Madam Secretary (season 2)

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Madam Secretary (season 2)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Original networkCBS
Original releaseOctober 4, 2015 (2015-10-04) –
May 8, 2016 (2016-05-08)
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List of Madam Secretary episodes

The second season of Madam Secretary an American political drama television series originally aired in the United States on CBS from October 4, 2015, through May 8, 2016. The season was produced by CBS Television Studios, with Barbara Hall as showrunner and executive producer. Debuting on September 21, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season on January 12, 2015. Madam Secretary was renewed for a third season on March 25, 2016.

The series follows Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni), a former CIA analyst and professor who becomes United States Secretary of State at the behest of President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine) after her predecessor is killed in a plane crash. Elizabeth works alongside a dedicated staff, including Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth).

Cast and characters[edit]





No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
231"The Show Must Go On"Morgan FreemanBarbara HallOctober 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)11.79[4]
Elizabeth must take the oath of office when the President's plane disappears over the Pacific Ocean. Also, Henry is asked to recruit one of his Russian students to work for the U.S. government by Jane Fellows, his new Defense Intelligence Agency handler.
242"The Doability Doctrine"Eric StoltzDavid GraeOctober 11, 2015 (2015-10-11)11.15[5]
Elizabeth takes advice from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and ignores President Dalton's recommendation on how to negotiate the safe return of a State Department employee who was kidnapped in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Henry is having trouble persuading a student to spy for the U.S. government.
253"The Rusalka"Dennie GordonMatt WardOctober 18, 2015 (2015-10-18)9.61[6]
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. Jill Hennessy returns as Jane Fellows, Henry's defense intelligence agency superior.
264"Waiting for Taleju"Felix AlcaláJoy GregoryOctober 25, 2015 (2015-10-25)10.81[7]
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.
275"The Long Shot"Rob J. GreenleaMoira KirlandNovember 1, 2015 (2015-11-01)9.47[8]
In the wake of President Ostrov's death, Elizabeth and President Dalton fear a power grab within the Russian government. Also, the government's Cybersecurity Coordinator Oliver Shaw works to identify the hacker who interfered with the communication system on Air Force One, and Jay devises a plan to fight Russian propaganda.
286"Catch and Release"Charlotte BrandstromAlex CooleyNovember 8, 2015 (2015-11-08)10.59[9]
When an American aid worker is killed in Syria by ISIS, Elizabeth recalls all aid workers stationed there, including her reluctant brother, who is doctor on the front lines.
297"You Say You Want a Revolution"Tate DonovanJoan Rater & Tony PhelanNovember 15, 2015 (2015-11-15)10.61[10]
Elizabeth has President Dalton's support when attempting to make history by lifting the Cuban trade embargo. However, she faces a challenge in winning the Senate's support. Meanwhile, Henry and Alison bond while touring Havana together.
308"Lights Out"Dennie GordonAlexander MaggioNovember 22, 2015 (2015-11-22)9.91[11]
Amidst increasing tensions with Russia, Elizabeth, Russell and Mike B. devise a plan to oust National Security Advisor Craig Sterling while at the same time not tarnishing the Office of the President with a scandal. Also, progress is made on identifying the Air Force One hacker.
319"Russian Roulette"Jonathan BrownBarbara HallNovember 29, 2015 (2015-11-29)9.96[12]
With President Dalton considering military action against Russia for the cyber attacks on Air Force One and on the Ukrainian President Mikhail Bozek's plane, and with Elizabeth preparing an address to the United Nations, Henry wrestles with revealing concrete evidence that Russia is not behind the attacks.
3210"The Greater Good"Eric StoltzDavid GraeDecember 13, 2015 (2015-12-13)10.14[13]
After uncovering a secret that could destroy Russian President Maria Ostrov's reputation, Elizabeth and President Dalton travel to Switzerland to confront her and use the information as leverage to find a peaceful solution to the conflict between their countries.
3311"Unity Node"Jet WilkinsonMatt WardJanuary 10, 2016 (2016-01-10)8.97[14]
Elizabeth tries to salvage a peace deal with Russia after an unexpected turn of events threatens to dissolve the agreement; at the same time, she gets dragged into dealing with an emergency situation aboard the International Space Station.
3412"The Middle Way"James Whitmore Jr.Lyla OliverJanuary 17, 2016 (2016-01-17)11.87[15]
Elizabeth, to her surprise, is met resistance when she travels to Myanmar to sign a Pacific Rim trade agreement, which will modernize the country's power grid and benefit several of its trading partners. Meanwhile, Nadine attempts to mend her relationship with her estranged son
3513"Invasive Species"Tony PhelanMoira KirlandJanuary 31, 2016 (2016-01-31)10.20[16]
The death of Henry's father leads the family to uncover some rather shocking secrets that open old wounds for them, leading to a confrontation between Henry and his grieving sister Maureen, who feels her brother should have been home more. Elsewhere, Russell keeps important information from Elizabeth's team at the State Department.
3614"Left of the Boom"Rob GreenleaJoy GregoryFebruary 14, 2016 (2016-02-14)10.06[17]
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.
3715"Right of the Boom"Jonathan BrownAlexander MaggioFebruary 21, 2016 (2016-02-21)10.73[18]
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.
3816"Hijriyyah"Charlotte BrandstromAlex CooleyMarch 6, 2016 (2016-03-06)10.19[19]
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.
3917"Higher Learning"Heather CappielloKelly Jane CostelloMarch 20, 2016 (2016-03-20)9.41[20]
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.
4018"On the Clock"Zetna FuentesBarbara Hall and David GraeMarch 27, 2016 (2016-03-27)8.50[21]
A mysterious plane crash interrupts peace talks between India and Pakistan; Henry tries to get information from one of Disah's wives; Elizabeth undergoes a grueling interview.
4119"Desperate Remedies"Rob GreenleaMatt WardApril 10, 2016 (2016-04-10)9.86[22]
After a member of the inner circle of a terrorist organization falls ill with a deadly virus, Elizabeth attempts to use his weakness to secure the release of a group of schoolgirls that are being held captive.
4220"Ghost Detainee"Charlotte BrandstromMoira KirlandApril 17, 2016 (2016-04-17)9.57[23]
After Elizabeth delivers her first speech to the United Nations General Assembly formally condemning the terrorist group Hizb-al Shahid, she discusses forming a coalition against them with the Russian Foreign Minister. However, the talks create a conflict of interest between Elizabeth and Henry, who is searching for a way to save Dmitri's ill sister, Talia Petrov, from the Russian government.
4321"Connection Lost"Jonathan BrownJoy GregoryApril 24, 2016 (2016-04-24)9.57[24]
Henry, Jane and Jose are sent on a dangerous mission when President Dalton gets word that the world's most dangerous terrorist is hiding in Islamabad. Meanwhile, Henry and Elizabeth try out couple counselling.
4422"Render Safe"Felix AlcalaDavid GraeMay 1, 2016 (2016-05-01)9.90[25]
The U.S. debates enacting a "render safe" mission to secure nuclear weapons that belong to the failing Pakistani government; at the same time, the terrorist Jibral Disah is pursued by the Murphy Station.
4523"Vartius"Eric StoltzBarbara HallMay 8, 2016 (2016-05-08)9.99[26]
Elizabeth gets shocking news about a political operative and learns President Dalton may be considering replacing her with a new Secretary of State; Stevie and Jareth get engaged.



Madam Secretary was renewed for a second season on January 12, 2015.[27] Madam Secretary was renewed for a third season on March 25, 2016.[28]


Madeleine Albright guest role as herself a former Secretary of State,[2] Jill Hennessy joined cast in recurring role as Jane Fellows,[29] Chris Petrovski was cast as a recurring for the second season as Dmitri Petrov,[30]


Season two of Madam Secretary premiered on October 4, 2015.[31]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "The Show Must Go On" October 4, 2015 1.4/4 11.79[4] N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 "The Doability Doctrine" October 11, 2015 1.5/4 11.15[5] N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 "The Rusalka" October 18, 2015 1.2/3 9.61[6] N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 "Waiting for Taleju" October 25, 2015 1.3/4 10.81[7] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "The Long Shot" November 1, 2015 1.1/3 9.47[8] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "Catch and Release" November 8, 2015 1.3/4 10.59[9] N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 "You Say You Want a Revolution" November 15, 2015 1.4/4 10.61[10] N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 "Lights Out" November 22, 2015 1.1/3 9.91[11] N/A N/A N/A N/A
9 "Russian Roulette" November 29, 2015 1.3/3 9.96[12] 0.3 2.41 1.6 12.37[32]
10 "The Greater Good" December 13, 2015 1.3/4 10.14[13] N/A 2.14 N/A 12.28[33]
11 "Unity Node" January 10, 2016 1.0/3 8.97[14] 0.5 2.54 1.5 11.51[34]
12 "The Middle Way" January 17, 2016 2.0/6 11.87[15] 0.6 2.70 2.6 14.56[35]
13 "Invasive Species" January 31, 2016 1.1/3 10.20[16] N/A 2.15 N/A 12.35[36]
14 "Left of the Boom" February 14, 2016 1.2/4 10.06[17] N/A N/A N/A N/A
15 "Right of the Boom" February 21, 2016 1.2/4 10.73[18] N/A N/A N/A N/A
16 "Hijriyyah" March 6, 2016 1.1/4 10.19[19] N/A 2.31 N/A 12.51[37]
17 "Higher Learning" March 20, 2016 1.1/3 9.41[20] N/A 2.17 N/A 11.58[38]
18 "On the Clock" March 27, 2016 1.0/3 8.50[21] N/A 2.37 N/A 10.87[39]
19 "Desperate Remedies" April 10, 2016 1.1/4 9.86[22] N/A N/A N/A N/A
20 "Ghost Detainee" April 17, 2016 0.9/3 9.57[23] N/A N/A N/A N/A
21 "Connection Lost" April 24, 2016 1.0/3 9.57[24] N/A N/A N/A N/A
22 "Render Safe" May 1, 2016 1.0/4 9.90[25] N/A 2.00 N/A 11.94[40]
23 "Vartius" May 8, 2016 1.0/4 9.99[26] N/A N/A N/A N/A

Home media[edit]

The DVD release of season two is set to be released in Region 1 on September 13, 2016.

The Complete Second Season
Set details Special features
  • 23 episodes
  • 995 minutes (Region 1)
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles:
    • English (Region 1)
  • Under Surveillance: The Making of Madam Secretary
  • Madam Secretary at the Politico Playbook Panel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
Release dates
 United States  United Kingdom  Australia
September 13, 2016[41] September 26, 2016[42] October 26, 2016[43]


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