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The Looming Tower Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

10 Episodes 2018 - 2018

This drama series exposes the increasing danger of Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s, focusing on how the clash between the FBI and CIA might have accidentally cleared the path for the disaster that was 9/11 and, subsequently, the war in Iraq. John O'Neill (Jeff Daniels), part of the counter-terrorism division of the FBI, must deal with the insufficient help from their colleagues in the CIA – including their combative leader, Martin Schmidt (Peter Sarsgaard). Both groups travel the globe, clashing over the ownership of data while they are supposedly trying to achieve the same goal: keeping the country safe.

Episode 1

Now It Begins...

Wed, Feb 28, 2018 50 mins

The chief of the FBI's counterterrorism unit, John O'Neill, invites rookie Muslim-American agent, Ali Soufan, onto his squad. Fighting to get information from the CIA, they soon realize their work is just beginning as two American embassies are bombed.

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Episode 2

Losing My Religion

Wed, Feb 28, 2018 51 mins

Following the simultaneous embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the FBI begins its investigation on the ground, while the CIA starts working on a retaliation plan.

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Episode 3

Mistakes Were Made

Wed, Feb 28, 2018 50 mins

The FBI finds one of the surviving terrorists and discovers a game-changing lead in Nairobi, while the CIA's retaliation plan is approved.

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Episode 4


Wed, Mar 7, 2018 60 mins

Continuing to keep information from the FBI, Schmidt is fired from Alec Station. Meanwhile, Diane makes an important discovery about the owner of the phone number Owhali gave Chesney; and O'Neill searches for solace in his faith as his personal and professional lives crumble before him.

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Episode 5


Wed, Mar 14, 2018 60 mins

The CIA and FBI are on high alert as threats surrounding the new millennium abound; O'Neill and Soufan raid an AQ cell in Brooklyn; the CIA continues to hide vital information from the FBI while they track suspicious individuals entering the U.S.

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Episode 6

Boys at War

Wed, Mar 21, 2018 60 mins

Vince continues asking for permission to share Mihdhar's visa with the FBI; O'Neill loses his briefcase and an investigation into his handling of classified materials begins; a boy, radicalized after the CIA's retaliation attack killed his friend, travels to Yemen to start his own martyrdom journey.

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Episode 7

The General

Wed, Mar 28, 2018 60 mins

O'Neill and Soufan travel to Yemen to begin the investigation into the bombing of the USS Cole; the FBI becomes aware of a meeting in Malaysia and of Khallad, without knowing the CIA has been aware of both of those things for months.

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Episode 8

A Very Special Relationship

Wed, Apr 4, 2018 50 mins

Everyone adjusts to a new president and, with it, a shift in threat priority; Soufan learns the importance of UBL's bodyguard; O'Neill is denied re-entry into Yemen and forced to resign; the terrorists in the U.S. are lost by their U.S. handler.

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Episode 9


Wed, Apr 11, 2018 60 mins

The CIA becomes aware that Hazmi and Mihdhar are gone, and must relay that to the FBI; O'Neill accepts a job as head of security at the World Trade Center; Soufan is sent back to Yemen; Hazmi, Mihdhar and Atta head to Vegas for a final indulgence.

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Episode 10


Wed, Apr 18, 2018 50 mins

In the Season 1 finale, it's September 11, 2001, and no one can get in touch with O'Neill. Meanwhile, Soufan's evacuation from Yemen stops short as the CIA station chief gives him all the answers to his questions; Schmidt is reinstated into Alec Station; and Soufan finally interrogates Abu Jandal.

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