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Madam Secretary Season 1 Episodes

22 Episodes 2014 - 2015

Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni), a brilliant CIA analyst-turned-college professor, receives a job offer she can't refuse when she returns to Washington, D.C., as a favor to President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine), whom she considers a friend. As the new secretary of state, Elizabeth finds her principles tested as she scores some major victories and a few defeats. While the president values Elizabeth's frankness and how she confidently handles foreign policy on her own terms, those qualities aren't always appreciated, especially by other members of the White House staff. Time and again proving herself capable of pulling off tricky feats of international diplomacy, perhaps the greatest difficulty faced by Elizabeth in Season 1 is getting to the bottom of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of her predecessor. Elizabeth also deals with domestic challenges as she and her loving husband, theology scholar Henry McCord (Tim Daly), help their three children adjust to mom's demanding career. Rounding out the cast are Bebe Neuwirth and Željko Ivanek as Elizabeth's and the president's respective chiefs of staff.

Episode 1

Pilot

Sun, Sep 21, 2014 60 mins

Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord is caught up in a maelstrom of complex political challenges, including an international hostage situation, shortly after taking office. She also has serious second thoughts about accepting the job as her two kids struggle to adjust to their new schools in the series premiere of this drama.

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Episode 2

Another Benghazi

Sun, Sep 28, 2014 40 mins

Elizabeth has her hands full with a crisis in Yemen, plus there's trouble on the home front when her oldest daughter Stevie makes headlines for protesting a new policy at her university.

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Episode 3

The Operative

Sun, Oct 5, 2014 40 mins

A hostile reporter confronts Elizabeth, threatening to publish confidential documents that were leaked from inside the State Department. Meanwhile, Henry ends up in the middle of an international negotiation when his wife uses his job as leverage to broker a deal with Pakistan.

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Episode 4

Just Another Normal Day

Sun, Oct 12, 2014 60 mins

Elizabeth is working to successfully broker a peace treaty between China and Japan when a Chinese student seeking political asylum threatens the deal. At home, tensions break out between Alison and Stevie during Alison's sleepover party.

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Episode 5

Blame Canada

Sun, Oct 19, 2014 60 mins

Elizabeth faces the daunting task of negotiating with Iran over their escalating nuclear program. Determined to deal with the situation in a peaceful manner, she has to get creative when the president seems determined to take military action. Meanwhile, Jason's respect for Henry grows as he interviews him for a school report.

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Episode 6

The Call

Sun, Oct 26, 2014 60 mins

Elizabeth tries to sway the president to help with a dire situation in West Africa, but her request has unexpected consequences.

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Episode 7

Passage

Sun, Nov 2, 2014 60 mins

Things get scary when Elizabeth brings Alison with her to India on government business and the two are separated from one another during the mayhem of an earthquake.

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Episode 8

Need to Know

Sun, Nov 9, 2014 60 mins

Henry is reactivated by the president into the NSA, but he chooses to keep his continued involvement in the spy game well under wraps from Elizabeth. Meanwhile, the antagonism between Matt and Daisy begins to take its toll on the entire office.

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Episode 9

So It Goes

Sun, Nov 16, 2014 60 mins

Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle launch their own investigation into the plane crash that killed former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh. Meanwhile, Nadine reenters the dating scene after agreeing to go out with a NASA scientist.

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Episode 10

Collateral Damage

Sun, Nov 23, 2014 60 mins

The State Department goes on lockdown due to a deranged gunman outside of the building; and Elizabeth ends up confined with a delegation from Iraq, including a translator who threatens to reveal damaging information about her actions while in the CIA. Meanwhile, Matt finds himself stuck in an office, and in an awkward situation, with Daisy's fiancé, Win.

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Episode 11

Game On

Sun, Nov 30, 2014 60 mins

Together Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle investigate former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh's secret Venezuelan bank account and soon discover that a member of Elizabeth's staff has access to it.

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Episode 12

Standoff

Sun, Jan 4, 2015 60 mins

A work crisis interferes with Elizabeth's plans to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary in New York City with Henry when political issues arise around the case of a Mexican cartel smuggler who killed a Texas state trooper. Meanwhile, Jason injures himself while under Blake's watch.

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Episode 13

Chains of Command

Sun, Jan 11, 2015 60 mins

Henry's father arrives for a visit; at the same time, Elizabeth pushes to prosecute a Bahraini diplomat after he is caught holding a maid hostage in his home.

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Episode 14

The Whisper of the Ax

Sun, Mar 1, 2015 60 mins

A special consultant is hired by Elizabeth after she is humiliated at a public budget hearing due to the fact that her staff failed to find the corruption that exists in her microloan program; at the same time, the investigation into Marsh's death continues.

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Episode 15

The Ninth Circle

Sun, Mar 8, 2015 60 mins

Elizabeth travels to Turkey to mend political relations after the Turkish government releases a video that could be damaging to the CIA. Back at home, Jason faces expulsion as punishment for punching a bully at school.

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Episode 16

Tamerlane

Sun, Mar 15, 2015 60 mins

Elizabeth secretly travels to Iran in an attempt to thwart a coup that could impact President Dalton's administration. She also updates her staff on the investigation into Marsh's death.

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Episode 17

Face the Nation

Sun, Mar 22, 2015 60 mins

Elizabeth struggles to hold herself together emotionally following the attack in Iran; at the same time, she's working to prevent an ecological disaster in the Amazon and preparing for a national television appearance on "Face the Nation." Meanwhile, at home, she and Henry disagree about the level of protection Jason should receive at his new school.

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Episode 18

The Time Is at Hand

Sun, Mar 29, 2015 60 mins

A congressman is taken hostage while attempting to negotiate with the leader of a doomsday cult in Bolivia; Elizabeth and Henry are introduced to Stevie's much older boyfriend.

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Episode 19

Spartan Figures

Sun, Apr 5, 2015 60 mins

Elizabeth works with President Dalton to solve the Greek debt crisis, but not everyone in Washington finds the fruits of their collaboration pleasing. Meanwhile, Henry has a new job offer to consider; and Stevie reignites a friendship with the president's son.

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Episode 20

The Necessary Art

Sun, Apr 12, 2015 60 mins

Elizabeth finds herself navigating a difficult political situation when a Russian nuclear submarine vanishes in American waters; at the same time, Henry, coincidentally, is in Russia giving a lecture on fundamentalism. On the home front, Stevie breaks up with her older boyfriend.

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Episode 21

The Kill List

Sun, Apr 26, 2015 60 mins

Elizabeth sees a therapist to deal with her PTSD; at the same time, she prepares for the president of Iran to sign a nuclear treaty; and works to foil a secret plot to assassinate the Iranian leader on U.S. soil. Meanwhile, the Secretary of State's office need to address a massive outcry over Iran's plan to stone to death a gay citizen.

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Episode 22

There But For the Grace of God

Sun, May 3, 2015 60 mins

Season 1 ends with Elizabeth flashing back to when she turned down a job offer by then-CIA Director Dalton that would have changed the course of her life; at the same time, she confronts former friend-turned-traitor Juliet. Elsewhere, Stevie and Harrison enter into a relationship with consequences.

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