In this episode of Designated Survivor, Kirkman was gifted with another pain in the butt political frenemy named Jack. Jack is a senator who has put himself on the fast track to a presidential run, no matter who he must step on to get there. Kirkman now has to pass a gun law that Jack forcibly put on the table or face a major loss, keep in mind he hasn’t even been president for 100 days yet. Jack has also managed to piss off Kimble, and with Aarons encouraging strategy, she also has no choice but to go up against him.
The “Jack being annoying” thing and the Gun Law Drama were good this episode. I feel it accurately effects the true political state the world is in right now. But let’s not forget one massive part of this episode/season/plot: what will Hannah and her team uncover? Hannah investigates like a pro and traces property to the now dead mystery lady aka Brooke. The property is a massive amount of remote land in North Dakota, owned by a war company, Browning Reed. Hannah elects to go check it out right away and coolly tells John she is taking Jason with her. Hannah has great character development, remember when she was just an agent getting questioned on her ability to focus on the job? (By John) Now she is cleared by the president to use ANY means necessary, which means she can boss people (John) around. I’m loving it.
But let’s not forget one massive part of this episode/season/plot: what will Hannah and her team uncover? Hannah investigates like a pro and traces property to the now dead mystery lady aka Brooke. The property is a massive amount of remote land in North Dakota, owned by a war company, Browning Reed. Hannah elects to go check it out right away and coolly tells John she is taking Jason with her. Hannah has great character development — remember when she was just an agent getting questioned on her ability to focus on the job (by John)? Now she is cleared by the president to use ANY means necessary, which means she can boss people (John) around. I’m loving it.
Back at the White House, the President is getting mentored by the former president. I like the guy; he seems trustworthy and comes with good advice. Kind of like a cool grandpa. Hope he doesn’t backstab Kirkman though. I wonder if that ever happened in real life. In our current state of politics I don’t see the current president befriending the former president AND taking his advice too? We can dream though.
Kirkman is getting a backbone and finally good counsel too. Let’s not forget that Kimble is still talented and still wants to be president. She had a sit down with Jack in order to get him in line with the Republican agenda. Jack told her that she is the “last of the old guard” and should “get on board or step aside” and to be fake polite he said “ma’am” at the end. Oh, hell no. I hope that Kimble and Aaron get rid of Jack fast, he is annoying me already and won’t let Kirkman be great.
Aaron who obviously will be forever loyal to Kirkman and forever strategic thinks of a genius plan. He gets Kimble to help Kirkman by getting some republicans to support the bill. Kirkman is moved by her help and says that he owes her one. Kimble will most certainly cash that in, but I wonder if she will go for the VP role as Aaron suggested?
Back in North Dakota, Jason now says he won’t rest until all responsible or dead. So much for him emptying a clip into Brooke as closure. He and Hannah wander around for a bit and then John finally makes himself useful. He looks over the designs and calls to tell them what many of us have already figured out. The missile in the design is underground.
They leave us with that aha moment and take us back in on the gun bill vote. The gun bill vote was a battle of people being of not getting reelected. So, much like real life. Will people vote for what is right for once? Luckily after a tense, nail-biting session, Vanderberg steps out from the shadow of her very republican husband and votes in favor of the bill. If only real life could follow the same way it played out in this episode.
Sidenote — Kirkman’s wife needs to play her role. This is the second time in a week that she has done something to undermine what the president is trying to do. Luckily this time it actually helped, but what happens when it doesn’t?
As I came down from the high of imagining what real life could be like if we passed a gun law, we are brought back to Hannah and Jason. Hannah and Jason go underground and it’s not just a missile. Underground is a massive stockpile of weapons identical to bombs used to blow the capital. Enough weapons to blow up the White House a few times over. What the heck is going on here? There are 3 episodes left, I hope they won’t leave us hanging.
Kory is a freelance writer and one of the co-founders of Type 4 Naturals, a trio of women who blog about natural hair and other lifestyle topics. Kory has an MBA and currently works full-time in the HR field. Outside of her 9 to 5 and writing she’s a beauty/fashion model, geek, and a foodie.
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