“Madam Secretary” season 2 episode 4, “Waiting for Taleju,” aired last Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM on CBS. In this episode, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) struggled to make everything right after being continually boxed out by National Security Advisor Craig Sterling (Julian Acosta); and after several incriminating pictures of her daughter, Stephanie “Stevie” McCord (Wallis Currie-Wood), were leaked, it affected some of Elizabeth’s proposed projects. Meanwhile, Press Coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller) decided to try to move on from speechwriter Matt Mahoney (Geoff Arend). Read on to learn more about the rest of the episode.
The episode began with Kumari, a twelve year old Napali girl (Uma Shtrom) supposedly inhabited by the goddess Taleju, being helped into her ceremonial dress.
While this happened, Secretary of State Elizabeth got ready for work while Press Coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller) told her ex-boyfriend and colleague Matt Mahoney (Geoff Arend) that she didn’t think that they should share an office anymore as they are no longer together.
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At the staff meeting, Elizabeth discovered that a tabloid paper had placed her and Maria Ostrov (Angela Gots) on the front page. She also discovered that China was placing a weather station in the Arctic Circle and that their relief disaster bill to help aid Nepal might pass in Congress the next day, thanks to the fact that one of senators had been moved by the royal visit of the Kumari. This prompted Elizabeth to have a “press greet and meet” with the Kumari the next day.
However, things took a turn for the worse after Elizabeth discovered that Craig Sterling (Julian Acosta) had decided that the Chinese Arctic Weather station was China’s way of claiming responsibility for the hack on Air Force One, as he claimed that it was possible that they could be collaborating with Russia to bring America down. In lieu of this, he proposed that they should have a stronger military presence there just in case, and completely disregarded the fact that this would cause a lot of diplomatic tensions to occur.
Elizabeth then got even more bad news after Daisy discovered that someone had leaked a photo of Harrison Dalton (Jason Ralph) and Stephanie “Stevie” McCord (Wallis Currie-Wood) in bed, in an email to several news sites and papers, and promised to send the rest if he got paid for it.
This caused Daisy to remind the entire staff to make sure that their digital footprints were not incriminating. In so doing, Daisy agreed to go out on a date with the White House’s Cyber Security officer, Oliver Shaw (Kobi Libi), after Secretary of State Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth) suggested that Daisy should try to go out in order to move on from Matt.
Later, White House Chief of Staff Russell Jackson (Zeljko Ivanek) informed Elizabeth that this security breach had been caused by the fact that Harrison had lost his phone, which wasn’t password protected, last week.
Because of this, Nadine advised Elizabeth to cancel the meeting with the Kumari, but Elizabeth refused to change her schedule.
But things got a little bit worse after that particular photo of Stevie ended up on a low profile news site, which was used against Dr. Henry McCord (Tim Daly), who, after being questioned by a caller while promoting his latest book during a television interview, staunchly defended his daughter.
Afterwards, Nadine informed Elizabeth that the incident had caused the disaster relief bill not to push through, and Elizabeth apologised in person to the Kumari about this unfortunate development.
Later that night, Elizabeth and Henry were invited by President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine) and his wife Lydia Dalton (Christine Ebersole) for dinner in order to discuss what they should do next. They ended up getting mad at each other as the President blamed Elizabeth for messing up in Russia and also blamed Stevie and then blamed Henry for defending Stevie on television. The Daltons then suggested that the two should appear on television the next morning to apologise as a couple, which the McCords disagreed with since Harrison and Stevie had already broken up.
The next day, Elizabeth, who had spent the night reading Sterling’s budget proposal for fortifying the weather station, realised something. She then pitched the idea that instead of military fortifying the station, they could, instead, build an observatory in Nepal, which would send a message to China that America was watching them and would help Nepal, as they would be paying them rent, which they could use to recover and rebuild from the earthquake.
Thankfully, even Sterling agreed to the plan; but later, Elizabeth warned him never to tell her that her “turn” was over.
Later that day, Stevie met the man responsible for what had happened to her, Ronald Watson (Jonathan Walker). Ronald is a disgraced Secret Service agent who had been fired and who had used the photos in order to get revenge on the First Family.
He apologised for what he had done and Stevie forgave him, just as Dalton apologised for his behaviour towards them the night before.
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