The Cult: episode guide


Episode 1

NZ: Thu, September 24, 2009 (TV2)
Story by Peter Cox and David Brechin-Smith, Kathryn Burnett & Nick Ward
Written by Peter Cox and David Brechin-Smith
Directed by Peter Burger

Michael Lewis receives a mysterious envelope which leads him to believe his estranged sons, Ryan and Nathan, are living in Two Gardens — a compound led by a man named Edward North, of the international organization called Momentum. Michael travels to the compound where he meets hostility from the guards and is denied access to the compound. But there are others like him...

Episode 2

NZ: Thu, October 01, 2009
Written by Peter Cox and David Brechin-Smith
Directed by Peter Burger

With Daniel missing and a threat to stay away from the police, Michael and the Liberators are learning that to get their people out of the compound is going to require more risky measures. Michael makes a plan to plant a drug lab in Two Gardens so that police will have grounds to shut the place down. Inside Two Gardens, Ryan is having problems keeping on the right side of Edward.

With: Chelsie Preston Crayford as Hannah

Episode 3

NZ: Thu, October 08, 2009
Story by Peter Cox and Kathryn Burnett & Nick Ward
Written by Peter Cox and David Brechin-Smith
with Kathryn Burnett & Nick Ward
Directed by Scott Reynolds

Nathan turns up unexpectedly at The Glen. Michael is delighted to have him back safely but the others are shocked by his condition. It becomes increasingly clear that the Two Gardens doctor, Cynthia Ross, has some questionable methods. This becomes crystal clear for the Liberators when Cynthia and Saul attempt to steal Nathan back from the local medical centre.

With: Dwayne Cameron as Nathan, Kip Chapman as Andy

Episode 4

NZ: Thu, October 15, 2009
Story by Peter Cox and Kathryn Burnett & Nick Ward
Written by Peter Cox and David Brechin-Smith
Directed by Scott Reynolds

As Saul, Edward's right hand man, gets closer to finding the Liberators, we learn some of his dark secrets. At The Glen, the Liberators meet the person who bugged them — she's a deprogrammer who has been hired by the family to snatch and deprogramme someone from Two Gardens.

With: Bodelle de Ronde as Jenni

Episode 5

NZ: Thu, October 22, 2009
Story by David Brechin-Smith, Peter Cox and Kathryn Burnett
Written by David Brechin-Smith with Peter Cox
Directed by Charlie Haskell

Armed with the information that Jenni is in grave danger, Frances goes on the hunt to get answers. Getting none at the compound gate, she enlists Sophie and Gina then heads out on a risky search. Inside Two Gardens, Edward becomes aware that Jenni is missing from the compound. He is dismayed that Cynthia and Saul lied to him and quickly starts to retake charge of his compound.

With: Bodelle de Ronde as Jenni

Episode 6

NZ: Thu, October 29, 2009
Written by David Brechin-Smith and Peter Cox
Directed by Charlie Haskell

The discovery of Jenni has shocked the Liberators to the core. Annabelle examines Jenni but is unable to determine what happened to her. She concludes they need the doctor that did this to her so they can figure out how to treat her. The Liberators decide there's only one thing they can do — kidnap Cynthia Ross.

With: Kip Chapman as Andy

Episode 7

NZ: Thu, November 05, 2009
Story by Peter Cox, David Brechin-Smith & Maxine Fleming
Written by Peter Cox and David Brechin-Smith
Directed by Michael Duignan

Michael is invited into Two Gardens to meet Edward face-to-face. The others are worried it's a trap but Michael argues that it could be their only chance to get answers and he can negotiate for their loved one's safe release in exchange for Cynthia. While he's in the compound, Michael finds Ryan who tells him that he doesn't want to leave Two Gardens and that they didn't send the envelopes.

With: Dwayne Cameron as Nathan, Kim Machalis as Catherine

Episode 8

NZ: Thu, November 12, 2009
Story by David Brechin-Smith, Peter Cox & Maxine Fleming
Written by David Brechin-Smith and Peter Cox
Directed by Michael Duignan

Cynthia has made a deal with Sophie to furnish her with evidence of the experiments she is conducting inside the compound. Unnerved by this loose cannon having so much information on her, Cynthia realises that her plans in Two Gardens will need to be sped up. But when an untrusting Edward is hesitant, Cynthia decides that she needs to build Edward's paranoia about the outside world in order to get him to proceed.

With: Fraser Brown as James

Episode 9

NZ: Thu, November 19, 2009
Written by Peter Cox and David Brechin-Smith
Directed by Charlie Haskell

Trapped in the compound but desperate to see Andy, Gina is given an initiation of sorts into the compound by Edward. Gina is finally allowed to see Andy but their happiness is sort lived. Hannah starts to believe that there's something sinister going on and helps Gina escape. Edward decides it's time for them to proceed with plans for The Commencement.

With: Kip Chapman as Andy

Episode 10

NZ: Thu, November 26, 2009
Written by Peter Cox and David Brechin-Smith
Directed by Charlie Haskell

Michael is infuriated by Hugo's death and when Sophie raises the idea of shooting Edward North, Michael agrees to it. But things don't go to plan when Annabelle follows Sophie to the ridge to observe the compound and they see Andy brought out alive. Annabelle doesn't want to continue but Sophie knocks her out and shoots Edward anyway. Saul sends David to find the shooter and after a showdown between David and Sophie in which she blames Annabelle for the shooting, David hauls Annabelle back to the compound. Sophie's true plans are revealed. She is on a quest for revenge and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

With: Dean O'Gorman as Liam

Episode 11

NZ: Thu, December 03, 2009
Written by Peter Cox and David Brechin-Smith
Directed by Peter Burger

Following the shooting, Edward has become a dangerous man — paranoid and determined to see his plan out at any cost. Ryan is worried about Hannah who has disappeared and when he's called to the healing centre next, he makes a break for it and manages to get out of the compound. Sophie is also working on building paranoia amongst the Liberators and shoots at the Glen to make them believe they're under attack. Sophie tells the others she knows somewhere in the bush where they'll be safe. But she has made a deal with Edward and the Liberators are captured by Two Gardens guards and are brought into the compound.

With: Laura Interval as Morgan

Episode 12

NZ: Thu, December 10, 2009
Written by Peter Cox and David Brechin-Smith
Directed by Peter Burger

After returning to find the Liberators taken, Michael learns that Daniel was a plant from Two Gardens. A protegee of Edward's, Daniel was sent to watch the progress of the Liberators. He has been waiting outside of Two Gardens and now has been called back by Edward as The Commencement is about to begin. Daniel and Edward believe that they have a special connection as a result of a near death experience they had at the exact same time for the same amount of time six years ago — and they're not the only ones — Michael, Gina, Frances and Saul all experienced the same thing. Michael is disbelieving of Daniel's claims but Daniel does tell him that Edward is a loose cannon and that the people of Two Gardens including Ryan are in grave danger. Daniel exposes Sophie's lies to Michael and he's forced to side with him and go into Two Gardens to try and stop Edward and The Commencement before it's too late.

With: Simon London as Daniel, Laura Interval as Morgan

Episode 13

NZ: Thu, December 10, 2009
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