The BEST Episodes of The Enemy Within

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2019

Network: NBC

Erica Shepherd is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history, serving a life sentence in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. For Keaton, it's not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy... they must think like one.

The Embassy

#1 - The Embassy

Season 1 - Episode 11

When a highly sophisticated Tal operative evades FBI custody and flees to the Swiss embassy, the Cointel team must go undercover. What begins as a smooth counterintelligence operation quickly devolves into a tense hostage situation.

star 7.77
644 votes
Directors: Marisol Adler
Writers: Jason Wilborn, Mellori Velasquez

#2 - Sequestered

Season 1 - Episode 12

Keaton and his team are able to intervene and stop the assassination of a high-profile congresswoman. Shepherd interrogates the congresswoman, who had previously used Shepherd’s treason conviction as a launching pad for her political career.

star 7.76
626 votes
Directors: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: Chris Ord, Matt Corman
Sierra Maestra

#3 - Sierra Maestra

Season 1 - Episode 13

Tal’s war on the CIA expands to two fronts. Keaton and the CoIntel team must locate the domestic target before Chigorin launches an all-out assault on the unsuspecting innocents. Shepherd convinces Keaton to let her go to Cuba to thwart Tal’s attack.

star 7.75
619 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Ken Woodruff

#4 - Confessions

Season 1 - Episode 4

When intelligence obtained by Shepherd during her stint at the notorious ADMAX prison is linked to a pending attack on U.S. soil, Keaton and the Cointel team embark on a manhunt to find and stop a deadly international operative. Keaton confronts questions of loyalty and betrayal when it comes to Anna Cruz and his late fiancée’s father, Thomas Heffron.

star 7.69
835 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Jason Wilborn

#5 - Havana

Season 1 - Episode 5

Once Shepherd convinces Keaton that Anna Cruz is a mole inside the FBI working for Tal, Keaton decides to keep his enemies close. With a fox in their henhouse, Keaton and the team spy on one of their own, hoping Cruz will lead them to Tal.

star 7.67
797 votes
Directors: Martha Mitchell
Writers: Andi Bushell

#6 - Homecoming

Season 1 - Episode 9

After a major Tal operative escapes CIA custody, Shepherd returns to Langley to help track the fugitive down. Shepherd and Keaton discover the CIA is withholding vital information on Tal, so they spy on the CIA to find out what the agency knows.

star 7.63
704 votes
Directors: Lily Mariye
Writers: David Applebaum, Erin Donovan
Eye of Horus

#7 - Eye of Horus

Season 1 - Episode 6

After a bomb explodes in Jersey City, the Cointel team captures a key planner, Sam Fathi, who can lead them to Tal, the mastermind behind the bombing. When Sam proves difficult to break, Shepherd convinces Keaton to detain a former Egyptian intelligence officer to help, leading to an urgent mission to stop another bomb from going off.

star 7.63
743 votes
Directors: Ben Bray
Writers: Tony Camerino

#8 - Chigorin

Season 1 - Episode 10

When contractors working for the CIA are murdered, Keaton and the team discover the CIA is keeping secrets from the FBI regarding Tal. Shepherd’s ex-husband finds out that Hannah has been lying and visiting Shepherd.

star 7.62
658 votes
Writers: Aireka Muse, Andi Bushell

#9 - Decoded

Season 1 - Episode 7

When the FBI intercepts stolen NSA software intended for Tal, Keaton uses the technology as an opportunity to go on the offensive and sends Shepherd undercover to pass the technology to the intended recipient, a 19-year-old computer genius. Keaton must choose between catching Tal or saving the life of an innocent teenager.

star 7.62
749 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Chris Ord, Matt Corman

#10 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Former CIA agent Erica Shepherd, now known as one of the most notorious traitors in recent American history. Shepherd is brought out of a federal Supermax prison by FBI Agent Will Keaton to help stop some of the most dangerous acts of espionage threatening the United States today.

star 7.62
1,048 votes
Directors: Mark Pellington
Writers: Ken Woodruff
The Ambassador's Wife

#11 - The Ambassador's Wife

Season 1 - Episode 3

Following the discovery that a U.S. ambassador is selling classified intelligence to a Colombian cartel, Shepherd devises a plan to catch him that will push Keaton’s moral code to the brink. Keaton brings a new member on to the team.

star 7.59
824 votes
Writers: David Appelbaum
An Offer

#12 - An Offer

Season 1 - Episode 8

Flashbacks to the past reveal the fateful events that led CIA Deputy Director Erica Shepherd to betray her country and the ensuing investigation that put her on a collision course with Will Keaton.

star 7.56
682 votes
Directors: Jono Oliver
Writers: Ken Woodruff
Black Bear

#13 - Black Bear

Season 1 - Episode 2

When a former CIA operative is murdered, Keaton enlists Shepherd to help recover valuable intel that could take down Tal once and for all. But the question remains, can Shepherd be trusted?

star 7.53
921 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Ken Woodruff