Madam Secretary

Madam Secretary

2014 - 2018, Drama
After the suspicious death of her predecessor and at the request of the president, former CIA analyst Elizabeth McCord returns to public life as Secretary of State.

Episode Guide

  • Madam Secretary - Mitya (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:


    Vice President Hurst attempts to set Elizabeth up for failure by promising that Americans will continue to be able to adopt Russian orphans; Elizabeth and Henry find out Stevie is dating Dmitri.

  • Madam Secretary - Women Transform the World (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Women Transform the World

    Elizabeth realizes that Afghan government may want to compromise with the Taliban; Henry tries to convince a Russian spy to help the U.S.; Daisy returns from maternity leave and decides to tell Joe's mother about the baby.

  • Madam Secretary - Minefield (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:


    Secretary of State McCord agrees to host a holiday party to persuade senators about a landmine treaty; Henry looks for evidence that the senate majority leader exchanged information with the Russians.

  • Madam Secretary - The Fourth Estate (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    The Fourth Estate

    McCord and her staff work to extradite a Mexican cartel leader to a U.S. prison to diminish the opioid crisis; the cartel leader escapes and an urgent search is undertaken.

  • Madam Secretary - North to the Future (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    North to the Future

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

  • Madam Secretary - Loophole (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:


    The president and Elizabeth refuse to negotiate with terrorists for the release of a captured CIA agent; Henry disagrees with them; Elizabeth tries to support Stevie through a difficult time.

  • Madam Secretary - Persona Non Grata (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Persona Non Grata

    Elizabeth is determined to hold a human trafficking conference in Kyrgyzstan; Elizabeth and Henry worry about Alison when she keeps coming home from college.

  • Madam Secretary - Shutdown (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:


    Secretary of State McCord must negotiate an agreement to prevent a government shutdown; it is proving difficult to find a suitable replacement for the chief of staff position.

  • Madam Secretary - The Essentials (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    The Essentials

    Elizabeth tries to find funding for an electrical grid in a Syrian refugee camp during an impending government shutdown.

  • Madam Secretary - Off the Record (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Off the Record

    While Elizabeth is in Libya to help negotiate an end to its civil war, a tragic accident with her chauffeured car embroils her in an urgent situation to secure medical care for a gravely wounded local girl.

  • Madam Secretary - News Cycle (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    News Cycle

    Elizabeth is blamed in a "fake news" story for a diplomat's death; Dmitri returns to work with Henry.

  • Madam Secretary - Article 5 (Season 3 Episode 23)
    Season 3 Episode 23:

    Article 5

    Elizabeth heads to Brussels to seek NATO's support against Russia when it threatens to invade Bulgaria; Henry turns to a former operative for help; Elizabeth discovers information about her friend that makes her question his loyalty.

  • Madam Secretary - Revelation (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:


    Elizabeth and President Dalton head to Rome for the G20 Conference; Henry is sent to Israel to intercept the doomsday cult's bio-weapon; Blake reveals a personal secret to his former colleagues.

  • Madam Secretary - The Seventh Floor (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    The Seventh Floor

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

  • Madam Secretary - Extraordinary Hazard (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Extraordinary Hazard

    The U.S. hunts for the person believed to be behind the smuggling case; Jay gets kidnapped in Nice, France; Henry suspects the doomsday cult is planning an attack in Israel; Jason dupes his parents into giving him money.

  • Madam Secretary - Global Relief (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Global Relief

    When warring rebel groups threaten Somali food relief efforts and kidnap an American aide, Elizabeth considers asking a notorious Russian arms dealer for help; Henry is taken off the VFF doomsday cult case.

  • Madam Secretary - Good Bones (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Good Bones

    Elizabeth enlists the help of a Hollywood star to sway the president of Kyrgyzstan to end human trafficking in his country; Henry finds the bomb that's being held by the doomsday cult.

  • Madam Secretary - Convergence (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:


    A computer sting uncovers the possible mole in the CIA arms smuggling ring; Henry worries that the doomsday cult is drugging his embedded operative; Elizabeth and her staff come up with a plan for dealing with black rhino poaching in Namibia.

  • Madam Secretary - Swept Away (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Swept Away

    China threatens to back out of Elizabeth's landmark global climate treaty due to her meeting with the Dalai Lama; Henry worries about the safety of his undercover operative; Abby serves Jay a custody agreement for their daughter.

  • Madam Secretary - Break in Diplomacy (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Break in Diplomacy

    Datu Andrada, the unconventional new president of the Philippines, hits on Elizabeth during a meeting to discuss an Asia-Pacific territory treaty; Elizabeth asks Jay to look into Kevin Park's CIA connections; Henry's operative goes radio silent.

  • Madam Secretary - Labor of Love (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Labor of Love

    Elizabeth tries to reunite the son of the Colombian president and the daughter of the rebel leader, whose upcoming marriage is at the heart of an important peace deal; Henry prepares to send his operative under cover.

  • Madam Secretary - The Beautiful Game (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    The Beautiful Game

    Elizabeth and Jay's peace treaty plans for Iran and Israel are jeopardized when an influential rabbi is killed; Elizabeth's name is floated for a Nobel Peace Prize; Daisy makes a connection with a new work colleague.

  • Madam Secretary - The Detour (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    The Detour

    Elizabeth and her staff fly to Africa to offer development aid but find the Chinese arrived there first with competing offers; Henry is asked to help investigate a Christian cult member who may be tied to the Illinois coffee shop attack.

  • Madam Secretary - Gift Horse (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Gift Horse

    Elizabeth tries to avoid international controversy after the Mongolian government sends her a horse as a gift; Gov. Sam Evans threatens to bring a lawsuit against Ohio for putting President Dalton on the election ballot.

  • Madam Secretary - The Race (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    The Race

    Elizabeth attempts to broker peace between Israel and Iran to avoid war; Russell suffers a heart attack.

  • Madam Secretary - Snap Back (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Snap Back

    Elizabeth tries to stop Israel from taking military action against the Iranians after Iran is suspected of nuclear activities; Russell wants congressman Jeff Pearson to support President Dalton in the House's election vote.

  • Madam Secretary - Breakout Capacity (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Breakout Capacity

    As President Dalton eagerly awaits voting results on Election Day, Elizabeth uncovers information that could put America's peace deal with Iran in jeopardy; Jason challenges his parents by supporting another candidate for president.

  • Madam Secretary - Tectonic Shift (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Tectonic Shift

    When Venezuela's president and his immediate successors die in an earthquake, Elizabeth must stop the late president's son from taking over, and she must negotiate the release of some international aid workers that he arrested.

  • Madam Secretary - The Statement (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    The Statement

    Elizabeth learns that someone with ties to the Saudi government funded the terrorist bombing of an Illinois coffee shop; Matt declines to issue a statement when information comes out that he and the bomber are linked to the same mosque.

  • Madam Secretary - The French Revolution (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    The French Revolution

    After a CIA operative is captured by French intelligence, Elizabeth tries to get the operative released while keeping a U.S. - France state dinner on schedule; Russell attempts to get some big donors behind Dalton's campaign again.

  • Madam Secretary - The Dissent Memo (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The Dissent Memo

    Elizabeth must respond to a memo from the Bureau of African Affairs that criticizes the Dalton administration's lack of attention to the upcoming election in Angola; Henry and Jose get closer to finding the stolen antiquities.

  • Madam Secretary - South China Sea (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    South China Sea

    Elizabeth is in a stalemate with the Chinese foreign minister as she lobbies for the release of U.S. environmental activists; Henry thinks a former student of Elizabeth's is his family's cyber stalker; Dalton's visit to Vietnam stirs up war memories.

  • Madam Secretary - The Linchpin (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The Linchpin

    With Algeria on the brink of a civil war, Elizabeth negotiates a regime change; Henry discovers that religious antiquities are being destroyed in Algeria by Hizb al-Shahid; the McCord children get their own security detail.

  • Madam Secretary - Sea Change (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Sea Change

    After a storm destroys a naval base in Bahrain, Elizabeth advises President Dalton to reconsider his approach to climate change as well as his foreign policy; Jose Campos attempts to get Henry back into the DIA.

  • Madam Secretary - Vartius (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:


    Elizabeth gets shocking news about a political operative and learns President Dalton may be considering replacing her with a new Secretary of State; Stevie and Jareth get engaged.

  • Madam Secretary - Render Safe (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Render Safe

    The United States debates whether to enact a mission to secure nuclear weapons that belong to the Pakistani government before it collapses; the Murphy Station pursues terrorist Jibral Disah.

  • Madam Secretary - Connection Lost (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Connection Lost

    Henry, Jane and Jose are sent on a dangerous mission when President Dalton gets word that the world's most dangerous terrorist is hiding in Islamabad.

  • Madam Secretary - Ghost Detainee (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Ghost Detainee

    In Elizabeth's first speech to the United Nations, she condemns the terrorist group Hizb-al- Shahid and discusses forming a coalition against them with the Russian foreign minister; the talk creates a conflict of interest between Elizabeth and Henry.

  • Madam Secretary - Desperate Remedies (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Desperate Remedies

    After a member of the inner circle of a terrorist organization falls ill with a deadly virus, Elizabeth attempts to use his weakness to secure the release of a group of schoolgirls that are being held captive.

  • Madam Secretary - On the Clock (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    On the Clock

    A mysterious plane crash interrupts peace talks between India and Pakistan; Henry tries to get information from one of Disah's wives; Elizabeth undergoes a grueling interview.

  • Madam Secretary - Higher Learning (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Higher Learning

    While accompanying Alison on a college campus tour, Elizabeth is ambushed by a group protesting a Chilean mining operation; Henry, Jane and Jose Campos try to locate Jibral Disah's third wife, Hijriyyah.

  • Madam Secretary - Hijriyyah (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:


    Elizabeth has 20 minutes to decide if she should question a person claiming to know the location of the world's most-wanted terrorist; Stevie wants to introduce her boyfriend to her parents.

  • Madam Secretary - Right of the Boom (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Right of the Boom

    After a shocking event occurs on American soil, Elizabeth must answer President Dalton's questions about how it happened.

  • Madam Secretary - Left of the Boom (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Left of the Boom

    Elizabeth deals with extremely sensitive issues in Saudi Arabia as she oversees a mission to find those responsible for a uranium heist in Eastern Europe.

  • Madam Secretary - Invasive Species (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Invasive Species

    After Henry's father dies, painful and shocking family secrets are uncovered; Russell decides to keep significant information from Elizabeth's team.

  • Madam Secretary - The Middle Way (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    The Middle Way

    When Elizabeth travels to Myanmar to sign a Pacific Rim trade agreement, she is met with resistance from the country's American ambassador; Nadine tries to repair her relationship with her son.

  • Madam Secretary - Unity Node (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Unity Node

    An unanticipated turn of events threaten to dissolve a peace deal with Russia; an emergency occurs on the International Space Station.

  • Madam Secretary - The Greater Good (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    The Greater Good

    Elizabeth and President Dalton discover a secret that could impact Maria Ostrov's reputation; Dmitri wants to stop being a spy.

  • Madam Secretary - Russian Roulette (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Russian Roulette

    Henry shares information that causes Elizabeth to reconsider her theory that the Russians are responsible for the attack on Air Force One.

  • Madam Secretary - Lights Out (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Lights Out

    Elizabeth, Russell and Mike B. must oust Craig Sterling from his role as national security adviser without creating a scandal; the person who hacked Air Force One is identified.

  • Madam Secretary - You Say You Want a Revolution (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    You Say You Want a Revolution

    With the president's support, Elizabeth hopes to make history by lifting the Cuban trade embargo; Alison and Henry bond while in Havana.

  • Madam Secretary - Catch and Release (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Catch and Release

    Elizabeth is determined to seek justice when an American aid worker is killed in Syria; Dmitri asks Henry for help saving Ivan.

  • Madam Secretary - The Long Shot (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    The Long Shot

    Following President Ostrov's death, President Dalton and Elizaeth fear an impending power grab within the Russian government; Jay forms a plan to combat Russian propaganda.

  • Madam Secretary - Waiting for Taleju (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Waiting for Taleju

    When Elizabeth disagrees with the president's response to tension with Russia, she is pushed out of the inner circle; incriminating photos of Harrison and Stevie come to light.

  • Madam Secretary - The Rusalka (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    The Rusalka

    The president's administration encounters hostility while dealing with the Russian government; Dmitri is kidnapped and interrogated about being a spy.

  • Madam Secretary - The Doability Doctrine (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Doability Doctrine

    When a Department of State employee is kidnapped in Afghanistan, Elizabeth takes former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's advice over the president's recommendation; Henry has a hard time persuading a student to spy for the U.S. government.

  • Madam Secretary - The Show Must Go On (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    The Show Must Go On

    Elizabeth takes on an unexpected position of power when the president's plane is declared missing; Henry's new handler asks him to recruit one of his students for the NSA.

  • Madam Secretary - There but for the Grace of God (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    There but for the Grace of God

    Elizabeth confronts a former friend -- and remembers an important job offer from the past; Stevie and the president's son start a relationship.

  • Madam Secretary - The Kill List (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    The Kill List

    Elizabeth discovers an assassination plot against the Iranian president, while dealing with a massive protest against Iran's plan to execute a gay citizen; in order to deal with her PTSD, Elizabeth sees a therapist.

  • Madam Secretary - The Necessary Art (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    The Necessary Art

    A Russian nuclear submarine disappears in American waters, putting Elizabeth in a tricky situation; Stevie ends things with her boyfriend.

  • Madam Secretary - Spartan Figures (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Spartan Figures

    As President Dalton and Elizabeth try to solve the Greek debt crisis, not everyone is satisfied with the agreement; Henry considers a job offer; Stevie reconnects with a childhood friend.

  • Madam Secretary - The Time Is at Hand (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    The Time Is at Hand

    While Elizabeth looks for a diplomatic way to handle a cult in Bolivia, the organization takes a congressman hostage; Stevie introduces her boyfriend to Elizabeth and Henry.

  • Madam Secretary - Face the Nation (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Face the Nation

    As Elizabeth attempts to hold herself together, she tries to prevent an ecological disaster and prepares for an appearance on "Face the Nation"; Henry and Elizabeth disagree on the level of protection Jason should have at school.

  • Madam Secretary - Tamerlane (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:


    Elizabeth makes a secret trip to Iran in hope of preventing a coup that could affect President Dalton's administration; Elizabeth's staff is brought up to speed on the investigation into Marsh's death.

  • Madam Secretary - The Ninth Circle (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    The Ninth Circle

    When the Turkish government releases a potentially damaging video, Elizabeth must mend political relations; Jason punches a school bully.

  • Madam Secretary - Whisper of the Ax (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Whisper of the Ax

    Elizabeth's staff fails to find existing corruption in her microloan program, leaving her humiliated at a public budget hearing; an investigation into Marsh's death progresses.

  • Madam Secretary - Chains of Command (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Chains of Command

    Elizabeth wants a Bahraini diplomat prosecuted when he is caught holding a maid hostage; Henry's father visits.

  • Madam Secretary - Standoff (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:


    Elizabeth's wedding anniversary celebration is cut short when political tension forces her to re-examine an extradition deal she made; Elizabeth's son is injured while Blake is watching him.

  • Madam Secretary - Game On (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Game On

    As Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle search for a secret bank account belonging to former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh, they learn that one of Elizabeth's staff members has access to it.

  • Madam Secretary - Collateral Damage (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Collateral Damage

    A deranged gunman puts the State Department on lockdown; a translator threatens to reveal damaging information about Elizabeth's time in the CIA; Matt reveals information to Daisy's fiance.

  • Madam Secretary - So It Goes (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    So It Goes

    Elizabeth investigates a plane crash that killed Secretary of State Vincent Marsh; Nadine agrees to a date with a NASA scientist.

  • Madam Secretary - Need to Know (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Need to Know

    After being reactivated to the NSA, Henry lies about it to Elizabeth; the office is impacted by Daisy and Matt's antagonism.

  • Madam Secretary - Passage (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:


    Elizabeth brings Alison with her on a state department trip to India; when an earthquake causes an explosion at an American-owned factory, the chaos separates Elizabeth from her daughter.

  • Madam Secretary - The Call (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Call

    Elizabeth asks the president for help with a dire situation in Western Africa but ends up being faced with unexpected consequences.

  • Madam Secretary - Blame Canada (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Blame Canada

    Elizabeth must negotiate with Iran regarding their escalating nuclear program; Jason interviews his father for a school report.

  • Madam Secretary - Just Another Normal Day (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Just Another Normal Day

    A Chinese student seeking political asylum threatens a potential peace treaty between Japan and China; tension grows between Stevie and Alison.

  • Madam Secretary - The Operative (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Operative

    A hostile reporter threatens to publish confidential documents leaked from the State Department; Henry becomes involved in an international negotiation.

  • Madam Secretary - Another Benghazi (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Another Benghazi

    While Elizabeth deals with a crisis in Yemen, her eldest daughter makes headlines for protesting a new university policy.

  • Madam Secretary - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord faces an abundance of political challenges, most importantly an international hostage situation; the McCord children struggle to adjust to their new schools.

  • Madam Secretary - The Unnamed (Episode 83)
    Episode 83:

    The Unnamed

    Elizabeth is torn about giving a Presidential Medal of Freedom award to someone who may not deserve it; President Dalton doubts his ability to return to office after being cleared by his doctor; Henry's sister pays a visit.

  • Madam Secretary - Refuge (Episode 82)
    Episode 82:


    Jay and Kat devise a way to help persecuted foreign LGBTQ citizens escape their country; the plan's repercussions could threaten their relationship with neighboring allies.

  • Madam Secretary - Reading the Signs (Episode 81)
    Episode 81:

    Reading the Signs

    A psychic convinces the president of Sri Lanka to not move forward with a trade agreement with the U.S.; Alison struggles with guilt after her college roommate attempts suicide; Henry makes an abrupt career decision.

  • Madam Secretary - Sound and Fury (Episode 80)
    Episode 80:

    Sound and Fury

    President Dalton's mental status is questioned when he threatens Russia over its potential role in a sonic attack at the U.S. embassy in Bulgaria.