The Best Episodes of Madam Secretary

Last Updated: Apr 9, 2019

A drama about the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life.

Family Separation: Part 2

#1 - Family Separation: Part 2

Season 5 - Episode 11

Elizabeth goes head to head with a U.S. governor over the state's new policy of separating unauthorized immigrants from their children. Also, she and Henry plan to renew their wedding vows.

star 8.18
382 votes
Directors: Martha Mitchell
Writers: Barbara Hall, David Grae
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Vartius

#2 - Vartius

Season 2 - Episode 23

When Elizabeth receives shocking news about an important political operative, she navigates a tricky political situation with President Dalton, who she learns may be considering replacing her as Secretary of State. Also, Stevie and Jareth get engaged.

star 8.10
962 votes
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Night Watch

#3 - Night Watch

Season 4 - Episode 22

Elizabeth and cabinet members brace for the fallout at home and abroad as President Dalton prepares for a retaliatory nuclear attack on a country that has reportedly just launched missiles bound for the U.S.

star 8.06
580 votes
Directors: Rob J. Greenlea
Writers: Barbara Hall, David Grae
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Family Separation: Part 1

#4 - Family Separation: Part 1

Season 5 - Episode 10

Elizabeth goes head to head with a U.S. governor over the state's new policy of separating unauthorized immigrants from their children. Also, she and Henry plan to renew their wedding vows.

star 8.02
415 votes
Directors: Rob Greenleaf
Writers: Barbara Hall, David Grae
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Render Safe (2)

#5 - Render Safe (2)

Season 2 - Episode 22

The United States debates enacting a “render safe” mission to secure nuclear weapons that belong to the Pakistani government before it collapses, while the Murphy Station pursues the terrorist Jibral Disah.

star 7.95
933 votes
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Sound and Fury

#6 - Sound and Fury

Season 4 - Episode 12

After President Dalton hears about a sonic attack at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, he thinks Russia is to blame and uncharacteristically threatens them with military force, leaving his cabinet concerned about his mental status.

star 7.94
735 votes
Writers: Barbara Hall, David Grae
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Something Better

#7 - Something Better

Season 5 - Episode 14

When a group of American missionaries become hostages during a violent uprising abroad, Dalton must confront demons from his past in order to help Elizabeth secure their safe return home. Also, Stevie takes over Russell’s social media presence, and Henry helps his niece, Sarah, mentally prepare for her military deployment.

star 7.92
383 votes
Writers: Sara Ray
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Article 5

#8 - Article 5

Season 3 - Episode 23

In the season finale, Elizabeth heads to Brussels to seek NATO'S support against Russia when it threatens to invade Bulgaria, but when France refuses to cooperate, it threatens the alliance's existence. Also, when Henry's new government role has him dive into the Russia issue, he turns 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 loyalty.

star 7.91
1,160 votes
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Russian Roulette

#9 - Russian Roulette

Season 2 - Episode 9

Shortly before Elizabeth is to deliver a speech at the United Nations accusing Russia for the attack on Air Force One, Henry shares information that makes her reconsider her theory.

star 7.91
717 votes
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Lights Out

#10 - Lights Out

Season 2 - Episode 8

As tensions rise with Russia, Elizabeth, Russell and Mike B. hatch a plan to oust Craig Sterling from his role as National Security Advisor without tarnishing President Dalton with a scandal. Also, Ephraim Ware, the Director of National Intelligence, identifies who hacked Air Force One

star 7.89
692 votes
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The Magic Rake

#11 - The Magic Rake

Season 5 - Episode 3

Elizabeth flies to Fashion Week in Milan to face off against the Chinese Foreign Minister over an anti-sweatshop treaty in the aftermath of a tragedy. Also, Daisy struggles with feelings of fear and pessimism over her baby’s future, under the threat of rising nationalism in the wake of the attack on the White House.

star 7.89
482 votes
Directors: John Murray
Writers: Matt Ward
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Right of the Boom

#12 - Right of the Boom

Season 2 - Episode 15

Following a shocking event on U.S. soil, Elizabeth rushes to find answers to President Dalton's many questions about how it was able to occur.

star 7.89
751 votes
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The Greater Good

#13 - The Greater Good

Season 2 - Episode 10

After they uncover a secret that could ruin Maria Ostrov’s reputation, Elizabeth and President Dalton head to Switzerland to meet with her and use the information as leverage to find a peaceful solution to the escalated conflict with Russia. Also, Dmitri requests to be released from his duties as a spy.

star 7.88
731 votes
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Sea Change

#14 - Sea Change

Season 3 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.87
1,345 votes
Directors: Morgan Freeman
Writers: Barbara Hall
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The Show Must Go On

#15 - The Show Must Go On

Season 2 - Episode 1

The President’s plane is declared missing and Elizabeth is thrust into a situation of power she never imagined possible. Also, Henry butts heads with his new Defense Intelligence Agency handler, Jane Fellows, when he’s asked to recruit one of his Russian students for the NSA.

star 7.87
741 votes
Directors: Morgan Freeman
Writers: Barbara Hall
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Tamerlane

#16 - Tamerlane

Season 1 - Episode 16

Elizabeth secretly travels to Iran in an attempt to prevent a coup that could impact President Dalton’s administration. Also, she brings her staff up to speed on the investigation into Marsh’s death.

star 7.86
564 votes
Directors: Jonathan Brown
Writers: David Grae
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Baby Steps

#17 - Baby Steps

Season 5 - Episode 7

Vice President Teresa Hurst asks Elizabeth for help when a surrogate carrying her future grandchild is arrested in Laos for human trafficking. Also, Henry tries to protect Stevie from danger when he suspects that she’s being followed by a Russian operative, and Blake deals with the demanding and costly instructions of a delegation of Japanese gardeners.

star 7.85
425 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Kristi Korzec
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The Seventh Floor

#18 - The Seventh Floor

Season 3 - Episode 21

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

star 7.85
1,167 votes
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Left of the Boom

#19 - Left of the Boom

Season 2 - Episode 14

While Elizabeth oversees a mission to track down the culprits behind a uranium heist in Eastern Europe, she also contends with highly sensitive issues in Saudi Arabia, including the apprehension of two American teenage girls who intended to join a terrorist group, that threatens to dismantle an important arms deal.

star 7.85
768 votes
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The Linchpin

#20 - The Linchpin

Season 3 - Episode 2

With Algeria on the brink of a civil war, Elizabeth delicately negotiates a regime change, but her plans go awry when Roy Curtis, the trusted U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, dies unexpectedly. Also, Henry fights to save religious antiquities in Algeria when he discovers they are being destroyed by Hizb al-Shahid, and the McCord children get their own security detail after Jason’s computer is hacked.

star 7.84
1,224 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: David Grae
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Revelation

#21 - Revelation

Season 3 - Episode 22

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.

star 7.84
1,188 votes
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Snap Back

#22 - Snap Back

Season 3 - Episode 9

As the U.N. Security Council considers reinstating sanctions against Iran for its suspected nuclear activities, Elizabeth tries to stop Israel from taking matters into its own hands when it threatens military action against the Iranians. Also, Russell pressures Henry to woo his old Air Force buddy, Congressman Jeff Pearson, to support President Dalton in the House’s election vote, and Stevie asks Russell for a recommendation to Harvard Law School.

star 7.83
1,290 votes
Directors: Sam Hoffman
Writers: Shalisha Francis
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The Things We Get to Say

#23 - The Things We Get to Say

Season 4 - Episode 20

Elizabeth must watch what she says and does when she deals with a refugee situation while being shadowed by Neal Shin, a newspaper reporter who may use his access to write a tell-all book.

star 7.82
584 votes
Directors: Sunu Gonera
Writers: Joy Gregory
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So It Goes

#24 - So It Goes

Season 1 - Episode 9

Elizabeth, Henry, and Isabelle investigate the plane crash that killed former Secretary of State. Nadine takes a step back into the dating pool when she agrees to go on a date with a NASA scientist.

star 7.82
598 votes
Writers: David Grae
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The French Revolution

#25 - The French Revolution

Season 3 - Episode 5

When an imminent U.S.-France state dinner is jeopardized after a CIA operative is captured by French intelligence, Elizabeth must negotiate the operative’s release while keeping the event on track. Also, Russell tries to woo back big donors to Dalton’s campaign, and the McCords get an important lead in their family’s stalking case.

star 7.82
1,261 votes
Directors: Jonathan Brown
Writers: Moira Kirland
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