The Best Episodes of The Event

Last Updated: Dec 1, 2018

The Event is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker, an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiancée Leila, and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.

Face Off

#1 - Face Off

Season 1 - Episode 15

Negotiations for the release of the Sleepers begin after Sophia triggers a national disaster; Sean and Vicky continue their mission.

star 8.16
310 votes
Writers: David Schulner, Lisa Zwerling
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The Beginning of the End

#2 - The Beginning of the End

Season 1 - Episode 21

President Martinez makes a triumphant albeit shaky return to the White House, determined to punish the traitors who conspired against him. Sophia forges ahead with her plan, while battling a new enemy -- the guilt that has begun to plague her. Sean and Vicky form an impromptu team with Sterling and Simon in order to track down Sophia's headquarters and stop her before the destruction of all human life.

star 8.04
305 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: Leyani Diaz, Vanessa Rojas
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Arrival

#3 - Arrival

Season 1 - Episode 22

The White House is gripped by a power struggle of historic proportions, pitting Martinez and Chief of Staff Peel against Jarvis and his secret ally, Sophia. Elsewhere, Sean, Vicky, Sterling, and Simon race to stop the dispersion points for the virus. Meanwhile, Leila fights for her life. But it all may be too late -- as the portal begins to open, sending tremors across the globe.

star 8.02
301 votes
Directors: James Wong
Writers: Evan Katz
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Strain

#4 - Strain

Season 1 - Episode 18

The White House is rocked by the sudden illness of one of their own, leaving Chief of Staff Peel and Sterling to investigate possible conspirators. Michael Buchanan comes to the aid of Leila, but it leaves them both at risk of Sophia's wrath. Across the globe in Russia, Sean and Vicky race to stop Sophia's weapon from being loaded onto a plane heading to the United States.

star 7.94
295 votes
Writers: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie
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One Will Live, One Will Die

#5 - One Will Live, One Will Die

Season 1 - Episode 20

With doubt still surrounding the tragedy at the White House, Sterling encounters an unlikely ally in Simon, who risks his life to return with a possible antidote. Against the wishes of Chief of Staff Richard Peel, Jarvis authorizes an air strike to neutralize them. Meanwhile, Sophia continues on her diabolical plan to exterminate the human race, now with the help of an unwitting accomplice -- Leila

star 7.89
309 votes
Writers: David Schulner
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Turnabout

#6 - Turnabout

Season 1 - Episode 13

President Martinez gets tougher with dealing with the cleanup of Thomas's breakout of 51 Inostranka detainees. Michael drops Lelia and Samantha off with a fellow alien family to go help Sophia stop Thomas. The 51 detainees and Thomas move into a suburban area, while Michael and Sophia detain one of them for questioning. Sean gets into a bar fight.

star 7.88
296 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: James Wong
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Cut Off the Head

#7 - Cut Off the Head

Season 1 - Episode 17

Vice President Jarvis vocalizes his lack of faith in President Martinez's leadership and agrees to meet with an adversary. Senator Catherine Lewis reports the findings of her surreptitious blood testing of the White House staff only to find one holdout, someone very close to the President. Sophia pushes forward in her search for a super weapon. And, after witnessing injustices within the Sleeper community, Leila begins to question where she belongs. Elsewhere, Sean and Vicky find whom they've been hunting for, but it may be too late.

star 7.86
308 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Evan Katz, James Wong
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Protect Them from the Truth

#8 - Protect Them from the Truth

Season 1 - Episode 3

The administration unveils a tough new strategy to force Sophia to reveal the detainees' plan; Vicky and Carter possess a crucial hostage.

star 7.84
377 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David H. Goodman, James Wong
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Loyalty

#9 - Loyalty

Season 1 - Episode 6

Sean encounters a mysterious conspiracy theorist while looking for answers in Leila's home; Simon's allegiances are tested.

star 7.83
342 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: Leyani Diaz, Vanessa Rojas
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A Message Back

#10 - A Message Back

Season 1 - Episode 14

Thomas summons Sophia, Diane Geller, and the other Sleepers to reveal the contents of the game-changing message he received. With newfound intensity, President Martinez confronts Vice President Ray Jarvis about his betrayal. Sean blackmails Vicky into helping him on a mission of vengeance. Elsewhere, Dempsey continues on his hunt for experimental subjects.

star 7.82
306 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: David H. Goodman, Nick Wauters
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A Matter of Life and Death

#11 - A Matter of Life and Death

Season 1 - Episode 4

The White House grapples with a mysterious biological threat. Their only hope is to crack Sophia during interrogation. Meanwhile, Vicky and Carter keep their hostage captive while they await further instructions. FBI Agent Collier, on her search for Leila, stumbles upon Vicky's secret life. Elsewhere, a powerful businessman, Dempsey with classified intelligence and ties to the White House, emerges from the shadows.

star 7.82
349 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: David Schulner, Lisa Zwerling
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I Haven't Told You Everything

#12 - I Haven't Told You Everything

Season 1 - Episode 1

After his girlfriend mysteriously disappears from a cruise, Sean Walker discovers a conspiracy of global proportions.

star 7.82
478 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Nick Wauters
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Casualties of War

#13 - Casualties of War

Season 1 - Episode 5

The CDC tries to identify the contagion and treat those infected as the biological threat intensifies; Simon asks Sophia to betray Thomas.

star 7.76
357 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie
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Inostranka

#14 - Inostranka

Season 1 - Episode 12

Meanwhile, newly appointed Alaskan Senator Catherine Lewis threatens to divulge information about the Mt. Inostranka detention facility on an episode of "HARDBALL with Chris Matthews." Elsewhere, Sean and Leila get a fresh lead on the whereabouts of Samantha, but it leads them to a dramatic turn in their lives. James Dempsey foresees that he and Sean will once again cross paths.

star 7.75
298 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Schulner, Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie
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You Bury Other Things Too

#15 - You Bury Other Things Too

Season 1 - Episode 16

The Sleepers mourn their losses after negotiations are derailed; Sterling tries to test Simon's loyalties; President Martinez asks Sen. Lewis to find any remaining moles in the White House.

star 7.74
295 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie
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Everything Will Change

#16 - Everything Will Change

Season 1 - Episode 10

Sophia's suspicions are confirmed when Thomas reveals a shocking new plan. Leila and Sean battle mercenaries while searching for Samantha.

star 7.74
305 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: David Schulner, Nick Wauters
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For the Good of Our Country

#17 - For the Good of Our Country

Season 1 - Episode 8

President Martinez, furious about recent security failures, demands answers from Director of National Intelligence, Blake Sterling. When he doesn't receive the progress that he desires, Martinez decides to personally interrogate Michael Buchanan about his involvement in the assassination attempt. While Michael holds to his claim that he doesn't know who is involved, he inadvertently reveals incriminating evidence about someone deep inside the President's staff. Meanwhile, Dempsey dispatches Vicky on a new clandestine mission. And, elsewhere, Sean and Leila scramble to stay ahead of the covert ops that are trying to silence them and what they know.

star 7.74
317 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David H. Goodman, James Wong
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I Know Who You Are

#18 - I Know Who You Are

Season 1 - Episode 7

President Martinez orders Director of National Intelligence, Blake Sterling, to root out the mole from their staff, which causes Sterling to question his judgment of people close to him. Sophia reasserts her power over Thomas and the other detainees, and she prepares them for the next leg of their mission. Elsewhere, with the aid of Madeline, Sean continues his hunt for answers, all the while trying to stay one step ahead of the covert agents who trail him.

star 7.74
319 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Evan Katz, Lisa Zwerling
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To Keep Us Safe

#19 - To Keep Us Safe

Season 1 - Episode 2

The president's staff grapples with a new reality; the conspiracy engulfs an FBI agent and a mercenary with questionable ties; a shadowy figure emerges with knowledge of the detainees.

star 7.74
385 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Evan Katz, Nick Wauters
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Us or Them

#20 - Us or Them

Season 1 - Episode 19

The White House grapples with the unfolding tragedy as Sterling continues the investigation into his primary suspect. Sophia manipulates the traitor inside the White House, confirming the suspicions of Chief of Staff Peel. Leila and Michael attempt to rescue Simon, but at tremendous personal risk. Elsewhere, Sean and Vicky try to identify Sophia's secret courier before it's too late.

star 7.73
313 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: David H. Goodman
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And Then There Were More

#21 - And Then There Were More

Season 1 - Episode 11

Martinez and his Chief of Staff order their intelligence departments to determine the nature of Thomas' message and who it was sent to. Meanwhile, Thomas launches a surprise attack, Alaskan Senator Catherine Lewis threatens to go on national television to alert the public to the enemy among them, and Sean and Leila get a fresh lead on Samantha's location.

star 7.72
302 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Leyani Diaz, Vanessa Rojas, David H. Goodman
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Your World to Take

#22 - Your World to Take

Season 1 - Episode 9

President Martinez reacts to the knowledge of who betrayed him within his administration. Meanwhile, after revealing her plan for the Sleepers' future, Sophia learns of dissension among her people. She sets a trap for the perpetrators and acts decisively to quell any future mutiny. Elsewhere, Sean and Leila try to unravel the mystery of Samantha's kidnapping, while evading Dempsey's nefarious clutches.

star 7.61
316 votes
Writers: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie
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