Madam Secretary episode guide



Season 5

Airdate: March 31, 2019

A NATO ally carries out a state-sponsored assassination attempt against one of its own citizens, who is also a U.S. resident and old friend of Elizabeth's; Alison starts dating the son of one of Elizabeth's political rivals.

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The Common Defense

Season 5

Airdate: March 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; the staff works to contain a measles outbreak.

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Between The Seats

Season 5 | Episode 15

Airdate: March 3, 2019

Elizabeth visits the Middle East to finalize a deal to bring U.S. troops home; a woman's life is threatened by rumors of a romance with one of Elizabeth's staffers; Henry provides relationship advice to Elizabeth's brother.

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Something Better

Season 5 | Episode 14

Airdate: February 17, 2019

When American missionaries become hostages abroad, Dalton must confront demons from his past to help Elizabeth secure their safe return home; Stevie takes over Russell's social media presence; Henry helps his niece prepare for deployment.

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Proxy War

Season 5 | Episode 13

Airdate: January 28, 2019

Innocent Syrian children are killed by an American-made cluster bomb, and 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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Strategic Ambiguity

Season 5 | Episode 12

Airdate: January 13, 2019

Elizabeth must salvage a deal with a military contractor by supplying fighter jets to Taiwan, but she risks triggering a war with China in the process; Daisy gets frustrated with Matt for failing to help take care of her dog like he promised.

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Family Separation: Part 2

Season 5 | Episode 11

Airdate: January 6, 2019

 Conclusion. 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.

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Family Separation: Part 1

Season 5 | Episode 10

Airdate: December 23, 2018

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.

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Winter Garden

Season 5 | Episode 9

Airdate: December 9, 2018

Elizabeth and Jay work to keep an historic agreement between Serbia and Kosovo from falling apart after a mass grave is discovered in Serbia dating back to the Kosovo war. Also, Henry deals with a bizarre encounter with Secretary of Defense Gordon Becker.

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The Courage To Continue

Season 5 | Episode 8

Airdate: November 25, 2018

Haiti's democracy is threatened by a president who refuses to step down after losing the election, and 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.

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Baby Steps

Season 5 | Episode 7

Airdate: November 18, 2018

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.

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Season 5 | Episode 6

Airdate: November 11, 2018

The eruption of an Icelandic volcano strands Elizabeth at an airport in Ireland with the Turkish foreign minister, so she tries to broker a deal with him to save the lives of thousands of Syrian refugees. Also, Henry gives advice to Alison about an awkward topic.

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Season 5 | Episode 5

Airdate: November 4, 2018

Henry finds himself at the center of an international incident when he comes to the aid of an ex-girlfriend at a religious freedom conference in Thailand, after she is imprisoned for condemning the monarchy. Also, Elizabeth helps Jason navigate the pressure of preparing for college.



Season 5

Airdate: October 28, 2018

The remains of U.S. soldiers who served in World War II are uncovered in Southeast Asia, but Elizabeth's hopes of bringing them home quickly fade when a stubborn leader stands in her way. Also, Henry and Stevie find themselves publicly targeted by a restaurant owner who is angry about Elizabeth's policies, and Alison volunteers for a local congressional campaign.

The Magic Rake

The Magic Rake

Season 5

Airdate: October 21, 2018

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.

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The Chaos Game

Season 5 | Episode 2

Airdate: October 14, 2018

When Elizabeth discovers that the White House attackers had support from overseas, she tries to hunt down those responsible without starting a war; Henry meets one of the attackers.

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E Pluribus Unum

Season 5 | Episode 1

Airdate: October 7, 2018

In the aftermath of a deadly attack on the White House, Elizabeth tries to keep a major nuclear disarmament deal from falling apart while a manhunt for the attackers brings D.C. to a halt.

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