Dennis knows he's on to a story when he learns that residents of The Latitude Lofts, a building owned and occupied by an artists' co-operative, are afflicted by fibromyalgia. But his probing is met with resistance - from the co-op members who have already sunk their savings into the building; and from his new senior producer, Kennedy Marsh, who considers the premise as dated as the ""yuppie flu"". Kennedy's criticism further incites Dennis, who is already upset that he was passed over for the senior position in favour of this young upstart - a ""virtual VJ"" - from a popular tabloid show.
There's a mess of personal and professional tension when a young boss, Kennedy Marsh, is brought in to jazz up the show, do snappier stories and attract a younger audience. She used to produce a tabloid-TV program and everybody is suspicious and resentful of her. The thing is, Kennedy Marsh is a tall, blond drink of water and there is quiet, almost-sexual tension between her and the dead-serious Dennis.Read More
A highly-charged story about air rage turns into a brouhaha between Kamal and Deaton as each tries to exert his own spin on the issue. Kamal and Deaton have been trapped in a plane for nearly two hours while the pilot waits for ramp attendants for the jetway. Suddenly, one of the passengers, Ross Glatt, flies into an uncontrollable rage. Flight attendant Cheryl Pittis tries to calm him, but Glatt is out of control. Then Kamal notices a passenger catching the spectacle on a handicam, and his instincts tell him this will be great news footage. Glatt - a professional cellist as it turns out - is finally overcome by a fellow passenger, and about to be sedated when the Emergency Response Team storms the plane. All this, Deaton remarks, for what turned out to be plain old-fashioned air rage. Kamal is just thankful the incident happened while they were on the ground. Otherwise, they might have had fighter jets preparing to shoot them down.
In the existing climate of post-Sept. 11, the newsmRead More
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 demandRead More
In an ice-storm blackout, Dennis strugles to finish a piece on an elusive U.S. gun manufacturer who wants to blow the whistle on his company's dirty business practices. Kennedy worries a romance with a coworker may have compromised Dennis' judgement.Read More
Isobel's life falls apart as she digs into pornography charges against a well-loved children's television series.
Eleventh hour anchor Megan Redner is determined to secure an exclusive interview with Stella Loos, a Canadian missionary who was rescued from the Taliban after armed American Special Task Force troops stormed an Afghani hospital. From all appearances, the operation was a coup for the U.S. troops, raising morale in Afghanistan. It is assumed that the American networks will be all over the story, but Stella seems to have no media handlers and the American oulets don't even seem to be in the mix.
Kennedy wonders if Stella is being coy about her celebrity; that perhaps she's holding out for a book deal. So the show's lawyer, Murray Dann, draws up an offer for her through their corporate publishing arm, Rutger-Hill. In doing so, they buy the book, the movie rights and the interview.Read More
Suddenly, Stella claims to have amnesia about the whole event, but when she lets it slip that she prayed in the Afghan hosital where her ""amnesia"" apparently began, Megan and story producer Dennis recognise a cover-up.
Megan follows her hunch and sets off for Afghanistan to expose the cover-up while Dennis tracks down Stell's doctor, Dr. Osama Amir, who reveals the truth: the U.S. troops shot a civilian doctor in cold blood during what they knew was in fact a needless rescue mission, and now they're covering it up. Dr. Amir and Stella both saw what happened that day - and Dennis plots to get the evidence to expose the whole debacle, setting off a chain of events that threaten to destry both Dennis' journalistic integrity and his personal relationships.Read More
A violent case of mistaken identity gives Kamal a lead on his long-missing sister, Layda. Kennedy pounces on the opportunity to take Kamal's private pain public and boost his ratings. When he and Isobel jet to Halifax armed only with a hidden camera and a fistful of dollars, Layda's trail takes them up against desperate meth addicts and into the command centre of an identity-theft ring. Meanwhile, when Megan lets Henry sweet-talk her into going undercover to bust quack plastic surgeons, she gets an unsettling proposition.Read More
Kamal and James join fellow reporters for conflict training at an army base, but when a hostile sergeant pushes their war games too far. Kamal's digging unearths a story more explosive than anything in the field. Back at the office, Kennedy and her team get confessional during a productivity workshop.Read More
Megan gets a tip from ex-producer Dennis, in town on the book tour for his racy new thriller. While Henry scours Ottawa for Dennis's deep-throat source, a Hollywood director who's optioned the novel visits the bullpen and recognizes more than a few ""fictional"" characters.Read More