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President Kirkman travels to Camp David to broker a peace treaty between East and West Hun Chiu, while Seth and Emily take a look at their relationship and decide how and if to move forward as a couple.


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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 (credit only)
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Geoff Pierson ... Cornelius Moss
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Freda Foh Shen ... President Han
Tom Choi ... Chairman Kim
Dan Jeannotte ... Greg Bowen
Morgan Kelly ... Simon Day


The rogue dictatorship regime of East Hun Chiu, led by Chairman Kim, fires a missile as a test over the west backed West Hun Chiu - led by President Han - the two countries who are already at official war, a demilitarized zone separating the two countries. East Hun Chiu's actions are just before Tom is to host a summit at Camp David between the two countries to start the negotiations to peace, Tom who has to advance the summit due to Chairman Kim's provocative action. Tom knows that the key to peace is each country feeling safe from the other, which may require military styled steps to achieve. As such, Tom calls in a new friend for a favor in advancing the talks. But when the talks look like they may be derailed by an issue external to the talks themselves, Tom has to decide if he should/could call in the assistance of Cornelius, who may still be smarting after being fired by Tom, especially as a former President himself. Adding to the complicated situation is that the US ... Written by Huggo

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28 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The defection of the East Hun Chiu dictator Chairman Kim's son Joon Kim was inspired by the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva defecting to the United States on March 6, 1967. In 1978, she became a US citizen but returned to the Soviet Union in 1984 and had her Soviet citizenship reinstated. She later left again, eventually settling in the United Kingdom and becoming a British citizen in 1992. She once again moved to the US in 2009, where she remained until her death on November 22, 2011 at the age of 85. See more »


The CPAP Machine that Lyor wears at Camp David is portrayed as making a lot of noise. In fact, the machine is so quiet you wouldn't hear it under normal room conditions. See more »


References Dr. Phil (2002) See more »

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Deeply unconvincing
4 January 2019 | by nhirsteurope-20859See all my reviews

The central flaw of this series is that it panders too readily to the demands of an audience with a short attention span and advertisers with an eye on quick gains. Everything has to be resolved in double quick time. As a result, it falls between too many stools. This episode is a great example. President Kirkland is trying to broker a peace deal between North and South Korea - mystifyingly renamed East and West Hun Chiu - at Camp David. We learn that the leader of North Kor...sorry, East Hun Chiu, Chairman Kim, is an evil despot who has personally executed most of his own family using an anti-aircraft gun. Yet, when we meet him, he acts like a mildly disgruntled geography teacher!

To complicate matters, Kim's remaining son wants to defect. This he does with the aid of, yes, Hannah Wells who then conducts the debrief hoping to gain intel about Kim's nuclear programme. The son won't give up any information until his girlfriend is safe. She is being held at the East Hun Chiu consulate, which is described as 'a fortress'. Presumably, the consulate, Camp David, the FBI HQ and the unnamed spot where Kim's son defected, are all within a few metres of each other as Agent Hannah Wells (Maggie Q), apparently the FBI's only agent, manages get round them all in a matter of seconds.

Naturally it is the intrepid Agent Wells who decides, unilaterally, to rescue the girlfriend from the consulate, of course alone and with no back-up. How does she break in? Using the devilish deception of setting off her car alarm late at night and overpowering the two guards who come to investigate. She then walks in to the consulate unchallenged and, upon opening the first door she comes to, discovers the girlfriend in question. Who knew security work was so easy?

The whole episode suffers from deeply unconvincing writing and plotting with most of the performances phoned in. It must have been around here when ABC started to consider cancelling the series.

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