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Rabbit Hole is a gripping tale of intrigue, deception, and redemption, as protagonist John Weir and his allies uncover a sinister conspiracy while battling personal demons.

Rabbit Hole follows the story of John Weir (Kiefer Sutherland), a skilled corporate spy specializing in deception and manipulation. However, his life takes a drastic turn when a mysterious group frames him for murder.

Rabbit Hole Poster
Rabbit Hole Poster

 

Desperate to clear his name and regain his freedom, Weir becomes embroiled in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game.

As he navigates this dangerous world, he is supported by a diverse cast of characters, including Hailey Winton (Meta Golding), Josephine “Jo” Madi (Enid Graham), Edward Homm (Rob Yang), The Intern/Kyle (Walt Klink), Dr. Ben Wilson (Charles Dance), Miles Valence (Jason Butler Harner), Hafiz (Ishan Davé), Debra (Wendy Makkena), Young Crowley (Mark Winnick), and Eliza Wells (Maia Jae Bastidas).

The series explores themes of betrayal, survival, and redemption as Weir fights to uncover the truth and reclaim his life.

  • Title: Rabbit Hole
  • Genre: American Spy Thriller
  • Network: Paramount+
  • Premiere: March 26, 2023
  • Number of Episodes: 8

The series unfolds with a variety of thrilling episodes, each contributing to the gripping narrative of John Weir’s quest to clear his name and uncover the truth behind the murder he’s been framed for.

Rabbit Hole – Episode 1 – Pilot

In Episode 1, “Pilot,” of the Rabbit Hole TV series, the story starts with protagonist John Weir in a confessional booth, seeking help as he feels lost and sleep-deprived. The narrative then goes back three weeks to show John at a bar, where he meets Hailey, a woman sent by Jo Madi to spy on him. After a one-night stand, John exposes Hailey’s intentions, though she seems to be innocent.

Kiefer Sutherland in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 1
Kiefer Sutherland in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 1
  • Directed & Written By: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
  • Release Date: March 26, 2023

Weir, an expert in corporate espionage, finds himself being followed by a blue car and a woman named Jo Madi, an FBI investigator. He suspects that he is being set up. Meanwhile, John takes a job from his best friend Miles Valence’s company, Arda Analytics. His task is to create a narrative that suggests the Banomar Group is working with the Treasury Department. John successfully stages a car accident to get the CEO of Banomar Group and a US Treasury investigator together and capture incriminating photos.

John’s suspicions about Hailey’s real intentions grow, and when he confronts her, she claims to have met him through a dating app. As they talk, a news report announces John as a murder suspect. He realizes that Valence has set him up and doctored evidence to frame him.

John tries to get answers from Valence, but Valence is forced to jump off a building by an anonymous figure, leaving John with more questions. To make matters worse, Valence’s death is also pinned on John. The episode ends with John in his childhood home, where he has the supposedly murdered Treasury investigator, Edward Homm, tied up and blindfolded in the basement.

Episode 2 – At Any Given Moment

In Episode 2, “At Any Given Moment”, of Rabbit Hole begins with a series of flashbacks to John Weir’s childhood in 1981. His father, Ben, trains him in various skills, such as playing chess and general knowledge. Claire, John’s mother, notices their phone clicking suspiciously, leading Ben to remove all phones from the house to protect the family. The flashbacks also show Ben’s funeral, where a man claims Ben died fighting for his country, contradicting the official story.

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Enid Graham in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 2
Enid Graham in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 2
  • Directed & Written By: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
  • Release Date: March 26, 2023

In the present, Madi arrives at the fire scene, but her request to investigate the bodies is denied. The intern from the office survives the fire, raising suspicions. Meanwhile, Hailey is approached by someone claiming to be Detective Fewkes, but John intervenes and rescues her, demanding to know her connection to the blue Mercedes. Unable to get answers, John ties Hailey up, takes her to his childhood home, and questions her again.

Hailey reveals that John’s coworkers created his dating profile, and she shares her theory of how and why John killed Homm. Homm, still tied up, interrupts them, with John claiming that he saved Homm’s life. They then tail one of Valence’s associates, whom John confronts for answers and access to Valence’s computer. The associate reveals that Valence had paid Weir to keep quiet about a fake mission while the real plan was to kill Homm. The situation was a set-up by dangerous people, who the associate believes are everywhere.

Posing as an FBI agent, John infiltrates police lock-up to access Valence’s authenticator and password. Kyle, a mysterious young man with a skateboard, intercepts John but is thwarted by Hailey. They escape with the evidence before being caught.

Back at John’s childhood home, another shocking revelation occurs when an old man in the kitchen, revealed to be John’s supposedly deceased father, suggests they start cutting Homm’s fingers off for information.

Episode 3 – The Algorithms of Control

In Episode 3 of Rabbit Hole, titled “The Algorithms Of Change,” flashbacks take us to John Weir’s past, beginning in 2018 with his father discussing the rules of a dangerous game they’re playing. We see John in boarding school with Miles Valence, who introduces John to code-breaking. The duo later teams up to build Arda Analytics, using big data to predict customer behavior.

Jason Butler Harner, Kiefer Sutherland in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 3
Jason Butler Harner, Kiefer Sutherland in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 3
  • Directed & Written By: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
  • Release Date: April 02, 2023

In 2017, John’s supposedly deceased father, Ben, reappears, warning John about a man named Crowley who’s involved in a global conspiracy. John initially dismisses his father but later decides to listen. Ben reveals the manipulative and controlling tactics used by the conspirators.

In the present, John is unsure about trusting Hailey, who takes a burner phone while going out for food. Ben questions her loyalty, but eventually believes her. Meanwhile, John hacks into Miles’ computer, but is detected by Arda Analytics’ operatives. He buys time by sending Madi to distract Xander Arnaz, the acting CEO, enabling John to download the necessary intel.

Flashbacks reveal Ben’s involvement in staging the break-up between John and Miles, taking Arda Analytics public, and convincing Crowley to get involved in using their data for election manipulation. In the present, Xander, under instructions similar to Miles’, jumps out a window, landing behind Madi, who is in the middle of discussing the need to investigate Arda Analytics.

The episode ends with a flashback to John and Miles discovering the contents of a safe, filled with documents about big data and manipulating human behavior, with the code to the safe being a numerical version of John’s name.

Rabbit Hole – Episode 4 – The Person in Your Ear

In Episode 4 of Rabbit Hole, titled “The Person in Your Ear,” the story begins with a shocking reveal that Xander’s death was not a suicide, but rather a murder committed by a young intern. Meanwhile, chaos erupts in the streets as people riot against the powerful elites.

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Kiefer Sutherland, Charles Dance in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 4
Kiefer Sutherland, Charles Dance in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 4
  • Directed By: Jon Cassar
  • Written By: Hunt Baldwin
  • Release Date: April 09, 2023

John Weir, Ben, and Haley start investigating the mysterious NFTs that Valence was involved in. Edward Homm, who knows more about the NFTs, is reluctant to share information until he can see his wife. He reveals that Elliot Gao is a high-end money launderer using NFTs to facilitate his schemes, which puts him on Crowley’s radar.

John decides to use Special Agent Jo Madi to spook Gao into divulging more information. He trains Haley to impersonate Madi and infiltrate Gao’s party. During the mission, Haley encounters her old boss, Craig Payne, whom she stole money and crypto from. Meanwhile, Madi receives an anonymous tip about the connection between Arda and Gao.

At the party, Haley’s cover is blown, and Gao informs her that Crowley is on his way. John enlists Edward’s help, and they infiltrate the building to rescue Haley. It is revealed that Ben is posing as Crowley, but Gao takes a picture, exposing their deception. The group escapes, but their advantage is lost as the real Crowley now knows their identities.

Edward shares that Intaverse, a web media company, is being used by Crowley to blackmail politicians. As the episode concludes, John reveals that his team is not dead, contradicting previous information.

Episode 5 – Tom

In Episode 5 of Rabbit Hole, titled “Tom,” the story reveals that John orchestrated the gas leak explosion with his team to protect them from Crowley. However, it turns out that Kyle, the intern, was working for Crowley and killed the entire team.

Kiefer Sutherland, Charles Dance, Meta Golding in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 5
Kiefer Sutherland, Charles Dance, Meta Golding in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 5
  • Directed By: Dan Attias
  • Written By: Wendy Riss
  • Release Date: April 16, 2023

In the present, John is trying to find the last person who spoke to Valence, while Edward Homm investigates political donations related to Intaverse. Ben refuses to involve more people in their investigation, including John’s team. Meanwhile, Madi looks into John’s ex-wife, suspecting something suspicious in her purchase of expensive wine. She puts a trace on Cara Spader’s phone, who received an incoming call from a burner.

Edward has a breakthrough in his investigation, connecting the donations to the America SOS Committee, which supports Senator Nora Evers of New Jersey. As the group celebrates their progress, armed guards attack them. They manage to escape, but Edward is shot in the arm.

During their confrontation, John discovers that Ben called Valence and seemingly told him to jump. Ben admits that he followed Kyle, believing him to be Crowley’s agent, and was stabbed by him. He reveals that Kyle killed John’s team, and Ben tried to warn Valence but found out he had turned as well.

John deduces that the tracking IDs on the whiskey bottles have allowed their enemies to follow them. They abandon the whiskey and continue their mission. John decides to confront Senator Evers, who announces her candidacy for President of the US.

Episode 6 – The Playbook

In Episode 6 of Rabbit Hole, titled “The Playbook,” the story opens with a flashback to Central America, 1983, featuring Ben and Crowley on a mission. In the present, Senator Evers supports the Shared Data Act, despite the team’s suspicion of her connections to illegal campaign funds. As John and Ben attempt to confront Evers, they discover she has incriminating evidence against her, but its location remains unknown.

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Charles Dance, Rob Yang, Meta Golding in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 6
Charles Dance, Rob Yang, Meta Golding in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 6
  • Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton
  • Written By: Michael Ballin & Thomas Aguilar
  • Release Date: April 23, 2023

Edward Homm overhears Evers’ description of a secure location, which he believes to be a private depository at 1550 Girard. John, Hailey, and Evers’ security detail, Lanneman, plan to break into the depository to retrieve the incriminating evidence. Hailey serves as a distraction, allowing John and Lanneman to access the vault. However, John accidentally leaves one of the keys in the safety deposit box, which Hailey manages to retrieve just in time.

After leaving the depository, they are confronted by Lanneman’s associate, Pete, who demands the briefcase containing the evidence. Unknown to them, John had anticipated this and had given them a decoy briefcase. Just as John is about to use the real intel against Evers, she is assassinated by Kyle’s girlfriend, Eliza. Lanneman is also killed. Kyle then kills Eliza, having manipulated her to do his bidding and creating a false narrative of her mental health problems on social media.

As the news of Evers’ assassination spreads, John realizes that the real goal was not to make her President, but to pass the Shared Data Act by turning her into a martyr. This would give Crowley unprecedented access to personal information. The episode ends with John receiving a mysterious message from Miles, suggesting that his death may not have been what it seemed.

Rabbit Hole – Episode 7 – Gilgamesh

In Episode 7 of Rabbit Hole, titled “Gilgamesh,” the Shared Data Bill is renamed the Nora Evers American Protection Act and is expected to pass with a majority. The bill will controversially allow select private companies access to US citizen records and consumer data. Three companies are selected: Termina Systems, CKB Digital, and Arda Analytics.

Kiefer Sutherland, Meta Golding, Rob Yang in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 7
Kiefer Sutherland, Meta Golding, Rob Yang in Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 7
  • Directed By: Batan Silva
  • Written By: Hunt Baldwin
  • Release Date: April 30, 2023

The episode features flashbacks to John’s past, with Miles teaching him to focus and avoid getting caught up in petty squabbles. In the present, John struggles with deciphering reality from his hallucinations, while Edward Homm works on deciphering the numbers in the briefcase. Hailey covers up John’s conversation with Miles and later meets with Jo Madi, providing her with evidence proving John’s innocence.

Meanwhile, John receives a package from Miles and confronts who he believes to be Crowley, only to realize he is just another pawn. Crowley claims that Ben is the mastermind behind the chaos and reveals that Ben has been lying to John. John confronts his father at gunpoint, demanding answers.

Homm discovers a video of Miles Valence admitting he was ordered to kill John but refused. The messages John had been receiving on his computer were from Crowley, who had infiltrated the system and posed as Miles. John realizes the error of his ways and apologizes to his father. The team unites to focus on stopping Crowley, determined to work together to bring him down.

Episode 8 – Ace in the Hole

  • Directed & Written By: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
  • Release Date: May 07, 2023
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  1. The Rabbit Hole is complex but compelling and the deeper you dig the more dangerous the warren becomes. Kiefer Sutherland manages to hold it all together and whilst not exactly realistic it is thrilling and deserves a comfortable four stars for entertainment. Odds on you’ll binge at least some of it and rest assured you’ll get lost in the rabbit holes more than once. It’s a must see but it is also a must read for espionage aficionados. It’s based on a play of the same name published in 2006 by David Lindsay-Abaire. The play is a suspenseful, cloak and dagger affair about a corporate espionage expert who hits the big time and applies his skill sets to win the USA for some ne’er-do-wells. You will be forgiven if the name Trump springs to mind when watching this.

    If you liked Bill Fairclough’s epic fast fact based complex spy thriller Beyond Enkription in The Burlington Files series about Pemberton’s People in MI6 you should like this no matter what the format. In real life, Fairclough was one of Pemberton’s People in MI6 and worked with the CIA, real SAS Rogue Heroes and other ungentlemanly officers as explained in a news article dated 31 October 2022 available from TheBurlingtonFiles website. Once you are irretrievably immersed or stuck in the Rabbit Hole you should enjoy it just as you did The Burlington Files and vice-versa.

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