Designated Survivor (2016–2019)
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Sting of the Tail 

FBI Agent Hannah Wells finally closes in on Patrick Lloyd, but when the president decides to take action during the White House Correspondents Dinner, members of the Homeland Security Council threaten to derail their plans.


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tom Kirkman
Natascha McElhone ... Alex 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
Reed Diamond ... John Forstell
Terry Serpico ... Patrick Lloyd
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Rochelle Aytes ... Senator Cowling
Mckenna Grace ... Penny Kirkman


Chuck is able to identify on surveillance footage that Patrick Lloyd has returned to Washington, DC. The team is easily able to track him without ever seeing his face. Having tracked him for several months now, Hannah and Damian realize that he has either truly eluded them or is leading them into a trap of some sorts. Lloyd's reemergence is at a bad time for Tom who, with Alex and Alex's mother Eva, is going into the annual correspondents dinner, which is supposed to be light-hearted. That light-hearted tone is not helped by Seth being the speech writer, he who has to insert a few jokes, in the process realizing that he has a different sense of humor than the average Joe or Jane. In the Lloyd matter, Tom has to balance the need for national security against his vow to the public to be transparent in the matter. He does however understand that he is not a one-person show as government and has to keep Congress and a Homeland Security Senate Subcommittee abreast of what's happening. When... Written by Huggo

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4 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Maggie Q has training in three forms of martial arts. She does almost all of her own stunts in this series. See more »


When Lloyd is traced to the Superfund site, notable character errors take place:

1) The agents do not utilize their superior numbers to attempt to apprehend Lloyd, only the two agents do so. This error is repeated when the escape hatch location is traced.

2) Lloyd as an experienced gun handler made significant errors twice- first he failed to make proper use of the element of surprise- he could have easily killed the two agents upon their arrival, and second while fleeing he failed to make use of the several opportunities for cover from which he could have easily taken out the female FBI agent chasing him. See more »


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Good Suspense and Delivery
18 July 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I wish I had expertise in munitions and other details that are being under attack. I realize that those attacking the show are digging into their scientific knowledge. I respect that, but let's face it. It's a TV show that deals in suspense and confrontation. We have a bad guy. He is what he is; not what we want him to be. That's the setup for the President, a fictional President on a TV show. I'm sure there are doctors that pick apart details on doctor shows. There are lawyers who pick apart courtroom dramas. There is an effort to put a show on every week. The minutia is for those so submerged in their own expertise to forget about a basic plot. That plot is weak at times and the President is a bit of a windbag. Criticize the writing. Criticize the acting.

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