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Madam Secretary recap: Ghost Detainee

The United States and Russia are teaming up to fight Hizb al-Shahid

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Madam Secretary

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Tea Leoni, Geoffrey Arend, Tim Daly

There’s trouble in paradise for Bess and Henry — and while there were sweet moments shared between their arguments, it definitely seems like we haven’t seen the end of this fight. Henry has way too much pent up emotion over Dmitri’s death for it not to be a factor the rest of the season. On top of that you literally never want to hear, “You remind me of how I failed.” Nope. That’s rough. Even if it was followed up with “Whatever happens, we’re together.” Stop messing with our emotions, Henry!

The episode begins with Henry having a nightmare about Dmitri. Just a recap for those who may have forgotten what went down. During the mid-season finale, Bess and Dalton made a deal with Russia that stopped the war. Part of that deal was handing Dmitri over to them. Just as Jane and Henry’s rescue mission was happening, they aborted at the last second. Henry had to watch as they drove past a confused kid, who was then picked up by the Russian government and killed for being a traitor. It was seriously one of the most heartbreaking scenes of the series.

Dmitri agreed to become a spy in the first place because Henry promised that his sister Talia would be placed in a clinical trial because she was dying. Henry decides to check in on Talia and finds out that she’s been arrested after demanding that Dmitri’s body be sent back to her. The Russian government said he died of a fever, but if she got the body back she would definitely know he was tortured and killed. Henry attempts to hire a lawyer for her, which she declines. On top of all that, his meddling just so happens to be taking place right when Bess is trying to form a coalition with Russia to fight Hizb al-Shahid. Dramatic, right?

At this point Bess and Henry’s storylines are now starting to intertwine. Destroying Hizb al-Shahid is the top priority and everyone is playing their part. Murphy Station is working on getting Hijriyyah to talk now that they’ve brought her to the U.S. and Bess is formally condemning the terrorist group.

Let’s start with Bess’ task. She goes to New York and stands in front of the United Nations General Assembly to ask for help in the fight against Hizb al-Shahid. Her speech was strong and hopefully in future episodes, there will be other countries working alongside the U.S. in his take down. Today, Bess is focused on Russia. Despite their tumultuous past, she asks the new Foreign Minister, Konstantin Avdonin, to meet with her about setting up a coalition.

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Russia can never just be chill in this show, can they? What do they want in turn for joining the fight? He wants a 10-year moratorium on all NATO expansion into Eastern Europe. Bess says that can’t happen because of the open door policy allowing anyone who meets the requirements into NATO. Avdonin threatens her, saying that eventually she will give them what they want. Ugh, how has no one learned that you don’t threaten Elizabeth McCord? She will take you down, which of course she does … as per usual.

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