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In the Dark 

President Kirkman enlists the aid of D.C. mayor Eleanor Darby to help curb panic when a blackout threatens to shutdown the government. But, is that the extent of the relationship?


Carol Banker


David Guggenheim (created by), Bill Chais | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tom 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
Breckin Meyer ... Trey Kirkman
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Chelsea Harris ... Tricia Sims
Aunjanue Ellis ... Eleanor Darby
Nora Zehetner ... Valeria Poreskova
Clyde Kusatsu ... Japanese Finance Minister Omono


A power outage, caused by the latest computer hack, has left the entire Washington DC area in the dark, the generator at the White House which can provide power for eight hours. While Chuck deals with the hacks themselves including this one and trying to work to figure out a technological solution to overcome it, the power outage has caused major problems. With his ankle bracelet not functioning, Damian is able to escape from the safe house. With what surveillance is still operational, Hannah goes on his trail and finds something about his goings-on that hit her a little more personally. Emily and Lyor are MIA after a meeting with Japanese Finance Minister Omono to rubber stamp a deferment of payment on a Japanese loan of $600 million due at midnight. However, without information from the missing pair, Omono has denied the request. The power outage has made electronic transfer of the moneys before the deadline near impossible. With Emily missing, Aaron is doing double duty being ... Written by Huggo

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21 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


President Kirkman, explaining why he doesn't need a vice president, refers to people who are in the line of succession to his office. He mentions the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. Technically, the vice president is the President of the Senate. President Kirkman is referring to the President pro tempore of the Senate, traditionally the most senior senator of the majority party. See more »


President Kirkman says that John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson and Chester A. Arthur all succeeded Presidents who died in office and never appointed a Vice President. However, the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, which enables the President to appoint a Vice President when the office becomes vacant, was not passed until February 10, 1967. Consequently, there was no legal mechanism for any of those four 19th Century Presidents to appoint a Vice President even if they had wished to do so. Prior to the 25th Amendment, the only way to fill the vice presidency after it became vacant was for someone to be elected to the position in the following presidential election. None of the four Presidents in question were subsequently elected to the office in their own right. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Way Too Far Fetched
21 July 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This was entertaining at times, but it was so unbelievable that it was laughable. Like a previous reviewer, the fact that the President and the Mayor of D.C. talk to a small group of people in the streets and the whole thing is no longer there, is ludicrous. Hannah continues going down the road with her investigation. That IT guy should receive the Nobel Prize. Just too syrupy and precious.

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