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Madam Secretary recap: Waiting For Taleju

Stevie broke the #1 rule of the digital age: No nude pics.

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Madam Secretary

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

The drama with Russia was put on hold this week while the Secretary dealt with matters a little closer to home.

At this point tons of people have sent risqué photos to someone. Unfortunately for Stevie, when you’re the daughter of the Secretary of State and you’re dating the president’s son, you have to be extra careful about stuff like that getting out (as many celebrities learned in the massive nude leak of 2014). The best policy is not to take these photos in the first place, and Stevie figures that out the hard way this episode.

Elizabeth is already in a bad mood because of Craig Sterling (shocking, right?), when Daisy comes in to inform her that she’s received an email with a photo of Stevie and Harrison in bed together. The email, sent anonymously to various publications states, “Available for sale. See teaser photo below.” The teaser photo, while relatively tame, provides proof that the seller is ready to give out more photos to the highest bidder.

Before Bess gets a chance to talk to Henry about the photo, Russell Jackson calls her in and tries to put together a plan to shut the scandal down before more photos of the ex-couple leaks. By the way, although they never officially broke up on screen, this episode definitely confirms that Stevie and Harrison are dunzo. While the team is working on killing the photos, Daisy suggests that in light of the situation, everyone should probably go through and delete things that they wouldn’t want out there, leading to one of the best quotes of the night from Matt: “So, if I’m on Tinder, that’s not a problem, right?”

Elizabeth and Henry sit down with Stevie to break the news prompting her to say, “Harrison said he was going to delete them. He promised me.” Maybe he meant it, but she put a lot of trust into someone who a) she’d only been dating for a few weeks, b) is someone who was lying to her about his drug use, and c) is a person who didn’t password protect his phone. Harrison is strangely absent this episode despite the entire episode revolving around him and Stevie.

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Henry goes on CSPAN2 to talk about his book and is attacked by a caller who questions his expertise on morality and ethics when there are nude photos of his daughter on the web. Normally the rational parent, Henry loses it on live TV and goes off into a wonderful speech about what a terrible person that caller is and who could blame him really? It’s impossibly hard not to give into trolls who are attacking your family, especially on live TV, even if it is only 100 people watching CSPAN2 in the middle of a work day.

Conrad learns that the photos were stolen and released by a disgruntled former security service agent who was let go a little while back. In Stevie’s most mature moment to date, she decides to sit down with the agent Ronald and speak to him like an adult about his actions to hurt her. “I just wanted to get to know you as a person so I wouldn’t reduce you to one stupid thing that you did.” She’s starting to sound a lot like her mother, no?

For now, the photos are gone. Let’s just hope they stay that way.

NEXT: Bess to the rescue