Designated Survivor (2016–2019)
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After 10 weeks of grief, the President's senior staff insists he see a therapist to help deal with his loss. Hanna and Aaron are part of a trade delegation to Cuba but the trip doesn't go well.


Timothy Busfield


David Guggenheim (created by), Keith Eisner | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tom Kirkman
Paulo Costanzo ... Lyor Boone
Adan Canto ... Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci ... Emily Rhodes
LaMonica Garrett ... Mike Ritter
Zoe McLellan ... Kendra Daynes
Ben Lawson ... Damian Rennett
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Timothy Busfield ... Dr. Adam Louden
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Lisa Marcos ... Senator Sanchez
Chelsea Harris ... Tricia Sims
Miguel Pérez ... Ramon Bravo (as Miguel Perez)
Emiliano Díez ... President Ortega (as Emiliano Diez)


It's been ten weeks since Alex was killed in a tragic traffic accident. Since, Tom has been a ghost of a president, he not having made any significant decisions which is crippling the country. Although his senior staff realizes it, Tom himself doesn't, and as such they have recommended that he go into therapy with Dr. Adam Louden. The outcome of that therapy will be tested concerning a trade mission to Cuba organized between US Senator Sanchez and Cuban President Ortega. Beyond a bipartisan group of senators and congresspeople, the mission includes key business people hoping to do business in Cuba, with Aaron and Hannah, the latter on probation due to the point blank shooting of Damian Rennett, providing White House staff services. That mission turns into a crisis when the American trade representatives, including Aaron and Hannah, are taken hostage by a rebel group opposed to Ortega and his dealings with the Americans. The situation is already difficult enough due to the tenuous ... Written by Huggo

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English | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

28 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

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16:9 HD
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In addition to playing Dr. Louden, Timothy Busfield also directed the episode. See more »


Since Hannah is a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, her actions would be reviewed by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), not the Internal Affairs Department (IAD), which carries out the same function of OPR but it is attached to a law enforcement agency at the municipal level. See more »


Seth Wright: So, I'm still getting questions about the First Lady's memorial.
Emily Rhodes: Like what?
Seth Wright: Why doesn't the First Lady have a memorial?
Emily Rhodes: Well, you can't have a memorial before you have a headstone.
Seth Wright: Other question is why she doesn't have a headstone.
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Written & performed by Sean Callery
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Decent episode
30 October 2018 | by scottyhoySee all my reviews

Some of the reviews are a little harsh I think. The episode is okay as far as story line goes and I am delighted to see 'Danny' from west wing as the councillor.

I agree the series is in danger of losing its appeal but I am still a fan so cannot wait to watch the next episode.

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