Designated Survivor (2016– )
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Tensions rise between America and Mexico when a Mexican citizen is shot during a border dispute regarding Mexican trade imports; and Kirkman and his staff must work quickly to resolve the situation and create a new trade deal.


Joe Lazarov


David Guggenheim (created by), Paul Redford | 4 more credits »




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 (credit only)
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Reed Diamond ... John Forstell
Chris Butler ... Dax Minter
Ruben Garfias ... Orantes (as Rubén Garfias)
Sofía Lama ... Gloria Menez (as Sofia Lama)
Dillon Casey ... Detective Blakey


Trade negotiations between the US and Mexico are going badly, with no one on either side happy with what the other has put forward, and certain negotiators on both sides taking hard lines. This standoff has led to American truckers placing roadblocks at the US-Mexico border crossings, not allowing specifically Mexican truckers to cross into the United States with their goods. A Mexican trucker by the name of Jose Menez runs one of those border crossings, in the process being shot dead by the gunfire by border officials and civilians on both sides of the border. It is eventually determined that he was killed by an American bullet. Tom and those in the White House have now not only to deal with the trade impasse but the fact that a Mexican citizen was killed on American soil by an American bullet. Tom has to decide how far to go to deal with the issue, including if he should exploit the grief and suffering of Menez's wife, an undocumented Mexican long having lived in the States. ... Written by Huggo

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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A line of dialogue says that the President of Mexico is running for re-election in four months. Mexican Presidents cannot run for re-election: their constitution limits the President to a single six-year term. See more »


Dax Minter: The future's coming whether you're ready or not, Tom. Now, you can try to hold back the rushing water, but one day, the dam is gonna burst.
Tom Kirkman: I know. I was just trying to buy time, make sure everybody can swim.
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Written & performed by Sean Callery
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Bad Show, Dumb Me
25 October 2017 | by punkajjajuSee all my reviews

The show continues to go downhill. The writing is poor, lacks imagination.

How can you have just one FBI agent investigating a whole lot of stuff? There is not much for the President to do except performing a miracle at the end of each show and solve one crises after another.

Its a bad show. And, I must be pretty dumb to keep watching it. But, that's only because I am a Jack Bauer fan. That legacy continues.

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