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President Kirkman negotiates with a foreign government to release an American being held overseas while the investigation of the hacker continues.


Chris Grismer


David Guggenheim (created by), Tom Garrigus | 4 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
Zoe McLellan ... Kendra Daynes
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Michael J. Fox ... Ethan West
Chris Butler ... Dax Minter
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Nora Zehetner ... Valeria Poreskova
Michael B. Silver ... Steven Flannery
Chelsea Harris ... Tricia Sims
Morgan Kelly ... Simon Day


The US is in sensitive unofficial talks with the government of Bhutan regarding Bhutan's want to extract oil from an ecologically sensitive neighboring island which requires bipartisan approval and which the US will not grant. As leverage, Bhutan is holding an American citizen, Matthew Jennings, for some minor graffiti he did in Bhutan, he possibly sentenced to a lengthy and harsh prison term. While the US administration will not negotiate Matthew's release using the oil development as a bargaining chip, a diplomatic incident occurs at the White House which only inflames the situation, with the Bhutanese government blaming the American's for the incident. Matthew's life is at risk because of it. Mike and Chuck are tasked with trying to find out who was the cause of the incident at the White House and how to diffuse the issue with the Bhultanese government based on whatever their findings. Tom also learns that Matthew has new pro bono counsel whose sole mission is to free Matthew at ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

2 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The Logan Act prevents individuals from acting as agents of the US government with respect to negotiations with foreign powers without prior authorization. See more »


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I really like this show, but.......
4 May 2018 | by headsoundSee all my reviews

So, 15 years ago, a woman spent a lovely evening with a man she adores, and lovingly looks back on it. But, now she disqualifys him for a White House appointment , because he talked with her about reliving the moment, and now she thinks she might have been taken advantage of?! This country is losing it's mind!

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