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    For those of us at Gold Derby who watch the show, tonight marks the season 5 premiere of Madam Secretary at 10/9c on CBS.

    Episode: E Pluribus Unum

    Synopsis: In the aftermath of a deadly attack on the White House, Elizabeth tries to keep a major nuclear disarmament deal from falling apart while a manhunt for the attackers brings D.C. to a halt. For advice, Elizabeth turns to former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell.

    Eric Stoltz directs.

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    This was a very strong opener. I hate that Leoni has gotten no awards traction for this. Her speech at the end was perfection. I just love her in this role because she gets to show so many facets of Elizabeth McCord: funny, romantic, mom, diplomat, worried, smart, caring, savvy. It’s now in first run syndication so I was able to watch some of the first episodes these past few weeks.

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    Episode: The Chaos Game

    Synopsis: Elizabeth discovers that the White House attackers had support from overseas, and tries to hunt down those responsible without starting a war. Also, Henry comes face to face with one of the attackers.

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    Episode: The Magic Rake

    Synopsis: Elizabeth flies to Fashion Week in Milan to face off against the Chinese Foreign Minister over an anti-sweatshop treaty in the aftermath of a tragedy. Also, Daisy struggles with feelings of fear and pessimism over her baby’s future, under the threat of rising nationalism in the wake of the attack on the White House.

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    Episode: Requiem

    Synopsis: The remains of U.S. soldiers who served in World War II are uncovered in Southeast Asia, but Elizabeth’s hopes of bringing them home quickly fade when a stubborn leader stands in her way. Also, Henry and Stevie find themselves publicly targeted by a restaurant owner who is angry about Elizabeth’s policies, and Alison volunteers for a local congressional campaign.

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    Another great episode last night. Phyllis Somerville’s role wasn’t huge but it had great impact. I knew when I saw her that it would be great. It was also great to see Sara Ramirez back after being gone for the first 3. The scene with her in the senator’s office was great. My favorite Bess scenes were the ones where she was meeting the president of the Philippines in the gym (hey there for SVU tech guy Joel de la Fuente!) and where she tells Alison why she should vote. It’s something all Americans should hear.

    Still such a wonderful & underrated show. I hate that Tea Leoni has never come close to awards traction for it. It should have been their new The Good Wife.

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    Episode: Ghosts

    Synopsis: Henry finds himself at the center of an international incident when he comes to the aid of an ex-girlfriend at a religious freedom conference in Thailand, after she is imprisoned for condemning the monarchy. Also, Elizabeth helps Jason navigate the pressure of preparing for college.

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    Episode: Eyjafjallajökull

    Synopsis: The eruption of an Icelandic volcano strands Elizabeth at an airport in Ireland with the Turkish foreign minister, so she tries to broker a deal with him to save the lives of thousands of Syrian refugees. Also, Henry gives advice to Alison about an awkward topic.

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    Episode: Baby Steps

    Synopsis: Vice President Teresa Hurst asks Elizabeth for help when a surrogate carrying her future grandchild is arrested in Laos for human trafficking. Also, Henry tries to protect Stevie from danger when he suspects that she’s being followed by a Russian operative, and Blake deals with the demanding and costly instructions of a delegation of Japanese gardeners.

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    Episode: The Courage to Continue

    Synopsis: Haiti’s democracy is threatened by a president who refuses to step down after losing the election, and Elizabeth tries to solve the problem without resorting to military action. Also, Blake has one week to find a new job before Elizabeth fires him as her assistant.

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    Episode: Winter Garden

    Synopsis: Elizabeth and Jay work to keep an historic agreement between Serbia and Kosovo from falling apart after a mass grave is discovered in Serbia dating back to the Kosovo war. Also, Henry deals with a bizarre encounter with Secretary of Defense Gordon Becker.

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    Sometimes i don’t know if they are making fun of Russia being behind everything bad that happens or actually view it as seriously believing Russia is behind all that’s bad! Like if the show did an episode about the protests in France right now- secretly organized by Russia! Serbs and Albanians don’t need Russians to feed their conflict!

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    Episode: Family Seperation: Part 1

    Synopsis: Elizabeth goes head to head with a U.S. governor over the state’s new policy of separating unauthorized immigrants from their children. Also, she and Henry plan to renew their wedding vows.

    It’s the 100th episode, and it’s on at 8:30/7:30c tonight.

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    Lol I mean why is it only an issue the kid is 6 when they are separated and not dragging him across the desert?

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    Lol I mean why is it only an issue the kid is 6 when they are separated and not dragging him across the desert?

    Excuse me what?

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