Tom Kirkman, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is chosen to be the "Designated Survivor" during the State of the Union. He and his wife, Alex Kirkman, prepare to watch the State of the Union together. While the President is giving his speech, Alex and Tom talk to their daughter, Penny, on the phone. Unfortunately, disaster soon strikes when the capitol suffers a catastrophic attack. Life instantly changes for Kirkman. From the series premiere of Designated Survivor, which airs WEDNESDAYS 10|9c on ABC.