The Listener
Season 3, Episode 4
Listener 304
Air date June 20, 2012
Written by Ken Cuperus
Directed by Paul Fox
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The Taking is the fourth episode of season 3 of The Listener.


Toby helps the IIB investigate the abduction of an African teenager, whose father is an alleged war criminal.


Toby and Michelle investigate the abduction of an African teenager whose driver/bodyguard, Kwesi, was shot during the altercation. The case is nuanced and far reaching because the victim, Ibrahim Ayim (Stephan James), is the son of Abassi Ayim (Eugene Clark), a deposed Liberian politician accused of defrauding his country of millions and committing a slew of atrocities. Toby has trouble getting solid insights since Abassi is cold and calculating and his bodyguard, Rafiq (Conrad Coates), keeps him at bay. The IIB team finds a promising lead with Dennis Harwell (David Richmond-Peck), an outspoken political blogger whose agenda is to ruin Abassi for his litany of crimes. Harwell's motive is clearly personal, but so are the motives of the other suspects: Ibrahim's estranged mother Reta (Yanna McIntosh), Habisi (Michael Kinney), who runs a Liberian social club...

To be continued....






  • Michelle: Stay close, keep your head down and try not to get shot.
    Toby: Comforting pep talk.
  • Toby: Wow! I guess it's true what they say.
    Michelle: If you say, "crime does pay", I will shoot you.
    Toby: Getting good at reading my mind.
  • Alvin: I got your message. Has Aylm been notified yet?
    Michelle: Yeah, Metro's on their way.
    Alvin: OK, well tell them to hold off until I get there. I want to handle the relationship personally.
    Michelle: Alpha dog to alpha dog, nice! He's all yours, Fido.