Madam Secretary Season 2 Review: Distant Threats Hit Too Close to Home

Madam Secretary

Okay, before I get into this review, let me start by saying that I have yet to catch up on the first season and a few episodes of the current season of Madam Secretary, so no spoilers from those of you who follow the show like your life depends on it. That is all. Whew! Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s dive into this review shall we?

The episode begins on the dimly lit roads of Tiraspol, Moldova where two men in a truck are stopped and attacked by unknown assailants. We then learn later on that the truck was full of Uranium which begs the question: what does the mystery assailants want with the chemical and why? Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) suggested that they bring in the State International Security and Nonproliferation Bureau to help find out who’s responsible for the Uranium heist.

I’m glad to see President Dalton (Keith Carradine) taking Elizabeth’s side and allowing her to take charge in solving the matter. I didn’t quite like the new CIA director, Dennis Ellerman when he argued that the cyber invasion by the Chinese is far more significant than the Uranium heist. I’m sure that the cyber attack by China is also a pressing matter, but one does not, I repeat, does not, make the President of the United States repeat himself. Ever.

Later in the episode, we meet Walter Nowack from the ISN Bureau. I liked his interaction with Jay as the two are tasked with finding out more about the Uranium heist. I chuckled a bit when Walter said that they use disposable cups for their coffee instead of real ones. I was shocked to find out that one of the two people in the Uranium truck was the inspector of the power plant. Could this be an inside job?

I’m was also shocked to find out that one of the McCord children, Alison, took part in cyber-bullying just so that she can fit in with the cool kids. I understand that teenagers feel the need to know that they belong to a particular group of people so that they don’t feel left out as a social outcast, but allowing someone to post something on the Web using your name is not a good decision to make in my opinion. Good thing Alison was able to admit that what she had done was wrong and kudos to Henry for consoling his younger daughter and offering her some sound advice. That’s a great father right there. Elizabeth is one lucky lady.

On a side note, I love the chemistry between Téa Leoni and Tim Daly. They are both very understanding toward one another and would offer comfort whenever one of them is feeling down in the dumps. It’s like being married to your best friend, you know that they will always have your back and will love you unconditionally till the end of time. I’m also envious of the love that Elizabeth and Henry have for each other, it’s just perfect in my book along with other fictitious couples both on the small screen and in literature. I won’t get into detail about it, don’t worry. We’re here to talk about Madam Secretary, not my hopeless romance woes.

When Walter brought up The Odyssey and how Odysseus comes home 20 years after the war, disguised himself as a beggar and proceeded to slaughter all of the suitors who were trying to take his wife away and how the only thing that gave Odysseus’ identity away was his abandoned, dying dog who was half buried in a dung heap intrigued me greatly. The poor animal was able to recognize his master with his last breath, looking beyond all the noise and saw the truth. Walter allowed Jay to do his own research into the heist, but offered his own perspective on things to ensure that the truth will be found. Maybe he should work with Jay more in the near future? Just a suggestion.

Meanwhile, aside from the whole Uranium heist fiasco, Elizabeth is hosting a conference discussing women’s education in third-world countries and the keynote speaker is none other than Noura Al-Kitabi, a young Saudi Arabian woman who was attacked by a man with acid at her home after she stood up to her government by demanding equal education and the right to work for all womankind. She’s a hero, but it’s clear that Saudi Arabia is not impressed because Russell informed Elizabeth that she’s not allowed to attend the conference because the US needs to keep the peace with Saudi Arabia in the midst of an arms deal. This upsets the Secretary of State greatly, but agrees to go through with it to avoid an international incident.

As the conference was taking place, Jay rushed into Elizabeth’s office, telling her that the terrorist group known as Hizb al-Shahid (I think this is the right spelling, feel free to correct me if I have misspelled it) is responsible for the Uranium deal that went sideways in Moldova. Everything then fell into place as Elizabeth ordered that the conference be shut down immediately, but not everyone got out in time before one of the American girls that were recruited by the terrorist group ran into the room and blew herself up along with anyone else that’s still inside.

I breathed a sigh of relief that the McCord children all made it out okay, but I panicked again when Henry ran back inside to help an injured woman. The episode ended with Henry calming the scared woman down as two men wearing hazmat suits came in which suggests that Henry might have been exposed to lots of radiation from the explosion. I know that the show won’t kill off Henry anytime soon, but I’m still worried about him as I’m sure Elizabeth is.

We also don’t know for certain if Noura made it out alive and unharmed as she was being led out of the conference room seconds before the explosion. There’s also the added mystery of how the Uranium found its way to the United States. Perhaps if the second girl can be tracked down, then she can provide some answers should she be willing to talk.

Madam Secretary Season 2 Episode 14 Review:
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Summary

Elizabeth tries to keep the peace between two countries and finds out the truth about a chemical heist in this week’s explosive episode.

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