‘Designated Survivor’ Recap & Review: “Summit”
In last night’s episode of Designated Survivor, President Kirkman brings back Dr. Frost and former President Moss to settle a peace treaty between East and West Hun Chiu, the White House find out there’s another mole, and the threat of a dirty bomb on U.S. soil becomes imminent.
President Kirkman goes to Camp David to help negotiate a peace treaty between opposing neighboring countries with the threat of possible nuclear weapons with thousands of people at stake on the battlefield, including 5,000 U.S. soldiers. Apparently, there’s been chatter about the east side having a nuclear weapons program, and the fact that the country is governed by the frustrating and easily angered dictator, Chairman Kim, doesn’t help.
The delegations continue to hit bumps in the road and Tom calls in Dr. Frost, head of Apache Aerospace, to help negotiate a deal, which involved the company giving both countries a technologically sound defense system. The east side is unable to pay upfront so they eventually come up with the plan of Apache Aerospace leasing them the money.
In a classic Designated Survivor plot, as soon as it seems like the situation is resolved, Chairman Kim finds out that his son, Joon, is in U.S. custody. But he’s there on his own volition; the war has apparently been enveloping his family to the point where he’s afraid of his own father. But Chairman Kim is still furious and no longer trusts Kirkman so he’s forced to call in former President Moss for help, who both parties trust.
In exchange for refuge in the U.S., Joon gives Agent Wells any information he has about East Han Chiu’s rumored nuclear program. Turns out, they are already in possession of nuclear weapons and they’re secretly being stored a few miles from where the U.S. soldiers are, which derails the peace treaty. Again.
Upon learning about the nuclear weapons, Kirkman exposes the facts at the table and forces Chairman Kim to sign the peace treaty, despite the fact that the terms have changed. Instead of both sides gaining a new defense system, East Han Chiu is to dismantle the nuclear missiles and a peacekeeping force will see to it that Chairman Kim honors those demands. He reluctantly signs the treaty but is still angry about all of it. So angry in fact that Agent Wells and Aaron find out that he’s brought a dirty bomb onto U.S. soil.
Meanwhile, there’s been another mole in the White House but on a smaller scale than it was last season: someone’s been leaking sensitive information to the press. Emily gets Chuck to illegally search a particular journalist’s cell phone records (for the sake of national security) and they find out that former President Moss is the leak. They eventually tell Kirkman, who confronts him face to face. Moss basically tells him that he only did it because it was the right thing to do. He wasn’t doing all of this undermine Tom but instead, he did it for America in the name of patriotism.
But because leaking that kind of information to the public is still illegal, Tom tells him that he’s handing it over to the Justice Department. Moss basically responds by saying that he’s going to fight back, and he’s going to fight back hard. As borderline extremist as the patriotism part of his explanation sounds, he adds a good point about Tom’s staff basically being his “yes men” and that he’s not open to criticism.
With Alex gone, people around him have pointed out that Tom has isolated himself from everyone else and at this point in his presidency, he really needs someone to oppose him, at least every once in a while because he can’t and won’t be right all the time. So far, he’s done a pretty good job of getting himself out of situations like this frustrating delegation but it’s only after he gets outside help. As far as the revelation of the dirty bomb being on U.S. soil, we’ll just have to wait until next week’s episode of Designated Survivor to find out how they’re all going to respond.
Designated Survivor airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on ABC.
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