How Church of Scientology policies have hindered members from reporting instances of abuse and sexual assault to the authorities. Leah Remini and Mike Rinder speak to ex-Scientologists who share their stories of abuse at the hands of other Scientologists, and describe how these policies are aimed at preventing the alleged crimes from becoming public. Also: a panel of legal, psychological and law-enforcement experts. Filmed for the first time in front of a live studio audience.
Leah and Mike visit Clearwater and speak to some of the city's most prominent Scientology critics. In 1974, operating under an alias, the Church of Scientology moved into Clearwater, Florida, and proceeded to make the city its spiritual headquarters. In 1977, an FBI raid uncovered the Church's secret plans to take over the city.
In a remote corner of Riverside County, Calif., lies Scientology's International Base, a compound that houses the church's most dedicated members. In this episode, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, a former occupant of International Base ("Gold Base"), speak with four other former high-ranking residents who reveal their shocking stories behind the locked gates.
Leah and Mike speak with former Scientologists who share how they were exploited for money for their exclusive membership. Their stories range from those who are thousands of dollars in debt, to those who were left financially and emotionally bankrupt. We'll also hear from a former member of the church whose job it was to solicit money from parishioners by what she describes as "any means necessary."
Under the leadership of David Miscavige, Scientology has been purchasing large buildings to use as upgraded church locations, celebrated as "Ideal Orgs." The church claims that the new buildings signal the rapid expansion of Scientology, but former members and critics say otherwise. In this episode, Leah and Mike interview Paul Burkhart, a former Ideal Org architect, and Bert Schippers, a former Scientologist who was a major Ideal Org donor.
In 2006, Leah Remini attends the nuptials of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes; Leah notices the absence of church leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelly, which sets off a chain of events that ultimately leads to her leaving Scientology.
Leah and Mike discuss the alliance between the Nation of Islam and the Church of Scientology; two guests, a former member and a current member of the Nation of Islam, share their personal feelings about this collaboration.
Cierra Westerman pulls back the curtain on Scientology's spying operations, detailing some facts about the Scientology's decades-long fair game policy aimed at destroying its enemies. Mike and Leah explore whether that policy violates the church's tax-exempt status.
Scientology compound Gold Base in Riverside County, California houses up to 1,000 members of the church's elite inner core; Valerie Haney tells how conditions at the base led her to contemplate suicide.