Not only is Congress in shambles after that terrorist attack, but Kirkman has to reassemble the Supreme Court, the justices of which were also vaporized in the blast.
After selecting eight nominees -- four from each party, to appease both sides of the aisle -- his ninth pick is an independent, just like himself, and an old friend whom he trusts dearly.
So what's the problem? Kirkman's pick may be unable to perform the duties, a minor snag which is only caught late in the process after some heartbreaking revelations. How will Tom fix this pickle, and will he be able to find a perfectly neutral replacement to keep the balance of the country's most powerful court?