Designated Survivor Recap & Review: “Capacity”
Last night on Designated Survivor, the 25th amendment hearing starts and ends, Hannah’s anger and frustration over her job costs her professionally, and the news of this hearing spreads, leaving other government officials to believe that Kirkman won’t be the president anymore by the end of the day.
After last week’s episode, Hannah Wells is angry over Damian’s death. Her anger gets the best of her and she tries to storm into Kirkman’s office with blood still on her shirt, determined to tell him that Dr. Andrea Frost is the hacker. But the proof they have isn’t enough to really prove that she’s guilty. But regardless, she confronts him later anyway, without more evidence, and Tom basically accuses her of jumping to conclusions, especially since Andrea’s someone Tom considers as one of his closest friends. But it’s not a complete waste as it’s enough for Tom to become at least a little suspicious of her.
But despite the lack of evidence, Hannah confronts Dr. Frost and accuses her of being the hacker, slandering her name in public. But this is after Aaron vouches for her because she hasn’t steered them wrong so far. But after this incident, it makes Dr. Frost, expectedly, whether she’s guilty or not, angry and Tom ends up firing Hannah at the end of the episode.
Meanwhile, the 25th amendment hearing officially starts while Kirkman’s staff tries to negotiate with two senate leaders about an agreement about the budget for medical research. The news of the hearing somehow leaks to those officials, yet strangely not to the press, and they assume that the president will no longer be the president by the end of the day, making them feel entitled to change the terms of their agreement. After Tom shows up during one of their meetings though, they finally agree to the terms that was already previously agreed on.
At the hearing, Ethan West questions President Kirkman about his mental health, his family, his quote unquote “obsession with loyalty”, and all the decisions he made as president after his wife’s death. The trial pretty much lasts the entire day, bringing in witnesses ranging from his younger brother, Trey to former president Moss, who Tom fired earlier this season.
Tom, fully expecting to be kicked out of office by the end of the day, answers every question thrown at him honestly and the board decides to keep him as president. Mostly because of his staff’s loyalty to him and what Ethan called his “obsession for loyalty”, which was honestly a pretty lousy argument anyway: he expects loyalty from the people he gives it to. How that makes him seem mentally unfit just seems ridiculous to me.
Overall, I feel really bad for Agent Hannah Wells because she’s lost almost everyone she’s ever been close to: her fellow FBI agents that died from the dirty bomb, both of her bosses (Director Forstell AND Jason Atwood from season 1), and her boyfriend that we never really heard about again who died from the Capital bombing. The only person who’s really left is Chuck. And I definitely don’t want the writers killing him off because he’s probably the most underrated character on the show.
As for Tom’s hearing, I definitely didn’t think they were going to kick him out of office. I mean, he’s the main character and probably the biggest draw-in for the show. Taking Kiefer Sutherland off the show would surely cause the show to lose more than just a handful of viewers. But I’m also hoping that Dr. Frost isn’t the hacker. So far, there’s not much proof pointing to the fact that she’s the hacker and it honestly doesn’t seem like she’s guilty. It’s clear that she’d be capable of pulling off all of those hacks but she does genuinely seem innocent.
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