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Madam Secretary is a dramatic presentation. This show is about a woman comfortable with her power. Yet, in the wake of her powerful self, she sits in the wings of one man who needs her help to maintain his power, the President. Another man is holding her by the reigns to keep her from becoming more powerful than himself, her immediate superior. She also has a spouse who is satisfied with her, power or no power.

Tea Leoni plays Elizabeth McCord. She is a forceful actress that holds the attention of her audience with ease. Keith Carradine plays the President, her mentor.

Sunday 8:00 et/pt on CBS
4 Seasons, 78 Episodes
September 21, 2014
Drama
7.6/10
Cast: Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller, Geoffrey Arend
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  • Secretary of State McCord struggles with the realization that she may need to advise the Afghan government that a compromise with the Taliban may be better than a war with them. Also, Henry uses Dmitri as bait to convince a Russian spy to help the U.S., and Daisy returns from maternity leave and decides to finally tell Joe's mother about the baby.

  • Secretary of State McCord reluctantly agrees to host a holiday party in the hopes of persuading senators in attendance to pass a treaty that requires countries to destroy landmines. Also, Henry tries to find evidence that the Senate Majority Leader exchanged information with the Russians.

  • Secretary of State McCord and her staff work with the Mexican government to extradite a Mexican cartel leader to a U.S. prison in an effort to diminish the opioid crisis. But after he escapes during transport and a journalist who secured a gloating interview with him while on the lam is murdered, Elizabeth's urgency to find the leader escalates.

  • When a Russian dissident flees to the U.S. after contracting smallpox, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord and retired U.N. Ambassador Kat Sandoval must work with Russian Foreign Minister Konstantin Avdonin to contain the outbreak

  • Henry disagrees with the President and Elizabeth when they refuse to negotiate with terrorists for the release of an American CIA agent who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Also, Elizabeth tries to be supportive of Stevie who is going through a difficult time.

  • Elizabeth is determined to continue to hold a human trafficking conference in Kyrgyzstan despite the inappropriate actions by a U.S. ambassador. Also, Elizabeth and Henry worry about Alison when she keeps coming home from college.

  • As the government shutdown shows no sign of progress, Secretary of State McCord must negotiate an agreement between the White House and its opposition led by Senator Morejon. Also, Elizabeth is having trouble finding a suitable replacement for the chief of staff position.

  • Elizabeth tries to fund an electrical grid in a Syrian refugee camp before riots break out in the country due to a lack of electricity and water. Meanwhile, Henry searches for Dmitri when he goes missing.

  • Elizabeth is involved in a car accident in Libya when she goes there to help negotiate an end to their civil war and must secure medical care for a gravely wounded local girl who was hit by Elizabeth's chauffeured vehicle.

  • When the assistant vice minister of Timor-Leste suddenly dies during a meeting with Elizabeth on the first day of the U.N General Assembly, she becomes suspicious after the president of Timor-Leste ships the body back without a proper investigation. Also, a "fake news" story surfaces claiming Elizabeth is responsible for the minister's death, and Dmitri returns to work with Henry.

  • Elizabeth heads to Brussels to seek NATO's support against Russia when it threatens to invade Bulgaria, but when France refuses to cooperate, it could threaten the alliance's very existence. Also, Henry's new government role has him dive into the Russia issue and turn to his former operative, Dmitri Petrov (Chris Petrovski) for help, and as Nadine and Mike B's relationship heats up, Elizabeth finds out information about her old friend that makes her question his loyalties.

  • As Elizabeth and President Dalton head to Rome for the G20 Conference, she is concerned for Henry's safety when he is sent to Israel to intercept the doomsday cult's bio-weapon before it is deployed. Also, Blake reveals a personal secret to his former colleagues that he meets at the conference, and Elizabeth goes behind Stevie's back to ask Russell to get her off Harvard Law School's waiting list.

  • Elizabeth and her team work to secure the release of an American journalist held hostage in the Sudan.

  • As the U.S. hunts for the person believed to be behind the CIA arms smuggling case, Elizabeth and her team must work to save Jay when he's kidnapped in Nice, France, during a fact-finding mission into the suspect. Also, Henry suspects the doomsday cult is planning an attack in Israel, and Jason dupes his parents into giving him money for an expensive calculator when he's really using it to impress a girl.

  • Elizabeth requests the assistance of Hollywood star Ashley Whittaker to help persuade the president of Kyrgyzstan to put a stop to human trafficking in his country, but the extra attention could put an American captive in jeopardy.

  • When a computer sting reveals the possible mole in the CIA weapons smuggling ring, Elizabeth’s questioning of the suspect makes her believe that a bigger, more harmful force is behind the enterprise.

  • Elizabeth's landmark global climate treaty with more than 200 countries is jeopardized when China threatens to back out due to her meeting with an ailing Dalai Lama. Also, Henry worries about his undercover operative's safety, and Jay is surprised when Abby serves him with a custody agreement for their daughter.

  • Elizabeth is surprised when the Philippines' nontraditional new president, Datu Andrada, makes a pass at her during their meeting to talk about his refusal to take part in an Asia-Pacific territory treaty.

  • When the upcoming nuptials of two star-crossed lovers from Colombia is endangered, Elizabeth labors to reunite the son of the Colombian president and the daughter of the rebel leader, whose union is the center of a crucial peace deal after years of civil war.

  • When an important rabbi coordinating a symbolic Iran/Israel soccer game is murdered, Elizabeth and Jay's peace treaty plans for the two countries are ruined.

  • When Elizabeth and her team travel to Africa to offer development assistance to the continent, they are caught off-guard when the Chinese show up first, ready to outdo the U.S. with competing offers of help.

  • When the Mongolian government delivers Elizabeth a horse as a gift, she believes accepting it could bother other Asian countries, but she stirs up more fuss when she thinks about returning it to Mongolia.

  • When a viable Israel-Iran war endangers the House's imminent vote on the U.S. presidential election, Elizabeth tries to bring the two hesitant countries to the negotiation table in an attempt to mediate peace between them. Also, Russell's life hangs in the balance following a heart attack.

  • As the U.N. Security Council ponders reinstating sanctions against Iran for its probably nuclear activities, Elizabeth attempts to stop Israel from taking issues into its own hands when it threatens military force against the Iranians. Also, Russell encourages Henry to persuade his past Air Force buddy, Congressman Jeff Pearson, to back President Dalton in the House's election vote.

  • As President Dalton anxiously awaits voting results on Election Day, Elizabeth finds information that could put the U.S.'s peace deal with Iran at risk.

  • After Venezuela's president and his immediate successors die in a heartbreaking earthquake, Elizabeth labors to prevent a power grab by the late president's son, as well as ensure the release of the international aid crew he arrested.

  • When Elizabeth finds out a terrorist bombing at an Illinois coffee shop was paid for by someone with close ties to the Saudi government, she makes a bold move after the Saudi ambassador refuses to bring the guy to justice. Also, Matt won't issue a statement when news leaks that he and the bomber are linked to the same mosque, and Henry reaches out to Dmitri when he learns he's having a hard time adjusting to his new life in Phoenix.

  • When an impending U.S.- France state dinner is endangered after a CIA operative is kidnapped by French intelligence, Elizabeth must work out the operative's release while keeping the event on track. Also, Russell attempt to woo back big donors to Dalton's campaign, and the McCords get an important clue in their family's stalking case.

  • Following a bombing at a political rally in Angola, Elizabeth must discover a way to answer a “dissent memo” from the Bureau of African Affairs when they chastise the Dalton Administration’s lack of attention to the upcoming Angolan election. Also, Russell request Elizabeth’s assistance to get President Dalton on the ballot in Ohio, and Henry and Jose draw nearer to finding the antiquities stolen by Hizb al-Shahid.

  • Elizabeth discovers herself in a gridlock with the Chinese foreign minister as she requests the release of environmental activists who were arrested for spying in China; Henry urges the FBI to examine one of Elizabeth's past students, who he predicts is his family's cyberstalker; and President Dalton reflects on his time serving in Vietnam during a trade visit to the country.

  • With Algeria on the verge of a civil war, Elizabeth carefully negotiates a regime change, but her ideas get off when Roy Curtis, the trusted U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, passes away unexpectedly. Also, Henry battles to save religious antiquities in Algeria when he learns they are being ruined by Hizb al-Shahid, and the McCord kids get their own security detail after Jason’s computer is hacked.

  • When a storm destroys a naval base in Bahrain, Elizabeth urges President Dalton to reexamine his approach to climate change and his overall foreign policy, something that could jeopardize his re-election campaign. Also, Jose Campos tries to bring Henry back into the DIA fold, and the McCords worry that their family is being stalked when they discover Jason's laptop may have been hacked.

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