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Madam Secretary season 2 premiere recap: The Show Must Go On

Madam President. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

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Madam Secretary

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

The season premiere of Madam Secretary opens with a slew of coincidental events leading to Elizabeth McCord being sworn in as acting president by none other than Morgan Freeman.

It took the CBS drama quite a number of episodes to really get its feet off the ground in the first season. The characters didn’t quite mesh together well and it seemed like each of them didn’t really know how to play up their quirks or interact with one another. If you’ve stuck through to season 2, that all changes in the premiere episode. Maybe it was Morgan Freeman’s TV directorial debut that pushed everyone to perfect form? Because finally, these characters have developed the connections that make you wish you were a part of the team.

“The Show Must Go On” opens with a political golf game — because in the world of politics you can’t be the president or vice president without putting skills, it’s pretty much a mandate. Right before the veep tees off with the Chinese foreign minister he gets violently ill. Nothing like a little throw-up before tee-off to set the mood of the entire episode.

Soon after that we learn that all communications are lost with Air Force One somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, even though one brave soul continuously mentions how it’s impossible for the system on the Air Force One to just fail (but no one listens). Of course President Dalton is on board.

Therefore, it’s time to call in an acting president, which is supposed to be Senator Gates, but since he believes Ronald Reagan is the current president, all eyes turn to our Madam Secretary. Again, I feel it is important to remind you that Morgan Freeman swore her into office because how often does Morgan Freeman grace us with his presence on TV? The answer is not often enough.

Elizabeth finds out that the current National Security Adviser is stepping down and she wasn’t consulted to help find a replacement. In fact, a man named Craig Sterling is on board the missing Air Force One with the President and apparently has already accepted the position. Back in the day when Elizabeth was in the CIA, she knew Sterling and is not so subtle about her distaste for him, meaning there’s going to be some major drama this season with him. You can already feel the tension.

On top of her presidential duties, there is a very important talent show event at the Pacific Rim Economic Forum and it would be very offensive if Elizabeth did not sing at said talent show. The bad news? She’s tone deaf and terrified to sing. Somehow though, her entire staff know how to perfectly harmonize, but more on that later.

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