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Madam Secretary Season 3 Episodes

23 Episodes 2016 - 2017

In Season 3 of "Madam Secretary," Jason's (Evan Roe) computer is hacked leading to the McCord family realizing they may have a stalker. Henry (Tim Daly) looks into Elizabeth's (Téa Leoni) past as a political science professor for answers, while attempting to rescue priceless antiquities from the terrorist organization Hizb-al Shahid and protect an undercover operative within a doomsday cult. Elsewhere, Elizabeth continues her unorthodox approach to being secretary of state and brokers multiple peace deals resulting in her being considered for a Nobel Prize. Meanwhile, Stevie (Wallis Currie-Wood) awaits her college acceptance letters while working as an intern, President Dalton (Keith Carradine) runs for re-election and Russell (Zeljko Ivanek) has a health scare.

Episode 1

Sea Change

Sun, Oct 2, 2016 60 mins

In the Season 3 premiere, Elizabeth asks President Dalton to risk change in an election year after a storm destroys a naval base in Bahrain, prompting the secretary of state to urge the commander-in-chief to reexamine his approach to climate change and his overall foreign policy. Meanwhile, Jose Campos works to bring Henry back into the DIA fold; and the McCords worry that Jason's laptop may have been hacked by a possible stalker.

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Episode 2

The Linchpin

Sun, Oct 16, 2016 60 mins

Elizabeth cautiously negotiates a regime change in Algeria in an attempt to prevent a civil war. But then her plans fall apart with the unexpected death of the trusted U.S. Ambassador to the divided North African country. Meanwhile, Henry launches a crusade to save religious antiquities that are being destroyed by Hizb al-Shahid; and the McCord children get their own security detail as FBI Director Keith Doherty looks into the hacking of Jason's computer.

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Episode 3

South China Sea

Sun, Oct 23, 2016 60 mins

Elizabeth finds herself in a stalemate with the Chinese foreign minister as she lobbies for the release of environmental activists who were arrested for spying in China; Henry urges the FBI to investigate one of Elizabeth's former students, who he suspects is his family's cyberstalker; and President Dalton remembers his time serving in Vietnam during a trade visit to the country.

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Episode 4

The Dissent Memo

Sun, Oct 30, 2016 60 mins

The Dalton administration comes under criticism by the Bureau of African Affairs for their lack of attention to the upcoming Angolan election; and it falls upon Elizabeth to ease their fears over the situation. Elsewhere, Russell needs help getting the president on the ballot in Ohio; Henry and Jose find themselves one step closer to locating the antiquities stolen by Hizb al-Shahid.

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Episode 5

The French Revolution

Sat, Nov 5, 2016 60 mins

Elizabeth is tasked with keeping an imminent U.S.-France state dinner on track after a CIA operative is captured by French intelligence, putting the event in jeopardy as she tries to negotiate the operative's release. Meanwhile, Russell tries to woo back megadonors to Dalton's campaign; and there's a big break in the McCord stalking case.

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Episode 6

The Statement

Sun, Nov 13, 2016 60 mins

Elizabeth makes a bold move to bring a man who funded a terrorist bombing at an Illinois coffee shop to justice after the Saudi ambassador refuses to take action; and Matt deals with the news that he's linked to the same mosque as the bomber. Elsewhere, Henry tries to help Dmitri, who's having trouble adjusting to his new life in Phoenix.

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Episode 7

Tectonic Shift

Sun, Nov 20, 2016 60 mins

Will faces a big decision, torn between helping earthquake victims in Venezuela and saving his marriage by accepting a job at Walter Reed Medical Center. Meanwhile, Elizabeth works to stop a power grab in the devastated South American country.

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Episode 8

Breakout Capacity

Sun, Nov 27, 2016 60 mins

President Dalton waits for election results; at the same time, Elizabeth discovers information that leads her to believe Iran may be in violation of their peace deal with the U.S. Meanwhile, there's romance in the air among some of McCord's staffers; and Jason challenges his parents by supporting one of Dalton's presidential competitors.

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Episode 9

Snap Back

Sun, Dec 11, 2016 60 mins

Elizabeth tries to stop Israel from taking military action against Iran for its suspected nuclear activity; Russell wants Henry to ask an old Air Force buddy-turned-congressman to support President Dalton in the House's election vote; and Stevie hopes that Russell will write her a recommendation to Harvard Law School.

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Episode 10

The Race

Sun, Dec 18, 2016 60 mins

The threat of war between Israel and Iran puts Congress' imminent vote on the U.S. presidential election at risk. Elizabeth, however, isn't about to let that happen as she persuades the two reluctant countries to take part in peace negotiations. Meanwhile, it's unclear whether Russell will survive a heart attack.

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Episode 11

Gift Horse

Sun, Jan 8, 2017 60 mins

Elizabeth is unsure what to do with a literal gift horse given to her by Mongolia, which creates a controversy as she contemplates returning it so as not to upset other Asian countries. Meanwhile, Gov. Sam Evans threatens to sue Ohio for putting President Dalton on the election ballot; and Stevie has an eventful first day as Russell's new intern.

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Episode 12

The Detour

Sun, Jan 15, 2017 60 mins

A bumpy aid trip to Africa is experienced by Elizabeth and her staff when they are surprised to discover that China has arrived there first with their own development plan to offer the continent. Meanwhile, Henry is asked by the FBI to help look into a Christian cult member who may be involved in the bombing of an Illinois coffee shop.

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Episode 13

The Beautiful Game

Sun, Jan 29, 2017 60 mins

The murder of a rabbi who was organizing a symbolic Iran/Israel soccer game puts Elizabeth and Jay's peace treaty for the two countries at risk; at the same time, Elizabeth is getting buzz as a Nobel Peace Prize contender; work is taking a toll on Jay's marriage; and Daisy makes a connection with a new work colleague.

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Episode 14

Labor of Love

Sun, Mar 5, 2017 60 mins

Elizabeth works to save the marriage of two star-crossed lovers, the son of the Colombian president and the daughter of the rebel leader, in order to secure a peace deal after years of civil war. Elsewhere, Henry prepares to send his operative undercover; Jay deals with his tenuous marriage situation; and Daisy makes a shocking discovery regarding Kevin.

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Episode 15

Break in Diplomacy

Fri, Mar 10, 2017 60 mins

Elizabeth is shocked when the Philippines' unconventional new president makes a pass at her during their meeting to discuss his refusal to participate in an Asia-Pacific territory treaty. Meanwhile, Jay is asked to look into Kevin Park's CIA connection; and Henry fears for an operative who is embedded with a religious cult.

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Episode 16

Swept Away

Sun, Mar 19, 2017 60 mins

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

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Episode 17


Sun, Mar 26, 2017 60 mins

A possible mole is arrested in the CIA arms smuggling ring, but Elizabeth suspects that he could be a small part of a larger, more dangerous force behind the operation. Meanwhile, Henry worries that the doomsday cult is drugging his embedded operative; and Elizabeth and her State Department staff come up with an unorthodox approach to solving black rhino poaching in Namibia.

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Episode 18

Good Bones

Sun, Apr 9, 2017 60 mins

Elizabeth enlists the help of Hollywood star Ashley Whittaker to help sway the president of Kyrgyzstan to end human trafficking in his country, but the added attention could put an American captive at risk. Also, when Henry finds the bomb that's being held by the doomsday cult, he uncovers information that they could be planning a deadlier attack.

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Episode 19

Global Relief

Sun, Apr 23, 2017 60 mins

When warring rebel groups threaten Elizabeth's Somalian food relief efforts and kidnap an American aide there, she reluctantly considers asking a notorious Russian arms dealer for help. Also, Henry is blindsided when he is taken off the VFF doomsday cult case; and Alison and Stevie await their college acceptances.

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Episode 20

Extraordinary Hazard

Sun, Apr 30, 2017 60 mins

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. Elsewhere, Henry suspects the doomsday cult are 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.

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Episode 21

The Seventh Floor

Sun, May 7, 2017 60 mins

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

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Episode 22


Sun, May 14, 2017 60 mins

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.

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Episode 23

Article 5

Sun, May 21, 2017 60 mins

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, 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 on the third-season finale.

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