Designated Survivor Recap and Review: “Grief”
After that shocker of a mid-season finale, Designated Survivor returned last night on ABC and skips forward about 10 weeks after Alex’s death.
The episode starts with Kirkman talking to a therapist about Alex’s death or rather not talking about it ten weeks later. From this very short initial session, we found out that the car accident wasn’t related to any of the conspiracies but rather a reckless driver that blew through a red light while texting.
This session continues in batches throughout the episode and we end up getting to see a bunch of different flashbacks. There’s scenes of Tom and Alex before they moved to D.C as well as heartbreaking scenes of Tom having to tell his children about their mother’s death. Ultimately what this all led to discovering that Tom hasn’t been dealing with his grief and unintentionally letting his emotions affect his decisions as the president.
In the more political side of things, President Kirkman hasn’t been pushing any policies recently, which in other words means that Tom’s been gun-shy ever since Alex’s death, which is vastly than the risk taker he was before. He continues to be hesitant until he finally realizes that his emotions have been clouding his judgement.
After Hannah shot Damien, the FBI investigated their agents and ended up suspending her and made Aaron her “babysitter”, as they called it and they go into a trade mission into Cuba regarding a policy Kirkman is delegating with Cuba’s president. While on a bus in Cuba, they get stopped by Cuban rebels and they take all the passengers (which included congressmen and councilmen) as hostages to try to get the president to pay for $500 million.
In response, Kirkman decides to put a Blackhawk on course in order to see what they’re dealing with via drone for what Seth called a peaceful recon mission, which ends up backfiring on them because it’s shot down almost immediately. But later on, Kirkman finally agrees to send troops in to rescue the hostages.
While she’s held hostage, Hannah figures a way out by asking to go to the bathroom and getting out through a wooden plank in the floor but doesn’t get far before she encounters an army of men and gets taken back to the shack. But her failed escape attempt wasn’t completely useless because she discovers that Cross, one of the bus passengers, is working with the kidnappers.
She uses that info to send a message to Emily when the rebels threatened to kill her to try to get the money they asked for. From that, they discover that the Cuban president was working with the kidnapper in order to get his way in a certain policy that he and President Kirkman had been working with.
The shocker from Damian not dying in the mid-season finale doesn’t come to head until the end of the episode with Damian being in Hannah’s apartment pointing a gun to her head. Which is also how the episode ends unfortunately; on a cliffhanger.
So overall, there’s still a lot of questions that haven’t yet been answered, and I’m assuming we’ll get those answers eventually as we get closer to the season finale. But I applaud the writers in being able to write about a show about politics when it’s become such a controversial topic these days. I just hope we won’t have to wait too long before we figure out why Damian’s involved with the Russians and who’s behind this entire conspiracy, especially since Lloyd is dead.
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