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BrainDead: The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics Is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century

Laurel Healy returns to DC after her student loans fall through, and reluctantly goes to work for her brother, Senator Luke Healy. However, Laurel is soon swept up in a web of intrigue when a meteor goes missing at the Smithsonian and people in DC start acting strangely.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Monday June 13th, 2016

Guest Stars
Megan HiltyMegan Hilty
As Misty Alise
Paige Patterson
As Scarlett Pierce
Beth Malone
As Claudia Monarch
Chris McKinneyChris McKinney
As Museum Director
Zach GrenierZach Grenier
As Dean Healy
Michael PottsMichael Potts
As Dr. Daudier
Dominic FumusaDominic Fumusa
As Randall Burke
Nilaja SunNilaja Sun
As Breanna Burke
Dan BittnerDan Bittner
As Hill Staffer Doug

Co-Guest Stars
Lily CowlesLily Cowles
As Germaine Healy
Lewis ClealeLewis Cleale
As Senator Spitz
Jack DimichJack Dimich
As Dr. Lagunov
José Ramón RosarioJosé Ramón Rosario
As Captain Gary Young
Don GuilloryDon Guillory
As Chuck (Chuck Sanders)
Miguel CervantesMiguel Cervantes
As Paramedic Josh
Howard W. OvershownHoward W. Overshown
As Paramedic Tom
Ed MoranEd Moran
As Senator Goldenberg
Gerry VichiGerry Vichi
As Ill Fitted Suit Man
John Quilty
As Chocolate Dog Man
Brian KeaneBrian Keane
As Frustrated Homeowner
Ray Demattis
As Maitre D'
Bill CobbsBill Cobbs
As Smithsonian Guard (Jesse)
Juan Carlos InfanteJuan Carlos Infante
As Capitol Guard
Holly ChouHolly Chou
As Receptionist
Joris StuyckJoris Stuyck
As Russian Reporter
Main Cast
Danny PinoDanny Pino
As Luke Healy
Aaron TveitAaron Tveit
As Gareth Ritter
Tony ShalhoubTony Shalhoub
As Senator Raymond "Red" Wheatus


In the year 2016 there was a growing sense that people were losing their minds... and no one knew why... until now...

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Episode Quotes
Capitol Guard: No running in the Capitol, ma'am. No fast-walking, either.

(talking about being a Senator)
Luke: We're famous. It's like Hollywood but with uglier people.

Gareth: Okay, I'm gonna be completely honest.
Laurel: How refreshing.

Red: You gonna join me for a drink?
Luke: Uh, sure. Why not? It's 4:00 somewhere.

Gareth: Hey, I caught that documentary of yours online. That yodeling one. What was it called?
Laurel: Yodeling.

Scarlett Pierce: Where were you?
Laurel: Watching a man's head explode.

Cultural References
Luke: Laurel, this is constituent care, not Nancy Drew.

Nancy Drew is a teenage detective created by Mildred Wirt Benson under the pen name Carolyn Keene.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerMichelle King  |  Ridley Scott  |  Robert King (3)  |  Brooke Kennedy  |  David W. Zucker
Co-Executive ProducerJudy Smith  |  Liz Glotzer
ProducerKristin Bernstein
Co-ProducerRobyn-Alain Feldman
Associate ProducerTami D'Addio
Production DesignerSteven Jordan
EditorMatt Kregor
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerNancy Herrmann
First Assistant DirectorColin MacLellan
Second Assistant DirectorGinger Gonzalez
MusicDavid Buckley
Music EditorSharyn Gersh
Music SupervisorJason Harkins
Costume DesignerDaniel Lawson
Set DecoratorBeth Kushnik
Location ManagerLynn Powers
Property MasterDanny Ritchel
Construction CoordinatorMichael Davidson (1)
Script SupervisorHolly Unterberger
Production CoordinatorLaura Heaney
Assistant EditorRyan Allen (1)
Post Production SupervisorChristopher Aguis
Re-Recording MixerAndrew Kris  |  Larry Zipf
Director of PhotographyFred V. Murphy
Production SupervisorTanna Young
Art DirectorJonathan Arkin
Post Production CoordinatorMargo Johnston
Visual Effects CoordinatorMarian Golden
Visual Effects SupervisorJake Braver
Production AccountantStephanie Lane
Chief Lighting TechnicianTim McAuliffe
Transportation CaptainGene O'Neill
"A" Camera OperatorPetr Hilnomaz
Department Head HairEmily McKenzie
Sound SupervisorGregg Swiatlowski
Casting AssociateJohn Andrews (1)
Department Head Make-upArielle Toelke
Technical AdvisorDavid K. McCallum
"B" Camera OperatorStephen Consentino
LeadpersonTom McDermott (2)  |  Mike Platarote
First Company GripBrendan Quinlan (1)
Co-costume DesignerDavid Brooks
Production SoundAlex Sullivan
Visual Effects Assistant EditorSamuel Rosenberg (1)
Charge ScenicEmily Gaunt
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