.

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10 votes

#16 - Fever

Beauty and the Beast - Season 1 - Episode 18

While exploring a section of the tunnels Mouse discovers a treasure ship. Cullen's greed brings strife.

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Going Nuclear
1250 votes

#17 - Going Nuclear

Z Nation - Season 1 - Episode 10

The survivors square off against radioactive zombies when they arrive in a South Dakota town that's on the brink of nuclear disaster.

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Red Snow
67 votes

#18 - Red Snow

The Twilight Zone (1985) - Season 1 - Episode 52

A KGB investigator is sent to Siberia to investigate the deaths of communist party officials.

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And Your Heart Will Fly Away
559 votes

#19 - And Your Heart Will Fly Away

Andromeda - Season 3 - Episode 9

Tyr receives a communication from a human on an abandoned planet and leaves to meet her. As he does, a mad scientist boards the Andromeda using dark matter ninjas. After beating them, the man introduces himself. He loves the woman Tyr is with and wants to kill her, if he cant have her, nobody can. After saving her, he forgives her and lets her live. The episode ends with Tyr revealing that she is actually a Neitzian, the last female from Codiac, Tyrs pride. He says that he wants them to start a new Codiac pride but she refuses and Tyr leaves.

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The Loyal Order of Corn
73 votes

#20 - The Loyal Order of Corn

Eerie, Indiana - Season 1 - Episode 16

Strange things are going on in Eerie's local lodge – The Loyal Order of Corn, and when his father joins Marshall intends to find out what.

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Fracking Zombies
1852 votes

#21 - Fracking Zombies

Z Nation - Season 1 - Episode 2

In New Jersey, the survivors run out of fuel and embark on a dangerous mission to replenish their supply. Meanwhile, Cassandra's past comes back to haunt her.

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The Space Flight Episode
32 votes

#22 - The Space Flight Episode

Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Season 1 - Episode 9

Mr. and Mrs. Smith go after the scientist son of a former astronaut, who has sold his novel flying platform to crooked military contractor who wants to turn it into a weapon.

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The Fundamental Things Apply
56 votes

#23 - The Fundamental Things Apply

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 8 - Episode 30

David dumps Valerie and tells her that the break-up is her fault. Gwyneth admits that she is in love with Noah and seeks Valerie's help to get him away from Donna. Val suggests that she sabotage Donna's fashion show, so Gwyneth spills wine on most of the dresses. Noah orders Gwyneth to leave, but Donna lashes out at him for not ending the friendship. Val has a one-night stand with the fashion show photographer. She soon discovers that he is an intravenous drug user. Brandon and Kelly become overwhelmed by wedding preparations. They try to reunite a refugee with his wife, whom he lost when he was flown from Sarajevo for medical treatment. Sarah tells Steve that she is married, but separated from her husband. She decides to seek marriage counseling while continuing to date Steve. David throws a fit when a clothing store fails to pay him for a jingle.

The Mountain
140 votes

#24 - The Mountain

The Dead Zone - Season 2 - Episode 17

Johnny, Walt, Sarah, and JJ get involved in a search for $2 million on a missing plane.

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Total Awareness
137 votes

#25 - Total Awareness

The Dead Zone - Season 3 - Episode 5

Johnny is stalked both by a woman who has killed three other psychics, and a mysterious security organization working for the government.

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Tornado Days
80 votes

#26 - Tornado Days

Eerie, Indiana - Season 1 - Episode 12

As the tornado "Old Bob" approaches Eerie, the citizens prepare for their annual tornado day picnic to appease him, but Marshall and Simon insist on staying home, and as the tornado chasing meteorologist left by Bob on his first pass-though tells them – and this makes Bob angry.

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83 votes

#27 - Deadline

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 8 - Episode 11

Brandon is arrested for obstructing justice. Erica agrees to participate in a sting operation so that Riggs can be arrested on another charge without her testimony. Riggs gets busted for buying drugs from an undercover cop, and the police pretend to arrest Erica so that he will not suspect her involvement. Iris transfers custody of Erica over to Dylan so that she can live with her brother. A dedicated doctor impresses Kelly when she takes Erica to his hectic clinic. Kelly asks for a transfer to the clinic, where she will help with administrative duties. David moves into the office at the After Dark and accidentally starts a fire. He has lost his insurance and cannot pay for repairs, so the landlord terminates his lease. Donna takes pity on David and asks him to move back into the apartment. He takes her up on her offer, only to see her kissing Noah on the porch after a date. Valerie visits Sands and learns that Noah paid off David's debt. She lashes out at Noah for lying to her, and forces him to come clean with Donna. David, already angered by Noah's actions, becomes even more furious when Noah reveals that he bought out the landlord. David refuses to manage the club for him. Steve reluctantly agrees to take responsibility if he is the father of Jodi's child. The paternity test comes back negative; Steve feels that Jodi betrayed him by concealing the fact that there was another possible father, but wishes her luck.

The Way We Weren't
56 votes

#28 - The Way We Weren't

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 8 - Episode 4

Brandon is heartbroken when Kelly is unable to remember their relationship. Kelly develops a crush on Noah, whose blood donation saved her life. Noah takes Kelly for a stroll on the beach, and she regains some of her memories. Brandon confronts Noah and warns him to stay away from Kelly. The identity of Kelly's shooter comes under scrutiny because the man Brandon picked out did not have gun residue on his hands. Brandon considers a job offer from the Seattle Times. Steve's career as a sports agent comes to an end after he nearly puts Charlotte's career in jeopardy with an illegal gift. Rush gives Steve his own business, a defunct newspaper. Steve wants Brandon to be his editor, but he initially turns him down. Brandon accepts Steve's offer so that he can write, yet remain close to Kelly. Donna panics when she loses her boss's beloved dog en route to the veterinarian. Valerie helps organize Donna when she has trouble keeping track of her clients. Donna decides to make Val her business p

57 votes

#29 - Rebound

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 8 - Episode 18

Valerie completes her community service, but not before arranging for Brandon to run into Kelly and Jeff during a date. A woman considers calling off her wedding to one of Steve's old frat brothers, and seeks refuge at the Walsh house. She bonds with Brandon over their fractured relationships, and decides to get married after all. Steve observes the couple's commitment to each other and realizes that he must get over Carly; he would have followed her to Montana if he had truly loved her. The keyboardist for Jasper's Law gets into a car accident while driving drunk. He claims that Noah is negligent for serving him too many drinks. David is aware that Mark had been smoking marijuana before the crash, but keeps quiet after Mark threatens to squash his songwriting deal. He finally shares the truth with the group leader, who fires Mark and replaces him with David. Donna loses her job when she stands up to a temperamental child model, but gets it back by dressing up like a clown. Brandon again shows up on Kelly's doorstep at night. He explains that he cheated on her because he was frightened by the prospect of commitment, and insists that she "owes" him another chance. She slams the door in his face.

The Nature of Nurture
53 votes

#30 - The Nature of Nurture

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 8 - Episode 24

Kelly is upset when a gay couple receives custody of the baby. The teenage mother decides that she wants her son back, but only because she does not want him raised by gay men. Kyle and Gene give the child up without a fight, as they feel this is in his best interests. Kelly comes to believe that they would make better parents than she or Leann, and lobbies the girl to relinquish custody. She eventually agrees after realizing that she cannot care for the child properly. With the newspaper struggling to stay afloat, Steve accepts advertising from a cigarette manufacturer. Brandon becomes indignant and threatens to quit; Steve changes his mind by pointing out all the people he has helped through his writing. After a few dates, Steve finally tells Jill that he is not Ted (the man to whom she had been writing). She refuses to continue seeing him, and he vows to make her happy by finding Ted. David rediscovers his love of music by jamming with his neighbor, a washed-up guitar player who onc

Alice's Hot Air Romance
2 votes

#31 - Alice's Hot Air Romance

Alice - Season 8 - Episode 16

Alice gets a ride but hardly a rise out of a sexist ballonist whose hot air isn't confined to his balloon.

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Wish Bank
130 votes

#32 - Wish Bank

The Twilight Zone (1985) - Season 1 - Episode 10

Janice finds a magic lamp at a garage sale. Restrictions and lots of paperwork apply for her three wishes.

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Little Miss Magic
5 votes

#33 - Little Miss Magic

The Adventures of Sinbad - Season 1 - Episode 6

After the Nomad suffers damage in a storm the crew is forced to stop in the City of Mists. Sindbad wins the 'Jewel of the City' in a card game, only to discover that the 'Jewel' is Serendib, a 15 year old girl with magical powers.

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