‘The Flight Attendant’ Season 1: A Quick Refresher Ahead of Season 2

The Flight Attendant returns to HBO Max this April, continuing Cassie Bowden’s (Kaley Cuoco) story in a second season that promises to be nearly as thrilling as season 1. Although Cassie has gotten her life together following the chain of events that nearly saw her put away for murder, her days of investigating bizarre mysteries aren’t over. In fact, The Flight Attendant Season 2 will see her secretly working for the CIA.

Those struggling to remember how Cassie got to this point may need a refresher ahead of the new episodes. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a recap of what happened in The Flight Attendant Season 1.

Cassie Bowden spends ‘The Flight Attendant’ Season 1 in a predicament

Kaley Cuoco as Cassie Bowden in 'The Flight Attendant' Season 1. She's wearing a blue outfit, her hair is in a bun, and she's leaning over someone sitting on a plane.
Kaley Cuoco in ‘The Flight Attendant’ | HBO Max/Phil Caruso

The Flight Attendant Season 2 will see Cassie Bowden sober and sporting a new spring in her step, but season 1 opened with Kaley Cuoco’s character in a much different place. Cassie is in full-blown party mode at the beginning of the series. She travels around the world for her job, spending most of her downtime getting drunk.

That becomes a problem when she blacks out one night, waking up in a foreign country with a dead body in her bed. That body belongs to Alex Sokolov (Michiel Huisman), a well-off businessman she meets on her flight to Thailand. Cassie has no recollection of how he ended up in her bed — much less dead — and she panics at what this means for her.

However, as hard as Cassie tries to cover up her connection to Alex’s murder, she soon becomes suspect number one. Part of that has to do with her insistence on figuring out what happened that night, something that leads her to question his coworkers and show up at his funeral.

Her personal investigation uncovers some interesting details — including that that Alex was wrapped up in a pretty serious money-laundering operation. After he realizes his family is engaged in such behavior, he tries to take a stand. He makes off with a company called Lionfish’s money, causing the men behind the organization to come after him. Although his family sends a woman named Miranda (Michelle Gomez) to reason with him, the people at Lionfish kill him first.

Cassie is an unexpected part of the equation. Naturally, her digging puts her in danger from the same people who killed Alex. She also has the CIA on her back, giving her ample reason to figure out the truth about Alex’s death.

Megan Briscoe’s story could continue in ‘The Flight Attendant’

While Alex’s murder — and Cassie’s involvement in it — takes the spotlight in The Flight Attendant Season 1, several side characters get story arcs as well. Cassie’s best friend, Annie (Zosia Mamet), and her brother, Davey (T.R. Knight), play prominent roles. Both of them try to get Cassie out of trouble, frustrated and concerned about her drinking and unbelievable stories (most of which turn out to be true).

But while Annie and Davey both have satisfying arcs with Cassie, there’s one character whose story leaves viewers with questions: Megan Briscoe’s (Rosie Perez). Megan is one of Cassie’s colleagues, and she gets caught up in her own predicament during the first outing. Looking for some extra excitement in her life, she sells information from her husband’s computer to men from North Korea.

Megan doesn’t realize the implications of her actions, but they amount to treason. She’s forced to flee the U.S. after an international flight. And although she bids farewell to Cassie, it’s unclear what’s next for her — if anything at all.

It’s possible Megan will make an appearance in The Flight Attendant Season 2. Although her arc could end with her leaving town, she seems the most likely character to receive a continued storyline from season 1.

Where we leave Cassie ahead of ‘The Flight Attendant’ Season 2

Once Cassie gets to the bottom of Alex’s murder — and proves herself innocent — she winds up walking free. Of course, the nightmarish experience forces her to take a long, hard look at her life. Not only does she confront the childhood scars left by her father, but she winds up seeking help for her alcoholism.

At the end of The Flight Attendant Season 1, Cassie’s circumstances are looking up. And it looks like she’s managed to stay sober heading into the second season. HBO Max’s trailer teases a new lease on life for her character. It also reveals a working relationship with the FBI.

Although the mystery in season 2 looks to be disconnected from season 1, it’s possible we’ll see some fallout from the initial batch of episodes. Only time will tell where this new chapter will take Cassie. But we’ll be along for the ride — especially if it’s as exciting as her first mystery.

The Flight Attendant Season 2 premieres on HBO Max on April 21, 2022.

RELATED: ‘The Flight Attendant’: How the Ending Differed From the Book