‘Madam Secretary’ Recap: ‘The Rusalka’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘Madam Secretary’ Recap: ‘The Rusalka’
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“Madam Secretary” Season 2 Episode 3 “The Rusalka” aired last Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) tried her best to broker a deal between Ukraine and the Russian generals via Foreign Minister Anton Gorev (Yorgo Constantine), as the United States government hoped that Gorev would take the place of the late President Pavel Ostrov (Olek Krupa) , and as Elizabeth found herself in a metaphorical boxing match with the new National Security Advisor Craig Sterling (Julian Acosta).  However, a minor incident with Elizabeth’s personal assistant occurred while they were in Ukraine, which led her staff to discover who the United States government should really be worried about. Meanwhile, Professor Henry McCord (Tim Daly) tasked his student turned informant, Captain Dimitri Petrov (Chris Petrov) to talk to the Russian Ambassador to find out who he feels might become the next president of Russia. Read on to learn more about the rest of the episode.

Coming from the previous episode, the entire world now knew that Rusian President Pavel Ostrov (Olek Krupa) had died.

President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine) then called up the Russian President’s widow, Maria Ostrov (Angela Gots) to offer his condolences. He also told her that he would be sending Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) over in his stead.


In the White House, National Security Craig Sterling (Julian Acosta), while meeting with Elizabeth, White House Chief of Staff Russell Jackson (Zeljko Ivanek) and President Dalton, suggested that their next move regarding Russia should be to arm the Ukrainians. They are currently in were currently in a civil war with Russia over the lands of Eastern Ukraine.

However, Elizabeth suggested that they try to broker a deal between Ukranian President Bozek (Lev Goran) and the generals of Russia, who are the major power players in Russia, via Foreign Minister Anton Gorev (Yorgo Constantine). He was their safest bet to ascend the presidency, as he was more tolerant of the Americans and the West, which Dalton allowed her to try.

Before leaving, Michael “Mike B” Barnow (Kevin Rahm) began to warn her about Sterling, who seemed to want to shut her out of the president’s inner circle, and who made no secret of his hostility towards her.

Dalton allowed her to do this, and she managed to get Bozek on board, while her personal assistant, Blake Moran (Erich Bergen ) tried to be nice towards the bystanders in Ukraine by taking a picture with a little girl and her father. This was later used against them as a photo began circulating of Blake posing with a man, who had been doctored in, wearing anti-Russian symbols.

While trying to contain the situation, Press Coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller) got in touch with Oliver Shaw (Kobi Libii), the White House’s head cyber security officer. He was also investigating the hack that happened on Air Force One, who discovered that it had been arranged by Russian agents under the Maria Ostrov’s orders.


The picture almost caused the meeting with the generals not to push through, but they were all on board as soon as Elizabeth told them that Ukraine was on board.

However, everything got turned upside down after Maria, during her husband’s funeral ceremony revealed  to the entire world. The ceremony was being broadcasted worldwide. Elizabeth and Gorev had met regarding Ukraine behind Russia’s back and called Elizabeth a “Rusalka,” which is a mermaid or an unclean spirit.

This caused Gorev to flee for his life. Dalton seemed to agree to go ahead with Sterling’s plan to arm Ukraine, with every intention of fighting alongside the Ukrainians if need be.

Back in Russia, Maria Ostrov took her husband’s place as Russia’s dictator.

Shaw also discovered that whoever had hacked into Air Force One had had complete control over the entire plane’s systems. It made them realize that the first hack was just an ominous warning against Dalton.

Elizabeth also heeded Mike B’s advice and asked for his binder on Sterling.

Meanwhile, Professor Henry McCord (Tim  Daly), although not confident yet in his asset, Captain Dimitri Petrov (Chris Petrov), tasked him to talk to the Russian Ambassador to get a feel as to who he feels would become the next Russian president, but all he got out of the drunken Ambassador was his personal life.

Afterwards, he was abducted and interrogated by two Russians, who later turned out to be officers of the Defence Intelligence Agency, as it had been a test to see if Dimitri could take it, and he passed.

However, after returning to his room, he became paranoid and started tearing things apart in his room to see if there were bugs anywhere.

Meanwhile, Henry went to confession for the first time in eleven years.

Elsewhere, Jason McCord (Evan Roe) tried out for the football team to gain friends and much to their chagrin, got in as a linebacker; and Blake finally stood up to Mike B.

What do you think will happen next to Dimitri and Elizabeth? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

And that was all for the recap on “Madam Secretary” Season 2 Episode 3 “The Rusalka.”

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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.