The brains of a top CSIS agent are splattered all over the windshield of his car and speculation is running high on whether it was suicide or murder. Some say George Barkin was being forced into retirement so he committed suicide; others whisper that he was setting up "business relationships" in China; or that he was a double agent. But whatever the reason for his demise, there's bound to be a media frenzy around the incident - and The Eleventh Hour wants to be the first ones in. At the centre of all the controversy is a young woman named Lyn Sing, a Chinese citizen who's been working at the Embassy, and who is somehow linked with the now notorious CSIS officer. Maybe Sing's just a damsel in distress; maybe she was part of Barkin's espionage activities; or maybe even a suspect in his death. Megan wants an exclusive with this 'woman of the hour', but Donohue's instincts tell him that with all the news outlets clamoring for her, Sing will end up in the driver's seat, dictating her demands to the hungry press. Barkin's widow, Helen, insists that her husband loved his job and his country; and would never have turned against either; nor was he ever unfaithful to her. But lewd photos have just been released to the media that would suggest otherwise. Sing may be the only one who knows the truth about Barkin's life and death, and The Eleventh Hour has to find her before she's snapped up by an outlet that's willing to pay for her story. It takes a little courting by Megan, but soon Sing's within her reach. As Donohue predicted, the price is high. Kamal smells a media advisor; and Kennedy dithers over making the call, afraid of what Donohue will think. With resolve, Megan bypasses Kennedy and goes straight to Donohue for consent. As for Dennis, he's convinced hard news is grinding to a halt in favour of infotainment. Still, the network slots the interview as a 'special' for the next evening. Kamal knows that Sing's advisor will have rehearsed her to within an inch of her life, but he's determined to nail her to the wall; Megan has other plans. Megan is rattled when Sing's advisor turns out to be Tony Joel, ex-Eleventh Hour producer and Megan's former lover. Kamal is more concerned that Tony is interfering with the crew. Here they are trying to report on a story about treason - and they're arguing "about pillows on the set". Kamal figures they've just made a deal with the devil - and that, somehow, this all has to do with Megan. In her interview with Sing, Megan keeps coming up empty. So the savvy reporter switches to Plan B, and starts talking to the woman about her personal life. She carefully walks Sing through her early years in Xuangdong Province; and her language studies in Beijing. When Sing starts to relax, Megan asks her about her job at the Chinese Embassy. Sing reveals that her job allowed her only basic security clearance, so Megan deduces that she couldn't have been spying on the Chinese for Barkin. When Megan asks her why she didn't return to China, Sing admits that she now considers Canada her home. So, clearly, she wasn't spying for the Chinese. In other words, it seems Sing has no story at all! So why, of the dozens of possible interviews, did she choose to speak to this show first? It seems that Sing was simply revelling in the celebrity status of her association with Barkin, and Tony was her ticket to the biggest possible audience. As for Tony, he just wanted to see the ever-invincible Megan fail. Magically, Megan manages to salvage the interview when she corners Sing into admitting that she took the pictures of Barkin; and that she planned to use them as blackmail if he failed to honor his promise to get her citizenship. She waited a year, then threatened to show the pictures to his wife. Barkin must have killed himself because he was afraid of destroying his marriage. It was Tony's idea to release the photos to the press in order to further sensationalize Sing's story. Sing finally got the profile she wanted - with the help of this producer-turned-flack. Megan takes up her usual post-show station in the screening room. But this time she's not mainlining on her triumphant interview with Sing; in fact, she's watching a brilliant spoof of herself on the Comedy Network.moreless
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