Madam Secretary

The WORST episodes of Madam Secretary

Every episode of Madam Secretary ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Madam Secretary!

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.

Last Updated: 8/5/2022Network: CBS
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The Time Is at Hand
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7.44
707 votes

#1 - The Time Is at Hand

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/29/2015

While Elizabeth seeks a diplomatic solution to a doomsday cult in Bolivia, a congressman attempting to negotiate with its leader is taken hostage. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Henry meet Stevie’s much older boyfriend.

Directors: Anna Foerster
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The Call
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7.48
961 votes

#2 - The Call

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/26/2014

Elizabeth faces unexpected consequences when she makes a plea to the President to help with a dire situation in Western Africa.

Directors: Mark Piznarski
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Refuge
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7.49
732 votes

#3 - Refuge

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/18/2018

Jay and Kat devise a way to help persecuted foreign LGBTQ citizens escape their country while their U.S. homeland security applications are processed. However, when the country closes its borders, Jay and Kat are forced to change that plan quickly, as it could now threaten their relationship with neighboring allies.

Directors: Eric Stoltz
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Just Another Normal Day
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7.50
1053 votes

#4 - Just Another Normal Day

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/12/2014

While Elizabeth works to successfully broker a peace treaty between China and Japan, a Chinese student seeking political asylum threatens the deal. Tensions rise at home between Alison and Stevie during Alison's sleepover party.

Directors: Eric Stoltz
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Standoff
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7.50
684 votes

#5 - Standoff

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/4/2015

When a Texas state trooper is killed by a Mexican cartel smuggler, Elizabeth arranges an extradition deal before going on vacation to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary in New York City. However, when political issues arise around the case, she is forced to cut their trip short. Also, Elizabeth’s son injures himself while Blake is watching him.

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The Necessary Art
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7.52
720 votes

#6 - The Necessary Art

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/12/2015

While Henry is in Russia giving a lecture on fundamentalism, Elizabeth must navigate tricky political waters when a Russian nuclear submarine vanishes in American waters. Also, Stevie breaks up with her older boyfriend.

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Spartan Figures
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7.54
694 votes

#7 - Spartan Figures

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/5/2015

Elizabeth and President Dalton work together to solve the Greek debt crisis, but not everyone at home is happy with the agreement. Meanwhile, Henry mulls over a new job offer, and Stevie reconnects with her childhood friend, the President’s son.

Directors: Tate Donovan
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Passage
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7.55
894 votes

#8 - Passage

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/2/2014

When Elizabeth takes Alison with her to India on her first state department trip abroad, she’s thrown into crisis mode when a massive earthquake hits that causes an explosion at an American-owned factory, and she’s separated from Alison during the chaos.

Directors: Martha Coolidge
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The Friendship Game
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7.56
674 votes

#9 - The Friendship Game

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/22/2018

Elizabeth’s negotiations for a security agreement combatting gang violence in South America becomes complicated when she attempts to free an American recently kidnapped there.

Directors: Sam Hoffman
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Chains of Command
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7.56
677 votes

#10 - Chains of Command

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/11/2015

Elizabeth pushes for the prosecution of a Bahraini diplomat after he is caught holding a maid hostage in his home. Henry's father comes to visit.

Directors: Michael Waxman
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The Operative
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7.56
1120 votes

#11 - The Operative

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/5/2014

Elizabeth is confronted by a hostile reporter who threatens to publish confidential documents that were leaked from inside the State Department. Henry is dragged into an international negotiation when his wife uses his job as leverage to broker a deal with Pakistan.

Directors: Jeremy Webb
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The Common Defense
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7.56
517 votes

#12 - The Common Defense

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/24/2019

While Elizabeth is away on a retreat thinking about her presidential campaign, her staff tries to secure an international agreement to protect citizens who have been displaced due to global warming. Also, the staff works to contain a measles outbreak that threatens the life of Daisy’s daughter, Joanna.

Directors: Martha Mitchell
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Collateral Damage
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7.58
866 votes

#13 - Collateral Damage

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/23/2014

When the State Department goes on lockdown due to a deranged gunman outside the building, Elizabeth is confined with a delegation from Iraq whose translator threatens to reveal damaging information about her actions while in the CIA. Meanwhile, when Matt is stuck in an office with Daisy’s fiancé, Win, he spills information that he shouldn’t have.

Directors: Eric Stoltz
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The Rusalka
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7.59
919 votes

#14 - The Rusalka

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/18/2015

Elizabeth and President Dalton’s administration are met with hostility while trying to deal with the Russian government. Also, Dmitri is kidnapped and interrogated about being a Russian spy.

Directors: Dennie Gordon
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Shutdown
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7.59
1038 votes

#15 - Shutdown

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/29/2017

As the government shutdown shows no sign of progress, Secretary of State McCord must negotiate an agreement between the White House and its opposition led by Senator Morejon. Also, Elizabeth is having trouble finding a suitable replacement for the chief of staff position.

Directors: Felix Alaca
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Game On
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7.59
762 votes

#16 - Game On

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/30/2014

Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle work together to find former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh’s secret bank account, but soon uncover that one of Elizabeth’s staff members already has access to it.

Directors: Randy Zisk
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Need to Know
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7.60
849 votes

#17 - Need to Know

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/9/2014

When the President approves Henry's reactivation into the NSA, he lies to Elizabeth about his continued involvement in the spy game. Matt and Daisy's antagonism toward one another begins to affect the entire office.

Directors: Dennie Gordon
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Invasive Species
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7.60
894 votes

#18 - Invasive Species

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/31/2016

After his father’s death, Henry’s family uncovers shocking secrets that open old wounds for them, including his grieving sister Maureen, who blames Henry for not spending enough time at home. Also, Russell keeps important information from Elizabeth’s team at the State department.

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Loophole
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7.60
902 votes

#19 - Loophole

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/12/2017

Henry disagrees with the President and Elizabeth when they refuse to negotiate with terrorists for the release of an American CIA agent who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Also, Elizabeth tries to be supportive of Stevie who is going through a difficult time.

Directors: Maggie Greenwald
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Blame Canada
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7.60
1012 votes

#20 - Blame Canada

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/19/2014

When Elizabeth faces the daunting task of negotiating with Iran over their escalating nuclear program, she is determined to deal with the situation in a peaceful manner, despite the President’s position of using military action. Jason has new admiration for his father when he interviews him for a school report.

Directors: Eriq La Salle
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Proxy War
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7.60
537 votes

#21 - Proxy War

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/27/2019

When innocent Syrian children are killed by an American-made cluster bomb, Elizabeth races to figure out what went wrong before Russia can use it as an excuse to escalate its military presence in the region. Also, Russell faces a PR nightmare after he gets into a heated argument with a homeless protester.

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Waiting for Taleju
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7.60
893 votes

#22 - Waiting for Taleju

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/25/2015

Elizabeth finds herself pushed out of the President's inner circle after she disagrees with his response to the growing tension with Russia. Also, when incriminating photos of Stevie and Harrison surface, Elizabeth and Henry must deal with the aftermath and try to protect their daughter from the media.

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The Kill List
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7.60
733 votes

#23 - The Kill List

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/26/2015

As Elizabeth prepares for the arrival of Iranian President Shiraz to sign a nuclear treaty, she uncovers a top secret plot to assassinate him on United States soil. At the same time, she must deal with a massive protest by the Human Rights Campaign in response to Iran’s plans to stone a gay citizen to death. Also, Elizabeth sees a therapist to deal with her PTSD.

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The Unnamed
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7.61
747 votes

#24 - The Unnamed

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/25/2018

Elizabeth and the team are caught in an uncertain situation when they are about to award a foreign leader with the Medal of Freedom but learn he may have known that a minority group in his country is being persecuted. Also, President Dalton doubts his ability to return to office after being cleared by his doctor, and a past family grievance is brought to light when Henry’s sister pays a visit.

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The Detour
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7.61
1209 votes

#25 - The Detour

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/15/2017

When Elizabeth and her staff fly to Africa to offer development aid to the continent, they are caught by surprise when the Chinese arrive there first, ready to outmaneuver the U.S. with competing offers of aid. Also, when turbulence on their plane ride to Africa leaves Daisy unnerved, she and Susan Thompson go on a welcome tour of Africa, admiring the beauty of the continent. And, the FBI asks Henry to help investigate a Christian cult member who may have helped build the bomb used in the Illinois coffee shop attack.

Directors: Martha Mitchell
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