The BEST Episodes of The Bureau
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Le Bureau des légendes is a French political thriller television series, which revolves around the lives of agents of the DGSE (General Directorate of External Security), France's principal external security service. "Malotru", a French intelligence officer, undercover in Syria for 6 years, is called back home. He will face the difficulty to forget his undercover identity, the disappearance of a colleague in Algeria, and the training of a young girl.
#1 - Episode 10
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 6, 2016
Duflot lectures his team about loyalty, then offers to resign, but his boss refuses to accept. The DGSE investigates Debailly's disloyalty and interviews his colleagues. Debailly takes the suicide bomber's place as cameraman for the interview with Boumaza. In Iran, the CIA has agreed to trade one of its prisoners for Marina, but the Pasdaran try to kill her after encouraging her escape. However, she evades capture and is exfiltrated to France. In Raqqa, Debailly meets and kills the jihadist, but is himself captured and made hostage. Nadia opens the letter he left her, which expresses the same feelings about their love affair that she did, in the first episode of season one.
#2 - Episode 8
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 27, 2020
Mikhaïl Karlov receives a parcel with the USB key which Sylvain uses at work. Both surprised and worried, he tries to reach the young hacker and learns that the young man is on a mission in Seoul. Meanwhile, Alexis Bakatine, the head of security at the FSB, is continuing his investigation into the spy "Black September" in order to find out if Pavel is a double agent.
#3 - Episode 5
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 23, 2016
Duflot discovers that Debailly disregarded his order to Marina not to contact Zamani, dismisses him for misconduct, and reinstates Marie-Jeanne as handler. But Duflot's boss decides Marina should continue cultivating Zamani. Debailly maintains contact with the CIA. Nadia, visiting France, refuses to see him. Meanwhile, Sisteron sets out with Boumaza's sister to meet the jihadist. Turkish special forces extract Sisteron, but they are ambushed by jihadists and Sisteron is captured. Too late, DGSE discovers the sister's communication with Boumaza.
#4 - Episode 4
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired May 29, 2017
A senior Daech officer, Cochise, takes advantage of the Malotru video to make the DGSE understand that he wants to defect. The Russian agent returns and intends to obey the instructions of the FSB: let Malotru languish in his cell. Philippe "trains" Marina, whom he takes for a novice, and asks him to go and give a lecture in Baku.
#5 - Episode 3
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired May 29, 2017
The FSB agent likely to help Malotru is wounded in battle, and Malotru loses hope. Marina is approached by Philippe, a man who claims to belong to the DGSE. He wants to recruit her on behalf of Mossad.
#6 - Episode 10
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 25, 2015
Debailly asks DGSE to help Nadia, but is refused. He attracts the CIA by approaching the Syrians, purporting to represent the Americans, and takes time off to meet the CIA (revealed as the flashforwards shown from Episode Two). Dr Balmes suggests his motivation is not love for Nadia, but craving for the double life he experienced undercover. He agrees to return to the DGSE as a CIA double agent. Meanwhile, Marina disappears in Tbilisi en route to Iran, kidnapped by the Georgian secret service to see from where she seeks help. Cyclone is rescued in an ambush near the border with Mali.
#7 - Episode 8
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 30, 2016
Dulfot goes to interview Marina personally about how the CIA managed to recruit Zamani. Marie-Jeanne wants to exfiltrate Marina, but she is overruled. Zamani gets caught texting his handler from an Iranian government meeting; his arrest leads to Marina's. Meanwhile, Duflot questions Nadim about Lefevbre, but he sticks to the answers Debailly had briefed him to give. Marie-Jeanne questions Nadia. Debailly writes a farewell letter to his daughter. The DGSE identifies a German journalist with ISIS connections, as a way to reach Boumaza in Syria.
#8 - Episode 2
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired May 22, 2017
As negotiations begin between the DGSE and Daech, via Nadia, Malotru sees a glimmer of hope: one of his jailers is a mole of the Russian secret services and can help. Duflot tries to help Marina overcome her trauma.
#9 - Episode 9
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 6, 2016
The suicide bomber pulls out of the mission against Boumaza, and Debailly steps into the operation, travelling to Syria but swearing his team to secrecy. He finishes his letter to Prune. DGSE hears that Marina is being interrogated by the Iranian secret police, who are torturing Zamani. The DGSE meets the CIA and insists that they identify the mole; after being threatened, the Americans name Debailly. Prune finds Debailly gone from his flat, reads his letter, and alerts the DGSE.
#10 - Episode 6
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 23, 2016
Boumaza takes Sisteron into Syria. DGSE decides not to attack, to protect its local agents. He hears that Turkish forces have his sister, and exchanges Sisteron for her, after cutting off his foot. DGSE ask Debailly back unofficially to lead a team to hunt Boumaza; he plans assassination using a suicide bomber. Duflot notices, from the GPS history of Debailly's phone, the weekend when it was untraceable (when he was with the CIA). He plants a bug in Dr Balmes's office. Nadia, in Paris, is reluctant to continue her role, but Nadim forces her; she contacts the DGSE for help. Celine arranges for Nadia to meet Debailly. Meanwhile, Marina returns to Iran, tasked with recruiting Zamani. Debailly passes her reports onto the CIA.
#11 - Episode 10
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 19, 2018
In Ukraine, Malotru arrives at the exchange location to get Marina. But on the way back, their convoy deviates from the route initially agreed upon by the DGSE, forcing him to warn Sisteron. Back in Paris, Marie-Jeanne quickly understands that Malotru’s life is at stake and confronts JJA and Ponte. Meanwhile, Jonas interrogates Iode 3 to try and prevent an impending terrorist attack in France.
#12 - Episode 1
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired May 22, 2017
Malotru is hostage to Daech, and the DGSE tries to get him out of this hell with the help of Nadia and his Syrian contacts. The CIA is not enthusiastic about seeing the hostage come back and the potential scandal of its betrayal. Marina, traumatized by her detention in Iran, is devastated by paranoia ...
#13 - Episode 7
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 27, 2020
JJA is told to go ahead and recruit Mikhail. He contacts Pavel in Moscow to develop a strategy. Sylvain is sent to Seoul by the Russians to enlist Yellow Joon, a genius hacker. In Paris, Sisteron admits having lost confidence in JJA. In Cairo, intelligence indicates an attack is imminent.
#14 - Episode 8
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 12, 2017
The DGSE lives in dark hours, and Marie-Jeanne is on the front line to stay the course. The director-general decides to carry out an operation to free Malotru while exfiltering Cochise. In Baku, Marina realizes the mission entrusted to her by the Mossad and implants a computer virus...
#15 - Episode 7
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 30, 2016
Continuing her meeting with Debailly, Nadia insists that DGSE help her escape from her forced role as figurehead for the Syrian rebels. Debailly decides to compromise Nadim by forging his application for asylum; he defects, and Nadia is taken away to a safe house. Debailly and Dr Balmes discover the bug in her office. The CIA stands Dr Balmes down from its service. Meanwhile, the French are close to securing Zamani as a source, only to find he has just been recruited by the CIA. Debailly continues to plan to execute the jihadist.
#16 - Episode 9
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2018
Sisteron warns Marina that her cover has been blown, but that her arrest could help on another crucial assignment. Meanwhile, Malotru parts ways with Samara and comes back to France, where he is to be held in solitary confinement. Back in Syria, Jonas has lost Iode 3’s track and must turn to artificial intelligence to try and find him.
#17 - Episode 7
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 18, 2015
Debailly continues to be tailed by the Russians. The DGSE meet an Algerian with information about Cyclone. They decide to recruit Nadia; Marie-Jeanne realises that Debailly has not told her the full truth, and confronts him. She also helps Marina compel a second colleague to refuse the Iran secondment, and teaches Marina a lesson about not getting close to her contacts. Debailly continues to be interrogated by the CIA in flashforward; it is revealed that Dr Balmes works for the Americans.
#18 - Episode 6
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 11, 2015
Debailly continues to investigate the leads on Cyclone. Nadim traces Debailly's daughter Prune and starts asking about him. Marina and another agent force a colleague at the Institute to refuse the secondment to Iran. Debailly realises that the Syrians and Russians are tailing him, and finally tells Duflot about Nadia and her involvement with the Syria talks. Meanwhile, the DGSE identifies who is holding Cyclone for ransom in Algeria.
#19 - Episode 2
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired May 9, 2016
Debailly recalls when he first met Nadia, and continues to agonise about her fate. The CIA confirms its interest in Zamani, but Debailly and Marie-Jeanne fall out over Marina's mission; Debailly persuades Deflot to replace her with him as Marina's handler. Debailly tells Marina to get close to Zamani. The Iranian secret police take an interest in Zamani and Marina. The French Government authorises action against Boumaza; Cyclone cultivates the jihadist's family, and Sisteron poses as a supportive lawyer. Duflot continues to hunt for the mole inside the Bureau. Nadia is held prisoner in Syria.
#20 - Episode 5
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 11, 2015
DGSE makes contact with Algerians holding Cyclone, and Sisteron goes to Algeria. The Syrians continue to investigate Paul Lefevbre, testing him by mugging him in the street. They also seek help from the Russians. Meanwhile, DGSE puts Marina through a surprise mock interrogation. DGSE is also concerned that Cyclone's capture could have compromised the Sahara Desert operation, in which the Americans are involved. In flashforward, Debailly continues to recount his story to the Americans.
#21 - Episode 5
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 5, 2017
Malotru and the Russian struggle for survival in hostile terrain while they are actively hunted by jihadists. Duflot is preparing to go on the ground, in Syria, to meet Cochise. It is for him the only chance to get Malotru out of Daech's hell. As for Marie-Jeanne, she replaces Duflot at the head of the Bureau.
#22 - Episode 10
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 19, 2017
Marina is sequestered by Philippe, and the Mossad is ready to get rid of her; she must get out of there. At the same time, at the DGSE, Marie-Jeanne is more determined than ever to stop Malotru during a secret meeting of the latter with Nadia...
#23 - Episode 9
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 25, 2015
ISIS threatens to execute Cyclone; Debailly is asked to work on his rescue. Nadim tries to blackmail him with Nadia's life, wanting him to betray Syrian sources; Debailly refuses to do so. The Americans pull out of the Sahara operation; DGSE suspects they may have a mole. Marina is further tested before leaving for Iran. Debailly shares details of the rescue plan for Cyclone with his colleagues.
#24 - Episode 8
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 18, 2015
Nadia refuses to betray her country, and is angry at Lefevbre's revelations. Ill from the stress of her situation, she confesses to Nadim, and is flown back to Syria. The Russian FSB confronts DGSE and buys its silence. In Algeria, DGSE fails to plant a bug on the General holding Cyclone; Cyclone is handed over to ISIS. Marina is trained to deal with interrogation by Marie-Jeanne, tested by an Iranian agent pretending to be Reza's wife, and offered the Iran secondment. In flashforward, Debailly continues to talk to the CIA; the Americans do not fully believe his story.
#25 - Episode 8
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 2018
Karlov asks Malotru to join the FSB in Moscow. In Paris, Sisteron and the entire Bureau must answer to an inquiry questionnaire on Marie-Jeanne, which JJA intends to use against her during the next board meeting. Meanwhile, Marina is resenting the way the Bureau is using Micha, afraid to once again leave a trail of destruction in her wake.