My single favorite episode of anime is episode 19 of Cowboy Bebop, “Wild Horses”
It combines everything I love inside of one of my favorite anime. Amazing showcase of late ’90s Sunrise animation? Yes. Great anime desert shots (that Sunrise did spectacularly between this and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory)? Yes. Great music placement? It’s Cowboy Bebop, what did you expect. Everything about this episode is so clean. It doesn’t overburden us with too much information. It perfectly portrays the crew of the Bebop as a family, albeit somewhat dysfunctional.
I love it so much, that I recently bought it on VHS (which also includes episode 20, the fan favorite “Pierrot le Fou”).