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Season 1 Episode 9

The Story Vanishes (a.k.a. Vanished)

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Sep 18, 2002 on Bravo
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The Story Vanishes (a.k.a. Vanished)
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I24 reports that followers of Muslim terrorist Maulana Youssef are responsible for a car bombing that killed an Idaho congressman, who had made a speech urging the State Department to deny student visas to Muslims. A Pakistani college friend of Ethan's, Ghazi, tells Bill that because of an interview Bill had done with Arafat, Youssef wants to be interviewed by him in Paris, so that the man can tell the world that he had nothing to do with it. Bill and Ethan head off to Paris where they agree to the terrorists' insane demands, and are rewarded by being taken hostage before ever getting to see Youssef. Although they finally get the interview and are let go, Youssef keeps the tape. Meanwhile, Janet is infuriated when somebody, presumably Jamie, pins up an article in the newsroom that denounces her as a "lightweight." When she goes to Peter to complain, he tells her that, with Bill away, she has her chance to prove to the guilty party that she's not. And manic-depressive Allison neglects to take her meds, and ends up caring more about the interview she managed to land with the congressman's wife than for Bill's safety.moreless

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    Max Martini

    Max Martini

    Nate Natleson

    Guest Star

    Anthony Azizi

    Anthony Azizi

    Arab Leader

    Guest Star

    Michael Saad

    Michael Saad

    Maulana Youssef

    Guest Star

    Tony Alcantar

    Tony Alcantar

    News Director

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      • TNT executives forced massive rewrites on the original draft of this script. (Why, who knows, since it's not like they ever had much use for the series.) Originally, Ethan got seriously beaten up by the terrorists, who were such religious fanatics that one of them committed suicide in front of him and Bill. The story changed so much -- from Bill and Ethan being let go without their story to them being held captive with their story -- that the episode ended up retitled to reflect the changes.

      • Bravo airdate: September 18, 2002. It aired out of sequence because Bravo didn't want to show it on the anniversary of 9/11 (and couldn't bear to move their umpteenth airing of More Tales of the City on September 4 to that date instead.) Ironically, the episode was in the can months before 9/11 happened.

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