Designated Survivor Recap & Review: “Kirkman Agonistes”
Following last week’s episode, the newest episode of Designated Survivor centers around the fallout of the leaked tapes of President Kirkman’s therapist’s audio notes. The press and the cabinet feel that Tom is unfit to be their president, actor Michael J. Fox makes his first appearance on the show, and the FBI make a huge revelation about the hacker’s identity.
First off, the FBI looks at the senior staff as potential suspects in the leaked tapes investigation by confiscating their phones after IT’s already cleared their computers of any potentially suspicious activity. However, this particular hack changes the public and other government officials’ perception of the president. As the episode progresses, more and more tapes leak, which weakens. Among them are multiple revelations about Tom’s mental health, like his depression, anxiety, possible PTSD, and only being able to connect with Dr Andrea Frost.
Ultimately leads VP Darby and the rest of the cabinet to vote Kirkman out of office. But before the papers are signed, Tom and his staff protest and VP Darby brings in Michael J. Fox’s character, Ethan West, and will be a part of the show for the rest of the season. Kirkman and his staff’s only hope is to take part in a hearing of sorts to argue why he shouldn’t be kicked out of office, which would then be facilitated, or more accurately, prosecuted, by West
Meanwhile, Damian meets with his old Russian handler to obtain any info about Gamine, the only name that the FBI is able to use to identify the hacker. From this, they’re able to discover bank routing number. After Chuck does his IT magic, the investigation connects the hacker to none other than Dr Andrea Frost. This certain revelation honestly made me a little upset though because I personally have really liked her character and her relationship with Tom. This also might just be because the two clearly have great chemistry, which I would expect because of Kiefer Sutherland and Kim Raver’s previous work together on 24.
But as Agent Hannah Wells and Damian are on their way to their next clue, someone (who we don’t get to see, of course) in a black car starts shooting at them and Damian steps in front of Hannah and goes down. Hannah calls for an ambulance and then the scene cuts off until we see her at the hospital meeting with the doctor. The only problem? The scene of Hannah confronting the doctor, who I’m assuming is the surgeon, is completely inaudible. As in, all we get to see is Hannah’s reaction after the doctor tells her whatever he went there to tell her, therefore meaning that we have no idea if Damian’s alive or not.
Overall, if the hacker really is Dr Frost, it’s not who I would’ve ever suspected. But I might also just be basing that on the fact that I’ve genuinely liked her character and her interaction with Kirkman thus far. Especially because she’s the one person this whole season that Tom’s really confided in. But that being said, she’s also been everywhere with him, whether it was the summit or the national science fair in this episode, which means that she’d be able to hack into the white house, especially given her skill and access.
As far as the Damian mystery at the end goes, it’s definitely something I feel conflicted with. If he’s alive, it means that the writers are going to continue this back-and-forth relationship between Damian and Hannah, which I honestly haven’t been a huge fan of. But it could help push forward the hacker story because there’s so much more information Damian could get from the Russian embassy, which, with the info that the FBI has, is incredibly useful to the overall investigation.
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