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The Vow


Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

9 Episodes 2020 - 2020

Episode 1

The Science of Joy

Sun, Aug 23, 2020 60 mins

Mark Vicente and Sarah Edmondson, former NXIVM leaders, describe the dream and mission of the group to build a better world. Bonnie Piesse, Mark's wife, tells him she is worried about the organization and Keith Raniere, NXIVM's leader and Mark's mentor, but Mark believes there must be a misunderstanding, and wonders how tools to make a better, more ethical world could be misused. Series premiere.

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Episode 2


Sun, Aug 30, 2020 60 mins

After seven years, Bonnie leaves Albany and NXIVM for Los Angeles to make sense of it all. She tries desperately to get through to Mark, who reassures her all is well. Meanwhile, Mark remains loyal to Keith and NXIVM, but a series of phone calls begin to sow doubt within him.

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Episode 3

At Cause

Sun, Sep 6, 2020 60 mins

Sarah confides to Mark about DOS, a secret women's group involving "masters" and "slaves." She struggles in her relationships with NXIVM, her best friend and her husband, Nippy, who confronts the organization he's helped grow for 15 years. Sarah and Mark lament how many members they've recruited and question what to do next.

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Episode 4

Building Character

Sun, Sep 13, 2020 60 mins

Mark, Bonnie, Sarah and Nippy strategize with Catherine Oxenberg about how to get her daughter, India, out of DOS, even though she wants to stay. "Jane," a former member and India's close friend, describes the appeal of the organization and of DOS, and why she left it all behind.

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Episode 5

Class 1 Data

Sun, Sep 20, 2020 60 mins

Catherine believes her daughter is in danger and wants her to come home, but she and the former members are unable to get the attention of the authorities, so they approach the New York Times. While weighing the pros and cons of going on record, Mark reflects on his time at NXIVM.

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Episode 6

Honesty & Disclosure

Sun, Sep 27, 2020 60 mins

When they see no action by the authorities, Sarah, Mark, and Nippy contact additional news outlets to provoke outrage and pressure law enforcement to pay attention. Barbara Bouchey, a former board member and early defector, shares her insight into NXIVM and reflects on her time in Keith's inner circle.

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Episode 7

Blame & Responsibility

Sun, Oct 4, 2020 60 mins

Catherine works to build a dossier of evidence for the New York attorney general's criminal case against Keith. Meanwhile, Toni Natalie, one of Keith's former girlfriends, recalls her experiences in the 1990s and the challenges she faced with Keith during the days of his first company, Consumers' Buyline.

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Episode 8

The Wound

Sun, Oct 11, 2020 60 mins

The group discuss how their ideas on gender roles have been reshaped with the help of SOP and JNESS curriculums.

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Episode 9

The Fall

Sun, Oct 18, 2020 60 mins

Keith hasn't been seen in Clifton Park for weeks and the team gets a tip on where he might be. Catherine meets with India, who maintains her position. Mark and Bonnie return to Clifton Park for the first time since leaving NXIVM and confront their memories of Keith and the curriculum. Sarah, Bonnie, Mark, Nippy, and Catherine face a shocking development.

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