"Designated Survivor" Three-Letter Day (TV Episode 2017) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • After sorting through thousands of letters all requesting something of the president, the White House staff are assigned three, with Emily, Seth, Aaron, Lyor and Kendra joining forces to get answers and possibly save a life. Meanwhile, Hannah and Damian continue to chase down leads to exonerate the first lady, but in the end, Hannah learns the truth may be closer than she thinks.

  • It's three-letter day at the White House, the day every month the President chooses three from among the thousands of letters addressed to him from the public for senior staff to investigate directly to advise him in how to proceed in answering the letter. Emily and Aaron are assigned to investigate a letter by Allison Goff, the widow of Sergeant First Class Daniel Goff, asking why her husband was denied the Medal of Honor despite a fellow soldier informing Allison of Daniel's heroics during his final mission. Mike, as former special ops, may have some insight into this letter and what Emily and Aaron find on the surface. Seth and Lyor are assigned to investigate the letter of beekeeper Eddie Adamson, who believes the actions of the FAA are killing his bees, an indicator species. While Lyor relishes this assignment, Seth reads something into why he was assigned this seemingly low-level letter. And Kendra, on what is her first three letter day, is assigned to investigate an anonymous letter requesting the pardon in the death penalty case of pharmacist Chandler Dern, convicted of killing a DEA agent who suspected him of selling ketamine on the black market. The unusual aspect of that letter is that is Dern previously appealed the sentence but not the conviction. Kendra has an extra discussion with both the President and First Lady about the FBI's case against her, where Forstell is willing to seal the proceedings in exchange for Alex not moving to quash the subpoena. The only damning evidence against her is the St. Lucia bank account, which Hannah is assigned to investigate. They may find that Forstell has ulterior motives in all his recent actions. With all three letters, Tom has to find a balance between justice and what is best for those involved, which may not be justice in a legal sense.



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