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Inside The Episode: Episode 7
The holiest city on earth has an unholy secret . . . From the executive producers of Homeland and Heroes, USA Network presents DIG, a thrilling ten-part television event. Starring Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs and Emmy Award-winner Anne Heche.
When Peter Connelly, an FBI agent recently stationed in Jerusalem, begins investigating the murder of a young American, he realizes that he has uncovered an ancient international conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history. Certain that the dangerous prophecy is nearing fruition, Peter must race against the clock to unravel its mystery. From a remote farm in Norway, to an enigmatic compound in New Mexico, to the serpentine tunnels of Jerusalem, this immersive, fast-paced adventure will take viewers on a quest for a truth that will shake the world's beliefs to its very core.
Shot in contemporary Jerusalem against the backdrop of such historic sites as the Temple Mount, as well as in Croatia and New Mexico, DIG premieres on Thursday, March 5 at 10/9c. Only on USA Network. #DIGDEEPER
Cast & Crew
Jason IsaacsPeter ConnellyActor BioCharacter Bio
Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs stars as Peter Connelly, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem, who, while investigating a murder, uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making.
Born in England and raised in London, Isaacs made his film debut with the groundbreaking role of Colonel William Tavington in “The Patriot.” Two years later Isaacs began his role as Lucius Malfoy in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” He went on to reprise the role in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows - Parts I and II.” He was most recently seen in “Fury.” His other film roles include “Black Hawk Down,” “Green Zone,” “Friends with Money,” “Peter Pan,” “The Tuxedo,” “Sweet November,” “Windtalkers,” “End of the Affair,” “Armageddon,” “Event Horizon” and “Abduction.”
Isaacs’ television credits include appearances in the dramas “The West Wing” and “Entourage.” He starred in “Brotherhood” and the NBC drama “Awake.” He also was seen in the NBC mini-series “Rosemary’s Baby.” Isaacs has garnered multiple awards and nominations for his television roles including the Best Actor BAFTA Award for his performance in “The Curse of Steptoe” and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series for Motion Picture Made for Television for the six-part conspiracy thriller “The State Within.”
Peter is a dedicated, headstrong FBI agent and Quantico-trained criminologist. After a heart-wrenching death in Peter’s family led to a rift between him and his wife, Peter requested a reassignment that took him from Washington to Jerusalem. That was six months ago, and he’s still living in a hotel. Peter is about results, and that usually means following his gut rather than doing things by the book. But after a serious misstep in a previous case, Peter’s got a chip on his shoulder and to prove he still has what it takes he’ll have to cooperate with his current superior, and sometimes lover, Lynn Monahan. Peter better learn to play nice, because with a family life in shambles, and with the agency looking for any excuse to fire him, Lynn may be the only ally he’s got. Peter has thrown everything into his work, but if he’s not careful, he could lose that, too.
Anne HecheLynn MonahanActor BioCharacter Bio
Emmy Award winner Anne Heche stars as Lynn Monahan, the head of the Jerusalem FBI office and Peter Connelly’s (Jason Isaacs) boss.
Heche most recently starred in the series “Save Me” as well as the film “Arthur Newman” opposite Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. Additional film credits include starring roles in “Wag the Dog,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Birth,” “Walking and Talking,” “Six Days, Seven Nights” and “That’s What She Said.” Among her television credits are starring roles in “Hung,” “Men in Trees,” “Silent Witness,” “The Dead Will Tell” and “Gracie’s Choice.”
Recently, Heche co-starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film “One Christmas Eve.” In 1989 she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series and in 2004 she received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role in "Gracie’s Choice.” Heche made her Broadway debut in 2002 in the critically-acclaimed production of the Tony Award winning play “Proof.” She also earned a Tony Award nomination for her appearance in “Twentieth Century.”
Lynn heads up the FBI agency office in Jerusalem—no easy task given the ongoing political and cultural unrest in the region. On top of that, there’s the delicate balance she must strike with the local authorities and her superiors, including Ambassador Ruth Ridell. Lynn is also Peter’s supervisor. The irony is that she learned everything she knows from when she trained under him. As Peter's closest and only true friend, she understands him better than anyone else. She got him the assignment in Jerusalem when he asked her help in getting him out of Washington. Lynn still believes in him, even if he did make some big mistakes and now her reputation depends on proving that she made the right call.
Alison SudolEmma WilsonActor BioCharacter Bio
Alison Sudol stars as Emma Wilson, a charming young American archeologist working on a dig site under Jerusalem. She befriends Peter Connelly (Jason Isaacs) and shows him the secret tunnel where she and Professor Ian Margrove’s (Richard E. Grant) team are working, unwittingly leading him into dangerous circumstances. She herself is a mystery.
Sudol is perhaps best known for her music career, having achieved commercial success and critical acclaim as the front woman for the band A Fine Frenzy. Her television credits include a recurring role on the new series “Transparent” from Jill Soloway, and most recently, she appeared in the independent feature “Other People’s Children.” Additionally, Sudol is currently working on a new music project due out for release in early 2015.
Emma is a young, archeologist working on a historic dig in Jerusalem led by Professor Ian Margrove. Enthralled by archeology ever since she was a kid, she speaks eloquently about the thousands of years of history that are palpable in the streets of Jerusalem. She first catches Peter’s eye in a bustling café because she reminds him of someone who was very dear to him. Their chance encounter, however, winds up sending Peter down a perilous path.
Ori PfefferGolan CohenActor BioCharacter Bio
Ori Pfeffer stars as Golan Cohen, a tough, take-no-prisoners detective with the Israeli National Police who frequently works with the FBI and just as often butts heads with American legal attaché, Peter (Jason Isaacs). Their paths continue to cross as the search for Yussef Khalid (Omar Metwally) and the investigation into the murder of an American lead them both deeper into the mysteries surrounding the dig site in Jerusalem.
Pfeffer has worked with a number of prestigious directors and actors including Brad Pitt in “World War Z,” Steven Spielberg in “Munich,” Adam Sandler in “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” and Leonardo DiCaprio in “Gardener of Eden.” He also starred in “A Strange Course of Events” which was a Cannes Director’s Fortnight Selection, and he will be in the upcoming thriller “Suicide.” Pfeffer’s television roles include “The Unit,” “CSI: NY,” “Alias,” “Philly,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “NYPD Blue.” His Israeli work includes the #1 drama “Yellow Peppers,” which won several Israel Emmy Awards and “2.3 A Week.” On stage, Pfeffer starred in the National Theatre of Israel’s “Ideal Husband.” Pfeffer was raised in Jerusalem a block away from series creator Gideon Raff and currently lives in Tel Aviv.
Golan is a stubborn and proud detective with the Israeli police force, who knows Jerusalem like the back of his hand. Though secular himself, he grew up in one of the poorest and ultra-religious neighborhoods outside the walls of Jerusalem. Golan and Peter clash over the FBI’s involvement in a case of a man who’s wanted for murder back on American soil, yet has also committed a local crime. When Peter insinuates himself into another one of Golan’s investigations, this time against Lynn’s orders, Golan’s hackles are raised even more. He doesn’t trust Peter’s motives for pursuing the case and is determined to figure out what Peter seems to be hiding.
David CostabileTad BillinghamActor BioCharacter Bio
David Costabile stars as Tad Billingham, a coiffed, charming and authoritative bestselling author of religious books that have made him a TV personality and celebrity. This status has given him the access and funds to build a discreet religious congregation in the New Mexico desert with a global agenda.
Costabile recurred on SUITS as Daniel Hardman in season two before co-starring in “Low Winter Sun.” He previously appeared on “Breaking Bad,” “Damages,” “The Wire” and “Flight of the Conchords.” Costabile’s most recent film role was in “Lincoln.”
Billingham is the bestselling author of religious books that have made him a TV personality and celebrity. That massive success has given him the means to carry out his life’s mission and amass loyal followers to help him. He considers himself to be the father figure to his flock and specifically Josh, but whoever crosses him sees a ruthless side that knows no bounds.
Lauren AmbroseDebbie MorganActor BioCharacter Bio
Emmy Award nominee Lauren Ambrose stars as Debbie Morgan, a dedicated follower of evangelist Tad Billingham (David Costabile). She lives at his compound in the New Mexico desert and spends most of her time looking after fellow disciple 13-year-old Josh (Zen McGrath).
Ambrose most recently starred in “Sleepwalk with Me,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Additional film credits include “About Sunny,” which garnered Ambrose an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Performance, “Wanderlust,” “The Other Woman,” “Cold Souls,” “A Dog Year,” “Starting Out in the Evening” and “Diggers.” Ambrose won the OutFest L.A. Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress for her lead performance in "Swimming” and "Psycho Beach Party.” On television, Ambrose recently had recurring roles on “Law & Order: SVU” and “Torchwood: Miracle Day.”
Ambrose is perhaps best known for her critically-acclaimed role on “Six Feet Under” as Claire Fisher, for which she received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Additionally, she appeared in “The Return of Jezebel James” and also was the voice of KW in “Where the Wild Things Are.” Ambrose made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning “Awake and Sing!” and appeared in “Exit the King” and “Buried Child.”
Debbie is the caretaker for thirteen-year-old Josh, a boy to whom she feels more maternal than she probably should. She and Josh are living in an enigmatic, walled compound in the Arizona desert, which is run by Pastor Tad Billingham. As an important deadline nears, Debbie becomes increasingly conflicted about the role she must play and her faltering faith. What the others may not realize is that her quiet demeanor belies her strong survival instincts, honed from years of pain, heartbreak and personal challenges.
Angela BettisFayeActor BioCharacter Bio
Angela Bettis stars as Faye, a devout follower of Tad Billingham (David Costabile) who leads a discreet religious congregation with a global agenda in the event series "DIG."
Bettis has appeared on numerous television shows, films and stage productions. Her television credits include the title character in the remake of “Carrie,” as well as recurring roles on “Dexter,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and “House” among others.
In film, her credits include “May,” “Girl Interrupted,” “Bless The Child,” “The Circle,” “Flamingo Rising,” “Perfume,” “The Ponder Heart,” “Coastlines,” “Toolbox Murders,” “When Is Tomorrow,” “Sick Girl.” Additionally Bettis appeared in the 2010 Sundance entry, “All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, ”and the 2010 Slamdance entry, “Drones.”
She will next be seen in the "Untitled Terrence Malick Project" opposite Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale.
Stage productions include (on Broadway), “The Father,” with Frank Langella and “The Crucible” with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Additionally, Bettis produced and directed a variety of independent movies, shorts, and radio programs with Mo-Freek, an independent production company. She directed the indie feature “Roman,” which premiered at the Sitges Film Festival and has since been distributed internationally.
Faye is Billingham’s right hand, carrying out his dirty work, and sometimes adding her own vindictive, sadistic touch to the proceedings. She has been resentful of Debbie ever since she appeared at the compound and took her place as Billingham’s favorite. She’d like nothing more than to catch Debbie wavering in her loyalty or even better, breaking the strict rules.
Richard E. GrantIan MargroveActor BioCharacter Bio
Richard E. Grant stars as Ian Margrove, the Cambridge archaeologist heading up the dig Emma (Alison Sudol) is working on in Jerusalem. Following a murder, Peter (Jason Isaacs) begins to suspect that Margrove may be more involved in the mystery surrounding the death than he’s letting on.
Grant studied drama at Cape Town University where he co-founded the Troupe Theatre Company. He moved to London in 1982 and worked in theatre until he got his big break with the cult hit "Withnail and I" in 1986. Grant has appeared in over 60 movies with some of Hollywood's leading directors including Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. He has published three books, and written and directed his autobiographical movie “WAH-WAH.”
Aristocratic, charismatic and more than a little pompous, Ian Margrove is a renowned British archeologist from Cambridge University who has been working on a dig in Jerusalem for twenty years. Each summer he has many admiring interns assist him with his work, including Emma Wilson. The professor believes he is on the brink of a profound discovery that could change the course of history, but he’s concerned that a handful of “cowardly politicians” might stop him from getting there.
Regina TaylorRuth RidellActor BioCharacter Bio
Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor stars as Ruth Ridell, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel who has little time for the problems that Peter (Jason Isaacs) creates for her with the local authorities in the event series DIG.
Taylor is best known for "I'll Fly Away,” for which she received a Golden Globe Award, an NAACP Image Award and two Emmy Award nominations. Taylor most recently starred in “The Unit.” Her other television roles include “The Education of Max Bickford," "Feds,” “Strange Justice,” "Cora Unashamed," "Children of the Dust," "I'll Fly Away: Then and Now" and "Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder." Her film roles include "The Negotiator," "Courage Under Fire," "A Family Thing," "The Keeper," "Clockers," "Losing Isaiah" and "Lean on Me." Taylor was the first African American woman to star as Juliet in Broadway's "Romeo and Juliet." She is the National Spokesperson for the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization.
Ruth, the tough, no-nonsense U.S. Ambassador in Israel, isn’t about to let anyone get in the way of her ambitious plans, including and especially Lynn Monahan and Peter Connelly. She is critical of the way the FBI is handling an extradition of a man wanted back in the States, and she lets Lynn know this in no uncertain terms. Ambassador Ridell is keenly aware that these days, the U.S.’s political standing in the region is tenuous at best, but that isn’t necessarily her only reason for wanting to keep a close eye on things.
Omar MetwallyYussef KhalidActor BioCharacter Bio
Tony Award nominee Omar Metwally stars as Yussef Khalid, an American who disappeared after being accused of murder. Now believed to be in Israel, Yussef is sought by both Peter (Jason Isaacs) and Israeli Police Detective Golan Cohen (Ori Pfeffer).
Most recently, Metwally appeared in the Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop.” He made his feature film debut in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” with Eric Bana. Metwally’s other film roles include “Rendition,” “Miral,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II” and “Amsterdam.” In 2008, he received the Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in “Rendition.” His numerous television appearances include “The Good Wife,” “Virtuality,” “Harry’s Law,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Fringe” and “The Unit,” among others. Metwally has worked with noted theater companies including Steppenwolf, The Public Theater, and Williamstown Theater Festival. In 2004, he starred on Broadway in “Sixteen Wounded,” receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Featured Role.
A young Palestinian-American, Yussef Khalid is currently in Jerusalem after fleeing the U.S. because of his alleged murder of an antiques dealer in Chicago. He is also wanted in Israel for a robbery, which confuses jurisdictional matters between the Israeli police and the FBI. What neither agency realizes is that both of these cases are not as straightforward as they seem.
Zen McGrathJoshActor BioCharacter Bio
Zen McGrath plays Josh, a 13-year-old American who has lived at Tad Billingham's (David Costabile) New Mexico compound all of his life. He's cared for by Debbie (Lauren Ambrose) and is oblivious to the outside world and his important to the congregation's plans for the future. McGrath's other roles have included the film "Aloft" with Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy.
Josh looks like a normal thirteen-year-old, but he is destined for an extraordinary mission. Despite being raised parentless in a walled-in Arizona compound, Josh's keen intelligence gives him an independent spirit and healthy curiosity. But free will is not on Tad Billingham's agenda for his young charge.
Guy SelenikAvramActor BioCharacter Bio
Guy Selenik, originally from Holon near Tel Aviv, recently finished his army service before landing this role. He previously worked on the Israeli version of Homeland, PRISONER OF WAR, where he played 'Hazey,' the son of the prisoner of war.
Selenik also stared on several shows including ALIFIM, which won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Kids Series, 101 BETANACH, THE NAKED TRUE, SPLIT and also starred in BOBOT with the well-known Israeli Actress Gal Gadot.
Avram is a sheltered Hasidic Jew. More of a boy than a man, even at age twenty, Avram is part of a group of ultra-religious Hasidic men on a mysterious mission. He has been sent to a remote farm in Norway where his assignment is to guard the precious red calf that was recently born there for reasons that are secret even to him. Despite being in over his head with an even more grueling task ahead of him, Avram is grimly determined to follow his orders. However, he'll need to grow into the man he was meant to be if he's to accomplish his mission.
Tim KringExecutive Producer
“I think DIG presents a chance for viewers to have a real thrill ride. Any viewer that likes murder mysteries, exotic locations and likes to participate in solving a big puzzle will gravitate to DIG. The show is going to be fast-paced, it’s going to be sexy and it’s going to be a thrill,” said writer/producer Tim Kring, co-creator and executive producer of the event series DIG.
76 million “Heroes” fans around the world know his name and tuned in weekly across broadcast TV, cable, online and mobile to follow plotlines about ordinary people who discovered they possessed extraordinary abilities. Kring’s “Heroes Evolution” set the bar high for multiplatform storytelling when it won the Primetime Emmy for Interactive Television in 2008. “Heroes Reborn” was recently announced as a 13-episode miniseries slated to premiere in 2015.
March 2012 saw the premiere of Kring’s series “Touch,” starring Kiefer Sutherland, which aired for two critically-acclaimed seasons. “Daybreak,” an interactive, multi-platform series executive produced by Kring and presented by AT&T in association with BBDO, saw its online premiere in May 2012. Kring’s other television credits include executive producer of “Crossing Jordan,” co-executive producer of “Providence” and producer of “Chicago Hope.”
In April 2010, Kring received the Pioneer Prize at the International Digital Emmy Awards in Cannes in recognition of his industry-leading creativity in multi-screen storytelling.
During the summer of 2010, Kring teamed with Nokia to launch the “Conspiracy for Good,” a global movement that allows the audience to become part of the story to create positive real world change. The pilot engaged an audience online, through Alternative Reality Gaming elements, Nokia mobile apps and on the streets of London while incorporating charitable and social benefits with Room to Read and the Pearson Foundation. Through this unique blend of entertainment and philanthropy, “Conspiracy for Good” delivered funding to build five school libraries in Zambia, more than 10,000 books to stock the library shelves and created 50 new scholarships for deserving schoolgirls. It was nominated for an International Digital Emmy Award in April of 2011 in Cannes.
Gideon RaffExecutive Producer
“You’ll be amazed how much of the story is fact, how much of our story is based on real theories and findings. Of course we heightened it to make it into a TV show, but so many of the themes and events that are happening in our show are based in reality – some of them happening right now. That’s the cool thing about the world we tapped into,” said writer/director Gideon Raff , co-creator and executive producer/director of the event series DIG.
Raff is the creator of the Israeli series “Hatufim” (“Prisoners of War”), which he also writes and directs for Keshet and Hulu in the U.S. “Prisoners of War” is the highest-rated drama series in Israel and has won nine Israeli Emmys, including Best Directing and Best Drama Series. Currently Raff is executive producing the highly-anticipated series “Tyrant,” which he also created. He is also executive producer of the critically acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning drama series “Homeland,” based on “Prisoners of War,” starring Claire Danes. Raff received an Emmy, a WGA Award, an Edgar Allen Poe Award and a Peabody Award for his work on “Homeland.” He also directed the award-winning film “The Babysitter,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003 and went on to be screened in many prestigious festivals. In addition, he is a bestselling fiction author in Israel.
DIG Season 1 Episode 1
Peter Connelly, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem, is on a mission to track down Yussef Khalid, a Palestinian American believed to have murdered the son of a senator on American soil. As Peter closes in on the suspect, he runs into Detective Golan Cohen of the Israeli Police, who is also after Khalid, but for a local robbery. This isn’t the first time these two have stepped on each other’s jurisdictional toes. After a pursuit through East Jerusalem, Detective Cohen apprehends Khalid. Peter, however, comes upon a young redheaded woman—it’s like he is seeing a ghost. But she disappears before he can figure out if she’s real.
Josh, who is about to turn thirteen, is living in a walled, windowless compound in a remote part of New Mexico. Tad Billingham, the pastor in charge, says that Josh is “ready,” though he doesn’t explain for what. Josh’s caretaker, Debbie, doesn’t agree but Billingham squashes her concerns. He proceeds to tell Josh that the time has come for him to fulfill his destiny.
Meanwhile, far from Jerusalem, Avram, a twenty-year old orthodox Jewish man, has been left in charge of a rare red calf in a remote part of Norway by Rabbi Lev. Rabbi Lev gives him a gun and tells Avram he will soon have to take the red calf on a dangerous journey, but he is not told where or why.
Later that evening, outside of a café in the Old City, Peter finds the striking redheaded young woman, an archaeology fellow from UPenn working on a dig in the tunnels beneath the city led by a famous British archaeologist, Ian Margrove. She leads him through a secret door down to the site of her dig, and they decide to take swim in an underground natural pool. The midnight romance comes to an abrupt end when they hear religious chanting and the cries of a baby lamb. They sneak back out of the tunnel, and she slips a small stone into Peter’s pants pocket.
The next morning, Peter finds Detective Cohen in Lynn’s office. Cohen reports that they found the body of a young woman named Emma Wilson with multiple stab wounds to the torso and neck. The only lead they have is security camera footage of her walking with a man, but his face is blurry. Peter sees that it’s him and the redheaded girl and confides with Lynn that he wants in on the case, but Lynn has reservations.
Back at the compound, Faye, Billingham’s right hand, rushes in to report that Josh has escaped. While everyone is distracted looking for Josh, Debbie sneaks into a forbidden hallway that’s identical to the one she and Josh have been living in. There she comes upon Josh, but she is shocked when she realizes he’s not “her” Josh. He may look the same, but this Josh is acting very differently. Meanwhile, Faye has caught up to the real Josh along the road. He begs to be forgiven, but she says now that his feet have touched the ground he can’t come back. She raises her gun and shoots.
Peter is tasked with making sure Khalid’s extradition handoff goes smoothly and that Khalid is safely delivered to US soil. While taking a detour to avoid traffic, Peter’s vehicle is hit by another car—clearly, a planned ambush to allow Khalid to escape. Peter gives chase but loses Khalid, though he realizes he has wound up in front of Emma’s apartment building. He goes inside and discovers her apartment has been ransacked. Khalid is there with a gun and tells Peter to empty his pockets. Peter is surprised to find the precious stone Emma gave him, which Khalid grabs and take off.
When Peter is back his hotel room, he finds a drawing of the same stone in Emma’s diary. Suddenly, he hears police cars pulling up outside of the hotel. He hides the diary just as there’s banging on his door.
Catch You Later
DIG Season 1 Episode 2
Detective Cohen has brought Peter down to the police station to find out why Agent Connelly botched the transport of Yussef Khalid. Golan presses him, but before he can get any hard answers Lynn shows up with some questions of her own. Peter admits that he’s the mystery man in the security footage with Emma Wilson and that he suspects Emma and Khalid are connected. There’s something bigger going on than the murder of one girl
At the compound in New Mexico, Billingham has summoned Debbie. He knows she saw things she shouldn’t, but he promises to explain in due time. In the meantime, he asks her to reafirm her commitment to their cause.
Haim, who looks like he could’ve once been an Israeli Mossad agent, arrives at the farm in Norway to move Avram and the red calf. Before they leave, Haim kills Olaf, the old farmer, because he didn’t take the threat from the Essenes seriously and let the boy go outside with “Red.” But as Haim, Avram and the calf near the airfield, they encounter an Essene, who shoots at them, landing a bullet in Haim’s gut as they make their getaway.
Meanwhile, Yussef Khalid is still in Jerusalem. With the CCTV cameras throughout the city, Golan and Peter will be able to track him when he makes his next move. But Peter will need to move quickly because Golan is close to gathering the information he needs to arrest Peter for Emma’s murder.
The “new” Josh doesn’t flinch when Billingham gives him the same news about not having parents as he told the original Josh. Josh also doesn’t waver when he hears it’s time for his Bar Mitzvah. Debbie, still emotional from the loss of “her” Josh, seizes the opportunity to steal keys to an SUV but is stopped by the boy, who asks if he can rely on her for moral support during the ceremony. Reluctantly, she aborts her escape.
Peter returns to the underground dig site where Emma took him, but Golan is already there. Peter has no choice but to explain what happened the night he met Emma. He tells Golan that he thinks Emma was meant to give Khalid the same stone she slipped into Peter’s pocket. Golan then makes the connection between the stone and the ancient breastplate found in Khalid’s backpack.
During Josh’s strange Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the compound, a black and white calf is brought into the chapel. Billingham hands the boy a long knife and says, “The first one is the hardest. It gets easier.” After Josh meets Debbie’s anxious gaze, he raises the knife and slays the calf.
Haim brings Avram and the red calf to the shipping port and instructs the boy to take a boat to Croatia, where someone else will meet them. The Essene arrives soon after, but the ship has already pulled out of port. The Essene checks the truck, but Haim is already dead from his gunshot wound.
Golan gets a call that Khalid is being tracked on CCTV. Peter follows Khalid on foot, while Golan directs him by watching the security cameras. Peter is surprised to see that Khalid is headed toward the U.S. Consulate, where Ambassador Ridell is hosting a large reception. Inside, Ambassador Ridell excuses herself from her table and retreats to confines of her dark office. She is annoyed that Khalid has interrupted her during the function, but she is not alarmed by his presence. He hands her the stone that he took from Peter and she uses a Geiger counter to verify the stone’s provenance. There’s only one stone left to find—but it’s the most difficult one.
Meet The Rosenbergs
DIG Season 1 Episode 3
After having tracked Yussef Khalid to the U.S. Consulate, Peter interrupts the state dinner to alert Lynn and Ambassador Ridell of the threat posed to their lives. Ridell orders the building to be evacuated and searched. Ultimately, no proof of Khalid even entering the building is found, which makes Peter look worse than he already does.
Avram is seasick and miserable on his vessel’s voyage from Sweden to Croatia. He doesn’t have any food for himself or Red, and the hostile crew is unwilling to help him, even after he shakily threatens them with his gun. One crewmember easily disarms him, by punching him in the, but then later, that same crewmember comes below deck with offer Avram food. Avram appreciates the initiation rite and promptly donates the meager fare to Red.
Billingham asks Debbie and Faye to take Joshua into town for the first time to have some fun. Faye is unhappy that she must include Debbie after the trouble she caused, but Billingham says she needs to trust that he has his reasons. On the way, Debbie apologizes, but Faye is resentful that she personally had to clean up Debbie’s mess and says that the original Josh’s blood is on Debbie’s hands, not hers.
Yussef, now transformed into a clean-cut, well-dressed businessman posing as a buyer of rare coins for a well-known collector, arrives at a seaside mansion to see Mr. Ingmar, a rare antiquities dealer. Mr. Ingmar takes him inside a locked vault to inspect the coins, where Yussef spies the elusive twelfth breastplate stone among Ingmar’s antiquities. Mr. Ingmar tells him it’s priceless and therefore not for sale.
Peter returns to Emma’s apartment looking for more clues. When a deliveryman arrives with papers for Emma from the Science & Antiquities Group, Peter and Golan decide to make it the next stop in their investigation. When they arrive there they meet Alon, a forensic expert, who tells them that Emma wanted to test something she found at the dig site. Alon was willing to help her because she seemed scared. The DNA test revealed that the substance found in a clay pot from the excavation site came from a cow.
While Joshua plays a video game at a diner, Debbie sees a cop walk in. She excuses herself to the bathroom and jumps out of the window to call someone named Charlie. Debbie hasn’t been in touch with Charlie for three years but begs him to wire her money so she can escape. He refuses, thinking that she’s using drugs again. Debbie manages to climb back into the bathroom before Faye comes looking for her. As Faye notices the open the window, Debbie punches Faye and a scuffle ensues, with Faye falling against the sink, unconscious. Debbie grabs Joshua and they run outside to find the police officer.
While Peter and Golan are getting sandwiches, Peter sees a place called Café Sergei, which he recognizes from a napkin tucked into Emma’s journal. He matches the map she drew on the napkin with the view. A sign on the Jewish Heritage Center across the way says #19 in Hebrew—relating to what Emma had cryptically written in her diary, “It’s all about #XIX.” He goes into the center’s courtyard and under a glass case is the Book of Numbers opened to Chapter 19, which refers to the red heifer without defect or blemish that has never been under yoke. Thinking Peter and Golan are there for a tour, a young woman explains that the center is dedicated to the history of the temple. Rabbi Lev, who’s the head of the center, passes by, eyeing them suspiciously. Peter pretends to go to the bathroom but instead sneaks into the basement. Rabbi Lev follows him and asks how Peter heard about the center. Peter shows him a photo of Emma, pretending she’s his niece but Lev doesn’t register any recognition of her.
After they leave, Golan is fed up with Peter dragging him around without explaining why these places are relevant. Peter brings Golan back to his hotel room to show him the journal, but the room has been ransacked. Luckily the journal is still there, but Golan is angry that Peter stole and concealed evidence. Then a security guard from the Jewish Heritage Center shows up. It turns out that he’s part of Shin Bet, the Israeli secret police, and has been embedded at the JHC for eighteen months because they’re considered an extremist group. He tells them Emma never set foot in the place and there’s no connection to their case. He warns Peter and Golan to keep their noses out of the JHC.
At the police station in New Mexico, the cop tells Debbie that she has to sign her statement about what happened to Josh and then they’ll start investigating. Soon after, Billingham walks into the police station. Clearly the cop called him. Joshua says to Billingham, “I told you she would fail.”
Yussef goes to a gay nightclub where he “happens” to run into Mr. Ingmar’s handsome bodyguard. After some flirtation, they go out to Yussef’s car. Within moments, Khalid has subdued the bodyguard and has the security key to Ingmar’s vault in hand. Yussef then breaks into Ingmar’s mansion to steal the stone, but the Geiger counter he has in tow reveals the stone to be a fake.
Angry that they wasted precious time sending Khalid after a fake twelfth stone, Ambassador Ridell has called an emergency meeting with Professor Margrove and Rabbi Lev. Margrove claims there was no way of knowing the stone wasn’t real. Rabbi Lev is certain they will find the real one but in the meantime, he’s more concerned about Peter Connelly nosing around the JHC. Ridell says she’ll take care of him.
Prayer Of David
DIG Season 1 Episode 4
Peter learns that Rabbi Lev was involved in a plot to blow up the Temple Mount in 1991, but Shin Bet never pressed charges. What if Lev has renewed his efforts to rebuild the Temple? Not only would the Arab world erupt, but also it could set off a chain of events akin to a third World War. Golan is starting to agree with Peter that this whole thing is bigger than the murder of one girl.
When the ship carrying Avram and Red docks in Croatia, they are met by a warm man named Emil and his beautiful daughter, Elena, who immediately makes Avram both uncomfortable and excited. The Essene, Shem, looks on as they drive off with Red hidden in a crate in the back of Emil’s truck.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Ridell has summoned Lynn to her office to tell her she needs to get Peter under control. She also cautions Lynn that if she’s intimately involved with Peter, she’s compromising herself.
To get intel on Rabbi Lev, Peter and Golan pay a visit to Rabbi Shimon, Golan’s uncle. Shimon says that even if the JHC gets all the stones and the breastplate, they’d need an unblemished red heifer and a high priest born from the lineage of the First High Priest, raised in isolation from birth without his feet ever touching the ground to fulfill the prophecy. He explains that the stones were scattered to the four corners of the earth, hidden for safekeeping. However, there may be a clue to the whereabouts of one of them in the War Tablet, written by the Essenes, an ancient religious sect that once lived by the Dead Sea.
In New Mexico, Charlie has been going from town to town trying to find Debbie. The waitress at the local diner tells him that she suspects Debbie is at Billingham’s compound. Her suspicions are proved to be correct when we see Debbie chained to a pole in a locked room at the compound. Even Sandra, the woman who delivers her food, won’t help her.
Emil gives Avram “regular” clothes to change into before they get to his house so Avram doesn’t draw attention to himself. Avram’s makeover draws the attention of Elena, but Avram’s hesitation with his words proves he’s more comfortable with bovine company. When they arrive at Emil’s house, Shem the Essene is laying in wait on the edge of the property.
Yussef Khalid arrives at the Israel Museum dressed as a maintenance worker and enters an air vent. At the same time, the head of the museum leads Peter and Golan to the secure room that houses the War Tablet. When they open the door, the tablet is gone and the curator has been seriously wounded. They frantically search the museum, but Yussef, now dressed in street clothes, has walked out the front door undetected.
Charlie arrives at the compound, gun in hand, and Billingham attempts to diffuse the situation by explaining that Debbie left when she started using again. After a fruitless search, Charlie reluctantly takes the box of Debbie’s personal belongings they hand him. When he’s back in his car, a ring that he seems to recognize falls out of her stuff.
During a lively dinner at Emil’s house, Avram is pulled into a circle dance and exchanges shy glances with Elena before he remembers the tenets of his faith and runs off. Not too far away, the Essene peels off his clothes and throws them into a fire by the sea. He covers himself in mud and recites the Prayer of David. Later, as Avram sleeps beside Red in the barn, the Essene enters in clean white robes. He goes to Red and whispers that the full moon will bring them both to their destiny.
Peter and Golan arrive at Megiddo a few steps behind Yussef, who has driven there on a motorcycle. Yussef cracks the mosaic, swipes the stone, and takes off. Peter and Golan chase after Yussef, but they’re too late.
At the compound, Debbie stands before Billingham and her peers. He’s giving her the chance to repent for her sins and be forgiven. She acknowledges that they saved her life but then accuses them of using her and making her an accessory to murder. Billingham asks Joshua to divine the Lord’s will, and Joshua puts the two stones Billingham has given him, one white and one black, into a leather bag. Joshua pulls out the black stone: guilty.
Emma Wilson's Father
DIG Season 1 Episode 5
Lynn’s driver, Nadav, warns her about a protest happening at the Consulate that could cause traffic problems. As they drive slowly through a crowd of angry protestors, someone notices the US diplomatic license plates, and they swarm the car. They pull Nadav and Lynn from the car and beat Nadav senseless. Lynn is knocked to ground, tear gas filling the air around her.
Unaware of the tumult across town, Peter sits at Café Sergei looking through Emma’s journal. He folds down pages with thick black lines that she drew and sees that it forms a mysterious symbol. Rami, a waiter, recognizes Emma’s journal. Peter introduces himself as Emma’s father and asks Rami if he can meet her other friends. Rami takes Peter to an apartment nearby where a bunch of people who knew Emma are hanging out. Peter finds out that Emma had a boyfriend, whom she broke up with after a fight the week before she died, but they never met him or knew his name. They say her friend Julie in Tel Aviv may have more details.
At the police station, Golan tries to sign out the breastplate from the evidence locker, but a senior staff member has already checked it out. Golan tries to inquire further, but the intel is apparently above his paygrade.
In Croatia, Shem, the Essene, pulls up at the gas station next to an Israeli man who’s on his way to Emil’s to pick up Avram and the calf. Shem hides in the back of the guy’s car and pulls a knife on him.
Debbie has been returned to the locked room in the compound. Debbie asks Sandra for help one more time but she refuses, but she suddenly becomes much more accommodating when Charlie’s gun is pushed into her back. Debbie and Charlie tie up Sandra and rush from the room. A few minutes later, Faye finds Sandra bound up and sounds the alarm. Debbie and Charlie decide to hide out for a bit and let everyone think they got away.
Ridell comes to the hospital to see Lynn, who is banged up but more shaken up and upset about Nadav’s injuries than anything else. Ridell tells her they have to put the hunt for Yussef Khalid aside and focus on security since Secretary Reynolds in coming to meet with both sides about the peace accord.
Yussef limps into a free health clinic and quickly passes out from the wounds he sustained at the hands of Peter and Golan the day before.
Lynn is also undergoing treatment, but at a higher end establishment. Peter wants to visit her in the hospital, but he is so haunted by the night his daughter committed suicide that he can’t bring himself to go in.
Peter and Golan drive to Tel Aviv to find Emma’s friend Julie, who performs in drag at a gay bar. Julie says that Emma’s boyfriend was an older archaeologist that Emma worked with. Peter and Golan head directly to Professor Margrove’s house. He admits that he was sleeping with Emma, but he broke it off to not jeopardize his marriage. Margrove tells them they’re wasting their time pursuing him because his wife can vouch that he was home the night Emma was murdered.
Before Charlie and Debbie make a run for it, they grab Joshua. When they reach Charlie’s car, Billingham is there. He tries to stop them but Debbie fires the gun in the air and they drive away with Joshua in the trunk. Back inside the compound, Billingham tells Faye, Sandra and Deputy Parry (the local cop) that he wants Joshua back and whoever has laid eyes on the boy should be “eliminated.”
Yussef wakes up in the clinic, his wounds having been attended to while he was unconscious. He grabs his clothes, including the stone, and hobbles out. That night, he meets Lev and some other men in the woods. Lev tests the stone—it’s real. Yussef says his job is done and holds out the gun. However, Lev says there’s no greater assurance of life than sacrificial death. Yussef raises the gun to his chin, says, “He’s coming,” and pulls the trigger. Lev buries something that looks like keys in the grass beside Yussef’s body.
Shem arrives to pick up Avram, who has no idea that he is putting his life into the hands of the enemy. They drive off with the trailer containing the calf hitched to the back of the car.
Peter finally visits Lynn late that night at her apartment, but she’s hurt and angry that he didn’t come see her at the hospital. Also, she’s upset that Nadav is dead. Peter mentions he needs a warrant to search the JHC, and Lynn asks him to leave.
As Ambassador Ridell looks on, Rabbi Lev places the last stone in the breastplate.
Peter returns to the tunnels underneath the Old City. As he swims in the pool he went into with Emma, he looks up and sees the same symbol etched in the ceiling that he saw in Emma’s journal.
An aerial shot of the compound in New Mexico then reveals that it is shaped exactly like the symbol in Emma’s journal and in the cave.
The Well Of Souls
DIG Season 1 Episode 6
When Golan arrives in the woods where Khalid’s body has been found, he notices a plastic object in the grass—the thing that Rabbi Lev buried after Yussef shot himself—which seems to be a digital time card. Golan takes it to Café Sergei and Rami confirms it’s for their employees and belongs to their barman, Eli.
Meanwhile, Peter asks an office tech at the consulate, Liat, to analyze the mysterious symbol. Lynn walks in and says that now that Yussef Khalid has been found dead, Peter needs to concentrate on the Secretary of State’s visit and let the local police handle Emma’s murder case—or else he’s out.
But after Lynn leaves, Liat tells Peter that she has found a link between the symbol and a missing person case from three months ago of a young American named Gregory Donaldson. He was found a few days after having had a psychotic episode and is now in a psychiatric institute. Peter goes there to see him, but he’s been heavily sedated. Peter sees that the symbol is rendered in raised scars on Gregory’s chest and his notebook is filled with similar drawings. The doctor tells Peter that there’s a young woman who visits regularly who might be able to help.
Peter goes to see Nadia, Gregory’s girlfriend. She and Gregory met at Café Sergei and moved in together after only a couple of weeks. His father had died when he was three, so on his 21st birthday, his adoption file was unsealed and he received a letter and package from his father. Gregory didn’t tell Nadia what the letter said but after that, he became depressed and paranoid, saying that there were people from “The Order of Moriah” after him. He was convinced that they were a secret society that had something to do with his father’s death. She gives Peter a mysterious key that Gregory would have wanted him to have.
After driving a long way, Shem says Avram needs to cleanse himself and begins a prayer that Avram doesn’t recognize as being from the Torah. Shem says that it’s from the scrolls, which sets off an alarm in Avram’s head.
While searching Eli’s apartment, Golan finds a disturbing collage of photos of Emma Wilson. Golan calls Peter to say he thinks they found the killer. They drag Eli into the police station for questioning about Emma’s murder. Eli is willing to sign a confession saying he killed her, but Peter still thinks that Eli is a patsy.
Feeling sorry for Joshua, Debbie undoes the chains around his ankles. But when she wakes up later, Joshua isn’t in his bed. Luckily he’s just outside at a gumball machine. As they’re talking, the deputy’s police car and SUVs from the compound race into the parking lot. Debbie pulls Joshua into the shadows. Police storm the motel room and grab Charlie. Debbie and Josh make a run for the police car, but Billingham decides to let them go—for now.
Frustrated that Golan is not asking Eli questions about their larger concern, Peter sneaks into the interrogation room, but Eli instagates a brawl. Lynn comes in to break it up but gets punched in the fray. After, Lynn tells Peter that he’s been relieved of his position and his flight leaves in three hours. Peter hands Golan the key Nadia gave him and says that it could be the literal and figurative key to Golan’s case, especially after Eli is found dead by an apparent suicide like Yussef Khalid.
Avram sneaks into town to call Rabbi Lev and tell him what happened. Rabbi Lev says the man he’s with is an Essene who is trying to stop them. Lev tells Avram to find a big knife and stab Shem in the heart. Back at the house, Avram has the knife raised over Shem but Shem grabs his wrist and drags the boy into the woods. Shem is about the plunge the knife into Avram but instead jams it into the wood near his head and then disappears. Avram then stumbles back to the house but Red is gone.
Ridell meets up with Margrove in the tunnels beneath the Old City. They enter a room that no one has been in for 2500 years, directly under the Dome of the Rock, also known as the Well of Souls.
Security escorts Peter back to his hotel room to pack. Peter sees a shadow under his closet door. He opens it to reveal a banged up but alive Emma Wilson, crying and pleading for his help.
Trust No One
DIG Season 1 Episode 7
Golan checks on Eli in a holding cell at the police station and tells the guard to put him on suicide watch. When he gets home, Peter and Emma are waiting for him. Emma tells them her story: a few weeks ago, a man approached her at the café and said he would pay her to get Peter’s attention. The guy told her what to say, how to behave, and to dye her hair red. He also instructed her to slip the stone into Peter’s pocket but didn’t explain why. After the night she and Peter hung out, she met the man again so she could get paid. Instead he and some men threw her into a car and drove her to an abandoned building where they kept her chained up. When she heard them talking about killing her, she scratched the guard’s face with her nails and escaped that morning.
Still on the run with Joshua, Debbie calls Billingham to arrange an exchange—Joshua for Charlie—but she has a plan that will allow her to keep Joshua. First Debbie takes Joshua to a hardware store to get the necessary supplies.
Liat shows up at Lynn’s apartment and tells her that Peter never got on the plane. She also reports that she traced the key Peter gave her to a safety deposit box at the Tel Aviv Credit Union.
When Lynn shows up at Golan’s apartment, Peter and Emma hide in a bedroom. Golan claims to have not seen or heard from Peter. Lynn gives him the key, tells him which bank it’s associated with and to give it to Peter if Golan sees him. After she leaves, Peter and Golan drive Emma back to the place she was held captive to look for clues as to who is responsible. On the wall of the basement are photos of her supposedly dead body. She tells them they used makeup to fake her stab wounds. Golan says there was a body recovered after her alleged murder, so this must go even deeper than they thought and they should enlist some help.
Ridell tells Lev that Peter is still in Jerusalem. His response: she now must find him and kill him.
When Golan, Peter and Emma arrive at the police station, they discover that Eli has hung himself, despite Golan’s precautionary measures and just as Peter predicted.
Lynn calls Peter’s wife to see if she’s heard from him but his wife says that since Lynn is the one sleeping with her husband, she should know where he is better than her. Ridell comes into Lynn’s office and says that if Lynn doesn’t find Peter in three hours, she’ll declare him a fugitive.
Debbie and Joshua rendezvous with Billingham, Faye and their people in the desert. As they’re exchanging Charlie for Joshua, Joshua reveals that he’s wearing homemade explosives. Debbie demands they drop their guns, which allows Charlie, Joshua and her to get in the car and drive away.
From the tunnels below the Old City, Professor Margrove calls Lev to say they’re about to find “the pillars.” Later he calls someone who’s not identified to say that Rabbi Lev will be there with the breastplate tonight and while they’re looking in the opposite direction, they’ll be able to “pinpoint the exact location.”
Back at Golan’s apartment, Peter suggests to Golan that they call Ari, the Shin Bet guy who’s undercover with the Jewish Heritage Center. Golan gets in touch with his Shin Bet contact and finds out that they don’t have anyone working undercover there.
During a pit stop on their way to California, Charlie gets shot. Billingham’s henchmen are in hot pursuit, firing guns at the car. As Debbie tries to drive away, their car flips. Faye retrieves an unscathed Joshua from the overturned car. Charlie is dead but there’s no sign of Debbie. Faye tells her men to find her but they stop when they hear that the police are on their way. Debbie comes out of her hiding place and starts walking to the next town. She goes into a pawnshop and trades her ring for a gun.
Emma tells Peter that while she was on the dig and with Margrove, there was talk about DNA samples being sent to a lab in New Mexico. Peter tells her that it turns out the DNA was from a cow. She was suspicious that Margrove had something to do with the people trying to reclaim the Temple Mount and that if they had that DNA and mixed it with that of a red heifer, they could create what they needed. Peter arranges to meet Lynn while Golan goes to the bank to see what’s in the safety deposit box. But the only thing in it is a VHS tape.
That night, Lynn is late meeting Peter at the park. Suddenly a bunch of cars appear and start chasing Peter. Someone pulls up next to Peter and yells at him to get in. It’s Shem the Essene. Peter asks who he is and Shem says, “I’m the guy saving your ass!” After they’ve lost the other vehicles, he drops off Peter and says, “When it’s time to meet again, I’ll find you.”
Back at Golan’s, Peter, Emma and Golan put the tape in the VCR: It’s of a man named John Donaldson giving his official documentation of the biggest archaeological discovery of his time, perhaps ever, from February 15, 1989. He explains that the Order of Moriah, a secret society, has been planning their ascension since the time of the Crusades. Their slimy tentacles have infiltrated everything and everyone, from politicians, to captains of industry. No one can be trusted. An additional segment from June 6 of that year has him saying that he’s in hiding because he knows they want to hurt him and his family and if someone is watching this tape, it means he’s dead. Emma recognizes the name Donaldson and looks it up. He was once associated with Ian Margrove and another archaeologist, Isaac Zohar. There’s an article about when they won the funding and access to dig in Jerusalem for the first time around the same time the tape was made. Peter says they have to find Zohar.
In the tunnel, Lev and Margrove stand over the symbol of Moriah, which is etched in the floor of the Well of Souls. They move the four pillars into slots on the floor. Once assembled, Margrove says that the weight of the breastplate will activate the device. When they place the breastplate on top, an ancient stone pipe begins to release oil. A fire ignites, which is supposed to illuminate the location of ancient treasures. They watch as Hebrew letters appear on the cave ceiling. Then some begin to fade, leaving only five letters that spell out “Dinah.”