Designated Survivor (2016– )
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As attorney Ethan West's investigation begins, he calls upon President Kirkman's closest advisers and staff.


David Warry-Smith


David Guggenheim (created by), Keith Eisner | 3 more credits »




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 (credit only)
Zoe McLellan ... Kendra Daynes
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Michael J. Fox ... Ethan West
Geoff Pierson ... Cornelius Moss
Breckin Meyer ... Trey Kirkman
Aunjanue Ellis ... Eleanor Darby
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Chris Butler ... Dax Minter
Zachary Bennett ... Senator Cameron Feller


The secret 25th Amendment proceedings are underway, with Ethan West only officially calling four witnesses: Dr. Louden, Aaron, Emily and Tom himself, although he is free is call whomever else he wants as the proceedings progress. Despite Kendra's assurances that they will win, Tom knows that his chances of ending the day as President are slim at best, especially as it is incumbent on them to prove that he deserves to keep the job. As things go from bad to worse, other testimony may have other repercussions on Tom's presidency regardless of the outcome. Some of the senior staff also muse about the "what if"s as they too may be out of jobs by day's end. Meanwhile, Tom still has to finalize the budget by the end of the day, failure to do so which will cause the government to shut down. Getting wind of the 25th Amendment proceedings, the majority Senate leaders decide to play hardball in requesting some last minute changes to the budget to which Tom had not previously agreed. Tom has to ... Written by Huggo

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25 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Opening shot of the White House is in late spring/early summer. Agent Walls, shot at in the last episode while snow was on the ground, arrives in the WH with blood still on her clothes to denounce Andrea Frost to the President. See more »


Senator Cameron Feller: You can tell the president that when the government shuts down, he has only himself to blame, for everything.
Tom Kirkman: No need, Senator. I think I got the message.
Senator Cameron Feller: W- Mr. President.
Tom Kirkman: Don't worry. It's just politics. You're pushing an advantage. That's how the game works.
Senator: Yes, sir. It is.
Tom Kirkman: Problem is, I don't play the game, and I'm not about to start. You both made a deal, and I expect you to honor it.
Senator Cameron Feller: Respectfully, sir, circumstances have changed.
Tom Kirkman: Not for me. But if this is, in fact, my last day, I'm not ...
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Advantages of Conspiracy Minded
2 December 2018 | by VivkonSee all my reviews

Hannah Wells is a conspiracy fanatic, willingly embracing all various conspiracies afloat in the TV universe. Throughout her story, writers develop her character showing the advantages of conspiracy minded people. Sure, conspiracy doesn't reveal the truth, but shows the way. And agent Wells is perfectly capable.

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