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President Kirkman declares war on Kunami after a deadly explosion, while Hannah Wells finds that the Kunami ambassador is hiding something that could have deadly consequences.


Jeff T. Thomas


David Guggenheim (created by), Jeff Melvoin | 4 more credits »


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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
Breckin Meyer ... Trey Kirkman
Aunjanue Ellis ... Eleanor Darby
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Chelsea Harris ... Tricia Sims
Clé Bennett ... Sgt. Royce Sims (as Cle Bennett)
Dillon Casey ... Detective Blakey


Tom has ordered missile strikes on Kunami in retaliation for the dirty bomb the Kunami government detonated in the Washington DC metro station, and against Lyor's advice Tom has no qualms about calling it a declaration of war. The strikes will continue until the Emir of Kunami unconditionally surrenders, which includes an admission that he was behind the bombing. Those diplomatic discussions with the Emir are being handled through the Kunami Ambassador to the US, the discussions which seem to be stalled. Through the process, Tom has to decide what the end goal is, namely if the abdication of the Emir is sufficient to stop the missile strikes. The US receives intelligence as to a means to contact Amal Hamzi, the Kunami opposition leader who has been in hiding, his ascension to power which would end the conflict. Being in hiding, he is incommunicado via modern technological means. As such, Hannah, acting on behalf of the President to make an official offer of support, accompanied by a ... Written by Huggo

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11 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The US forces deployed to the fictional nation of Kunami are supposed to be from SEAL Team 3, but the squad leader is addressed as "Captain" by both President Kirkman and Agent Wells. A Navy Captain is a senior officer (O-6). The leader of a SEAL squad would be a Lieutenant (O-2 or O-3), not a Captain. See more »

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Everything Falls Into Place
21 July 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

If I wanted to work at it, I could find about twelve fortuitous events that take place that help the President recover from a nightmare. What I'm saying is that there is very little sophisticated presentation of the dealings going on internationally. Hannah seems to have a huge magicians hat. When she looked in that drawer. Well voila! There seems to be a rabbit. This show is so scripted as to wrap everything up in 45 minutes. It also has the classic Saturday morning serial thing going on. Another crisis appears with about two minute left in the episode.

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