“Madame Secretary” Season 2 Episode 1 “The Show Must Go On” aired last Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM on CBS. In the premiere episode of the season, after a series of events during the Trans Pacific Economic Forum, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) becomes the President of the United States. Meanwhile, Professor Henry McCord (Tim Daly) is tasked by his new handler from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to recruit a Russian student of his at the National War College. Both Henry and Elizabeth then later have to come to grips with Stephanie “Stevie” McCord’s (Wallis Currie-Wood) after they, especially Henry, realize what she had gotten herself into. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with the Vice President of the United States, while attending a golf tournament with the Pan-Asian delegation who were in the United States for the Trans Pacific Economic Forum, in the stead of the President, who was flying back home from the state funeral of the Australian Prime Minister, suddenly collapsed, and was rushed to the hospital.
This, in turn, was told to Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni), who was looking for an excuse to not sing at the talent show for the forum the next night, as she doesn’t really sing.
Meanwhile, Professor Henry McCord (Tim Daly), who was teaching an ethics class at the National War College was called in by his new handler, Defense Intelligence Agent Jane Fellowes (Jill Hennessy), who told him to recruit one of his students, Ivan Kolashkov (Dennis Staroselsky) by blackmailing him with his homosexuality, which Henry wasn’t comfortable with.
Later in the episode, after talking to both Ivan and fellow student Dimitri Petrov (Chris Petrovski), Henry informed Jane that Dimitri would be the better candidate to turn into an asset. Jane then told Henry to recruit him and to be his handler.
The next day, Elizabeth was called into the situation room as they had lost and were not in communication with Air Force One. While waiting, due to the fact that the next senator in line for presidency was incompetent to take the oath, they swore Elizabeth in as acting President of the United States.
This caused the Secret Service to bring in Elizbeth’s family, and President Dalton’s son, Harrison Dalton (Jason Ralph), a recovering heroin addict and boyfriend of Stephanie “Stevie” McCord (Wallis Currie-Wood), in for their own safety.
White House Chief of Staff Russell Jackson (Zeljko Ivanek) told Elizabeth about this development, which allowed her to give Henry a heads up just in case Stevie wanted to talk to him. He promised to play it cool, but lost it after realizing that Stevie had made a horrible decision to date the President’s son due to his father’s working relationship with her mother, and because he was a recovering addict.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s staff worked on a way to keep her schedule the same in order to avoid suspicion, and came up with a back-up plan for the talent show as Elizabeth was tone deaf.
Later, they managed to get in contact with the plane, but Elizabeth remained president until Dalton landed.
After discovering that she had been kept out of the loop with regards to the next appointment for National Security Advisor due to her history with him, she decided to release journalist Erica James, who had been imprisoned for not revealing her sources.
Later that night, Elizabeth’s Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuewirth), Press Coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller) and Personal Assistant Blake Moran (Erich Bergen) sang the song that Elizabeth was supposed to have performed.
Right after getting home, and after being congratulated by her family for being president for a few hours, she rushed back to the White House, where National Security Adviser Craig Sterling (Julian Acosta) informed her and Russell that the communications failure had been caused by malware inserted into the system, something that, according to Elizabeth, is an act of war.
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