‘Madam Secretary’ Recap: ‘The Doability Doctrine’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘Madam Secretary’ Recap: ‘The Doability Doctrine’
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“Madame Secretary” Season 2 Episode 2 “The Doability Doctrine” aired last Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM on CBS. In this episode, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) went head to head with new National Security Advisor Craig Sterling (Julian Acosta) as they both disagreed on what to do in handling the current crisis, in which a foreign service officer in Afghanistan had been kidnapped. Meanwhile, the White House and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) became a little bit agitated as it seemed as if something was wrong with the current Russian president. Because of this, Professor Henry McCord (Tim Daly) was pushed even more to recruit one of his students as spy. Moreover, all was not well at the McCord home, especially after Stephanie “Stevie” McCord (Wallis Currie-Wood) went missing for an entire day. This episode also guest starred real life former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode began in Kabul, Afghanistan, where Foreign Service Officer Tom Gerrity (Justin Hagan) was suddenly kidnapped.

Meanwhile, in the United States, every news channel was speculating regarding the mysterious disappearing act of Russian President Ostrov, who hadn’t been seen in around a week.


Before leaving the house, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) and Professor Henry McCord (Tim Daly) confronted their eldest, Stephanie “Stevie” McCord (Wallis Currie-Wood) and told her that they had one of her hairs tested, as she had stashed an old packet of heroin for Harrison Dalton (Jason Ralph), and insisted that she talk to him to clean to his parents before they intervened.

Later, at the National War College, Henry learned that Dimitri Petrov (Christ Petrovski) was leaving as he had to go back to Russia to take care of his sister who was just diagnosed with cancer. However, he insisted to his handler, Defense Intelligence Agency Officer Jane Fellows (Jill Hennessy) that he would try his best to get Dimitri to work with him by offering his sister a slot at a clinical trial in Stockholm. But, Dimitri refused.

Meanwhile, the entire State Department was tense, especially as the kidnappers of Gerrity, who weirdly had kidnapped him inside a secure facility, demanded that Elizabeth speak to them in Kabul in four hours, which, according to newly appointed National Security Advisor Craig Sterling (Julian Acosta), was something they could not allow her to do at all.

Meanwhile, the entire McCord family, including Harrison started to become worried after Stevie seemingly had just disappeared for the day.

Later, Elizabeth attended a ceremony with Foreign Minister Anton Gorev (Yorgo Constantine), where she also got some valuable advice from real life former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, which motivated her to reach out to the kidnappers, whom she realized were the three Afghan contractors they were working with there, without informing the president first.

She then discovered that all they wanted was that the United States uphold their promise of giving them and their families visas, which had been promised to them, and had been denied again and again, despite the fact that their former Commanding Officer had nothing but praise for them.

At the situation room, a SEAL team managed to get Gerrity just as the Taliban arrived at the landing point, but much to her chagrin, President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine), who had earlier apologized to her regarding Harrison, heeded Sterling’s advice to leave the three Afghans to be killed by the Taliban, as their families were already safely en routed to the United States.


Later that evening, at home, Elizabeth and Henry discovered Stevie missing for that day as she had decided to take the LSAT as she had been going through an identity crisis.

They were then shocked by a visit by Gorev, who told them that Ostrov was dead, and asked them to keep an eye out for his daughter who was studying in Harvard.

Armed with the fact that things were shaky in Russia, Henry managed to persuade Dimitri to work with him, in exchange for his sister receiving treatment in Stockholm.

What did you think about this episode? How do you think the Russian situation will play out?  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.