Designated Survivor (2016–2019)
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The Confession 

Tom juggles dealing with a security breach and preparing for his first television interview as the FBI continues to investigate the Capitol bombing.


David Guggenheim (created by), Jennifer Johnson | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tom Kirkman
Natascha McElhone ... Alex Kirkman
Adan Canto ... Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci ... Emily Rhodes
LaMonica Garrett ... Mike Ritter
Tanner Buchanan ... Leo Kirkman
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Malik Yoba ... Jason Atwood
Kevin McNally ... Harris Cochrane (as Kevin R. McNally)
Ashley Zukerman ... Peter MacLeish
Colin Woodell ... Tyler Richmond
Nicholas Massouh ... Majid Nassar (as Nick Massouh)
Mckenna Grace ... Penny Kirkman
Virginia Madsen ... Kimble Hookstraten


President Kirkman and his staff work to keep a high-level security breach of the White House a secret just as he's about to give his first television interview. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate the Capitol bombing, and Agent Hannah Wells starts to develop her own theories about who was really behind the attack. Written by ABC Publicity

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Release Date:

5 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This episode takes place in January 2016. See more »


In the War Room, when Atwood informs Kirkman of Hannah's theory about the Capitol bombing, he calls the undetonated bombs "unexploded ordinance". An ordinance is a law or legal decree; what he meant to say is "unexploded ordnance". See more »


Hannah Wells: You wanted to see me?
Jason Atwood: Did you really think I wouldn't find out that you asked a data tech to ignore the Fourth Amendment?
Hannah Wells: Jason, our government's gone. It can't be business as usual, can it?
Jason Atwood: It can't be the Wild West, either. I've got agents from every task force working 24/7. If you break the law, you jeopardize all the work they've put in.
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Going Over His Head
14 July 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Kirkland is having enough trouble learning on the job. It doesn't help if those around him begin to undermine him with false reports and expectations. The business of Kirkland about to be fired by the now dead President is big. Also, the video of a terrorist taking credit for the Capitol bombing chips away. And, finally, the other designated survivor, that woman with the weird name and the serpent's tongue has political ambitions and can't give him a brief chance to get his feet on the ground. 9/11 keeps getting mentioned. Imagine if there had been an effort at that time to undermine the President. Of course, there is a narrative hook at the end of this episode.

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