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When Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), the hero of ABC’s new thriller Designated Survivor, learns he’ll have to be sworn in as the President of the United States, all he can do is gawk at his Secret Service detail.

In the exclusive clip above from the series’ pilot, Sutherland’s low-level Cabinet member character looks on at the White House, speechless after being told the explosion at the Capitol during the State of the Union has killed POTUS and everyone in Congress, leaving him, the “designated survivor” during the address, the new Commander-in-Chief. At least “President Kirkland” has a good ring to it, right? Right?

Check out the clip above. Designated Survivor premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.