Aaron breaks down what the protocol is for figuring out the hack. Lyor is less than thrilled. Kendra tells them that they don’t have a choice so everyone goes along with it. Kirkman has breakfast with Trey and is understandably distracted. His brother seems to think it will blow over. That’s not the case. It’s everywhere and the public is reacting. Kirkman can’t get a break anywhere. Lyor tells Louden to write a statement about Kirkman’s mental health.
Hannah and Aaron talk about what to do with Damian. She’s running the show and should keep a close eye on him. Speaking of, he goes to meet with his Russian contact. She gives him what they know about the hacker but expects help when this settles. Kirkman meets with Louden. It isn’t going the way he wants. Aaron comes in with more drastic news. Another leak. There are seven hours worth. Seth tries to handle it but he’s bombarded.
Emily and Seth try to tread water but it’s a mess. Lyor isn’t all that encouraging and the Cabinet is nowhere to be found. Frost has been mentioned so now people are linking her and Kirkman. The two of them meet and Kirkman warns her of what may come. Chuck has checked all the devices. No sign of a leak. It must have been a visitor. Lyor is still trying to get through to the Cabinet and his secretary is as well. She mentions that they have been meeting with the VP.
Lyor knows what that means and takes off running. It’s a coup. He warns the rest as well. They are all in the Oval as Kirkman dresses down the VP for her secrecy. She tells him that she’s willing to hear his side of things before signing off on the letter enacting the 25th amendment, which would deem him mentally unfit for office. There’s an expert on hand to help him as well. Ethan West is on hand to guide him. The team questions his suitability and is willing to go with it.
Seth and Emily talk and she admits to what she did in order to get the information about the leaks. She plans to resign but he tells her to talk to Kendra first. She tells Chuck what’s going on and he explains that he was above-board and just went and asked people. He didn’t hack because he is more than that. She tells him she will remember that. Lyor wants to fire Cabinet members but Kirkman won’t do it.
Next order of business then is a meeting with Ethan. Lyor has a file on him and Ethan has one on Lyor in return. Kirkman sits down for a TV interview. He explains that he is still fighting for the American people. Chuck, Hannah and Damian are looking into the visitor logs. They make a connection to the hacker and head to an action house in Baltimore to follow the lead. Kirkman consults with Lyor about what he would do. He would have Kirkman step down.
He’s a teacher and he was just serving in the interim to right the ship. He’s done that and can move on. Kirkman talks to Frost about what’s going on. Seth snaps during his briefing. He defends Kirkman. Afterward, Emily gets a call. Kirkman is headed to the science fair. She tries to cut him off but he’s set on going. He gets there and interrupts Frost’s interview to talk science. He explains his therapy conversation about her. She says she understands.
Hannah and Damian continue to chase their lead. They have an address and it’s to a member’s only club near DC. They head there. Meanwhile, Kirkman and Frost explore the science fair. Hannah gets the list of club visitors and sends it to Chuck. He compares it to the visitor log and one name stands out. Andrea Frost. As Hannah calls Aaron to warn Kirkman, they are hit with a drive-by and Damian is taken down.
Emily talks to Kendra. Even though Chuck ignored her orders, she could go down for issuing them. Kirkman heads to the residence and sees his daughter. Kendra updates the staff on where they stand in the proceedings. Then Kirkman comes in and thanks them for their work. His next stop is the VP to apologize for his candor earlier. Lastly, he sits down with Ethan to talk about his plan. He will do all he can to stay in office. At the hospital, Hannah gets an update on Damian. It’s not good.
I feel like Emily will probably be the one to go down. Chuck is apparently getting more creditability which is great and Frost is the bad guy. That was unexpected but I still think it will tie to Trey in some way. He just knows too much. Team Seth for yelling at the reporters too. That was great.