The BEST Episodes of Hostages (2013)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: CBS

A high-octane suspense drama that centers on Dr. Ellen Sanders, a premier surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when she and her family are held captive in their home by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders Dr. Sanders to assassinate the President when she operates on him.

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Burden of Truth

#1 - Burden of Truth

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 25, 2013

After a member of the President's staff is murdered, Ellen urges Duncan to back out of the assassination plot, while other members of the President's staff take matters into their own hands. Meanwhile, after scouring Nina's medical records, Ellen finds someone who might be a viable bone marrow donor.

star 7.68
955 votes
Power of Persuasion

#2 - Power of Persuasion

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 2013

When the President decides to use another doctor for his surgery, Ellen is threatened by Duncan to make him change his mind. Also, Ellen meets Duncan's daughter which could help her get more insight into him.

star 7.67
1,204 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Rick Eid

#3 - Endgame

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 6, 2014

It’s the day of the President’s surgery and the various plots are in motion. Just before the surgery begins, Ellen is cornered by the First Lady, who finally sees through Ellen’s lies about her husband’s condition and forces her to tell the truth about the assassination plot. Ellen spills the secrets Kincaid has been keeping from his wife and she agrees to help get the bone marrow out of the hospital. Blair’s squad of hired terrorists move into position after passing themselves off as Secret Service agents, and they launch their diversionary attack just after Ellen nicks an artery during surgery. Once Ellen is alone with the President and Logan, she gives Logan a sedative, extracts the bone marrow, and prevents the President from bleeding out on the operating table. Once the terrorist threat is subdued, Ellen takes the bone marrow to Nina, who accepts it and apologizes for everything Duncan did to her family. Meanwhile, Duncan schemes with Vanessa to outwit Blair and free his family. He corners Blair at gunpoint at a fundraising banquet and demands that Blair’s men release Nina and Sawyer. Once they’ve been released, Blair lashes out, forcing Duncan to shoot and kill him. Duncan then confronts Archer, who has captured the rest of the Sanders family and demands payment for his services. The two battle in a brutal fistfight with Archer coming out on top, but Kramer arrives just in time to save Duncan and kill Archer. Duncan then reunites with Nina and Sawyer briefly, saying goodbye before turning himself in to the police for his actions.

star 7.63
819 votes
Invisible Leash

#4 - Invisible Leash

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 2013

Duncan promises to kill a member of Ellen's family when she refuses to assassinate the president during surgery. Duncan also informs the family to go about their normal lives for the next two weeks until the commander in chief's operation.

star 7.60
1,383 votes
Directors: Jason Ensler
Writers: Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Rick Eid
Hail Mary

#5 - Hail Mary

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 2013

Ellen and Brian agree that they need to take down Duncan to have any chance of escaping, so she sneaks away to see a man who has previously helped her solve problems. However, unbeknownst to her, this man has ties to Duncan. Meanwhile, Archer's accomplice plans to reveal to the Assistant District Attorney information about a murder Archer committed.

star 7.56
1,143 votes
Writers: Alon Aranya, Rick Eid
Fight or Flight

#6 - Fight or Flight

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 16, 2013

Ellen reveals to Duncan that she will not kill the President but will help him get what he needs, as long as he gives her something in return. Meanwhile, Nina finds out about Duncan's plan and flees the hospital.

star 7.54
1,024 votes

#7 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 2013

After Dr. Ellen Sanders, a prominent Washington D.C. surgeon, is handpicked to operate on the President of the United States, rogue FBI agent Duncan Carlisle and armed intruders suddenly take her and her family hostage. Scared and bewildered, Ellen soon learns the reason: unless she assassinates the President during surgery, her captors will kill them all.

star 7.49
1,867 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Loose Ends

#8 - Loose Ends

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 2013

When investigators get closer to discovering the conspiracy to kill the President, Duncan is ordered to get rid of an insider by someone very connected to the plot. Meanwhile, Duncan takes the next step in his master plan and gives Ellen the poison she’s to use to kill the President.

star 7.49
1,169 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Rick Eid
Off The Record

#9 - Off The Record

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 2, 2013

Duncan locks the Sanders family in a room for the day while he and his team head to New York City to eliminate the sniper team targeting President Kincaid. Meanwhile, Duncan's mother-in-law tells Burton she wants to expose the President.

star 7.48
1,063 votes
Sister's Keeper

#10 - Sister's Keeper

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 28, 2013

When Ellen's sister, Lauren, shows up unexpectedly at their house intending to stay, Duncan forces Ellen to get rid of her without making it look suspicious. Meanwhile, when the secret service calls Ellen in for questioning again, she must play it cool when Duncan is there to help do the questioning.

star 7.45
1,222 votes
Writers: Jennifer Schuur
2:45 PM

#11 - 2:45 PM

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 2013

Ellen and Brian devise a plan with their kids to escape from Duncan. Meanwhile, Duncan's wife tells him that she wants to discontinue her treatment and spend her time with her husband and daughter.

star 7.44
1,173 votes
Writers: Aron Eli Coleite
The Cost of Living

#12 - The Cost of Living

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 9, 2013

When Brian goes to the police to expose Duncan and his team, he decides against telling the truth after Burton shows up and shows him evidence of Ellen and Duncan getting close. Meanwhile, Duncan's trip to New York City puts a snag in the plans to take out the President.

star 7.38
997 votes
Truth and Consequences

#13 - Truth and Consequences

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 21, 2013

Ellen has to make another life-changing choice when she performs emergency surgery in her own home. Meanwhile, Duncan demands answers when Archer tells him that an innocent person in their plan has become a victim.

star 7.36
1,254 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Jennifer Cecil
Suspicious Minds

#14 - Suspicious Minds

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 6, 2014

After Duncan discovers Sandrine's betrayal, he decides to use her to save Nina and Sawyer. Also, just before Ellen is to operate on the President, the First Lady confronts her and forces Ellen to tell the truth about the assassination plot.

star 7.35
899 votes
The Good Reason

#15 - The Good Reason

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 2013

Ellen must decide whether to save Duncan’s life, and later decides to confront his wife. Meanwhile, Creasy meets with Vanessa and Colonel Blair after the President informs them that he wants to expose the details of Operation Total Information, a government surveillance program that allowed intelligence agencies to spy on U.S. citizens.

star 7.32
1,100 votes
Directors: S.J. Clarkson
Writers: Cassie Pappas