The Best Episodes of BrainDead

#1 - The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens When Democracies Fail: A Brief Synopsis 8.25

Season 1 - Episode 13

In the season finale, Laurel discovers the secret to driving the bugs out of a person's brain and tests the tactic on her father. Armed with new knowledge, Laurel and Gareth attempt to expel the Queen bug out of Red's head once and for all.

Directors: Robert King

#2 - The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics 8.02

Season 1 - Episode 7

Laurel comes under investigation about her potential involvement with the bug infestation. Also, Gustav and Rochelle discover a unique way to communicate with those infected by the bugs.

Directors: Frederick E.O. Toye

#3 - Six Points on the New Congressional Budget: The False Dichotomy of Austerity vs. Expansionary Policies 8.01

Season 1 - Episode 11

Luke and Laurel rush to uncover Red's secret agenda, which is buried in a massive new budget bill. Also, Gareth inadvertently witnesses an unsettling bug encounter in Red's office.

Directors: Brooke Kennedy

#4 - Past as Prologue: Notes Toward a Post-Reagan Theory of Party Alliance, Tribalist, and Loyalty 7.94

Season 1 - Episode 6

When Laurel is infected by the bugs, Gustav and Rochelle work quickly to figure out if there is any way to save her. When the Centers for Disease Control has its funding temporarily cut, Luke attempts to reach a compromise to have the money reinstated, but Red’s political machinations undermine him at every turn.

Directors: Frederick E.O. Toye

#5 - Talking Points Toward a Wholistic View of Activism in Government: Can the Top Rebel? 7.89

Season 1 - Episode 12

When Laurel discovers that a senate bill is not what it appears, she implores Luke to help, leading to a dramatic Senate sit-in. Also, Red and Ella battle for control of the bug agenda, and Laurel questions whether or not she should leave Washington, D.C. for good.

Directors: Felix Alcala

#6 - Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn't) 7.85

Season 1 - Episode 5

Laurel asks her brother, Luke, for his help to get the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the bugs, but he insists she first consult Dr. Joanne Alaimo, a leading entomologist, for her perspective on the invasion. Laurel’s relationship with Anthony takes a drastic turn.

Directors: Allan Arkush

#7 - The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm 7.80

Season 1 - Episode 8

Rochelle and Gustav capture and question a man they suspect is infected by the bugs. Also, Luke and Red face off in a Senate Intelligence meeting about a potential war.

Directors: Brooke Kennedy

#8 - The Path to War Part Two: The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes 7.75

Season 1 - Episode 10

Laurel must work alongside an old boyfriend, Ben Valderrama, when Luke enlists her help in putting together a political documentary to support his anti-war initiative. Also, Laurel worries about the health of Luke and Germaine’s baby.

Directors: Felix Alcala

#9 - Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and How We Can Keep America Great by Encouraging an Informed Electorate 7.73

Season 1 - Episode 4

Laurel and Rochelle try to persuade Laurel’s friend Abby to get an MRI so they can uncover the real cause of the strange behavior taking over Washington, D.C. Luke attempts to reopen the government through a secret deal with the Republicans.

Directors: Allan Arkush

#10 - Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. are Discovered and Patched 7.72

Season 1 - Episode 9

Senator Red Wheatus hires a special investigator to dig into the Healy family’s financial and personal history. Also, when Gareth learns some sordid details about Laurel’s romantic past, it puts a strain on their budding relationship.

Directors: Ron Underwood

#11 - Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy Steps 7.67

Season 1 - Episode 3

When a bizarre and deadly incident takes place on live television, Agent Onofrio's investigation into it causes Laurel, Gustav and Rochelle to dig deeper into the bug mystery. Luke attempts to cover up his affair with his Chief of Staff, Scarlett, before his opponent for the minority whip position, Senator Ella Poundstone, can make it public.

Directors: Jim McKay

#12 - Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Showdown - A Critique 7.56

Season 1 - Episode 2

Laurel continues to investigate the death of esteemed Dr. Daudier, while bugs infect more citizens of Washington, D.C. Rochelle Daudier, the deceased doctor’s daughter and Gustav Triplette, an eccentric genius, both encounter the bugs separately and begin to question exactly what is happening.

Directors: Jim McKay

#13 - The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics Is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century 7.33

Season 1 - Episode 1

When Laurel Healy returns home to Washington, D.C. to work for her brother, Senator Luke Healy, on Capitol Hill, she is caught in the midst of two huge problems: the government has stopped working due to budgetary disagreements, and mysterious bugs are eating the brains of a growing number of Congress members and Hill staffers.

Directors: Robert King