Things have been heating up for the DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, President Kirkman, in the weeks since the Capitol bombing. He has been exposed as having been fired just before the bombing, putting the legitimacy of his presidency in question. He has also been challenged by his chief military adviser and the governor of Michigan. And he finds a challenger for the presidency in one of the only two remaining members of Congress, Congresswoman Hookstraten.
In the last episode, the perpetrators of the bombing were identified as being from Algeria and the military demanded President Kirkman act immediately for retribution. When the President hesitated because a U.S. asset hadn’t reached safety first, the chief military adviser acted on his own, forcing the President to fire him. Meanwhile, the First Lady asked Congresswoman Hookstraten for help in a personal matter, and the Congresswoman was more than willing to help, but exacted a price to be repaid at a later time of her choosing — setting up a conflict for another time. The Congresswoman also approached the President’s Chief of Staff, implying he had a brighter future ahead, acknowledging him for leaking information that forced the President to take action he had been reluctant to take and that she thinks may set her up to challenge the President for office.
Tonight, it’s time to exact retribution for the bombing. Realizing attempts at diplomacy with Algeria have failed, President Kirkman must decide whether to send Navy SEALs on a mission that could define his presidency — but could also define the SEALs’ personal lives. The investigation into the Capitol bombing continues, but FBI Agent Wells is running into more secrets than answers.