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President Kirkman declares war on Kunami after a deadly explosion, while Hannah Wells finds that the Kunami ambassador is hiding something that could have deadly consequences.


Jeff T. Thomas


David Guggenheim (created by), Jeff Melvoin | 4 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
Aunjanue Ellis ... Eleanor Darby
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Chelsea Harris ... Tricia Sims
Clé Bennett ... Sgt. Royce Sims (as Cle Bennett)
Dillon Casey ... Detective Blakey


Tom has ordered missile strikes on Kunami in retaliation for the dirty bomb the Kunami government detonated in the Washington DC metro station, and against Lyor's advice Tom has no qualms about calling it a declaration of war. The strikes will continue until the Emir of Kunami unconditionally surrenders, which includes an admission that he was behind the bombing. Those diplomatic discussions with the Emir are being handled through the Kunami Ambassador to the US, the discussions which seem to be stalled. Through the process, Tom has to decide what the end goal is, namely if the abdication of the Emir is sufficient to stop the missile strikes. The US receives intelligence as to a means to contact Amal Hamzi, the Kunami opposition leader who has been in hiding, his ascension to power which would end the conflict. Being in hiding, he is incommunicado via modern technological means. As such, Hannah, acting on behalf of the President to make an official offer of support, accompanied by a ... Written by Huggo

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11 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Tricia Sims tells Mike that her brother is in the US Navy on SEAL Team 3. An unidentified soldier introduces himself to Hannah as Sgt. Royce Sims. The Navy does not have any ranks of sergeant. See more »


The US forces deployed to the fictional nation of Kunami are supposed to be from SEAL Team 3, but the squad leader is addressed as "Captain" by both President Kirkman and Agent Wells. A Navy Captain is a senior officer (O-6). The leader of a SEAL squad would be a Lieutenant (O-2 or O-3), not a Captain. See more »

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Does John Kelly carry his phone around in front of his face all the time??
13 April 2018 | by Debette-1See all my reviews

If there are any readers here with ties to the White House - ever - tell me: The way "Emily" is ALWAYS shown with her phone in front of her, leads me to think we need to stage an intervention for her. Do real Chiefs of Staff do this?? She looks like a teenager, obsessed with her phone; it also makes her look less efficient, that she cannot remain present in the moment and deal with whatever earth-shattering situation is going on at the time. I find it really irritating.

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