Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Newly-appointed Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord is immediately faced with a maelstrom of complex political challenges, and an international hostage situation is her top priority. Elizabeth also questions whether she did the right thing by taking the job, as her children are finding it difficult to adjust to their new schools.
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
s1e2: Another Benghazi
Elizabeth has to deal with a crisis in Yemen. There's also trouble on the home front after her oldest daughter, Stevie manages to make the headlines for protesting a new policy at her university.
Sunday, October 5th, 2014
s1e3: The Operative
Elizabeth is confronted by a hostile reporter who threatens to publish confidential documents that were leaked from inside the State Department. Henry is dragged into an international negotiation when his wife uses his job as leverage to broker a deal with Pakistan.
Sunday, October 12th, 2014
s1e4: Just Another Normal Day
While Elizabeth works to successfully broker a peace treaty between China and Japan, a Chinese student seeking political asylum threatens the deal. Tensions rise at home between Alison and Stevie during Alison's sleepover party.
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
s1e5: Blame Canada
When Elizabeth faces the daunting task of negotiating with Iran over their escalating nuclear program, she is determined to deal with the situation in a peaceful manner, despite the President’s position of using military action. Jason has new admiration for his father when he interviews him for a school report.
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
s1e6: The Call
Elizabeth faces unexpected consequences when she makes a plea to the President to help with a dire situation in Western Africa.
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
When Elizabeth takes Alison with her to India on her first state department trip abroad, she’s thrown into crisis mode when a massive earthquake hits that causes an explosion at an American-owned factory, and she’s separated from Alison during the chaos.
Sunday, November 9th, 2014
s1e8: Need to Know
When the President approves Henry's reactivation into the NSA, he lies to Elizabeth about his continued involvement in the spy game. Matt and Daisy's antagonism toward one another begins to affect the entire office.
Sunday, November 16th, 2014
s1e9: So It Goes
Elizabeth, Henry, and Isabelle investigate the plane crash that killed former Secretary of State. Nadine takes a step back into the dating pool when she agrees to go on a date with a NASA scientist.
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
s1e10: Collateral Damage
When the State Department goes on lockdown due to a deranged gunman outside the building, Elizabeth is confined with a delegation from Iraq whose translator threatens to reveal damaging information about her actions while in the CIA. Meanwhile, when Matt is stuck in an office with Daisy’s fiancé, Win, he spills information that he shouldn’t have.
Sunday, November 30th, 2014
s1e11: Game On
Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle work together to find former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh’s secret bank account, but soon uncover that one of Elizabeth’s staff members already has access to it.
Sunday, January 4th, 2015
When a Texas state trooper is killed by a Mexican cartel smuggler, Elizabeth arranges an extradition deal before going on vacation to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary in New York City. However, when political issues arise around the case, she is forced to cut their trip short. Also, Elizabeth’s son injures himself while Blake is watching him.
Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Elizabeth secretly travels to Iran in an attempt to prevent a coup that could impact President Dalton’s administration. Also, she brings her staff up to speed on the investigation into Marsh’s death.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
s1e17: Face the Nation
As Elizabeth struggles to hold herself together emotionally following the attack in Iran, she works to prevent an ecological disaster in the Amazon, and prepares for a national television appearance on “Face the Nation.” Also, she and Henry disagree about the level of protection Jason should have at his new school.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015
s1e18: The Time Is at Hand
While Elizabeth seeks a diplomatic solution to a doomsday cult in Bolivia, a congressman attempting to negotiate with its leader is taken hostage. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Henry meet Stevie’s much older boyfriend.
Sunday, April 5th, 2015
s1e19: Spartan Figures
Elizabeth and President Dalton work together to solve the Greek debt crisis, but not everyone at home is happy with the agreement. Meanwhile, Henry mulls over a new job offer, and Stevie reconnects with her childhood friend, the President’s son.
Sunday, April 12th, 2015
s1e20: The Necessary Art
While Henry is in Russia giving a lecture on fundamentalism, Elizabeth must navigate tricky political waters when a Russian nuclear submarine vanishes in American waters. Also, Stevie breaks up with her older boyfriend.
Sunday, March 8th, 2015
s1e15: The Ninth Circle
Elizabeth heads to Turkey to mend political relations after the Turkish government releases a video that could be damaging to the CIA. Also, Jason is threatened with expulsion after punching a bully at school.
Sunday, October 4th, 2015
s2e1: The Show Must Go On
The President’s plane is declared missing and Elizabeth is thrust into a situation of power she never imagined possible. Also, Henry butts heads with his new Defense Intelligence Agency handler, Jane Fellows, when he’s asked to recruit one of his Russian students for the NSA.
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
s1e13: Chains of Command
Elizabeth pushes for the prosecution of a Bahraini diplomat after he is caught holding a maid hostage in his home. Henry's father comes to visit.
Sunday, March 1st, 2015
s1e14: Whisper of the Ax
Elizabeth is humiliated at a public budget hearing when her staff fails to find the corruption that exists in her microloan program. Also, the investigation into Marsh’s death continues.
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
s1e21: The Kill List
As Elizabeth prepares for the arrival of Iranian President Shiraz to sign a nuclear treaty, she uncovers a top secret plot to assassinate him on United States soil. At the same time, she must deal with a massive protest by the Human Rights Campaign in response to Iran’s plans to stone a gay citizen to death. Also, Elizabeth sees a therapist (Marsha Mason) to deal with her PTSD.
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
s1e22: There But for the Grace of God
When Elizabeth confronts her former friend Juliet, she flashes back to when then-CIA Director Dalton offered her a job that would have changed the course of her life. Also, Stevie and President Dalton’s son, Harrison (Jason Ralph), begin a relationship that will have consequences.
s2e2: The Doability Doctrine
Sunday, October 18th, 2015
s2e3: The Rusalka
Elizabeth and President Dalton’s administration are met with hostility while trying to deal with the Russian government. Also, Dmitri is kidnapped and interrogated about being a Russian spy.
Sunday, November 8th, 2015
s2e6: Catch and Release
After an American aid worker is killed in Syria by the first known American ISIS leader, Elizabeth recalls all aid workers stationed there, including her brother, Will, and makes it her mission to get justice for the victim. Also, Henry is conflicted when Dmitri asks for help saving Ivan, who has been called back to Moscow.
Sunday, October 25th, 2015
s2e4: Waiting for Taleju
Elizabeth finds herself pushed out of the President's inner circle after she disagrees with his response to the growing tension with Russia. Also, when incriminating photos of Stevie and Harrison surface, Elizabeth and Henry must deal with the aftermath and try to protect their daughter from the media.
Sunday, November 15th, 2015
s2e7: You Say You Want A Revolution
Sunday, February 14th, 2016
s2e14: Left of the Boom
While Elizabeth oversees a mission to track down the culprits behind a uranium heist in Eastern Europe, she also contends with highly sensitive issues in Saudi Arabia, including the apprehension of two American teenage girls who intended to join a terrorist group, that threatens to dismantle an important arms deal.
Sunday, March 20th, 2016
s2e17: Higher Learning
While Elizabeth accompanies Alison on a college campus tour, she is ambushed by protestors about a Chilean mining operation involving the U.S. and Chilean governments. Also, Henry, Jane and Jose Campos attempt to track down Jibral Disah's third wife, Hijriyyah.
Sunday, January 31st, 2016
s2e13: Invasive Species
After his father’s death, Henry’s family uncovers shocking secrets that open old wounds for them, including his grieving sister Maureen, who blames Henry for not spending enough time at home. Also, Russell keeps important information from Elizabeth’s team at the State department.
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
s2e15: Right of the Boom
Following a shocking event on U.S. soil, Elizabeth rushes to find answers to President Dalton's many questions about how it was able to occur.
Sunday, March 6th, 2016
After an Italian warship answers a distress call from a ship carrying Libyan refugees, Elizabeth is given 20 minutes to decide whether to question a passenger who claims to know the whereabouts of Jibral Disah, the most-wanted terrorist in the world. Also, Stevie brings her boyfriend Jareth home to meet her parents.
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
s3e5: The French Revolution
When an imminent U.S.-France state dinner is jeopardized after a CIA operative is captured by French intelligence, Elizabeth must negotiate the operative’s release while keeping the event on track. Also, Russell tries to woo back big donors to Dalton’s campaign, and the McCords get an important lead in their family’s stalking case.
Sunday, November 27th, 2016
s3e8: Breakout Capacity
As President Dalton eagerly awaits voting results on Election Day, Elizabeth uncovers information that could put the U.S.’s peace deal with Iran in jeopardy. Also, election night proves to be one filled with possible romance for some of McCord’s staffers, and Jason challenges his parents by supporting one of Dalton’s presidential competitors.
Sunday, December 18th, 2016
Sunday, December 11th, 2016
s3e9: Snap Back
As the U.N. Security Council considers reinstating sanctions against Iran for its suspected nuclear activities, Elizabeth tries to stop Israel from taking matters into its own hands when it threatens military action against the Iranians. Also, Russell pressures Henry to woo his old Air Force buddy, Congressman Jeff Pearson, to support President Dalton in the House’s election vote, and Stevie asks Russell for a recommendation to Harvard Law School.
Sunday, January 29th, 2017
s3e13: The Beautiful Game
When an influential rabbi organizing a symbolic Iran/Israel soccer game is killed, Elizabeth and Jay’s peace treaty plans for the two countries are jeopardized. Also, Elizabeth’s name is floated for a Nobel Peace Prize; Jay’s tireless work on the Iran/Israel peace deal strains his marriage; and Daisy makes a connection with a new work colleague.
Sunday, May 7th, 2017
s3e21: The Seventh Floor
Elizabeth and her team work to secure the release of an American journalist held hostage in the Sudan.
Sunday, October 8th, 2017
s4e1: News Cycle
When the assistant vice minister of Timor-Leste suddenly dies during a meeting with Elizabeth on the first day of the U.N General Assembly, she becomes suspicious after the president of Timor-Leste ships the body back without a proper investigation. Also, a "fake news" story surfaces claiming Elizabeth is responsible for the minister’s death, and Dmitri returns to work with Henry.