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Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.

Season 1

Aired 5 months ago - May 17, 2017

Hannah Wells must stop the conspiracy from carrying out a final attack while President Kirkman authorizes a nationwide manhunt for the mastermind behind it all.

Aired 5 months ago - May 10, 2017

President Kirkman’s first international summit is derailed when journalist Abe Leonard publishes an explosive article. Hannah Wells uncovers the conspiracy’s next target.

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Ah, don't sell yourself short.
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No. I got every agency in the country looking.
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Oh, oh. Emily Rhodes, meet my cousin, Nadia Espinosa.
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What about you? Are you gonna follow Hookstraten?
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the French want us to bring up the initiative first,
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I can work with that.
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Mayday, mayday. This is FBI Agent Hannah Wells. Mayday.
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something that the Russian president
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is insanely expensive.
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France looks forward to your proposal.
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whoever's been covering their tracks
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No pressure, huh?
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Deflecting this now is only gonna raise suspicion.
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You realize this story puts your credibility at risk.
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You didn't think you could trust me?
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But right now I need your counsel.
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Well, it's the only hand I was given.
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in today's New York Standard has raised serious questions
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As I said, the president stands
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Which is why he is looking into the allegations, okay?
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- Do you have her or not? - We don't.
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Then, in the spirit of mutual understanding,
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We have learned from our mistakes in Iraq.
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No, my point is...
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until the president can say more and does.
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The trace has been planted.
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Oh.
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it buys good will, for you and the paper...
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Fernandez? Agent Foerstel.
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If you're good with it, I'll get it out to the pool.
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Excuse me. This might be important.
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I've been better.
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Someone else blew up the Capitol,
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Don't lose faith in me.
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Do I have to answer that?
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I did not agree with it, but, yes, I understand.
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of our control systems being hacked.
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Because I believe wherever France goes, NATO will follow.
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Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Actually take a right.
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But damn if I don't see something special in you,
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Aired 5 months ago - May 03, 2017

As the White House gears up for President Kirkman’s first international summit, Kimble Hookstraten faces her toughest political battle yet when her speakership is challenged. Meanwhile, Alex wrestles with whether or not to bring the kids back to Washington.

Aired 6 months ago - Apr 26, 2017

As President Kirkman considers candidates for Vice President, Kimble Hookstraten finds herself embroiled in scandal. Agent Wells and Jason Atwood return from North Dakota with a critical new lead while journalist Abe Leonard's investigation takes an unexpected turn.

Aired 6 months ago - Apr 19, 2017

As President Kirkman struggles to put together a new Supreme Court, FBI Agent Hannah Wells goes undercover and discovers much more than she ever could have imagined. Seth Wright has to contend with journalist Abe Leonard, who returns from the Middle East with an explosive story.

Aired 6 months ago - Apr 12, 2017

President Kirkman forms an unlikely alliance in the hopes of passing his first bill. Agent Ritter is briefed by Agent Wells about a new alarming threat to the nation.

Aired 6 months ago - Apr 05, 2017

As President Kirkman releases an agenda to reset his presidency, Alex makes a controversial public statement that threatens to derail it. Agent Wells unknowingly finds herself in the center of a dangerous trap while getting closer to the truth.

Aired 7 months ago - Mar 29, 2017

Turmoil in an African country forces President Kirkman to rely on an unlikely ally for help. Hannah's investigation into the Capitol bombing takes an unexpected turn. Emily settles into her role as chief of staff. Aaron has to make a difficult choice.

Aired 7 months ago - Mar 22, 2017

An investigative journalist shocks the White House when he reveals classified information during a press briefing and leaves Seth struggling to contain the damage from the leaked story. Hannah unearths a key connection between MacLeish and the conspiracy.

Aired 7 months ago - Mar 15, 2017

Circles must tighten as a new discovery within the conspiracy emerges. Tension rises between Aaron and Emily as suspicions loom in the White House. A new lead places Agent Wells closer than before to the truth.

Aired 7 months ago - Mar 08, 2017

The nation reels from the aftermath of the shooting on the steps of the Capitol while Emily struggles with the knowledge there may be a traitor in the White House. Agent Wells grapples with her decision to reveal what she knows about the conspiracy behind the Capitol bombing.

Aired 10 months ago - Dec 14, 2016

President Kirkman fears there could be a traitor in the White House when he discovers shocking information connected to the Capitol Bombing. Confiding in Emily, Kirkman puts her in charge of quietly investigating. New information surfaces about Congressman MacLeish, raising concerns regarding his vice presidential nomination.

Aired 10 months ago - Dec 07, 2016

When classified government documents are leaked online, President Kirkman searches for the party responsible only to find that they have taken refuge inside a foreign embassy and are beyond even his reach. Agent Hannah Wells races furiously to gather evidence of MacLeish's involvement in the conspiracy before he can be confirmed as the country's next Vice President. MORE -LESS

Aired 11 months ago - Nov 30, 2016

On the eve of the country voting to elect a new House of Representatives, an unexpected development forces Kirkman to consider cancelling the elections entirely. News about Majid Nassar’s death leaks out, and Kirkman has to handle the fallout.

Aired 11 months ago - Nov 16, 2016

When an American track-and-field coach heads to Russia, President Kirkman is thrust into a hostage exchange involving the CIA and the Russian government. Meanwhile, Agent Hannah Wells and Deputy Director Atwood's investigation into the Capitol bombing uncovers information that puts Atwood and his family's life at risk.

Aired a year ago - Nov 09, 2016

When shots ring out at The White House during a Governors Summit, President Kirkman’s plans at electing a new Congress are thrown into turmoil, while Agent Hannah Wells continues investigating the Capitol bombing and makes one of her most shocking discoveries yet.

Aired a year ago - Oct 26, 2016

Realizing his attempts at diplomacy with Algeria have failed, President Kirkman makes the difficult decision of sending Navy SEALs on a mission that will define his presidency. Meanwhile, as the investigation into the Capitol bombing continues, Agent Hannah Wells discovers more secrets than answers.

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We lost Majid Nassar.
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- Another briefing? - No, a medal ceremony.
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But as most of us know,
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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming.
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Agent Wells.
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It's the only way, sir.
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Won't that increase the danger to our troops?
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I'm a big girl, Aaron.
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- It's a hideaway office. - What is that?
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I suppose you could say I'm looking for explanations.
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I'm aware of the clause,
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Plane ride on a C-5 Galaxy to northern Mali.
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He's expecting his first kid in a couple of months.
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But we do know Nassar is there,
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I want you to get home safely for the birth of your new child.
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If you have an opportunity to capture Nassar alive,
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You know, I've often thought the FBI has to keep quiet
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and we think they may have used the construction to do that.
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I know that can't be easy.
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Hello, Kimble.
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He's obliged to tell us.
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Coming, Peter?
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Take Emily, see what he has to say.
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Can he go on with the mission?
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U.S. diplomatic stations in Algiers
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And if you're worried about Congresswoman Hookstraten,
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I see.
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The upgrades were on several offices
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Wherever your investigation leads,
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Well, you two dated, and now he's serving.
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Sir, the SEALs have secured the hospital perimeter.
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and the snipers are in place, Mr. President.
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- What's up? - Lock the door.
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Talk to me.
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- Car accident two weeks ago. - He's dead, too?
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We got a kid down here. Check that room.
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to recreate 105 from the debris
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And we got Nassar.
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They were being held at gunpoint by the terrorists.
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with the information you had, Tom.
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I didn't move to Washington, D.C., for power.
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What about the Vice Presidency?
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Every detail.
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Aired a year ago - Oct 12, 2016

Kirkman learns who is behind the attack and needs to grapple not only with the prospect of war, but brewing domestic troubles as well. Kirkman taps Emily to monitor the domestic situation, while Alex may be in for more than she bargains for when she seeks out help from Hookstraten.

Aired a year ago - Oct 05, 2016

President Kirkman and his staff work to keep a high-level security breach of the White House a secret just as he’s about to give his first television interview. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate the Capitol bombing, and Agent Hannah Wells starts to develop her own theories about who was really behind the attack.

Aired a year ago - Sep 28, 2016

Hours after the attack on the Capitol, President Kirkman steps into his role as Commander-in-Chief in the midst of chaos and confusion. Facing dangerous new challenges and adversaries, Kirkman struggles to hold a country together that is on the brink of falling apart.

Aired a year ago - Sep 21, 2016

Lower-level cabinet member Tom Kirkman becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol. Kirkman must keep the country and his family safe while leading the search for the those responsible for the attack.