The BEST episodes of East West 101

Every episode of East West 101 ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of East West 101!

East West 101 is set around the Major Crime Squad in metropolitan Sydney. It is based upon the experiences of actual detectives in a crime unit in Sydney's western suburbs.

Last Updated: 1/19/2023Network:SBS (AU)
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The Enemy Within
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8.33
6 votes

#1 - The Enemy Within

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/6/2007

Muslim detective, Zane Malik, is fighting crime in a post 9/11 world. A police officer s killed, apparently by two armed robbers 'of middle Eastern appearance.' Zane Malik uses his connections in the Arab community to track down the two youths involved. Malik's search for the truth brings him into a head on clash with Senior Detective, Ray Crowley. Rowley accuses him of putting his community before his job. Malik is angry. He wants justice for the police officer too, but he knows what it is to be an Australian Arab, and feel unsupported by the law. When he was a boy his father was shot by an armed robber; the shooter was never brought to justice. But will Malik be able to find out the truth behind the officer's death before war erupts on the streets of Lakemba?

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Heart of Darkness
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8.00
2 votes

#2 - Heart of Darkness

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/27/2011

A Somali teenager is found viciously bashed to death in a lonely railway tunnel. The investigation leads Koa and Malik to a Somali man, Asad, who is rumoured to be recruiting Somalis to return to Africa to fight for Al-Shabaab. The dead boy opposed Asad’s teachings and his guardian, Samiira, is suspicious of this charismatic man. Worse, he holds great sway over her younger brother, Yusef. Despite Malik’s efforts, it seems the violence Samiira fled in Africa has followed her, with tragic consequences. But has the war in Somalia had repercussions here in Australia, or is the killing a result of racial conflicts? Meanwhile, Internal Affairs investigate the shooting of Mahmoud, an accessory in the armed robbery, which causes conflict between Malik and Travis. Malik fears a vital link to the identity of the gang was extinguished with Mahmoud. He blames Travis. But is Malik’s vision clouded by grief? Khalid, the dead bank robber, is found to have a wife, Sally Wilson, on active duty in Afghanistan. What has Afghanistan got to do with an armed robbery in Sydney? But the detectives’ new leads end up in the morgue. The investigation is constantly thwarted by the strategies of a clever, ruthless gang. But who are they? Who is running the show?

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Jerusalem
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8.00
2 votes

#3 - Jerusalem

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/4/2011

The mysterious double murder of a Jewish couple leaves few leads. According to the woman’s son, David, a large amount of cash is missing, along with the student who was living with them, a Palestinian. Detective Travis is surprised. What’s a Palestinian doing in a Jewish household? Malik locates the missing Palestinian student, who is hiding something. Guilt, or is he just defensive, born out of experiences back home? But the Palestinian is not the only one hiding things. The woman’s son is lying about critical evidence. The conflict between the two detectives, Travis and Malik, spreads from the Middle East to the unsolved crimes of multiple murder and armed robbery. Two drug importers, Yasser and Rizk, are in the morgue. Shot at close quarters, next to the container of heroin they had imported from Afghanistan. Who killed them and why? Is the importation of heroin linked to the armed robbery, or something completely separate? Evidence leads the cops to ex navy diver, Ryan Hunter. But why would a diving instructor knock a couple of Arab drug importers? What they discover changes the direction of the investigation into the armed robbery and subsequent murders.

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The Price of Salvation
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8.00
2 votes

#4 - The Price of Salvation

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/18/2011

Mere Hahunga has problems with her youngest son, Sam, and enlists Detective Koa’s help. Sam, is going off the rails. Mere pleads with Koa to save him. But can he stop a youth determined to be self-destructive? Sam is involved with Ned Reweti, a Maori gangster. When Koa realises Sam is involved in a violent robbery where a security guard is bashed, Koa knows it may not be possible to honour his promise to Mere. Koa is treading a fine line between his obligations as a cop and his obligations to his community. He attempts to steer Sam into safety by getting him to help with the investigation. Sam refuses to dog on Reweti, and Koa finds evidence another way. Reweti believes it was Sam who rolled on him and exacts revenge in mistaken retribution. Koa has managed to keep his promise to Mere. He saves Sam, but at what price? Detective Zane Malik is focussed on getting the armed robbery gang. But they prove elusive and strategic. His frustration mounts when Kimberly, the insider, is killed in a cruel execution. Were they worried she talked to the police? Malik is determined to shut down this ruthless gang. He confronts Hunter with the details of Kimberley’s death in order to try and get him to roll on the gang. Hunter knows the truth. But he’s not sharing.

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Behold a Pale Horse
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8.00
2 votes

#5 - Behold a Pale Horse

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/25/2011

What has the armed robbery of 36 million and the subsequent escalating violence got to do with a drug rip and massacre in Kandahar, Afghanistan? Malik is hoping that visiting Afghani cop, Khan, will provide the answers. But before he can question Khan, the visitor is executed, and Hunter is broken out of remand. The gang is armed, ruthless and well organised, with a growing list of victims, one being Malik’s son. Malik fears he cannot trust his own colleagues. Is someone feeding the enemy information? Detective Travis is behaving erratically. Why? Does he have something to hide? Travis is struggling to hold his life together, but an old army friend’s actions threaten this. Travis is a man with divided loyalties and he fears his past is about to collide with his present. His friend, Sterling, is in a bad way. Can Travis help him or does he have to sever the friendship for the sake of his own survival? Malik is not the only one wondering what Travis is up to. Detective Lim knows something is very wrong and she undertakes her own private investigation to find out what he is trying to hide from her and other detectives. As the search for the killer of the Afghani cop comes to a head, Malik’s distrust of Travis grows. Something is wrong, but what it is? The mystery grows.

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Haunted by the Past
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7.67
3 votes

#6 - Haunted by the Past

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/3/2008

In the midst of investigating the murder of a Serbian car salesman, Malik's obsession with the past deepens. Malik seeks to prove that John Hunt was once an armed robber, and the man who shot his father. But this is contrary to the evidence. Is Malik going mad? Can he find the evidence that will prove Hunt's guilt? And why is Crowley obstructing him? Is it sheer bloody mindedness or is there a reason? Malik, Koa and all at Major Crime, work to solve the mystery behind the Serbian killing. The detectives discover that the car salesman is not as respectable as he appeared. Has his dark past something to do with this death?

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Islander Sacrifice
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7.33
3 votes

#7 - Islander Sacrifice

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/20/2007

Two Lebanese youths and a schoolgirl are killed in a drive by shooting. Inspector Wright, appoints Malik to run the investigation. Crowley doesn't like his junior colleague supervising the case but he has bigger problems. Internal Affairs are investigating Crowley's actions in relation to the death of the drug dealer, Basha. Who called I.A. in? Crowley wonders if it is Malik's doing. Is his enemy seizing the opportunity to destroy him? But Malik is facing his own professional challenges. The triple murder case is complex. His partner, Detective Koa, helps break the case by his knowledge of the Pacific Island Community.

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Hunt for the Killer
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7.33
3 votes

#8 - Hunt for the Killer

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/27/2007

The brutal slaying of a respectable middle aged Vietnamese couple in Cabramatta is carried out amidst the stress of the Internal Affairs investigation. This time it's Malik in the hot seat. Whatever he says to I.A. will affect Crowley's future. Meantime, Malik and Koa try to work out who killed Mr and Mrs Ngo. Mrs Ngo was a difficult wilful woman who liked everything her way. Mr Ngo was a community minded man. Was the killer their own son? He stands to inherit the family wealth. The press reveal that several years back Mr Ngo was a witness of a gangland murder by the notorious Black Dragon street gang. Is this connected?

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Ice In The Veins
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7.33
3 votes

#9 - Ice In The Veins

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/3/2009

An ambulance officer is stabbed to death by a kid in an Ice induced rage. When Detective Sonny Koa delivers the death knock, he bonds with the dead man’s Maori family. Sometimes in a detective’s work, the break comes from left field. In investigating the Ice racket, the detectives find a link to the stolen arms that killed the NSO agent in a car bomb. But can Malik convince his imprisoned target, Akmal, to help?

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Death at the Station
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7.25
4 votes

#10 - Death at the Station

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/13/2007

Bad drugs are being sold on the streets of Redfern. Addicts are dying. Local Aboriginal leader and anti drug crusader, Adam King, is trying to get the drugs off the street when he is shot. Some say he has been assassinated. Malik and his partner, Pacific Islander, Detective Sonny Koa, try and get to the truth. Why are King's colleagues so unhelpful? And his family downright hostile? Is it just a distrust of police… or is it something more sinister? The conflict worsens between Malik and Crowley as Malik asks for his help with sources and informers and is rejected. Crowley's rage is more personal. Although the rest of the Squad are not aware of it, Crowley's son was one of the drug statistics.

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The Hand of Friendship
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7.00
2 votes

#11 - The Hand of Friendship

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/10/2008

Hunt is missing. HQ received a panicked call from a woman accusing Malik of killing him. Is he dead? And is Malik reponsible? When Hunt's body is found in Chinatown Crowley is dismissive - Malik's quest is over. Malik disagrees, Hunt may be dead but his quest for justice remains. Whoever killed Hunt took away the satisfaction Malik might've found in a lawful outcome. But Malik's determined to track down Hunt's killer. He finds the woman who called HQ. Celia Cho, is the daughter of Bruce Cho, a leader of the SW Crime Syndicate and the mother of Hunt's son. Bruce Cho hated Hunt. If he is the killer, proving it, in a world where everyone is afraid to talk, will not be easy. The closer Malik gets to the truth, the more dangerous he becomes.

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A Prodigal Fear
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7.00
2 votes

#12 - A Prodigal Fear

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/20/2009

The Major Crime and NSO investigation into the car bomb deaths results in Malik going undercover to track a possible suspect. While he is undercover a Chinese student is discovered murdered. Detectives Lim and Callas get to the bottom of an extortion ring.

Directors: Peter Andrikidis
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The Lost Boy
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7.00
4 votes

#13 - The Lost Boy

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/13/2009

A suburban printer is killed in a car bomb attack. Is this the work of Muslim extremists? Or is it a criminal act? As Detective Zane Malik of Major Crime links up with National Security to search for the truth, the news of the bomb hits the media, and there is fallout in the community.

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Men Of Conscience
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6.67
3 votes

#14 - Men Of Conscience

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/10/2009

Akmal is killed in prison. Malik is determined to find out the truth behind his murder and the murder of NSO agent. Going to Canberra with the widow of the NSO agent leads Malik to an old foe. But his absence causes problems when the squad investigate a mysterious crossbow killing. Inspector Wright juggles professional and personal problems, as her own brother is the target of a intended hit.

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Just Cargo
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6.50
2 votes

#15 - Just Cargo

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/27/2009

Detective Zane Malik is deep undercover, and in danger. Can he can link arms dealer, Akmal, with the car bomb murder of an NSO agent? Agent Skerritt thinks he can. When Akmal’s girlfriend, a Russian prostitute, is killed, Akmal orders a hit on the man who killed her, a sleazy sex trafficker. And he wants Malik to do it.

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Another Life
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#16 - Another Life

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/17/2009

The shooting of Inspector Patricia Wright’s brother unites the team at Major Crime. Can they bring the killers to justice? While the detectives gather together to help their boss, a respected transplant surgeon is murdered. Malik’s wife, fed up with his obsession with work, leaves with their children.

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Atonement
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#17 - Atonement

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/24/2009

Major Crime and NSO unite once again as a terror attack looms as a real possibility. Detective Zane Malik uses everything in his power to discover the conspirators and in doing so finally finds out why Agent Angleton was killed.

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The Hero's Standard
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#18 - The Hero's Standard

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/20/2011

Detective Zane Malik of the Major Crime Squad, faces the toughest challenge of his life when a very public crime has very personal ramifications. The sophisticated hold up of an armoured vehicle, leaves four dead. One of them is an armed robber, with an enigmatic identity, leaving Major Crime to ponder the possibilities. Is this an ordinary bunch of thieves looking to get rich quick, or is there a more sinister motivation behind the robbery? Malik clashes with new cop, Travis, in his impassioned pursuit of those who have hurt him and his family. When a man is left dead, in a police shoot out, Malik wonders just what kind of cowboy he’s working with.

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Transit of Venus
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#19 - Transit of Venus

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/11/2011

Wright becomes personally involved in a case when a young woman is found raped and murdered after getting into a taxi. As a young cop, Wright investigated and charged rapist Roman Wisniewski with sexual assault. He walked through the help of a QC. Now Wright has a chance to put him away for a long time. Wisniewski says he is innocent. But when another victim comes forward, and identifies Wisniewski, it seems as if Wright is right. Wright tries to persuade the victim to go to court to help in a successful prosecution. Keep the bastard off the streets. But there are problems in mounting a case against him, like lack of evidence, and Malik fears Wright’s vision is stopping her from seeing the truth. Wright and Wisnieski go to war. And with it, comes destruction and pain. And as in any war, there is no winner. Meanwhile, Malik works to find the gang responsible for the armed robbery. Hunter is in remand, waiting sentence for the murder of two drug importers. Kimberley, a clerk at the Security Company, which was robbed, takes Hunter a message. Something is up, but what? And can the cops break a woman in love?

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Revelation
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#20 - Revelation

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/1/2011

Two youths are shot dead while fishing. Malik knows first hand what Yelena Moyan, the boys’ mother, is going through. Yelena cannot understand who would do this. Her boys had no enemies. When another body is discovered in waters near by, it seems the boys were murdered because they witnessed the execution of a criminal. Malik is determined to track down the armed gang who he feels are responsible for this latest round of murders. He knows he must find the identity of the head of the gang, but the closer he gets to the truth, the more bodies appear. Malik is starting to question Travis’ loyalty and his friendship with dead gang member, Sterling. Travis says they were just army buddies back in Iraq. But Travis kept silent about this, so what else has he kept back from Major Crime? If he’s not corrupt, what is holding him back from sharing his knowledge? What is the secret Travis wants to remain buried? As Malik enters the battle zone against the armed gang, he still has doubt. Which side is Travis on? Malik knows that in the war against crime, there are no heroes, no glory, just a job to be done. And, like a soldier, he has to put his life on the line to do it.

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