The BEST episodes written by Terence Winter

Vanishing Act
star
8.40
57 votes

#1 - Vanishing Act

Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 3 - Episode 20

Xena and Gabrielle team up with Autolycus to recover a statue that is a symbol of peace between two villages, but they must steal it back Autolycus's way in order for him to maintain his reputation.

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Kid-Napped
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8.33
6 votes

#2 - Kid-Napped

Sister, Sister - Season 4 - Episode 6

After the twins' rival steals their friends by hosting a party where the NBA's Kobe Bryant (who has a cameo) is a guest, they kidnap a star rapper (Christopher "Kid" Reid) and have their own party. Meanwhile, Lisa dates a doctor.

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Margate Sands
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8.27
2726 votes

#3 - Margate Sands

Boardwalk Empire - Season 3 - Episode 12

A gang war erupts in Atlantic City, with Gyp and nine men of his own and 40 of Joe Masseria's against Nucky, Eli, Capone's Chicago crew, and Chalky's men. Gyp's holed up at Gillian's; Nucky at a lumber yard. It's a war of attrition, with Nucky having to keep Capone and Chalky's men from killing each other while he negotiates with Rothstein by phone. Rothstein runs his own game with Luciano, Lansky, and heroin, Margaret calls on an older couple, and Richard is out there somewhere focused on protecting Tommy.

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Pine Barrens
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8.20
2429 votes

#4 - Pine Barrens

The Sopranos - Season 3 - Episode 11

While on a collection errand, Paulie and Christopher find themselves thrust into a deadly chase with a Russian in the frigid woods of South Jersey. Tony is caught between business, family obligations and Gloria's temper when he must deal with the crisis. Meadow's relationship with Jackie takes a bad turn when she discovers him with another girl.

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Alibi
star
8.18
958 votes

#5 - Alibi

Vinyl - Season 1 - Episode 10

Zak constructs a dangerous plan to bring down Richie; Kip's excesses threaten an important Nasty Bits gig.

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To the Lost
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8.17
3162 votes

#6 - To the Lost

Boardwalk Empire - Season 2 - Episode 12

Esther Randolph's case is weakened by the sudden death of one witness and the sudden marriage of another. Jimmy turns away from the influence of others, including his mother. Nucky, acting the family man to Margaret, faces a difficult, bottom-line business decision.

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Eldorado
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8.16
1578 votes

#7 - Eldorado

Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 8

Nucky plans to relocate to Manhattan. Margaret impresses Nucky and a grain company stockholder.

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Long Term Parking
star
8.10
2023 votes

#8 - Long Term Parking

The Sopranos - Season 5 - Episode 12

The FBI finds new evidence that they use as leverage against Adriana. Adriana relents and tries to persuade Christopher to go into witness protection with her. Tony and Carmela meet over lunch and work toward a reconciliation, which includes a new real estate project for Carmela. Johnny Sack delivers a stern ultimatum to Tony, who is hesitant to give up his cousin.

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A Return to Normalcy
star
8.10
3986 votes

#9 - A Return to Normalcy

Boardwalk Empire - Season 1 - Episode 12

Nucky faces Election Day in Atlantic City and pulls out all the stops to keep power in Republican hands. Torrio brokers a discussion between Nucky and Rothstein to resolve their growing gang war, as well as Rothstein's looming federal indictment over the World Series. Both Jimmy and Eli voice their growing resentment towards Nucky, and find they have an ally in the Commodore. Van Alden seeks a sign on whether or not to leave Atlantic City, but receives unexpected news from Lucy. Margaret weighs new information about Nucky's first marriage and her uncertain future to make a final decision on her role in his life.

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Farewell Daddy Blues
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8.06
2023 votes

#10 - Farewell Daddy Blues

Boardwalk Empire - Season 4 - Episode 12

Eli braces for the worst as Agent Knox launches his plan to bring Nucky down. Capone and Torrio reach an agreement in Cicero. Chalky looks to settle scores. Richard steps forward to save Tommy, at Gillian's expense.

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Happy Trails
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8.03
1084 votes

#11 - Happy Trails

Tulsa King - Season 1 - Episode 9

It's all hands on deck as tensions between Dwight's crew and Waltrip escalate past the point of no return. Elsewhere, a flashback reveals what sent Dwight to prison 25 years ago.

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Adobe Walls
star
7.95
1122 votes

#12 - Adobe Walls

Tulsa King - Season 1 - Episode 8

Dwight and Bodhi lay out the casino plan for Jimmy. As pressure increases, Dwight, Mitch, and Tyson assemble their team. Stacy confronts Waltrip.

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Boardwalk Empire
star
7.92
7512 votes

#13 - Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire - Season 1 - Episode 1

January 1920. On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City's Treasurer, Nucky Thompson, condemns alcohol at a Women's Temperance League meeting, where he is noticed by Margaret Schroeder, a pretty, pregnant housewife who comes to him for help in getting her abusive husband Hans a job. Later that evening, the duplicitous Nucky privately tells his ward bosses about the opportunity to make huge profits selling bootleg liquor. At a countdown-to-midnight blast at Babette's Supper Club, he assures Jimmy Darmody, a recently returned WWI vet, that his appointment as "Man Friday" to the new Chief Clerk of the Fourth Ward, Paddy Ryan, will lead to bigger things. Jimmy, meanwhile, has higher aspirations and ends up making an alliance that could have dire consequences for both him and Nucky.

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Cradle of Hope
star
7.90
139 votes

#14 - Cradle of Hope

Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 1 - Episode 4

Xena employs stealthy maneuvers to protect an infant who an oracle claims will one day usurp the King's throne. Meanwhile, Xena must also make sure that Pandora, the granddaughter of the legendary original, is able to reset the lock on her precious box.

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Resolution
star
7.90
2724 votes

#15 - Resolution

Boardwalk Empire - Season 3 - Episode 1

Nucky makes a resolution; Margaret considers a hospital expansion; Gillian builds a new business; Van Alden stumbles onto a confrontation.

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The Second Coming
star
7.90
1799 votes

#16 - The Second Coming

The Sopranos - Season 6 - Episode 19

Tony attempts to repair the rift between New Jersey and New York; A.J.'s depression struggle continues; a New York associate crosses the line with Meadow

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The Pony
star
7.89
2563 votes

#17 - The Pony

Boardwalk Empire - Season 3 - Episode 8

Gillian makes her peace with Jimmy's death. Van Alden attends a meeting with Capone and Torrio. Nucky makes an offer to Andrew Mellon. Margaret makes a stand on birth control. Nucky and Owen shop for a pony. Billie considers a future in film.

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Members Only
star
7.88
2182 votes

#18 - Members Only

The Sopranos - Season 6 - Episode 1

Gene Pontecorvo makes a final break from the mob life, while Junior's paranoid delusions could be the end of Tony.

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Warr Acres
star
7.87
1078 votes

#19 - Warr Acres

Tulsa King - Season 1 - Episode 7

Stacy makes a decision that has serious consequences. Dwight and Armand dispose of evidence, and Bodhi proposes a new plan. Tina contemplates her future.

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Cuanto
star
7.85
1619 votes

#20 - Cuanto

Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 4

Nucky and Margaret find common ground in Atlantic City. Luciano encounters an old adversary.

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Center of the Universe
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7.83
1530 votes

#21 - Center of the Universe

Tulsa King - Season 1 - Episode 2

Dwight, Tyson, and Bodhi go on a road trip to take care of some business, and the group later takes a spontaneous detour. Stacy does some digging into Dwight's past.

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Two Boats and a Life Guard
star
7.82
3210 votes

#22 - Two Boats and a Life Guard

Boardwalk Empire - Season 2 - Episode 8

In the wake of a personal loss, Nucky solicits advice on his political situation from Arnold Rothstein, while Eli remains suspicious of his brother’s actions. Nucky finds himself in the unfamiliar position of showing gratitude toward a federal agent. Angela meets a new friend at the beach, and eavesdrops on her husband’s treachery. Nelson gets a nanny. Nucky approaches Owen with an overseas proposition. Jimmy flexes his muscles, at Mickey Doyle’s expense.

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21
star
7.82
3482 votes

#23 - 21

Boardwalk Empire - Season 2 - Episode 1

Nucky is shocked by an insurrection among his inner circle. An attack threatens Chalky's life and livelihood. Margaret deals with her son's problems. Angela vies for Jimmy's affection. Van Alden shows his wife around town.

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Go West, Old Man
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7.81
1736 votes

#24 - Go West, Old Man

Tulsa King - Season 1 - Episode 1

Dwight, blindsided by the news that his mob family has nothing left for him in New York, is sent to Tulsa, Oklahoma. As he settles in and surveys his new surroundings, Dwight wastes no time making new associates.

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Walk Like a Man
star
7.81
1922 votes

#25 - Walk Like a Man

The Sopranos - Season 6 - Episode 17

The relationship between Christopher and Paulie's falters, while A.J. grows depressed over his break-up with Blanca.

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Bring on the Debate
star
7.80
5 votes

#26 - Bring on the Debate

Sister, Sister - Season 4 - Episode 12

Ray feels threatened by Tamera's devotion to her new substitute music teacher. Meanwhile, Lisa peddles her fashions on the street, and the local ladies misunderstand what's for sale.

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Stage 5
star
7.78
1778 votes

#27 - Stage 5

The Sopranos - Season 6 - Episode 14

Christopher's Cleaver premieres, showing Tony how he feels about him; Johnny Sack faces a health crisis; Phil Leotardo resents his family, and himself, for being weak and downtrodden; Silvio gets caught up in New York's power vacuum

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Mr. and Mrs. Sacramoni Request
star
7.74
1922 votes

#28 - Mr. and Mrs. Sacramoni Request

The Sopranos - Season 6 - Episode 5

Johnny Sack asks for permission to get out of jail for his daughters wedding; Tony's on the look out for personal protection.

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Pilot
star
7.73
1441 votes

#29 - Pilot

Vinyl - Season 1 - Episode 1

New York City, 1973. Together with his partners, Richie Finestra, president of American Century Records, is on the verge of selling his struggling company to German Polygram, in a deal that includes an impending distribution agreement with Led Zeppelin. But after a disastrous meeting, it's clear that the sale is in jeopardy.

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Ging Gang Goolie
star
7.71
2631 votes

#30 - Ging Gang Goolie

Boardwalk Empire - Season 3 - Episode 6

Nucky is detained in Washington. Margaret copes with Teddy's demons. Owen investigates a suspicious fire. Richard makes a connection with a veteran and his daughter.

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Unidentified Black Males
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7.70
1970 votes

#31 - Unidentified Black Males

The Sopranos - Season 5 - Episode 9

Rumors about Tony B's involvement in the Joey Peeps hit reach Johnny Sack, who considers going to war with little Carmine. Meadow looks out for her boyfriend's financial well-being and turns up the pressure on him when their relationship stalls. Carmela finds that Tony has made it impossible for her to hire a divorce lawyer, while Tony explores his guilt over his cousin's incarceration with Melfi.

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Live Free or Die
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7.70
1955 votes

#32 - Live Free or Die

The Sopranos - Season 6 - Episode 6

Tony seeks guidance from overseas to solve a local problem; and decides whether a top earner deserves another chance.

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The Good Listener
star
7.67
1557 votes

#33 - The Good Listener

Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 2

Nucky pays a visit to Johnny Torrio. Eli and Van Alden must recoup money lost during a federal raid.

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The Strong, Silent Type
star
7.66
2207 votes

#34 - The Strong, Silent Type

The Sopranos - Season 4 - Episode 10

Tony calls on Johnny Sack for help when his crew begins to question Ralph's sudden disappearance. Tony forces Christopher into rehab when his drug use spins out of control, but group therapy soon deteriorates into a brawl. Furio is noticeably cooler toward Carmela after his return from Italy.

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Two Tonys
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7.63
2214 votes

#35 - Two Tonys

The Sopranos - Season 5 - Episode 1

Tony, now separated from Carmela, takes a romantic interest in Dr. Melfi. Carmela is forced to call Tony for help when a wild bear keeps visiting their home. Johnny Sack sees an opportunity for advancement when Carmine suffers a stroke, while new parolees readjust to life on the outside and Janice adjusts to married life with Bobby. Christopher and Paulie face off when Christopher is constantly stuck paying for dinner.

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Acres of Diamonds
star
7.63
2259 votes

#36 - Acres of Diamonds

Boardwalk Empire - Season 4 - Episode 3

Nucky has reservations about investing in a Tampa land deal engineered by transplanted bootlegger Bill McCoy. While there, he meets speakeasy owner Sally Wheet. Valentin Narcisse books a sexy jazz singer, Daughter Maitland, to perform at the Onyx, and gauges Dunn Purnsley’s allegiance to Chalky. Willie, Eli’s son, turns to Mickey Doyle and his bootleg warehouse to elevate his social standing at college. Gillian agrees to pose as Roy Phillips’ wife to impress a possible partner. Harrow tries to bury his past, though not before taking care of some unfinished business with Emma.

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Another Toothpick
star
7.63
2300 votes

#37 - Another Toothpick

The Sopranos - Season 3 - Episode 5

Bobby's cancer-ridden father comes out of retirement to do a hit. Meanwhile, Junior is given some unpleasant news about his medical condition. Tony's racism again boils to the surface when he has a run-in with a black cop. Artie explores his feelings for Adriana, while Carmela participates more actively in Tony's therapy.

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No-Show
star
7.62
2060 votes

#38 - No-Show

The Sopranos - Season 4 - Episode 2

Meadow clashes with her parents when she decides to drop out of college and travel to Europe. Tony sends her to a psychologist, but it only makes things worse. Christopher is made a capo in Paulie's crew while Paulie serves a jail term, but Christopher shows a lack of talent for leadership. Danielle's under cover work with Adriana falls flat. The Feds then bring Adriana in for a meeting, threatening to send her up for drug possession if she doesn't turn on the Sopranos.

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The Ivory Tower
star
7.62
6094 votes

#39 - The Ivory Tower

Boardwalk Empire - Season 1 - Episode 2

Investigating a crime which he feels has been pinned on a scapegoat, straight-arrow Agent Nelson Van Alden pays a visit to Nucky and leaves convinced that the Treasurer is "as corrupt as the day is long". Nucky quickly does damage control, enlisting his brother, Sheriff Elias Thompson, to close ranks with their underlings. Nucky discusses the upcoming election with his aging mentor, Commodore Louis Kaestner, with whom he debates the women's vote issue. Later, before heading out for a night on the town, Nucky rebukes an irate Arnold Rothstein over the phone, then meets privately with Margaret Schroeder, who asks him for help in providing for her children. As a long day ends, a traveling salesman named George Baxter, in town for a few days with an unwilling young beauty named Claudia, makes a startling discovery while on the road home to Baltimore.

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William Wilson
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7.61
2072 votes

#40 - William Wilson

Boardwalk Empire - Season 4 - Episode 7

Eli confronts Nucky after Willie makes an unpopular decision. Margaret has a surprise encounter at her job on Wall Street. Joe Masseria orders Lucky Luciano to return to Tampa and deal with Vincenzo Petrucelli. Gillian goes cold turkey, with Roy Phillips’ help. Still seething over his brother’s death, Al Capone tries to get Johnny Torrio to turn on rival gangster Dean O’Banion. As Chalky White and Daughter Maitland’s relationship deepens, Valentin Narcisse exerts his control over Dunn Purnsley and the Northside.

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House Arrest
star
7.60
2577 votes

#41 - House Arrest

The Sopranos - Season 2 - Episode 11

Tony's lawyer advises him to act like a civilian for a while, but Tony grows bored by the lifestyle. Melfi uses alcohol to numb herself to Tony's visits. Junior seeks female companionship during his confinement, while Richie disobeys yet another order from Tony.

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Yesterday Once More
star
7.60
1145 votes

#42 - Yesterday Once More

Vinyl - Season 1 - Episode 2

With German Polygram executives in town to complete the deal for American Century, Richie delivers a bombshell that shocks the prospective buyers, as well as his partners, Zak Yankovich, ACR's head of promotions, and Skip Fontaine, head of sales. When the dust settles, the Germans storm out of the ACR offices, leaving Richie to face the ire of Zak, Skip and company attorney Scott Levitt.

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The Weight
star
7.59
2076 votes

#43 - The Weight

The Sopranos - Season 4 - Episode 4

Things heat up between Ralphie and Johnny Sack after Ralphie's rude remarks about Johnny's wife become public. Tony is forced to plan a hit on Johnny, while Johnny puts out a contract on Ralphie. Carmela stops by Furio's new home and discovers a growing attraction to him.

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Remember When
star
7.59
1813 votes

#44 - Remember When

The Sopranos - Season 6 - Episode 15

When Tony's first hit is about to be unearthed, he and Paulie flee to Florida, where Tony contemplates their friendship; Junior organizes a poker game at the institution; the New York power struggle continues

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University
star
7.58
2389 votes

#45 - University

The Sopranos - Season 3 - Episode 6

Ralphie gets violent with a Bing dancer when his temper gets the better of him. He and Tony come to blows over it in the parking lot. Meadow and Noah take their relationship to a new level, but things don't stay romantic for long as Meadow's roommate causes problems.

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Watching Too Much Television
star
7.58
2123 votes

#46 - Watching Too Much Television

The Sopranos - Season 4 - Episode 7

Tony and Ralph enter into a shady real estate deal with a crooked Assemblyman, but things get complicated when Zellman admits to Tony that he's seeing his old girlfriend. Adriana pushes Christopher toward marriage in the hopes that it will nullify the FBI's hold over her. Paulie gets out of jail and has another meeting with Johnny Sack.

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Big Girls Don't Cry
star
7.55
2713 votes

#47 - Big Girls Don't Cry

The Sopranos - Season 2 - Episode 5

Christopher and Pussy are resentful when Tony sets up a new pecking order in the crew. Christopher tries to relieve stress by taking an acting class for writers, while Pussy gets more talkative with the FBI. Tony shows his new man Furio the ropes by sending him on a collection job. Melfi finally breaks down and tells Tony she'll take him back as a patient.

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Kaisha
star
7.53
1940 votes

#48 - Kaisha

The Sopranos - Season 6 - Episode 12

Phil Leotardo seeks to continue a cycle of retaliation between the New York and Jersey families. Christopher wrestles with his addictions. Tony decides keeping Carmela occupied with the spec house is for the best. A.J. gets a new girlfriend.

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Eloise
star
7.52
2107 votes

#49 - Eloise

The Sopranos - Season 4 - Episode 12

Furio resigns from the Soprano crew and goes home to Italy, leaving Carmela depressed and angry. Paulie tries to prove his loyalty to the Soprano family, but his burglary scheme ends on a violent note. Tony's feud with New York begins to hit him in the pocketbook, but Johnny Sack makes Tony a proposal that may solve their problems.

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The Ride
star
7.48
1975 votes

#50 - The Ride

The Sopranos - Season 6 - Episode 9

Paulie finds public opinion turned against him after an amusement ride accident, while Chris tries to start a new life as a husband and father.

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