President Kirkman spends his time secretly overseas on this week’s Designated Survivor but despite the bombs going off in Afghanistan, the war, as he jokingly said, really is happening right at home.
And by home I mean the White House. Things are actually sort-of peaceful for the American people right now.
Seth gets pulled over probably because he’s drunk-in-love with Emily, who he hooked up with briefly last week and he is now officially “I want to meet your mother” dating. It seems like a regular traffic stop but the next day, Kendra bails him out of jail and its revealed that he was caught with 200 tabs of an illegal drug, which seems very unlike Seth.
Kendra begins brainstorming ways to get him out of this mess when it dawns on Emily — these weren’t Seth’s pills. Seth took the heat for his brother who just passed his MCATS. And while he was trying to protect his brother’s career, he put his in jeopardy. But the reason Kendra got her job in the White House is because she’s good at her job. Like really good. She finds a way to deflect all the blame to the arresting officer, who was so desperate to make an arrest and meet the quota, he broke protocol. Seth’s case is dismissed but he’s still in the hot seat with Emily and probably Kirkman when he finds out. Although he seems to have had it pretty hard so could they cut him some slack?
Everyone was told not to attract any attention while the Prez was away on his secret mission so obviously, that’s all they did.
Reporters, specifically that one little nosy blonde, began asking why Lyor was filling in for Seth. A bit of a heads up — if you’re trying to be inconspicuous, Lyor probably isn’t your guy. Everything he said during his brief time as Press Secretary raised eyebrows.
Not to mention he was in a little legal trouble of his own. He’s married. Yep, Lyor managed to lock a lady down. And she’s actually pretty decent! The problem is that since their wedding was technically a “Vegas” wedding, they didn’t consider themselves a married couple, therefore, he didn’t pay taxes. Someone working at the White House that’s cheating on their taxes doesn’t exactly bode well for Kirkman’s problematic administration.
Kendra drafts up the annulment papers but neither of them actually want to end the marriage. Emily figures out an alternative solution and I’m not really sure if that’s the end of the story or if we’ll see Julie again. I hope we do honestly, it would give Lyor more depth instead of just snarky, sarcastic, and sometimes intellectual one-liners.
Then, of course, Alex and her mother are still being set up and Kendra’s working on that too by trying to figure out why Eric Little opened an account in Alex’s name and who killed him. Who is after the Kirkman’s?
So while that’s happening at the home base, Kirkman is visiting the U.S troops in Kabul. He’s shaking hands, serving breakfast and trying to pinpoint which high profile leader is a terrorist and which one they can strike a deal with. If they choose the wrong one, Kirkman warns they could be responsible for the next 9/11.
Mulla Barhi aka “the young one” and Mullah Fayed both meet with Kirkman and exchange pleasantries.