President Kirkman lost his temper for what seems like the first time ever on Designated Survivor as he dealt with electing the Supreme Court on this week. While necessary to run the country, picking the cabinet members wasn’t half as stressful as launching missiles and getting shot… yet this is what get’s him fired up.
In reality, I’d say it was more Senator Bowman throwing more opposition his way and trying to delay the vote, all because he’s angry that he didn’t get his way on the gun control bill. Sorry Bowman, sometimes the DECENT person actually wins.
Bowman isn’t in favor of the 9th impartial chief justice and seemingly orders Kirkman to provide the Republicans with five justices that they find acceptable and without liberal bias, or he’ll continue holding the “justice system hostage,” as Kirkman believes.
Understandably Kirkamn’s upset, especially because he called in his former university supervisor Julia to help him narrow down and vet the nominees. It was supposed to pass without a hitch; it was supposed to be one of the easiest things he’s done as President. But realistically, when has anything been easy for Kirkman?
Finally, the President comes up with the best option – one that Bowman can’t refuse – and offers the job to Julia. She’s visibly taken aback but promises to consider it. A little while later, she comes to turn down the job and come clean – this brilliant woman that Kirkman once looked up to is suffering from early onset dementia. Kirkman, a man of the people, is at loss for words mustering up only an “I’m sorry.”
Julia, determined to help him pick the best cabinet, realizes that if they can’t beat Bowman, they have to go around him. They gather the nominees again and explain the new plan: they will nominate only 8 supreme court justices, four on each side. When Bowman tries to object, she assures him that the constitution doesn’t specify how many should be appointed and he agrees to “wait it out” until the next election. For the win.
Meanwhile, over in North Dakota, Hannah and Atwood are trying to uncover the conspiracy that led them to a silo with enough missiles and explosives to take out half of the US. Forstell wants to send in a team to help them but Hannah, who is running point strictly for the President, wants to lay low for a little, especially because the nearest town is something straight out of House of Wax. For a town that doesn’t offer up much, there surely is a lot of out-of-towners, which is Hannah’s first red flag.
They encounter a man who tells them a “storm is coming.” I’m not convinced he was referring to the weather though but something that was going down near the silo’s a little later because he quickly regretted it when he got all weird with Wells.Hannah noticed, he had a “Pax Americana” book on his windshield. Call me crazy but if you’re part of some illegal conspiracy and trying to take down the government, maybe don’t leave your manifestos out for everyone to see.
The agents hit up a local bar to get some answers about what’s really going on in the small town and the bartender tells them that the visitors are called “True Believers.” Apparently, they gather approximately 4 times a month at the old Air Force for a bonfire summer camp, which we know is just a cover for whatever their up to.
Knowing that she has to find a way to get to these people, Wells steals a Pax Americana book from a man at the gas station, who also had a NVWS tattoo, similar to the letters she’d seen on the explosives. From the book, she finds out it stands for ‘No Victory Without Sacrifice’ a common motto in the manifesto which calls for a new empire to replace the current government. This literally explains the bombing of the Capitol and everything MacLeish has ever done.
Hannah and Atwood aren’t allowed to just drive onto the private property to mingle with the terrorists who want to take down their own country so they go for plan B – infiltrating on foot. That’s when they realize the bonfires are actually a landing zone for a helicopter. And who emerges from it but a familiar face of a man we thought was dead – Nestor Lozano. Is he the man behind everything – the leader of the True Believer’s?