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"Events are beginning to spiral out of control... "
—Tagline

Season two of Mercury Rising: The Series first began airing on the USA Network on October 29, 1999 with A Big Puzzle, Part 2 and concluded on March 3, 2000 with Leadership, Part 2. The main story arc of the season focuses less on the conflict with the rogue Donaldson and Zero Section, but rather that of rising terrorist threats and various unknown elements seeking the use of Simon's unique abilities, exactly what the late Nicholas Kudrow feared would happen. But, by season's end, a crisis will test the true limits of many of Simon's abilities, and make unsure the boundaries of trust for him and many he knows for a long time to come.

Cast

Character Portrayed by Main Cast Notes
Simon Lynch Miko Hughes entire season
Special Agent Art Jeffries Bruce Willis entire season
A-SAC Tommy Jordan Chi McBride entire season
Peter Lynch Benji Gregory entire season
Stacey Siebring Kim Dickens entire season
Colonel Robert Donaldson Sam Neill entire season
Major James Striker Gary Oldman entire season
SAC Joe Lomax Kevin Conway entire season credited as "also starring"


Episodes

# in series # in season Title Directed by Written by Original Airdate US viewers
(millions)
17 1 "A Big Puzzle, Part 2" N/A Peter Horosz October 29, 1999 16.00
After Alter-Simon is nearly killed by Ridd, both he and Simon realize the only route to freedom is an eight-thousand foot drop into mountainous terrain...
18 2 "Marked" N/A Peter Horosz November 5, 1999 15.67
While in Virginia with Tommy after shutting down Zero Section operations, Jeffries clashes with an old opponent, Hartley, over an FBI manhunt for Simon, while the boy himself is avoiding Zero Section's manhunt deep in the Appalachian wilderness after his harrowing escape.
19 3 "Simon is Going Home..." N/A Peter Horosz November 12, 1999 15.40
Simon is finally able to reach civilization, near the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but with Donaldson's team still hot on his trail, and the FBI finally on their way, the boy's troubles are far from over.
20 4 "Verführen Hirn" Peter Horosz Peter Horosz November 19, 1999 *16.78
A severe seizure nearly kills Simon and puts him into a coma, sending Jeffries out look for answers. His search takes him to somewhat eccentric MIT professor Gerald Hackman, who may have answers to Simon's condition, and perhaps even a way to treat it...

Note: Most viewership of season and 2nd record for series' viewership.

21 5 "Dangers of the Yukon" N/A Peter Horosz November 26, 1999 14.59
When Jeffries takes Simon on a vacation to Alaska to unwind, they unexpectedly encounter an illegal gold-mining operation along the Yukon River. As a result, Simon is abducted by Charles Pallor, a highly successful local businessman who owns the property around the mine, as well as a nearby town and most of the surrounding region...
22 6 "'1÷=2'" N/A Peter Horosz December 3, 1999 15.00
A former NSA commander goes rogue and soon sets his eyes on four year-old Peter Lynch reasons unknown, ignoring a pregnant Jenny Lynch, due to soon give birth to twins.
23 7 "Lessons of Conscience" N/A Peter Horosz December 10, 1999 15.35
After their harrowing trip in Alaska, Simon and Jeffries return to Chicago to find that Jeffries no longer has custody of him. It now appears that Simon's mother, thought dead, has somehow survived.
24 8 "New Business, Part 1" N/A Peter Horosz December 17, 1999 15.00
As Kudrow feared would happen, Simon's work has attracted the attention of a powerful international terrorist organization, who want to use his skills to cripple the United States for a major terror attack the likes of which have never been seen...
25 9 "New Business, Part 2" N/A Peter Horosz January 14, 2000 16.05
With Simon in custody of the Al-Renzani terrorist brothers, Jeffries and the FBI race against time to locate them even as Stacey is caught in the middle and Simon is slowly tortured for what he knows...
26 10 "The Real Y2K" N/A Peter Horosz January 21, 2000 16.20
The commander of Scott Air Force Base, Colonel Roger James, is found murdered in his office, and a rogue agent is initially the prime suspect, but other parties may be involved in a plot that could endanger the lives of hundreds of thousands...
27 11 "Troubled Darkness" N/A Peter Horosz January 28, 2000 14.34
Jeffries and Tommy must avoid a series of deadly traps while searching for Simon and T.J. when they are kidnapped by a mob boss the day after New Years', and Stacey attempts to reconcile an issue between her parents.
28 12 "All or None" N/A Peter Horosz February 4, 2000 13.89
Simon is swept into Lake Michigan by a high-tide rip current, but a frantic search for the boy faces the difficult task of a spring storm that could make him all but impossible to find...
29 13 "A Choice" N/A Peter Horosz February 11, 2000 14.00
A breach of the Pentagon's computer systems sends Simon and Jeffries to Washington, while Peter and Tommy's own investigation into the breach takes a most unexpected turn.
30 14 "Flashes" N/A Peter Horosz February 18, 2000 16.00
After passing out in school, Simon is startled to wake in a ruined and completely deserted Chicago. As he fights to stay alive in this new and deadly place, Simon begins to wonder how he got there, and just what happened to this world of ruin...
31 15 "Leadership, Part 1" N/A Peter Horosz February 25, 2000 15.90
Conner Jameson, a double agent for Donaldson and Zero Section, has for years been a rookie in the FBI, but his recent heroics in apprehending the perpetrators of the Pentagon computer breach has given him the unusual position of aiding Jeffries in protecting Simon - something Donaldson and his predecessors have been trying to do for years...
32 16 "Leadership, Part 2" N/A Peter Horosz March 3, 2000 16.57
Peter has been abducted by Donaldson, and even as Jameson has begun to question his loyalty to Zero Section, Simon requests his aid in finding the only real family he has left. Through a joint FBI-NSA effort, they soon find the facility where Peter is being held, and faced with the opportunity to further cripple their opponents, the joint force reluctantly sends Simon to infiltrate the facility.
Mercury Rising The Series
Media: Mercury RisingThe Series: Season 1The Series: Season 2The Series: Season 3The Series: Season 4Mercury Rising: 9/11The Series: Season 5
The Series: Season 6Mercury Rising: 2003Mercury Rising: CountdownMercury Rising: ShockwaveMercury Rising: DoomsdayThe Series: Season 7The Series: Season 8

Main Characters: Art JeffriesSimon LynchTommy JordanPeter LynchStacey SiebringRobert DonaldsonJames Striker • Simone Jeffries • Conner Jameson • Amber • Tom Davis • Charlie Daniels

Recurring: Joe LomaxRukaskiRob LomaxJohn BurrellAndrew RiddWill PattersonJesse LynchJake LynchChas OhlmeyerTJ JordanMike JamesDana Jordan
Angelo Breem

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