The BEST episodes written by Susan Harris

Episode 22
star
8.91
94 votes

#1 - Episode 22

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 22

Jodie and Carol plan a weekend away as "just friends." Mary commits Burt to the mental hospital. Danny tells Mary he must marry Elaine. Billy runs away from home. Benson, Chester, and Jessica take the stand in Jessica's trial.

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Episode 20
star
8.90
124 votes

#2 - Episode 20

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 20

Danny learns he must marry Elaine. Mary tells Burt of her plans to commit him. Jessica's case looks even more hopeless after she meets the prosecutor and judge.

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Episode 21
star
8.67
121 votes

#3 - Episode 21

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 21

Elaine meets the kooky Campbells. Corinne tracks down Tim at his mountain retreat. Mallu's assistant, Carol, invites Jodie to lunch. Jessica's murder trial begins.

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Episode 69
star
8.60
25 votes

#4 - Episode 69

Soap - Season 3 - Episode 22

Season #3 season finale was an expanded episode of 60 minutes. Now shown in two parts in syndication. Danny proposes marriage to Polly; Sheriff Burt and Deputy Danny are set up for blackmail by mobster Elmore Tibbs; Dutch cannot choose between two sisters; Carol's mother joins her daughter in perjuring herself in court; Leslie now decides to kill Billy; and Jessica's death watch features a surprise visit from Benson.

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In a Bed of Rose's
star
8.54
365 votes

#5 - In a Bed of Rose's

The Golden Girls - Season 1 - Episode 15

Late one evening, Rose brings a man home and they spend the night together. However, in the morning she finds that he has passed away. Even worse, she later discovers he was married.

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Episode 13
star
8.52
130 votes

#6 - Episode 13

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 13

"Piece of Chelief" Tinkler questions the Tates and Campbells, all of whom are suspects in Peter's grisly murder.

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Sick and Tired (2)
star
8.51
191 votes

#7 - Sick and Tired (2)

The Golden Girls - Season 5 - Episode 2

Dorothy continues to seek medical advice and turns to Harry Weston for help. Meanwhile, Blanche goes on a writing binge resulting in a novel that is less then enthralling.

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Change (Pilot)
star
8.36
85 votes

#8 - Change (Pilot)

Benson - Season 1 - Episode 1

Benson comes to work for Governor Gatling and helps find a way for a bridge to be built without killing beavers.

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Episode 24
star
8.36
87 votes

#9 - Episode 24

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 24

Carol seduces Jodie. Mary forgives Burt. Corinne returns to the Tates. Ingrid vows to destroy the Tates. Sheriff Tinkler arrives to arrest Chester for stock fraud. The jury begins deliberating Jessica's fate.

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Episode 54
star
8.35
23 votes

#10 - Episode 54

Soap - Season 3 - Episode 7

The Tates and Campbells gather to welcome Dutch to the family--and scare Millie away in the process. Billy and Leslie's romantic evening is interrupted by her ex. Jodie and Corinne discuss single parenthood. Alien Burt refuses to return to the spaceship. Real Burt finally contacts Mary, then disappears before her eyes. Back on the spaceship, Real Burt convinces the aliens to give him a chance to persuade Alien Burt to leave Earth for good.

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Episode 14
star
8.33
106 votes

#11 - Episode 14

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 14

Chester and Jessica discuss her affair with Peter. The Tates and Campbells wonder who among them is a murderer. Eunice and Congressman McCallum meet up in an airplane lavatory. Chief Tinkler arrests Corrine.

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Episode 65
star
8.31
52 votes

#12 - Episode 65

Soap - Season 3 - Episode 18

Burt announces he will run for Sheriff, and Danny wants to be Deputy. Jodie enlists Mr. Mallu's help in his fight for Wendy. Chester begs Jessica to take him back. Jessica entertains her psychologist, Dr. Posner, amidst the usual Tate insanity.

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Sick and Tired (1)
star
8.30
209 votes

#13 - Sick and Tired (1)

The Golden Girls - Season 5 - Episode 1

Dorothy is feeling rundown, tired all the time and has a lack of energy. She is sure she is ill, but all of the doctors she visits tell her she's fine. Meanwhile, Blanche decides to write a romance novel.

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End of the Curse
star
8.29
407 votes

#14 - End of the Curse

The Golden Girls - Season 2 - Episode 1

Blanche is mortified after taking a pregnancy test which indicates she's pregnant. Then after visiting her doctor, she learns the truth, she's beginning menopause. Meanwhile, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia go into the mink breeding business.

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Episode 61
star
8.28
25 votes

#15 - Episode 61

Soap - Season 3 - Episode 14

Danny learns of Burt's illness and agrees to help Burt win a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records. Eunice asks Corinne to cover for her while she cheats on Dutch. Chester's attempts to resist the minister's sexy daughter prove futile. The Campbells host Polly's family at dinner. After Chester tells Jessica he has lapsed again, she kicks him out of the house.

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Episode 56
star
8.22
23 votes

#16 - Episode 56

Soap - Season 3 - Episode 9

Billy tells Jessica about his affair with Leslie. Burt returns home to share his ordeal with Mary. Danny meets a black widow at the cemetery. Dutch makes it clear he knows Eunice is cheating on him. Jessica spots Chester with another woman.

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Episode 15
star
8.20
124 votes

#17 - Episode 15

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 15

Corrine goes to jail for killing Peter. Burt launches his own investigation. Danny decides to surprise the Godfather but must get past his daughter, Elaine, first. Ingrid Svenson arrives in Dunn's River, claiming to be Corrine's real mother.

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Episode 75
star
8.20
20 votes

#18 - Episode 75

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 6

Danny finds a hooker who will help bring Tibbs to justice. The cash-poor Tates hold a barbecue. Leslie gets more creative in her efforts to kill Billy. Jessica accepts El Puerco's invitation to spend the night in his tent.

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Episode 8
star
8.18
132 votes

#19 - Episode 8

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 8

Unable to kill Burt as ordered, Danny goes on the run as a "spy" but not before finally accepting Jodie's homosexuality and bidding a tearful goodbye to Mary. At a dinner party for Chuck and Bob, Danny makes a surprise visit that turns into "a little Tuesday night shootout."

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Episode 18
star
8.16
121 votes

#20 - Episode 18

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 18

Father Tim bids Corinne farewell. Burt tells Mary he can make himself invisible. Chester hires high-priced attorney E. Ronald Mallu to defend Jessica. Jessica decides to skip bail and head to Rio. Claire alerts the SEC to Chester's shady business dealings.

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Heart Attack
star
8.10
386 votes

#21 - Heart Attack

The Golden Girls - Season 1 - Episode 10

After a dinner party, Sophia suffers an apparent heart attack with a heavy storm delaying the paramedics.

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Episode 55
star
8.09
23 votes

#22 - Episode 55

Soap - Season 3 - Episode 8

Mary begins to question her sanity. Eunice and Corinne call Chester on his cheating. Real Burt turns to Jodie for help. Billy plans a rendezvous with Leslie at a hotel but runs into Eunice, then Corinne, then Dutch, then Chester in the lobby. Real Burt makes an impassioned plea to Alien Burt.

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Break-In
star
8.07
423 votes

#23 - Break-In

The Golden Girls - Season 1 - Episode 8

After a Madonna concert, the girls arrive home to discover their house has been broken into. This leads the girls to seek out means to protect themselves, including a security system, guard dog and mace. Meanwhile, Rose becomes so paranoid that the robbers will come back she goes so far as to purchase a gun.

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Episode 7
star
8.06
114 votes

#24 - Episode 7

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 7

The Major terrorizes the neighbors. Chuck and Bob arrive and promptly offend the Campbells. Claire tells Jessica of her affair with Chester, but Jessica doesn't believe her. Danny gets Burt alone and at gunpoint in the woods.

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Episode 58
star
8.04
25 votes

#25 - Episode 58

Soap - Season 3 - Episode 11

Jessica agrees to see a marriage counselor with Chester. The Campbells urge Jodie to move back home. Burt is jealous of Alien Burt's sexual prowess. At Billy's 18th-birthday party, Leslie promises "to blow out every candle on [Billy's] cake."

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The Engagement
star
8.03
744 votes

#26 - The Engagement

The Golden Girls - Season 1 - Episode 1

In the Pilot, Sophia arrives after her retirement home burns down and Blanche prepares to get married.

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Episode 23
star
8.03
64 votes

#27 - Episode 23

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 23

Walter dumps Eunice. Burt tells Mary he killed her first husband. Corinne walks out on Ingrid. Father Tim tells his mother he's leaving the priesthood. Jodie and Carol plan a weekend at the Cape. The prosecution drops a bombshell at Jessica's murder trial.

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Transplant
star
8.03
494 votes

#28 - Transplant

The Golden Girls - Season 1 - Episode 4

Blanche's sister, Virginia, comes to Miami for a visit and Blanche is convinced she's after something. Later, while out to dinner, she learns just what Virginia is after, Blanche's kidney. Meanwhile, Rose and Dorothy babysit for an infant.

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Episode 57
star
8.00
22 votes

#29 - Episode 57

Soap - Season 3 - Episode 10

Jessica catches Chester with another woman. Burt and Mary go for their annual physicals. Danny tries to find Polly. Jessica meets Leslie. An agent from Child Protective Services pays a visit to Jodie.

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Father of the Bride
star
8.00
12 votes

#30 - Father of the Bride

Empty Nest - Season 1 - Episode 5

Harry is ecstatic when Barbara accepts her surgeon boyfriend's marriage proposal, but she has second thoughts the night before the wedding.

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Aspirin at 7, Dinner at 8
star
8.00
3 votes

#31 - Aspirin at 7, Dinner at 8

The Partridge Family - Season 3 - Episode 14

By coincidence, Shirley meets a doctor whom she once dated, named Bernie Applebaum. Trapped into accepting a date with him for the following evening, they go to a fine French restaurant. But Bernie allows her to eat only plain lambchops, carrots, and buttermilk – the rest is too high in cholesterol. The doctor is evidently very wrapped up in his vocation, for the following night, he takes Shirley to the hospital cafeteria for an after-concert dinner. Shirley finds herself in the embarrassing position of having to tell Bernie that she's really not interested in him without hurting his feelings. Her plans to do this are complicated when the doctor brings his mother to visit the Partridge household. However, the enthusiasm of the two members of the Applebaum family does not diminish even when the kids try to help out their mother by misbehaving. Later, Bernie approaches Shirley with what he feels will be terribly upsetting news – that he can't marry her because he enjoys the swinging bach

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Whatever Happened to Keith Partridge?
star
8.00
2 votes

#32 - Whatever Happened to Keith Partridge?

The Partridge Family - Season 3 - Episode 11

After a show the Partridge Family is approaching by a talent scout who informs them that Keith would be perfect for a part in a new movie and he wants Keith to take a screen test. Reuben and Shirley coach Keith and the family all act out the characters in the script to help him learn his lines. He will play a baby-faced gangster. A week later the whole family goes off to Hollywood for the test. A very nervous Keith manages the part well and is notified a few days later that he got the part. Keith is being treated like a great Hollywood star by everyone in town. The family has planned a surprise party for him the night before he leaves to make the movie. That afternoon Reuben tells Keith that World Pictures has decided against starring an 'unknown', so he has lost the part. When Keith finally brings himself to tell Shirley the news, he is unknowingly walking into the surprise party. When everyone cries for a speech, Keith explains what has happened. The party is a good one despite the b

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Episode 5
star
7.99
113 votes

#33 - Episode 5

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 5

Eunice and Jodie discuss their man troubles. Burt and Mary visit a sex therapist. Corrine gives Tim one last chance before moving in with Peter, then catches Jessica kissing Peter.

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Episode 34
star
7.97
31 votes

#34 - Episode 34

Soap - Season 2 - Episode 9

Chester comes home; Jodie slugs Dennis; and more news, Corinne is pregnat. Other news. Dutch comes and says good-bye, c this show 2 find out what's up.

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Episode 27
star
7.89
45 votes

#35 - Episode 27

Soap - Season 2 - Episode 2

Chester escapes from prison with Dutch. Danny and Elaine marry and learn that Elaine's father has cut her off. One by one, the Tates disappear in the basement.

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Episode 9
star
7.89
133 votes

#36 - Episode 9

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 9

Jodie checks into the hospital for his sex-change operation. Dr. Medlow helps Burt overcome his guilt and his impotence. At lunch with Mary, Jessica spots Chester kissing Claire.

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Episode 12
star
7.88
133 votes

#37 - Episode 12

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 12

Jessica delivers an ultimatum to the philandering Chester, and threatens to kill Peter Campbell for lying to her and betraying her daughter Corinne; late that night, while in the shower, Peter is murdered by an unseen assailant.

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Snowbound
star
7.87
45 votes

#38 - Snowbound

Benson - Season 1 - Episode 7

Heavy snowfall leaves the staff stuck in a cottage in the woods.

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Pilot
star
7.86
29 votes

#39 - Pilot

Empty Nest - Season 1 - Episode 1

Harry is proposed to eighteen months after the death of his wife.

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Episode 1
star
7.86
195 votes

#40 - Episode 1

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 1

This begins the story of two sisters, Jessica Tate and Mary Campbell. As the Tates and their butler, Benson, prepare for a dinner party with the Campbells, Jessica walks in on her husband, Chester, while he makes plans for a romantic rendezvous with another woman. Jessica's son, Billy has a pimple on the night of his first date, and his uptight sister, Eunice, while ignoring the insane antics of their veteran grandfather, The Major. Jessica goes for a tennis lesson with Peter, the Tennis Pro, and winds up in bed with him. She leaves Peter just as his next "appointment"--with Jessica's other daughter, Corinne--arrives. Meanwhile, at the Campbells', Mary breaks up a food fight between her mobster son, Danny, and her second husband, Burt. Tensions flare again when Mary's other son, Jodie, a homosexual, joins them at breakfast. Alone at last, Mary confronts Burt about his recent impotence, which, we learn, stems from guilt he feels after having killed Mary's first husband (officially

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Episode 11
star
7.85
133 votes

#41 - Episode 11

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 11

Burt and Mary look forward to their first romantic evening in six months but are interrupted by news that Jodie has attempted suicide. Jodie survives. Corrine warns Peter. Jessica confronts Chester on his infidelity.

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Episode 2
star
7.82
154 votes

#42 - Episode 2

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 2

Jodie tells Mary that he's planning to do a sex change. Burt finds his long-lost son.

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The Modfather
star
7.80
5 votes

#43 - The Modfather

The Partridge Family - Season 3 - Episode 7

Grandma and Grandpa come to the Partridge house having rediscovered themselves, or so they think, through an experience with an encounter group. In an effort to share what they lerned with Shirley and the kids, the grandparents provoke them all into expressing their hostility toward each other so that their pent-up feelings will be brought out into the open. When the kids start arguing bitterly, Shirley is forced to tactfully suggest to her parents that they are interfering with her family life, and they leave. A few days later a tearful Grandma comes knocking on the Partridges' front door, explaining that she and Grandpa had been too honest with each other, for he had said that their marriage had no zip to it. Grandpa later arrives and they consider first getting a divorce and then living together as a means of revitalizing the marriage. Instead, they take Shirley's suggestion to pretend that they are divorced, and then go out with other people.

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Archie and the FBI
star
7.78
58 votes

#44 - Archie and the FBI

All in the Family - Season 2 - Episode 16

Archie's paranoia during a mysterious government investigation drives him to betray a long-standing friendship.

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Episode 32
star
7.77
31 votes

#45 - Episode 32

Soap - Season 2 - Episode 7

Carol's father objects to Carol and Jodie's marriage. Elaine opens up to Danny. Jessica, Mary, Corinne, and Eunice commiserate. Sally tells Burt she's in love with him.

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Episode 17
star
7.77
124 votes

#46 - Episode 17

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 17

Jessica is booked into jail. Mary realizes Burt needs psychiatric help. Elaine introduces Danny to her father. A blackmailer threatens to publish photos of Walter and Eunice. Chester hires an attorney for Jessica but is told Jessica's case is hopeless.

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Fatal Attraction
star
7.76
17 votes

#47 - Fatal Attraction

Empty Nest - Season 1 - Episode 4

Neighbor Blanche thinks she is in love with Harry and comes on strong when showing her affection. An old friend of the family dies after an illness. Carol decides to move in and take care of her father.

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Episode 25
star
7.76
92 votes

#48 - Episode 25

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 25

Jessica is convicted of murder--but she didn't do it.

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Episode 10
star
7.71
134 votes

#49 - Episode 10

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 10

Danny, dressed as a rabbi, has a near run-in with the Godfather. Father Tim appeals to God for help. Burt overcomes his impotence, but Mary is no longer in the mood. Dennis dumps Jodie, who tries to kill himself.

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Episode 67
star
7.68
50 votes

#50 - Episode 67

Soap - Season 3 - Episode 20

At the hospital, the family anxiously awaits Jessica's diagnosis. Burt becomes Sheriff but must remove the outgoing sheriff by force. Corinne convinces Dutch to stay. Jodie finds the odds stacked against him in the custody trial.

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