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* NotWhatItLooksLike: Much like when she thwarted Kirkman's assassination, Wells ends up in this situation. Due to coming out of the van holding the bomb, the FBI agents automatically think she's behind it. Even after she saves everyone's lives by getting rid of the bomb, she's still arrested. The authorities originally don't believe her when she claims she only found herself in the van, but luckily, Forstell arrives to verify her claims.
* OhCrap: [[TheMole Jay Whitaker]] has an understated one when he is ''finally'' cornered in the White House by Ritter, Wells and Forstell.

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: Much like when she thwarted Kirkman's assassination, Wells ends up in this situation. Due to coming out of the van holding the bomb, the FBI agents automatically think she's behind it. Even after she saves everyone's lives by getting rid of the bomb, she's still arrested. The authorities originally don't believe her when she claims she only found herself in the van, but luckily, Forstell Foerstel arrives to verify her claims.
* OhCrap: [[TheMole Jay Whitaker]] has an understated one when he is ''finally'' cornered in the White House by Ritter, Wells and Forstell.Foerstel.



* ThanatosGambit: Jason Atwood is posthumously revealed to have pulled off one; he sent Hannah Wells his photographs and recordings of the meeting between [[BigBad Lloyd]] and [[TheMole Whitaker]] before he went to investigate the nearby woods. Even though he was gunned down by Catalan, the message and attachments reached Agent Wells successfully and allowed her, Russink, Ritter and Forstell to track Whitaker down in the White House.

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* ThanatosGambit: Jason Atwood is posthumously revealed to have pulled off one; he sent Hannah Wells his photographs and recordings of the meeting between [[BigBad Lloyd]] and [[TheMole Whitaker]] before he went to investigate the nearby woods. Even though he was gunned down by Catalan, the message and attachments reached Agent Wells successfully and allowed her, Russink, Ritter and Forstell Foerstel to track Whitaker down in the White House.


** It's an interesting [[ShownTheirWork and quite realistic]] variant, as it's clearly shown that Wells, just a few metres away from shore, is still somewhat affected by the pressure wave, just not quite as badly as she would have been of the van had been in the open air.

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** It's an interesting [[ShownTheirWork and quite realistic]] variant, as it's clearly shown that Wells, just a few metres away from shore, is still somewhat affected by the pressure wave, just not quite as badly as she would have been of if the van had been in the open air.

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* TitleDrop: Moss gives this as advice to Kirkman for the fallout of the investigation.


** It's an interesting [[ShownTheirWork and quite realistic]] variant, as it's clearly shown that Wells, just a few metres away from shore, is still somewhat affected by the pressure wave, just not quite as badly as she would have been of the can had been in the open air.

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** It's an interesting [[ShownTheirWork and quite realistic]] variant, as it's clearly shown that Wells, just a few metres away from shore, is still somewhat affected by the pressure wave, just not quite as badly as she would have been of the can van had been in the open air.

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** It's an interesting [[ShownTheirWork and quite realistic]] variant, as it's clearly shown that Wells, just a few metres away from shore, is still somewhat affected by the pressure wave, just not quite as badly as she would have been of the can had been in the open air.

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: Much like when she thwarted Kirkman's assassination, Wells ends up in this situation. Due to coming out of the van holding the bomb, the FBI agents automatically think she's behind it. Even after she saves everyone's lives by getting rid of the bomb, she's still arrested. The authorities originally don't believe her when she claims she only found herself in the van, but luckily, Forstell arrives to verify her claims.


* CaliforniaDoubling: The {{Toronto}} City Hall council chambers double as the setting for Kirkman's address to a joint session of Congress at the end of the episode. The room, spacious as it is, looks far too small to be the House of Representatives, although that is justified by the House side of the Capitol still being under reconstruction in-universe.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: The {{Toronto}} UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} City Hall council chambers double as the setting for Kirkman's address to a joint session of Congress at the end of the episode. The room, spacious as it is, looks far too small to be the House of Representatives, although that is justified by the House side of the Capitol still being under reconstruction in-universe.

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Agent Wells races to avert a bomb from detonating in downtown Washington, D.C., while Kirkman's administration and the FBI work to root out the traitor in the White House and bring down TheConspiracy.

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!!Tropes in this episode:
* ArtisticLicenceGeography: It is ''highly'' unlikely that Agent Wells would be able to get the van full of explosives into the Potomac River in the amount of time she had to get it there from the Hoover Building.
* TheBusCameBack: President Kirkman vows to find Aaron Shore a new position working at the White House.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The {{Toronto}} City Hall council chambers double as the setting for Kirkman's address to a joint session of Congress at the end of the episode. The room, spacious as it is, looks far too small to be the House of Representatives, although that is justified by the House side of the Capitol still being under reconstruction in-universe.
* CosmicDeadline: The PlotArmor on [[TheDragon Nestor "Catalan" Lozano]] and [[TheMole Jay Whitaker]] expires and most of the conspirators around the country are rounded up just in time for the end of the season. Only the BigBad, Patrick Lloyd, escapes as a KarmaHoudini to cause trouble another day.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Before he dies, [[TheDragon Lozano]] spends his last breaths spitting the conspirators' motto back in Agent Wells' face: "No victory without sacrifice."
* DunkingTheBomb: Agent Wells resorts to driving the van full of explosives into the Potomac River to get rid of the TimeBomb before it goes off.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[TheDragon Lozano]] ends up this way when Hannah tackles him off of a ledge in an incomplete building onto a bunch of steel rebar.
* {{Irony}}: Secretary Moss notes that before the attack on the Capitol, being the "designated survivor" was considered a menial duty in the administration. Now, it's an honour to be chosen as Kirkman's designated survivor during the address to the joint session of Congress.
* KarmaHoudini: Patrick Lloyd gets away largely scot-free and in possession of a large amount of military information stolen from the Pentagon. Fortunately, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity his reputation]] is most likely ruined, thanks to President Kirkman outing Lloyd as the BigBad in the address to Congress.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Agent Wells and Catalan exchange these in a lengthy fight in an abandoned housing complex. Ultimately, Wells wins.
* OhCrap: [[TheMole Jay Whitaker]] has an understated one when he is ''finally'' cornered in the White House by Ritter, Wells and Forstell.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Hannah has one of these when the van that she awakens in is full of explosives [[TimeBomb on a timer]] counting down to detonation. She resorts to driving the van [[DunkingTheBomb into the Potomac River]] so that the bombs can go off harmlessly.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The episode amounts to the FBI and the Kirkman administration pulling off a lengthy CurbStompBattle against TheConspiracy, killing or arresting [[TheDragon the conspirators' best assassin]] as well as [[TheMole the traitor]] within the White House, and apprehending cells of conspirators right across the country. The season ''is'' [[CosmicDeadline coming to an end]], after all.
* RousingSpeech: President Kirkman gives one of these before a joint session of Congress at the end of the episode.
* SequelHook: Patrick Lloyd escapes arrest and goes into hiding with the information Catalan stole from the Pentagon.
* SwissCheeseSecurity: Catalan is able to march into the Pentagon's server room, download whatever he wants, and leave again entirely without incident -- and all this while the entire facility ''is already on lockdown''. Agent Wells only catches up to him because she saw him driving away and managed to turn around and pursue him.
* ThanatosGambit: Jason Atwood is posthumously revealed to have pulled off one; he sent Hannah Wells his photographs and recordings of the meeting between [[BigBad Lloyd]] and [[TheMole Whitaker]] before he went to investigate the nearby woods. Even though he was gunned down by Catalan, the message and attachments reached Agent Wells successfully and allowed her, Russink, Ritter and Forstell to track Whitaker down in the White House.
* UnfoldingPlanMontage: President Kirkman's speech explaining the terrorist threat to the nation is intercut with scenes of police and the FBI arresting cells of conspirators all over the country.
* YankTheDogsChain: President Kirkman is welcoming his family back to the White House when he is called down to the command centre to receive the news that Patrick Lloyd escaped with the data from the Pentagon, meaning that TheConspiracy is still alive and well.
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