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To prevent Iran from going nuclear, intelligence officer John Tavner must forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous "non-official cover" -- that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm.

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 John Tavner (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Edward Tavner (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Tom Tavner (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Alice Tavner (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Leslie Claret / ... (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Detective Agathe Albans (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Dennis McClaren / ... (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Peter Icabod (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Lawrence Lacroix (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Stephen Tchoo (9 episodes, 2015-2017)
Tony Fitzpatrick ...
 Jack Birdbath (8 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Det. Lucie Prum-Waltzing / ... (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Ally O'Dhonaill (8 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Mahtma El-Mashad (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Numi (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Sophie (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Mikham Candahar (6 episodes, 2015-2017)
Antoine McKay ...
 Gregory Gordon (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Kkyman Candahar (6 episodes, 2017)
Sabina Zeynalova ...
 Sandrine Gernsback (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Det. Emile Mills / ... (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Edgar Barros / ... (5 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Lori (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Upscale Hotel Lobby guest / ... (5 episodes, 2017)
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John Tavner doesn't really fit in with his quirky colleagues at the industrial piping corporation where he works. They don't really know much about him, but what they don't realize is that his life has been anything but mundane. To prevent Iran from going nuclear, he has assumed a fake persona as an average businessman when in reality he is actually a highly skilled intelligence officer, who took the piping job because of the routine business trips to Luxembourg, and because the job is secluded and too dull to be noticed. Unfortunately for him a European cop is at his heels trying to discover who he is, his incessantly grim and nervous coworker Mr. Icabod has figured out that he isn't who he says, and Steven, a chubby employee with a recent brain injury, is starting to remember a horrible act which John may have inflicted. Written by Gasmaskproductionsbooks

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The guitar that John plays in the series is a Cole Clark; this is probably Michael Dorman's own guitar, as he hails from New Zealand and the maker is a well known antipodean luthier. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, the pipeline company executives grill the main character about his knowledge of pipelines. The head honcho mispronounces the type of weld he is asking about - a fillet weld - which is correctly pronounced "fill-it". See more »

Quotes

Mr. Leslie Claret: [Leslie is in the parking lot, spying on John and trying to catch him parking in the wrong space again] Icabod!
Peter Cassius Icabod: What?
Mr. Leslie Claret: Do you wanna see something cool?
Peter Cassius Icabod: Sure, I want to see something cool.
Mr. Leslie Claret: See that parking space over there? If he parks there again today, I'm gonna fire him.
Peter Cassius Icabod: [incredulous] That's cool...
Mr. Leslie Claret: [grinning] Ah, I'm really jacked about this...
Peter Cassius Icabod: You're harsh.
Mr. Leslie Claret: Well it's not just the parking! His Luxembourg numbers are all screwed up! I had to get that nice little Asian kid in here to do the math ...
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Be Not So Fearful (Jeff Tweedy Cover)
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Written by William James Fay
Performed by Jeff Tweedy
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The Freshest Take on a Genre Since the Coen Brothers
9 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Please order more of this show! I haven't seen such a fresh take on a genre--in this case, espionage--since I first saw "Raising Arizona" 35 years ago. My eyes and mouth opened wide at how unique and quirkily this show used the screen, characters, story, and imagery to toss James Bond into a Cuisinart every so often for a pulse.

The whole thing has the feeling, like the incredible camera/bull sequence, of being told as a narrative from the memories and imaginations of two goofy brothers lying out in a tent one summer night, taking turns killing off each other's characters and they hand off the narrative. The setup and pay off of the Asian gentleman and the security guard is brilliant!

I can't stop laughing to make breakfast.

I almost want to never see any more so as to preserve the mystery and perfection. This pilot is Rube Goldberg's Cleaning Closet with all the mops and brooms and buckets just barely kept from chaos by the door.

My one concern is the title, which is hopelessly dull and shares none of the grab bag charm of the script and acting. Even "NOC" is better because it conceals mystery but pays off. Nobody politically left of John McCain would give this a tumble with that name. It sounds like a Tom Clancy novel when it's a lot closer to Tom Robbins.

I'm sold on this writer/director and will now go look up his IMDb credits. Thanks for letting us review.


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