Madam Secretary Recap: There But For the Grace of God

By Kitin Miranda | 1 year ago
Madam Secretary Recap: There But For the Grace of God

“Madam Secretary” Season 1 Episode 22 “There But For the Grace of God” aired last Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM on CBS. In the season finale, after Secretary of State Elizbaeth McCord (Tea Leoni) interrogated Juliet Humphrey (Nilaja Sun), she was reminded of the moment in her past life in which she had made a decision that would change her life forever. Afterwards, as part of the backlash of the attempted coup in Iran, Elizabeth’s family was once again dragged into the spotlight after an ambitious senator tried to launch an investigation on the current government’s involvement in the attempted coup. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode picked up where it left off in the previous episode with Secretary of State Elizbaeth McCord (Tea Leoni) getting ready to interrogate her former colleague and friend, interrogated Juliet Humphrey (Nilaja Sun). Inside, Juliet congratulated her on making the world a more dangerous place and told her that she had killed George Peters (William Sadler) and would have probably been in her shoes right now if she hadn’t quit the CIA years ago.


Elizabeth then remembered how she had talked to Juliet at CIA Headquarters in 2005 before she went up to the Director of the CIA, who had summoned her because of her report which promoted the usage of human intelligence, humanely, instead of using enhanced interrogation techniques.

Back in the present, her staff informed her that Senator Raymond Carruthers (Richard Bekins) a “staunch supporter of everything against the current administration” was demanding to know the truth about what had happened in Iran.

Elizabeth then remembered that she had entered Conrad Dalton’s (Keith Carradine) office in the CIA with trepidation, only to learn that he wanted her to rewrite her report in order to support her theories more so that he could use it to justify the fact that he was appointing her as the Station Chief of Bagdhad.

Back in the present day, Carruthers subpoenaed her to appear before a Senate Hearing with him as the chairman. During lunch, Michael “Mike B” Barnow (Kevin Rahm) came to warn her against Carruthers, and told her that he would get her a lawyer. Press Coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller) then asked Blake Moran (Erich Bergen), Elizabeth’s personal assistant to help her find a new home for the late Secretary of State Vincent Marsh’s portrait, as it had to be replaced with James Madison’s portrait.

At the microloans office, Stephanie “Stevie” McCord (Wallis-Currie Wood) discovered that she was in a very awkward position as she and her ex-boyfriend, whom she worked with, had to try to be professional with each other.

Later that night, after informing the children about what was going to happen, only Stevie defended their mother. Elizabeth then remembered how she and Dr. Henry McCord (Tim Daly) had fought about her wanting to accept the job in Bagdhad.

The next day, Russell Jackson (Zeljko Ivanek) had the President talk to Elizabeth so that she would invoke executive privilege so that she wouldn’t appear in front of the committee. However, they ended up summoning Henry, which complicated things as Elizabeth had violated the Espionage Act by sharing the details of the Dubai plane crash with him as part of her investigation into Marsh’s death. Henry then decided to perjure himself to save her, which reminded her of the aftermath of their argument about whether Elizabeth should go to Bagdhad or not. After remembering that Henry had told her that it was enough to find some integrity in one’s self in order to change the world where she was at that moment, she decided to waive her privilege and told the truth to the committee, which meant that she could be charged with violating the Espionage Act.

At the State Department, Blake asked for Nadine Tolliver’s help regarding the portrait, and she managed to give it to Marsh’s family.

Meanwhile, Stevie and Harrison ended up sleeping together after she turned down his advances the previous night when she went with him to the Governor’s Ball.


The next day, Conrad informed Elizabeth that the charges against her were dropped due to extraordinary circumstances, and together they listened to Juliet’s confession, as she had taken a deal to save her life. She then told them that they had killed Marsh after he dropped out of the operation and killed George after he had realized that Marsh’s death was similar to the Dubai plane crash.

As they watched, Elizabeth remembered the night in which she, Juliet, George, Conrad and Andrew Munsey (Patrick Breen) had gotten together to celebrate Elizabeth’s quitting the CIA and Juliet’s promotion to Section Chief at Bagdhad. After wondering out loud if she would have changed if she had taken the Bagdhad job, Conrad told her that she wouldn’t have changed as she was made of stronger stuff.

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