The Best Episodes of Madam Secretary

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2018

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.

Vartius

#1 - 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
957 votes
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Night Watch

#2 - 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 8.07
551 votes
Writers: Barbara Hall, David Grae
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Sound and Fury

#3 - 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 7.95
719 votes
Writers: Barbara Hall, David Grae
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Render Safe (2)

#4 - 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
927 votes
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The Magic Rake

#5 - 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 7.91
413 votes
Directors: John Murray
Writers: Matt Ward
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Article 5

#6 - 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 7.90
1,147 votes
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Russian Roulette

#7 - 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 7.90
703 votes
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Lights Out

#8 - 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
679 votes
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Right of the Boom

#9 - 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
739 votes
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The Greater Good

#10 - 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
718 votes
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Baby Steps

#11 - 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 7.87
324 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Kristi Korzec
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Sea Change

#12 - 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
1,336 votes
Directors: Morgan Freeman
Writers: Barbara Hall
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The Show Must Go On

#13 - 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
727 votes
Directors: Morgan Freeman
Writers: Barbara Hall
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Tamerlane

#14 - 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
553 votes
Directors: Jonathan Brown
Writers: David Grae
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Left of the Boom

#15 - 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 7.86
755 votes
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The Linchpin

#16 - 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
1,218 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: David Grae
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The Seventh Floor

#17 - 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 7.84
1,153 votes
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Revelation

#18 - 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 7.83
1,176 votes
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The Things We Get to Say

#19 - 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 7.83
559 votes
Directors: Sunu Gonera
Writers: Joy Gregory
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Snap Back

#20 - 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
1,282 votes
Directors: Sam Hoffman
Writers: Shalisha Francis
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The Courage to Continue

#21 - The Courage to Continue

Season 5 - Episode 8

When Haiti’s democracy is threatened by a president who refuses to step down after losing the election, Elizabeth tries to solve the problem without resorting to military action. Also, Blake has one week to find a new job before Elizabeth fires him as her assistant.

star 7.83
297 votes
Directors: Sam Hoffman
Writers: Matt Chester
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The Race

#22 - The Race

Season 3 - Episode 10

When a possible Israel-Iran war threatens the House’s imminent vote on the U.S. presidential election, Elizabeth attempts to bring the two reluctant countries to the negotiation table in an effort to broker a peace between them. Also, Russell’s life hangs in the balance after a heart attack.

star 7.82
1,294 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: David Grae
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The French Revolution

#23 - 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 7.81
1,253 votes
Directors: Jonathan Brown
Writers: Moira Kirland
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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 7.81
584 votes
Writers: David Grae
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Connection Lost (1)

#25 - Connection Lost (1)

Season 2 - Episode 21

When President Dalton gets word that the world’s most wanted terrorist, Jibral Disah, is hiding in Islamabad, he sends the “Murphy Station” – Henry, Jane and Jose – on a dangerous mission to eliminate the threat. Also, Elizabeth and Henry go to couples therapy.

star 7.81
902 votes
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