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Synopsis: While on a secret mission to Afghanistan, President Kirkman meets with two infamous warlords and must determine whom he can trust to hand over territories to the United States, while Seth has a run-in with Washington D.C. police that puts his job, reputation and future in the White House on the line. (IMDB)
Writer: Patrick Cunnane
Director: Ian Toynton
Running Time: 45mins
This episode was quite the departure, literally, as it saw Tom head to Afghanistan on a secret mission. This was a filler episode for the most part as it did not do much to advance the plot but it was still somewhat entertaining.
Tom was looking to make an ally out of one of two rival warlords. The problem was that one was planning an attack though they did not know which one. Both were skeptical of Tom’s intentions. A later attack nearby did not dissuade him from his mission but rather empowered him. On another mission to find a missing CIA station chief, Wells and Mike aired their differences over her actions from last season. Both warlords denied being responsible for the earlier attack and they later figured out the truth with Tom seizing the guilty warlord for killing Americans in the attack.
While most of the episode was spent in Afghanistan, there were still a few developments back home that didn’t really add much. Seth and his brother were pulled over with Seth getting charged with drug possession. Seth was protecting his brother as a criminal record would prevent him from going to medical school. Luckily, Danes was able to get him off. With Seth indisposed, Lyor had to serve as press secretary and that was an adventure all to itself. Also, Lyor was in trouble with the IRS for lying about being married. He didn’t think much of it as he got married in Las Vegas and hadn’t had much of a relationship since. Danes wanted them to have their marriage annulled but both refused as this was the only real connection they had with one another.
Overall, this was still a good filler episode, redeemed by the Afghanistan portion even though it didn’t make that much of a difference. It also would’ve worked better if all of it took place there but they couldn’t ignore the other characters. With 2 episodes left until the midseason finale, it will be interesting to see how it all ties together and if it will all be worth it.