Designated Survivor (2016– )
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President and the team try to fight a virus outbreak while Hannah investigate the breadcrumb left behind by Patrick Lloyd.


Chris Grismer


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tom Kirkman
Natascha McElhone ... Alex Kirkman
Paulo Costanzo ... Lyor Boone
Adan Canto ... Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci ... Emily Rhodes
LaMonica Garrett ... Mike Ritter
Zoe McLellan ... Kendra Daynes
Ben Lawson ... Damian Rennett
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Terry Serpico ... Patrick Lloyd
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Alicia Coppola ... Dr. Tammy Bruner
Von Flores Von Flores ... Dr. Shen
Richard de Klerk ... Carlton Mackie


The activities at the White House this day include Kendra's first major assignment of mediation between affected stakeholders of what to do about a statue of a Confederate war general in Tennessee, he who is now deemed a racist - keeping the statue at its current prominent location which has an unexpected supporter - and the unveiling of a creature biologically named after Tom. Lyor finds the choice of creature offensive to his boss while Seth has to figure out a way to spin it positively to the public. These issues take a back seat when a public health crisis occurs, with a deadly avian flu outbreak in South Carroll Parish, Louisiana. First reports are that there is a forty percent fatality rate of those infected. Dr. Tammy Bruner with the CDC believes the outbreak will spread throughout the country in the matter of days if not contained despite the relatively isolated nature of South Carroll Parish. Dr. Bruner heads to the front line to deal with the outbreak. Although she reports ... Written by Huggo

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11 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Maggie Q and Dillon Casey worked together on Nikita (2010). See more »


The "Three-Fifths Compromise" mentioned at the end of this episode is very widely misunderstood. Some corrections to the misconceptions shown:

It only applied to slaves, not "black people". A state's population for congressional representative calculation purposes was determined by adding the number of free people (including free blacks), excluding untaxed Native Americans, and adding 3/5 of "all other persons" (i.e. slaves, including non-black slaves).

It was only for purposes of determining how many seats a state got in the House of Representatives; nobody ever actually said "a slave is 3/5ths of a person", they said "3/5ths of the slave population will count towards the state's population for determining the number of representatives". It was applied at the population level, not the individual level.

The slave states wanted the slave population to count 100% (so that those states would get more representatives), the free states wanted the slave population to count 0% (so that the slave states would get fewer representatives). The 3/5 value was a compromise between the slave states and free states and without it the constitution might never have been ratified. See more »


Chuck Russink: Look, there's a difference between correlation and coincidence.
Hannah Wells: Tell me what you correlated.
Chuck Russink: I looked into Eric Little. In 1987, he was on the board of the hospital where Alex's dad got his transplant.
Hannah Wells: A bribe?
Chuck Russink: If you're reaching, yeah.
Hannah Wells: So let's play this out. The First Lady's mother gives inside info to a government contractor in order to win a bid.
Chuck Russink: So the First Lady's father could move up the transplant list? It's a pretty circumstantial case.
Hannah Wells: Which is why we need to speak to Eric Little.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


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Lyor Boone
15 October 2017 | by edpeace55See all my reviews

I'm not sure who the idiot is who decided the character Lyor Boone needed to be inflicted on us. He adds nothing to the show but adds to my, and others, anger and annoyance with this show. Season one was fairly good but season two needs some better writing. Adding a White House lawyer was an OK idea, but this arrogant and divisive political strategist is about to drive me away. Also, as someone else pointed out, the show seems to be pulling from current events and acting just like other shows, instead of having creative plot lines and writing. If I want current events, I turn on the news. I want entertainment, not a politicized version of current events. Oh, and the other subplot they are adding in, not going into enough detail to make it a spoiler but about the 1st Lady's mother, is flat out ridiculous. They are straining to come up with something scandalous and apparently don't have good enough writers to come up with something credible.

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