The BEST episodes of The Vow

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

An introspective look at the NXIVM cult founded by Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman in 1998. Though the organization claimed to provide personal and professional improvement opportunities to those who joined, it has since made headlines for various charges brought against its leaders, including sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy.

Last Updated: 5/13/2024Network: HBOStatus: Ended
Crime and Punishment
87 votes

#1 - Crime and Punishment

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/21/2022

Keith Raniere is found guilty on all charges, including racketeering, sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, identity theft and production and possession of child pornography. Many survivors of his abuse come forward to deliver powerful victim impact statements and he is sentenced to 120 years. His supporters work to exonerate him, and he plans to appeal. Nancy Salzman comes to a painful reckoning; she is sentenced to 42 months in federal prison.

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The Room
78 votes

#2 - The Room

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/14/2022

A witness for the prosecution gives heart-wrenching testimony about how Keith Raniere groomed her from a very young age and describes the coercive abuse she suffered at his hands, including being isolated in a room for two years. We learn the witness's younger sister was preyed upon by Raniere; this shocking and overwhelming evidence finally convinced Nancy Salzman to plead guilty and disavow Raniere. The trial concludes and all await the verdict.

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217 votes

#3 - Viscera

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/30/2020

After seven years, Bonnie leaves NXIVM for Los Angeles and tries desperately to get through to Mark, who reassures her all is well; Mark remains loyal to Keith and NXIVM, but a series of phone calls begin to sow doubt within him.

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89 votes

#4 - Rapport

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/24/2022

Nancy Salzman looks back at her professional and personal relationship with Keith Raniere and defends her intentions with the company; The first witnesses in the trial are called to the stand, including Mark Vicente and Sylvie.

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The Breach
88 votes

#5 - The Breach

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/7/2022

Lauren Salzman testifies to decades of manipulation at the hands of Keith Raniere, a man she loved. Her loyalty and devotion eventually turned her into both a victim and victimizer of other women. NXIVM supporters are unconvinced by the evidence presented in court. Nancy Salzman grapples with learning the extent of Raniere's sexual pursuit of both of her daughters.

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Tests of Loyalty
87 votes

#6 - Tests of Loyalty

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/17/2022

Moira Penza and Marc Agnifilo prepare for trial after the arrest of Keith Raniere. DOS members Nicki Clyne and Michele Hatchette offer a different perspective into NXIVM, while Nancy Salzman, under house arrest, sits down to speak.

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At Cause
204 votes

#7 - At Cause

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/6/2020

Sarah confides to Mark about DOS, a secret group involving "masters" and "slaves," and struggles in her relationships with NXIVM, her husband and her best friend; Sarah and Mark lament how many members they've recruited and question what to do next.

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Stimulus and Response
86 votes

#8 - Stimulus and Response

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/31/2022

Marc Agnifilo presents his case attesting to the good work of NXIVM; Marc Elliot remains loyal to Keith Raniere after he claims the symptoms of his Tourette's syndrome were successfully reduced by Nancy Salzman. First-line DOS member and NXIVM leader, Lauren Salzman takes the stand... for the prosecution.

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The Fall
154 votes

#9 - The Fall

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/18/2020

Keith hasn't been seen in Clifton Park for weeks, and the team gets a tip on where he might be. Catherine meets with India, who maintains her position. Mark and Bonnie return to Clifton Park for the first time since leaving NXIVM and confront their memories of Keith and the curriculum. Sarah, Bonnie, Mark, Nippy, and Catherine face a shocking development in the case.

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The Science of Joy
262 votes

#10 - The Science of Joy

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/23/2020

Mark Vicente and Sarah Edmondson, high-ranking former NXIVM leaders, describe the dream and mission of NXIVM to build a better world; Bonnie Piesse, Mark's wife, tells him she is worried about the organization and leader Keith Raniere.

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Class 1 Data
192 votes

#11 - Class 1 Data

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/20/2020

Catherine believes her daughter is in danger and wants her to come home. But she and the former members are unable to get the attention of the authorities, so they approach the New York Times.

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The Wound
163 votes

#12 - The Wound

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/11/2020

As the group gathers evidence for their FBI testimonies, they express their beliefs about how the curriculums of SOP and JNESS, men's and women's groups within NXIVM, reshaped their ideas on gender roles in society and may have laid the foundation for DOS.

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The Dossier
174 votes

#13 - The Dossier

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/4/2020

After learning that the New York Attorney General's chief investigator is interested in building a criminal case against Keith, Catherine travels to Buffalo to meet with Frank Parlato, creator of the anti-NXIVM blog "The Frank Report," to build a dossier of evidence. Meanwhile, we're introduced to Toni Natalie, one of Keith's former girlfriends, who takes us back to the '90s to share her experiences and the challenges she faced with Keith during the days of his first company, Consumers' Buyline.

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Honesty & Disclosure
176 votes

#14 - Honesty & Disclosure

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/27/2020

Sarah, Mark, and Nippy contact additional news outlets to provoke outrage and pressure law enforcement to pay attention. Barbara Bouchey, a former board member, shares her insight into NXIVM, reflecting on her time in Keith's inner circle.

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Building Character
203 votes

#15 - Building Character

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/13/2020

Mark, Bonnie, Sarah and Nippy strategize with Catherine Oxenberg about how to get her daughter, India, out of DOS, even though she wants to stay.

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