Designated Survivor Recap & Review: “Overkill”
Following last week’s episode of Designated Survivor, President Kirkman publicly declares war on Kunami after discovering the country’s involvement with the dirty bomb, Kunami’s ambassador tries to negotiate a peaceful surrender but refuses to claim responsibility, and FBI agent Hannah Wells discovers just how involved the ambassador is in all of this.
The president addresses the public again by saying that the Kunami government is responsible for the bomb and that they launched missiles to key areas of Kunami’s country in response. He adds that they are now at war with them, which sets of a whole PR situation because now, the U.S is now in the midst of a war and not everyone’s all that happy about it. And it’s not just the public who isn’t a fan of Kirkman’s forceful attack; Lyor doesn’t like the perception of it all and Emily also disagrees with his tactic, which makes Tom doubt whether or not he’s the one who should be making all these decisions. Perhaps extending that to whether or not he’s the right person to be president.
Throughout the entirety of the episode, Kunami’s ambassador meets with the president and his staff, trying to negotiate with them by saying that they’ll peacefully surrender because they know that they can’t win (being that they’re a relatively small country). But they won’t apologize for the bombing, which isn’t something Kirkman or his staff will compromise and therefore leads to the ongoing war being fought on Kunami soil.
Part of that war effort involves none other than Hannah Wells. Chuck, Hannah, Detective Blakey, and Aaron (with the help with Damian, might I add) look at what the bomber was doing days before it went off via security cameras. They follow him to a hotel where he spends far too long of a time in the bathroom, which obviously pointed to him meeting with someone. They look closer at the footage and discover that he was meeting with Greg Bowen, who we know as someone working for Chairman Kim. They eventually bring him in for questioning and find out that he’s actually been working with the emir and helped pin it on East Han Chiu.
This leads to Hannah going to the battlefield with other soldiers to meet with a rebel leader who wants to overthrow the emir. But not long after they arrive, they’re bombarded with Kunami soldiers. Hannah and a fellow soldier, sergeant Sims become separated from the rest of the group and are left looking for the rebel on their own.
During their short journey, they’re helped by a man who just turned out as just another enemy planning to lead them to an ambush. Hannah figures this out relatively quickly and they eventually find their way to the rebel. But sergeant Sims calls Hannah out on her recklessness and obvious irritation and it’s been adamantly clear since the beginning of this episode that she’s angry about Director Forstell’s death. Which was admirable but a little confusing because yes, he was her boss, but they didn’t seem particularly close.
But regardless, they use the imposter’s phone and contact the white house to inform that they’re safe and still en route to the rebel leader. Once they find the rebel, Hannah discovers that they’ve been duped; turns out that the ambassador is behind the bombing but did it on his own so that he could take over Kunami.
But unfortunately, this means that Kunami, as a country anyway, isn’t responsible for the bomb, therefore shouldn’t be put in a war that was only instigated by one person acting on his own volition. In response, Tom revokes the ambassador’s diplomatic credentials and he abdicates from the throne.
Quite honestly though, I’m not at all surprised that the ambassador is guilty. He repeatedly denied that his government had anything to do with the bombing (which, I guess in a technical sense is true) and he’s lied before in a previous episode. But now Tom has to figure out how to deal with the fallout of the situation in the eyes of the American press: the president deployed troops for a war that started under false pretenses, resulting in multiple casualties.
In addition to that, we’re left with yet another cliffhanger: audio notes from Tom’s personal therapist who he’s been having sessions with twice a week since his wife died has somehow leaked to the public and is seemingly connected to the whole hacking crisis. The twist however in all of this is there were only a handful of people who knew that he was even in therapy, which means that we might be looking at another mole in the white house.
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