Full Name: John Stone
Nationality: American
Organization: DCS
Occupation Agent

Creator: Ronald M. Cohen, Joseph J. Trento
Time Span: 1991 - 1991


John Stone is a fugitive.

I had started the sentence with his being "an agent with the DCS" but changed it because that statement holds two falsehoods. The first is that John Stone is not an agent, John Phillips is. The second is that the proper tense is 'was'. He is no longer a paid employee of any governmental organization; in fact, they would like to see him eliminated and pretend he never existed - under either name.

A quick explanation of the department acronym "DCS". It stands for the Defense Clandestine Service, "an arm of the Defense Intelligence Agency which conducts clandestine espionage, intelligence gathering activities and classified operations around the world to provide insights and answer national-level defense objectives for" the US government.

He worked for them for some time before everything went very wrong.

In his words, "I was an undercover agent for the United States - until I defected to East Germany. People thought I was a traitor but really I was still reporting to Washington as a double agent. When the Wall came down, I thought I was going home, maybe even get a medal. Instead, they tried to kill me. Someone with a secret to keep framed me for murder. It seemed I was a traitor. The only two people I could trust staged my death: Charlie Cabot, an American intelligence officer, and Danny Montreux, a French cop. They gave me a new life in a new name. I had become John Stone. So everything's fine except unless I can clear myself, I can never go home."

The murder he was taking the heat for was a frame job by a fellow DCS agent; while Phillips/Stone had been a double agent spying on the other side, someone in the DCS was spying for them and when the Iron Curtain began to fall and it looked like their truths might come out, that traitor needed to pin blame on someone else. Phillips/Stone was the chosen fall guy.

Stone is a man in his early 30s with longish dark brown hair, ruggedly handsome with a perpetually scruffy appearance. He is in pretty good physical shape which is very much needed as a good number of people are trying very hard to kill him. Some because they think he is a traitor, some because they know he isn't, and some because while he is out trying to prove his innocence, he runs into others in trouble and cannot walk away without trying to help.

As mentioned above, Charlies Cabot is an intelligence officer working as the cultural affairs attache in the US embassy in Paris and Danny Montreau is a colonel in the French Special Action Directorate. Another name mentioned in the numerous adventures Stone/Phillips has is Jacquie Decaux, a very attractive artist who also runs a garage specializing in fixing and refurbishing exotic cars and a woman who happens to be Stone's current landlord. All three will assist him in his efforts to prove his innocence as well as the times he gets involved in other people's troubles.


Number of Episodes:13
First Appearance:1991
Last Appearance:1991

Jeffrey MeekJohn Stone/John Phillips [ 1 ]
Christian BurgessCharles Cabot [ 1 ]
Patrick floershimDanny Montreau [ 1 ]
Nadia FaresJacquie Decaux [ 1 ]

According to Wikipedia's entry on this series: "The Exile is an American television series that aired on CBS as part of its late night Crimetime After Primetime line up. The series premiered on April 2, 1991 and ran episodes in its first single-season run through October 1991. The series was rerun as part of CBS's Crimetime After Primetime lineup from April 1993 through June 1995."

1 Eclipse
Episode S1-1, first aired 04/02/1991
Director: Unknown
Writers: Michael Berlin, Ronald M Cohen

John Stone, a former double agent, who works as a U.S. operative in Europe searches for the killers of intelligence officers.

2 Chasing the Dragon
Episode S1-2, first aired 04/09/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

John Stones comes to the aid of his ex-wife, ""a DEA agent whose boss thinks she has turned"".

3 Triangles
Episode S1-3, first aired 04/16/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Michael Berlin

A fashion model and friend of Jacquie discovers that blackmailers are bugging the apartments of paid escorts making her the target of assassins.

4 Replay
Episode S1-4, first aired 04/23/1991
Director: Lee H. Katzin
Writers: Michael Berlin, Eric Estrin

Stone protects an American boy, who witnessed a murder, from a bad cop who is attempting to silence him.

5 Hit Parade
Episode S1-5, first aired 04/30/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

[plot unknown]

6 Eye of the Beholder
Episode S1-6, first aired 05/07/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Ronald M Cohen

At a charity auction Stone, Cabot and Jacquie are taken hostage by terrorists.

7 Birds of a Feather
Episode S1-7, first aired 05/14/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

A former DCS classmate of Stone, who is after the loot from an old train robbery, engages him in a deadly duel.

8 Dear Life
Episode S1-8, first aired 05/21/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

When a business mogul's wife is kidnapped Stone uncovers a terrorist plot is connected.

9 Blueprint for a Perfect Marriage
Episode S1-9, first aired 05/28/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

[plot unknown]

10 Immaculate Deception
Episode S1-10, first aired 07/16/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Stone searches for a American, female student who joined a religious cult that is a front for white-slavery.

11 Bad Choices
Episode S1-11, first aired 07/23/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

A mobster's daughter is suspected of seeking an American connection in Paris.

12 The Girl from Brazil
Episode S1-12, first aired 08/13/1991
Director: Dennis Berry
Writer: Jean-Vincent Fournier

A pornographer claims that a prosecutor is corrupt.

13 End Game
Episode S1-13, first aired 08/20/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

The relationships of John Stone, Charles Cabot and Danny Montreau come to a climax when Stone is accused of betrayal and faces the ultimate termination.


When this series first came out, I was deep in the process of getting married and then finding a house where I and my new wife and her two young children could reside. Taping television shows for later enjoyment was nowhere on my list of priorities. It was only recently when I hunted down some episodes of this show to see what was what.

It did not last long back in the day and that is a shame because I enjoyed the acting and the vibe. Unfortunately, the whole 'must prove my innocence' trope is difficult to pull off for long in those days. Nowadays an 8- or 10-episode single season to tell the story would work streaming. The question then would be, what happens next that is exciting enough to want to watch. With The Exile, we will never know.


My Grade: B


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