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Leah Remini’s ‘Aftermath’ nominated for another Emmy: Tell her your favorite scenes

[More honors for our dynamic duo]

The only problem with another Emmy nomination being announced yesterday for Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is that the news comes several months after the end of the third season, which seems like a long time ago.

So, to help Aftermath fans celebrate the show’s third nomination, we thought we’d remind you about the vast amount of material Leah and Mike Rinder have covered in three seasons. (As for the future, we think A&E is going to make an announcement about the show very soon, so we’ll just wait for that to happen.)

But here’s the most important part: We want you to tell Leah your favorite moments from her show.

Here are some notes on the most recent season. We’re sure you remember much more than we’ve listed here. Tell us which scenes meant the most to you.


Scientology and the Aftermath, Season 3

1. (special episode, 11/13/18) “The Jehovah’s Witnesses”: Terrific special episode focusing on the ways Jehovah’s Witnesses find themselves subjected to practices that are a lot like the same controversies in Scientology.

2. (special, 11/18/18) “Emotional Aftermath”: From our preview — “Leah Remini and Mike Rinder sit down with members of their own families to talk about how leaving Scientology has taken a toll on all of them.” Featuring Christie Collbran, Vicki Marshall, and Leah’s sisters Nicole and Shannon.

3. (regular, 11/27/18) “Star Witness”: Season Three’s regular episodes started with a bombshell, the story of Valerie Haney, who worked so closely with David Miscavige, she knew she’d never be allowed to leave Int Base. And so she escaped by hiding in the trunk of a car. Now, she’s suing the church under the explosive “Jane Doe” lawsuit filed on June 18. Oh, it’s on!

4. (regular, 12/4/18) “Spies Like Us”: In this extraordinary episode, former Scientology spy Cierra Westerman describes what it was like to surveil the church’s ‘enemies,’ and one of those targeted, Robert Almblad, described how Scientology spies tried to destroy his business, for the sin of giving Mike Rinder some work.

5. (special, 12/11/18) “Unlikely Pairing”: Not only did this episode describe the bizarre relationship between Scientology and the Nation of Islam, but we also learned about the untimely death of someone we really admired, Tiponi Grey.

6. (regular, 12/18/18) “Where is Shelly?”: Janis Gillham Grady and Tom DeVocht help Leah and Mike look for Shelly Miscavige, who vanished from Int Base in late summer 2005.

7. (regular, 1/1/19) “Ideal Orgs”: Paul Burkhart and Bert Schippers explained how Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs’ program is a crazy ripoff of church members.

8. (special, 1/8/19) “The Collection Agency”: Carol Nyburg, Heather Ruggeri, Mark and Stephanie Fladd, and Tyler Adams describe incredible cases of being ripped off, injured, and generally abused, whether they were brand new to Scientology or had been decades-long veterans.

9. (regular, 1/15/19) “Gilman Springs Road”: Amy Scobee, Jefferson Hawkins, Marc & Claire Headley tell Leah and Mike about the bizarre realities of life at Int Base.

10. (regular, 1/22/19) “Buying a Town Part 1”: Guests Mark Bunker, lawyer Denis deVlaming, and former county magistrate Pinellas County assistant attorney Betsy Steg helped Leah and Mike tell the story of how Scientology took over Clearwater, Florida’s downtown in order to turn it into its “spiritual mecca.”

11. (regular, 1/29/19) “Buying a Town Part 2”: In part 2, Mark Bunker dramatically demonstrated how much Clearwater police jump to Scientology’s beck and call. Clearwater’s mayor denied that the town was subjugated, and Clearwater’s police chief took the unusual step of making a public statement.

12. (regular, 2/5/19) “Church and State”: Guests Boston University professor Jay Wexler and Bay Area police Lt. Yulanda Williams. From our preview: “As a tax-exempt religious organization, granted by the IRS in 1993, Scientology not only avoids paying certain taxes, but it also has vast legal protections that tend to frighten off law enforcement and the courts from digging into allegations of abuse. But how did we get here? Does Boston University School of Law professor Jay Wexler think there’s a way to get the IRS to revisit that 1993 decision?”


And just to remind you, here are quick notes on the previous seasons:

Season 1

1. (regular, 11/29/16) “Disconnection”: Featuring Mat Pesch, Amy Scobee, and Amy’s mother Bonny Elliott
2. (regular, 12/6/16) “Fair Game”: Mike Rinder’s story
3. (regular, 12/13/16) “The Bridge”: Featuring Mary Kahn
4. (special, 12/19/16) “Ask Me Anything:” Featuring Paulette Cooper, Chris Shelton, Karen de la Carriere and Jeffrey Augustine
5. (regular, 12/20/16) “A Leader Emerges”: Ron Miscavige talks about his son, Scientology leader David Miscavige
6. (regular, 12/27/16) “Golden Era”: About Gold Base, with Marc and Claire Headley
7. (regular, 1/3/17) “Auditing”: Featuring Aaron Smith-Levin
8. (regular, 1/10/17) “Enemies of the Church”: Featuring Brandon Reisdorf, as well as John Sweeney, Mark Bunker, and your proprietor
9. (special, 1/17/17) “Ask Me Anything, Part 2”: Featuring Steve Hassan, Lawrence Wright, and Ray Jeffrey
10. (special, 5/29/17) “Merchants of Fear”: Featuring Mark Ebner, Ford Greene, Stephen Kent, Janet Reitman, Bryan Seymour, and Len Zinberg.

Season 2

1. (regular, 8/15/17) “Thetans in Young Bodies”: Child mistreatment, featuring Mirriam Francis and Saina Kamula
2. (regular, 8/22/17) “The Ultimate Failure of Scientology”: The suicides of Tayler Tweed and Aaron Poulin
3. (regular, 8/29/17) “The Perfect Scientology Family”: Liz Gale on her family’s ordeal
4. (special, 9/5/17) “The Bridge to Total Freedom”: Featuring Bruce Hines, Vicki Marshall, and OT 8
5. (regular, 9/12/17) “The Rise of David Miscavige”: Gary Morehead and John Brousseau on David Miscavige’s push for power
6. (regular, 9/19/17) “Scientology and Celebrity: The Betrayal of Paul Haggis”: The film director challenges other church celebrities to come clean
7. (regular, 10/10/17) “The Ranches”: Featuring Tara Reile and Nathan Rich
8. (regular, 10/17/17) “The Greatest Good”: Featuring Mimi Faust and Christi Gordon
9. (special, 10/24/17) “The Business of Religion”: Featuring Mat Pesch and Jeffrey Augustine, Luis Garcia and his attorney Ted Babbitt
10. (regular, 10/31/17) “Lifetime of Healing”: Featuring Leah’s friends Chantal Dodson and Sherry Ollins
11. (regular, 11/7/17) “Aftermath of the Aftermath”: The surprise turnaround of Ramina Nunnelee
12. (special, 11/12/17) “Propaganda Arms”: Scientology’s front groups, featuring Fred Oxaal, Qualynn McDaniel, and your proprietor
13. (special, 11/14/17) “The Life & Lies of L. Ron Hubbard”: Featuring Russell Miller and Hana Whitfield
14. (special, 11/21/17) “Ask Me Anything Season 2” Mike and Leah finish up by answering viewer questions. Our more complete review of season two is here.


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] In Colombia, Scientology’s ‘Casa Hubbard’ has a pretty interesting neighbor
[TWO years ago] New book peels back the cover on Scientology celebs and their legendary acting coach
[THREE years ago] VIDEO: A look inside Scientology’s program to rally Russian members after police raids
[FOUR years ago] The Surviving Scientology podcast: Growing up in the Age of Miscavige
[FIVE years ago] Texas appeals court gets Scientology leader David Miscavige out of testifying in harassment lawsuit
[SIX years ago] Scientology Claims No Forced “Disconnection” — So Tell Us About Yours
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology’s Shame: Karen de la Carriere Stuns KFI Radio; ALSO: Katie and Suri’s Accident
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Blowout: Commenters of the Week!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,510 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,639 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,143 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,663 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 683 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 574 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,881 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,749 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,523 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,297 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,643 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,209 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,128 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,296 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,877 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,138 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,177 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,889 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,415 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,504 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,644 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,964 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,820 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,939 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,294 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,597 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,703 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,105 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,977 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,560 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,055 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,309 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,418 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 17, 2019 at 07:00

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