Hill Street Blues (1981) – Fecund Hand Rose, and Rites of Spring

Alan Rachins wrote Fecund Hand Rose which first aired on 25 March, 1981. The creepy Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) storyline about dating a newly turned eighteen-year-old gets pulled a little into the light. It doesn’t get treated for what it is, he’s been grooming her through high school. They were dating before he turned eighteen! They…

The Lone Gunmen (2001) – The Lying Game, and The ‘Cap’n Toby’ Show

Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) shows up in The Lying Game, written by Nandi Bowe. This episode first debuted on 4 May, 2001. Frohike (Tom Braidwood), Byers (Bruce Harwood), and Langly (Dean Haglund) get pulled into a murder case, immersed in secrets, a government investigation and lies. And at the heart of it, Walter Skinner…

The X-Files (1998) – The Pine Bluff Variant, and Folie a Deux

The Pine Bluff Variant, the first of the two episodes this week, is more of a conspiracy thriller, and gives us an X-Files episode without any supernatural or paranormal leanings. Written by John Shiban, the episode first hit the airwaves on 3 May, 1998. Scully (Gillian Anderson) is suspicious of Mulder’s (David Duchovny) behaviour, especially…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2005) – Terra Prime, and These Are The Voyages…

Captain’s log: 22 January, 2155 The penultimate episode of Star Trek: Enterprise brings the Terra Prime two-parter to a close in this story written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Manny Coto, from a story developed by the Reeves-Stevens and Andre Bormanis. It debuted on 13 May, 2005. Paxton (Peter Weller) is holding the solar…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Warhead and Equinox: Part 1

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Micheal Taylor and Kenneth Biller pen the penultimate episode of the fifth season from a story by Brannon Braga. It first aired on 19 May, 1999. An alien weapon imbued with its own sentience links with the Voyager’s EMH program (Robert Picardo) and takes it over intent on carrying out its…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1999) – Extreme Measures, and The Dogs of War

Station log: stardate 52645.7 We’re closing in on the end of the series, as we delve into the last few episodes comprising The Final Chapter. Extreme Measures, written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, first screened on 19 May, 1999. Bashir (Alexander Siddig) and O’Brien (Colm Meaney) let work leak that they have a cure…

Miami Vice (1989) – Too Much, Too Late, and Freefall

Valerie (Pam Grier) is back, in this, the penultimate episode of Miami Vice, and the fourth and final of the ‘lost’ episodes, which aired after the finale. Written by Jack Richardson from a story by John A. Connor, this episode finally debuted on television on 25 January, 1990. Valerie returns to Miami to help out…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – Body Parts, and Broken Link

Station log: stardate 49930.3 Avery Brooks directs the penultimate episode of the season, which was written by Hans Beimler from a story by Louis P. DeSantis and Robert J. Boliver. It had its premiere on 10 June, 1996. Quark (Armin Shimerman) learns he is (apparently) going to die soon he and Rom (Max Grodenchik) decide…

Miami Vice (1986) – Free Verse, and Trust Fund Pirates

While Crockett (Don Johnson) is busy testifying, Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) and the rest of the Vice team have their hands full in the first episode up this week. Free Verse was written by Shel Willens and Jim Trombetta, with Trombetta penning the teleplay. First airing on 4 April, 1986, the episode follows a political…