Last time we had this poll my result went 1-3-2, I'm still going back on forth on whether Episode 1 or 3 was better. Episode 1 has the more difficult ethical choices but the gentler story, while Episode lacks the choices but is really the culmination of everything that's happened before. For the effectiveness of Ep 3, I have to promote it to the best episode. 3-1-2
That leaves a question of where Episode 4 fits in. I will readily admit I did not like episode 4, there are no difficult choices, Chuck is thrown away, Clem being taken was ruined by having her disappear earlier. The only moment I liked was Frank Anne and the idea behind Crawford.
So is it a better episode than 2? In some respects yes, Ep 2 was ridiculously cliched and Ep 4 was more grounded, despite the ninja. Ultimately though Ep 4 is almost entirely throwaway until the last 5 minutes and Ep 2 has the pivotal Meatlocker Massacre in it's favour. Ep 4 is going last