List of The Agency episodes

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The Agency is a CBS television show that followed the inner workings of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. The series was created by Michael Frost Beckner and was executive produced by Michael Frost Beckner, Shaun Cassidy Productions and Radiant Productions in association with Universal Network Television and CBS Productions. It aired from September 27, 2001 until May 17, 2003, lasting two seasons. It featured unprecedented filming from the actual CIA headquarters.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 22 September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) May 9, 2002 (2002-05-09)
2 22 September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28) May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)


Season 1 (2001/02)[edit]

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1 1 "Viva Fidel!" Alex Zakrzewski James Bannon September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) N/A
After unearthing a secret plot by Castro's own men to assassinate him, the agents rush to thwart the plan in order to prevent the U.S. from being framed for his murder.
2 2 "God's Work" Robert Berlinger Miriam Kazdin October 4, 2001 (2001-10-04) N/A
When the CIA misidentifies a missionary plane in Colombian drug-trafficking airspace and the Colombians shoot it down, Director Pierce (Ronny Cox) must try to clean up the mess, while the former CIA director tempts Carl to betray Pierce. Meanwhile, Matt (Gil Bellows) and Lisa (Gloria Reuben) must contend with a dead body when a foreign agent dies while attempting to sell the CIA classified information.
3 3 "The Year of Lying Dangerously" Nick Gomez Melissa Rosenberg October 18, 2001 (2001-10-18) N/A
The local governor plans a political coup after some American miners are taken hostage in Indonesia.
4 4 "In Our Own Backyard" David Platt Ed Zuckerman October 25, 2001 (2001-10-25) N/A
The CIA and the FBI learn a New Jersey man who was murdered was a former Russian spy (sleeper agent) with a suitcase nuke hidden underground in his backyard fallout shelter for more than a decade. Also, Terri's ex husband hires a detective to gather information on her for their divorce.
5 5 "Pilot" Mikael Salomon Michael Frost Beckner November 1, 2001 (2001-11-01) N/A
When an agent dies in the line of duty, the CIA learns of an impending terrorist attack somewhere in Europe. Matt tries to convince a Syrian diplomat to divulge information about the location of the attack, but he'll only cooperate if his family is brought safely to the U.S.
6 6 "A Slight Case of Anthrax" Randall Zisk Doug Palau November 8, 2001 (2001-11-08) N/A
A terrorist uses anthrax as a biological weapon to murder two Belgian kennel owners and more than 20 dogs, which leads Matt to suspect the killer will strike again on a larger scale.
7 7 "Closure" Nick Gomez Ed Zuckerman November 15, 2001 (2001-11-15) N/A
In an effort to learn the truth about his brother's mysterious death, Matt begins piecing together clues and finally forces his superiors to tell him the truth. As Matt begins to gather information about his brother Eric's final mission abroad, he poses painful questions about the mysterious death to his parents and finally forces Jackson Haisley (Will Patton), Carl Reese (Rocky Carroll) and Director Pierce to explain the circumstances so he can get Eric's body back for a proper burial. Meanwhile, Jackson, Terri and Joshua are working to entrap an Indian Intelligence Bureau double-agent working for his own country against the CIA to acquire a submarine capable of launching nuclear weapons.
8 8 "Nocturne" Kenneth Fink Melissa Rosenberg November 29, 2001 (2001-11-29) N/A
The CIA conducts an internal investigation when it suspects Jackson of leaking sensitive information. In order to test Jackson's loyalty to the CIA, Matt and Carl secretly recruit the Persian cellist with whom he is romantically involved to gain information about a terrorist threat at the Yemeni embassy. Meanwhile, Terri must forge a 50-year-old document implicating the CIA in illegal activity involving the Dalai Lama that would prove calamitous for present-day Tibet should it fall into Chinese possession.
9 9 "Rules of the Game" Nick Gomez Ed Zuckerman December 6, 2001 (2001-12-06) N/A
When the National Security Agency (NSA) learns of a plot to assassinate the King of Saudi Arabia, Matt and Lisa help track down those involved only to discover that there is a larger terrorist plot in the works. Soon after Matt and Lisa catch the would-be assassins, Israeli intelligence informs the CIA that one of the incarcerated terrorists is their own agent on an undercover mission and requests his safe return. Once Matt arranges this, the Agency discovers that Israeli intelligence has deceived them and the man they released is a link to a terrorist they had been pursuing for years.
10 10 "Deadline" Mikael Salomon Michael Frost Beckner December 20, 2001 (2001-12-20) N/A
A ambitious journalist plans to run a career-making story about one of the Agency's great Cold War successes, which will expose and therefore cost the life of a now retired Russian general who risked his life to help Director Pierce and the CIA. The journalist refuses to kill the story, and Director Pierce and his team must do everything they can to protect the Russian, even if it means putting another life in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Terri's estranged husband begins divorce proceedings, and Matt pushes Jackson for answers about his brother's mysterious death.
11 11 "Son Set" Paul Michael Glaser Doug Palau January 17, 2002 (2002-01-17) N/A
After the young son of a British Intelligence officer is kidnapped and the man fails to report him missing, the CIA and British Intelligence's investigation takes an unusual turn. They learn that the man did not report his child missing because the kidnappers are Iraqis and he has arranged to trade plans for an Allied invasion of Iraq in exchange for his son's return. Matt and Carl join the investigators in London to ensure that the officer's plan is derailed without losing the boy in the process. Meanwhile, Robert Quinn, who is temporarily replacing Director Pierce, starts implementing changes. Daniel Benzali guest stars.
12 12 "The Enemy Within" Phil Sgriccia Vivienne Radkoff January 24, 2002 (2002-01-24) N/A
After the daughter of the United States Ambassador to Greece is kidnapped by terrorists, Matt and Jackson attempt to track her down. Following the abduction, the CIA reveals to the ambassador that the young woman has actually been working undercover for them for several years. Matt and Jackson think they have successfully rescued her, but then realize they have an impostor and must save the real girl before she is murdered. Meanwhile, Robert uses Lisa to get important information from Patrice, which he turns against her.
13 13 "The Golden Hour" Paul Michael Glaser Ed Zuckerman January 31, 2002 (2002-01-31) N/A
An assassination attempt on Lisa strikes Matt instead and leaves him hospitalized and fighting for his life. While Robert tries to hide the events from the press, Jackson is forced to work with the chief of counterintelligence to determine who ordered the attack on Lisa and how her position at the CIA was uncovered. Eventually, Lex admits to indirectly blowing Lisa's cover to the assassin and, in the process, unknowingly giving him access to information on Lisa. However, Lex soon redeems himself by leading Robert and Jackson to the terrorist organization behind the shooting. As Matt hangs on to his life by a thread, Lisa contemplates a leave of absence from the CIA.
14 14 "The Gauntlet" Michael Watkins Melissa Rosenberg February 7, 2002 (2002-02-07) N/A
Matt and Terri go to Belarus to gather information about an arms shipment to Iraq. When Terri discovers Matt is in danger, she blows her cover to save him and the mission, and winds up a prisoner herself. Senator Tom Gage joins the agency as the new director.
15 15 "Sleeping Dogs Lie" Arvin Brown Ed Zuckerman February 28, 2002 (2002-02-28) N/A
On his first day as the new Director of the CIA, former Senator Tom Gage is immediately confronted with a high-profile crisis when the Agency is linked to the death of a young Vietnamese man in Washington D.C. As Tom works with Jackson and Carl to learn how the CIA was involved, he discovers that when Robert was acting as the director of the CIA, his secret negotiations with a Middle Eastern prince were directly responsible for the Vietnamese man's murder. Tom must find a way to hide the Agency's involvement without implicating an innocent man for the crime. Meanwhile, Terri runs into a photographer whom she realizes is linked to a radical pro-life group that has bombed abortion clinics.
16 16 "The Plague Year" J. Miller Tobin James Duff March 7, 2002 (2002-03-07) N/A
The CIA tracks an Algerian suicide bomber as he enters the U.S., but the agents do not realize he is infected with smallpox until he is taken into custody. When they learn his mission is to infect the Agency first, the agents race to ensure the virus is contained before more people are infected.
17 17 "Moo" Bob Berlinger Ed Zuckerman March 28, 2002 (2002-03-28) N/A
A former corporal who served under Gage in Vietnam accuses him of committing a war crime that involved murdering civilians. Meanwhile, Matt and Jackson receive word that a visiting Eastern European dictator is near death and they enlist a prostitute to help determine how ill he really is. At the same time, Joshua must deal with a museum curator when he accidentally destroys a cow costume that's part of an upcoming exhibit.
18 18 "The Greater Good" Michael Watkins Melissa Rosenberg April 4, 2002 (2002-04-04) N/A
The Agency learns about a chemical weapons plant in the Sudan that must be bombed, although it will put 150 innocent enslaved workers in danger. Jackson devises a plan to save them. Meanwhile, the CIA prepares a memorial service to honor an agent, but Quinn tries to turn it into a media event. Carl and Tom step in to honor the family's request for a quiet tribute.
19 19 "The Understudy" Alex Zakrzewski James Duff April 18, 2002 (2002-04-18) N/A
Jackson assumes the identity of an arms dealer so he can try to sell weapons to the Russian mob, and is taken hostage by the mobsters. As the CIA tries to decide how to handle the situation, he develops an odd relationship with his captor and his son. Meanwhile, Lisa Fabrizzi returns from a leave of absence and brings with her some surprising news.
20 20 "The Peacemakers" Joe Chappelle Mason Alley April 25, 2002 (2002-04-25) N/A
The chief intelligence officers from India and Pakistan meet with Gage at the Agency's headquarters to head off a nuclear war. Meanwhile, Carl's son visits him and gives his father some disturbing news.
21 21 "Doublecrossover" Paul Michael Glaser Ed Zuckerman May 2, 2002 (2002-05-02) N/A
In a two-part crossover episode with The District, a CIA agent is murdered in Washington and the CIA is forced to join with the police force to find the killer. Chief Mannion visited the CIA headquarters to meet with Gage and Quinn to learn what they might be withholding. While Matt and Haisley work with Mannion's team, Det. Page and Det. Debreno attempt to track down the men responsible.
22 22 "Finale" Michael Nankin Melissa Rosenberg May 9, 2002 (2002-05-09) N/A
When a CIA agent posing as a diplomat is taken hostage in Uzbekistan, Gage sends Matt and Terri to save him. Lisa predicts another terrorist attack will strike D.C., which raises concerns among her co-workers. Jackson's romance disintegrates when his girlfriend believes he's secretly working against the CIA.

Season 2 (2002/03)[edit]

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23 1 "French Kiss" Alex Zakrzewski James Bannon September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28) N/A
CIA agents go to France to find Matt's killer. When the Secret Service, CIA, FBI, and INS fail to inform each other, Robert Quinn forms an Incident Response Team to liaise between all the agencies.
24 2 "Air Lex" Robert Berlinger Miriam Kazdin October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05) N/A
Gage must decide whether a hijacked plane carrying Stiles and Lex should be shot down.
25 3 "The Great Game" Nick Gomez Melissa Rosenberg October 12, 2002 (2002-10-12) N/A
Terri and Stiles receive death threats as they and Lex oversee the formation of a new Afghan Ministry of Intelligence in Kabul, Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Gage deals with the new Afghan Intelligence Minister, who has a shaky past.
26 4 "C.S. Lie" David Platt Ed Zuckerman October 19, 2002 (2002-10-19) N/A
When a CIA plane crashes in China, the operatives must hide all the evidence before it is discovered.
27 5 "The Prisoner" Mikael Salomon Michael Frost Beckner October 26, 2002 (2002-10-26) N/A
When Gage discovers that a potential Iraqi defector has been held prisoner in the U.S. for the last six years, he authorizes a mission to take the man back to his homeland to identify a weapons site.
28 6 "Home Grown" Randall Zisk Doug Palau November 2, 2002 (2002-11-02) N/A
The Agency discovers that a suicide bomber, responsible for the deaths of 14 people in an amusement park, was an American citizen belonging to a terrorist ring.
29 7 "Heartless" Nick Gomez Ed Zuckerman November 9, 2002 (2002-11-09) N/A
A blown operation leads to a Senate inquiry into possible wrongdoings at the CIA. The agency tries to turn a Colombian druglord and terrorist into an informant, but the operation goes awry when a DEA officer tips off the police about the operation, causing the deaths of seven people.
30 8 "First Born" Kenneth Fink Melissa Rosenberg November 16, 2002 (2002-11-16) N/A
The president's brother is in an accident, which puts the CIA in a bind.
31 9 "Thanksgiving" Nick Gomez Ed Zuckerman November 23, 2002 (2002-11-23) N/A
When Quinn reports that Stiles is missing, the agents forego their Thanksgiving plans to help locate him.
32 10 "Trust" Mikael Salomon Michael Frost Beckner December 6, 2002 (2002-12-06) N/A
Is Gage wanted by the FBI? The agents think so - they're about to discover what he is really up to.
33 11 "Elite Meat to Eat" Paul Michael Glaser Doug Palau December 14, 2002 (2002-12-14) N/A
Teri is taken to Stiles at his home. The Incident Response Team heads to Ireland to stop arms dealers.
34 12 "An Isolated Incident" Phil Sgriccia Vivienne Radkoff January 18, 2003 (2003-01-18) N/A
Stiles and Terri head to the Gaza Strip in search of a U.S. citizen who left America with his wife following a killing spree at a travel agency.
35 13 "Debbie Does Djakarta" Paul Michael Glaser Ed Zuckerman February 1, 2003 (2003-02-01) N/A
Just how far will the CIA go to get what it wants? Gage and the team must try to stop an election in Indonesia where a terrorist supporter is running for President. James Graydon, a former U.S. President, wants to see the election proceed properly.
36 14 "Coventry" Michael Watkins Melissa Rosenberg February 8, 2003 (2003-02-08) N/A
Lex learns that a possible bomb attack may occur in Australia. Gage doesn't want to act because he is afraid that the terrorists may carry out another attack on the U.S.
37 15 "Absolute Bastard" Arvin Brown Ed Zuckerman February 15, 2003 (2003-02-15) N/A
Stiles heads to west Africa, to help former CIA informants, and runs into someone he used to love.
38 16 "Unholy Alliances" J. Miller Tobin James Duff February 22, 2003 (2003-02-22) N/A
Gage goes to Israel to help with peace talks.
39 17 "Soft Kills" Bob Berlinger Ed Zuckerman March 15, 2003 (2003-03-15) N/A
Terri, Stiles and Lex try to stay out of danger when they go to Spain to find out why a number of military wives were murdered.
40 18 "Spy Finance" Michael Watkins Melissa Rosenberg April 12, 2003 (2003-04-12) N/A
Stiles tries to stop a drug dealer from helping terrorists. Can Stiles persuade the drug dealer to help capture the terrorists?
41 19 "War, Inc." Alex Zakrzewski James Duff April 26, 2003 (2003-04-26) N/A
After a Stinger missile kills members of the Saudi Royal Family, the CIA searches for those responsible. The search leads them to Everett Price, a wealthy CEO with a personal vendetta - he lost over 200 employees on 9/11.
42 20 "Mi Cena Con Andrei" Joe Chappelle Mason Alley May 3, 2003 (2003-05-03) N/A
After several people die from a super virus, the agency tries to find out if the creator of the virus is responsible. Stiles travels to Mexico City to see if the scientist is guilty, but as his investigations proceed, Stiles begins to believe the scientist is innocent. After finding out where the virus is made, Stiles enters the laboratory and finds a lot of empty vials. Gage discovers that the scientist's records list 75 vials in addition to the 73 in the lab that don't contain the virus. They believe one of the scientist's family members is in possession of the vials with the virus. Haisley learns that Stiles and Teri may have the wrong man. Stiles learns the scientist may in fact have been making a vaccine for the virus.
43 21 "Our Man In Korea"(Part I) Larry Shaw Terry Curtis Fox May 10, 2003 (2003-05-10) N/A
Terri learns that Brian, the man she dated in college, might be a double agent, because his company could be shipping weapons to North Korea, though this may be without his knowledge. Meanwhile, Quinn discovers that his sister is dying. When she commits suicide in her car, he kisses her goodbye. Terri and Stiles continue try to find the guidance system bound for North Korea. Caroline finds out that her husband Brian is under suspicion, and attempts to protect him. When Terri goes to meet Brian and finds him dead, his wife is questioned about whether she'd received bad information, and if she killed him as a result.
44 22 "Our Man In Washington"(Part II) Alex Zakrzewski Ed Zuckerman May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17) N/A
As Haisley and Lex’s investigation into Terri’s abduction reveals more details, Haisley suspects that Joshua may be a double agent. Haisley reports his findings to Quinn, and is shocked by what Quinn tells him. Meanwhile, Stiles’ attempt to rescue Terri puts both of them in danger when he is discovered. Her captors are forced to flee with Joshua, but not before detonating the bomb they'd attached to Terri’s neck. This episode ends the season, as well as the series, with a cliffhanger that was never resolved.


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