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Madam Secretary recap: Connection Lost

Murphy Station is sent on a dangerous mission to Pakistan

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Madam Secretary

TV Show
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In Season
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Tea Leoni, Geoffrey Arend, Tim Daly

There are only two episodes left in the second season of Madam Secretary, and it seems like they’re preparing us for one hell of a season finale. After tonight’s episode, everyone pretty much just wants to know one thing: Will Henry make it out of Pakistan alive? For the moment, let’s all try to be optimistic. They can’t really kill off Henry, can they?

While the episode started with Bess and Henry sitting down with a therapist, their relationship quickly took a back seat when the focus shifted to Jibral Disah, as it always does in recent episodes. I predict someone will kill him in the season finale, and I kind of hope it’s Henry who gets to pull the trigger. How great would that be? He feels guilt over Dmitri but murders the most-wanted terrorist in the U.S. I think we could all get on board with that ending and a win may just help Henry feel better in the end.

This episode wasn’t the strongest we’ve seen this season, but it did set up a lot for the finale, which is exciting. Last week we learned from Hijriyyah that Disah was hiding out in Islamabad in a residential neighborhood. The focus of the episode is trying to come up with a plan of attack against Disah while maintaining their nuclear tracking agreement with Pakistan.

In case you forgot, in an episode titled “On The Clock,” Pakistan and India were attempting to make peace before a Pakistani plane crashed in India. Bess and Dalton had to broker negotiations between the two countries and finally got India to give them the bomb and in turn handed it back to Pakistan, under the agreement that they would allow the U.S. to track their nuclear weapons arsenal. Basically, the gist is that the Prime Minister was trying to keep that agreement under wraps because he didn’t want the people of Pakistan to know the U.S. was monitoring them. That agreement plays a huge role in tonight’s episode, so keep that in mind as we dive into it.

I should probably start with the political aspects of the episode, but it’s so much more fun to talk about Bess and Henry’s relationship, am I right?

Bess and Henry are officially in therapy, and while I’m happy they are getting help, it also makes me sad that they actually had to go get help — because even on a bad day they solve problems better than any couple I know. We’ve been watching Henry push his Dmitri drama under the rug for so long that it’s nice to see him finally open up and talk about it, especially since last week he told Bess that every time he looks at her face he’s reminded of his failure with Dmitri.

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I have faith in their relationship and even more so after he called her from Pakistan to tell her the story about the Jane Austen ball. To sum it up quickly, Bess told Henry she couldn’t hang out one night in college because she was going with her roommate to a Jane Austen ball. Even though she ended up bailing on the roommate, Henry got a top hat and a coat tail and went to surprise her at the dance she never showed up to. As if that story wasn’t enough he then tells her, “I will always show up for you.” Right when you think their relationship might not make it, he goes and says something that perfect. A little cheesy, but it’s Henry McCord. He pulls off cheesy quite well.

Henry needs to get home safe from Pakistan so we can see beers and bowling in action.

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