Synopsis: "Madam Secretary" stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returns to public life at the request of the President following the suspicious death of her predecessor. The President values her apolitical leanings, her deep knowledge of the Middle East, her flair for languages and her ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box. McCord’s team includes her Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver, speechwriter Matt Mahoney, press coordinator Daisy Grant and her charming assistant, Blake Moran. As McCord debates third world problems, finesses foreign dignitaries at work and does battle with the President’s combative Chief of Staff Russell Jackson, that’s just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband, Henry, and their children, where “politics” and “compromise” take on new meaning. (Courtesy CBS, 2014)
Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord
Tim Daly as Henry McCord
Bebe Neuwirth as Nadine Tolliver
Željko Ivanek as Russell Jackson
Geoffrey Arend as Matt Mahoney
Patina Miller as Daisy Grant
Erich Bergen as Blake Moran
Kathrine Herzer as Alison McCord
Evan Roe as Jason McCord
Wallis Currie-Wood as Stephanie 'Stevie' McCord
Sebastian Arcelus as Jay Whitman
Marin Hinkle as Isabelle
Keith Carradine as President Conrad Dalton
Patrick Breen as Andrew Munsey
Nilaja Sun as Juliet
Produced by: CBS Television Studios, in association with Revelations Entertainment
Executive producers: Barbara Hall, Lori McCreary, Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman and
Creator: Barbara Hall
Season One Episode Guide (CBS)
Newly-appointed Secretary Of State Elizabeth McCord is immediately faced with a maelstrom of complex political challenges, and an international hostage situation is her top priority. Meanwhile at home, Elizabeth questions whether she did the right thing by taking this job, as her children are finding it difficult to adjust to their new schools.
Written by: Barbara Hall
Directed by: David Semel
Guest stars: Mike Pniewski as Gordon Becker; Michael Aronov as Anton Durchenko; Sean Kleier as Tyler Cole; Scott Lindley as Ethan Cole; Jordan Baker as Susan Cole; Kevin Kilner as Robert Cole; Eshan Bay as Jake; Stevie Steelas Gillian; Mozhan Marno as Roxanne Majidi; Ato Essandoh as King Nungunde; Suzanne Erickson as Tourist; Bob Schieffer as Himself; William Sadler as George and Randy Isley as Pilot.
1-02 Another Benghazi--09/28/2014
While in the process of dealing with a crisis in Yemen, Elizabeth faces a challenge at home when her oldest daughter makes headlines for protesting her university’s new policy.
Written by: Barbara Hall
Directed by: David Semel
Guest stars: Joshua Colley as John Wellington; Paige Brady as Susie Wellington; Megan Byrne as Jessica Wellington; Tim Guinee as Paul Wellington; John Bedford Lloyd as Everard Burke; Jeff Hephner as Isaac Bishop; Shawn T. Andrew as Seal; Brian O’Neill as Navy Admiral; Lesli Silva as Ms. Hardwick; Mariand Torres as Young Widow and Leila Buck as Al-Huran News Anchor.
1-03 The Operative--10/05/2014
Elizabeth is confronted by a hostile reporter who threatens to publish confidential
documents that were leaked from inside the State Department. Meanwhile, Henry is dragged into an international negotiation when his wife uses his job as leverage to broker a deal with Pakistan.
Written by: David Grae
Directed by: Jeremy Webb
Guest stars: Marin Ireland as Gina Fisher; Davis Hall as French Foreign Minister Jean-Claude Dubois; Joseph J. Parks as Jed Heller; Cathy Haase as Austrian Ambassador Gabriela Reinhart; Yorgo Constantine as Russian Foreign Minister Anton Gorev; Peter Ashton Wise as Marine Colonel Patrick Delaney; Stephen O’Reilly as Roy Schaeffer; Sean T. Krishnan as Pakistani Interrogator; John Douglas Thompson as General Anders and Bernard White as Pakistani Ambassador Ahmad Hesbani.
1-04 Just Another Normal Day--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. Meanwhile, tensions rise at home between Alison and Stevie during Alison's sleepover party.
Written by: Joan Rater and Tony Phelan
Directed by: Eric Stoltz
Guest stars: Danni Wang as Fu Xinpei; Megan Ling Greaves as Emily Ferber; Francis Jue as Chinese Foreign Minister Chen; James Saito as Japanese Foreign Minister Shimbakura; Edelen Mcwilliams as Amy Ferber; Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Pam Foster; Vikki Eugenis as Harper; Patricia Kalember as Senator Kate Fletcher; Kenneth Lee as Teacher; Sharon Gee as Fu Xinwan and Young-H. Lee as Policeman.
1-05 Blame Canada--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. Meanwhile, Jason has new admiration for his father when he interviews him for a school report.
Written by: Paul Redford
Directed by: Eriq LaSalle
Guest stars: John Finn as Allen Bollings; Robert Klein as Canadian Ambassador Lester Clark; Johanna Day as Admiral Ellen Hill; Usman Ally as Zahed Javani; Tyler Mcgee as Uniformed Man; Royce Johnson as Buddy; Maceo Oliver as Deputy Assistant Bruce; Mary Bacon as Deputy Assistant Neda; Leah Wagner as Anne-Marie; Behzad Dabiri Panah as Iranian Delegate; Eric Martin Brown as Reporter and Soraya Broukhim as Translator.
1-06 The Call--10/26/2014
Elizabeth faces unexpected consequences when she makes a plea to the President to help with a dire situation in Western Africa.
Written by: Matt Ward
Directed by: Mark Piznarski
Guest stars: Louis Gossett, Jr.as Father Laurent Vasseur; Maameyaa Boafo as Komoyo; Owiso Odera as Amabassador Odilon Bokassa; Ned Eisenberg as Dan Pasternak; Rae C Wright as French U.N. Ambassador; Lynne Wintersteller as Interviewer; Tom Kemp as Major Hicks; Stephen Sable as Agent Napier and Ebube Ibekwe as Nun.