Madam Secretary (2014– )
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The Common Defense 

While Elizabeth is away, her staff tries to secure an international agreement to protect citizens who have been displaced due to global warming. Daisy and her daughter are caught up in a measles outbreak.

Director:

Martha Mitchell

Writers:

Barbara Hall (created by), Kristi Korzec
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Téa Leoni ... Elizabeth McCord
Tim Daly ... Henry McCord
Keith Carradine ... President Conrad Dalton
Patina Miller ... Daisy Grant
Geoffrey Arend ... Matt Mahoney
Erich Bergen ... Blake Moran
Sebastian Arcelus ... Jay Whitman
Kathrine Herzer ... Alison McCord (credit only)
Evan Roe ... Jason McCord (credit only)
Wallis Currie-Wood ... Stephanie 'Stevie' McCord
Zeljko Ivanek ... Russell Jackson
Sara Ramirez ... Kat Sandoval
Tracee Chimo Pallero ... Nina Cummings
Murray Bartlett ... Australian Prime Minister Chris Lawson
John Behlmann ... Aaron Davis
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While Elizabeth is away, her staff tries to secure an international agreement to protect citizens who have been displaced due to global warming. Daisy and her daughter are caught up in a measles outbreak.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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This episode features a fictional Australian Prime Minister and Jay comments that Australia throws Prime Ministers out like confetti. This is in reference to the real-life frequency of changes in Prime Ministers between 2010 and 2018 as a result of successful leadership spills against the sitting Prime Minister See more »

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This Hollywood Fiction Is Better than Washington Fact
25 March 2019 | by mgconlan-1See all my reviews

The author of "Hollywood Fiction" above gets much of this show wrong. The correct terms for immigrants are not "legal" and "illegal," but "documented" and "undocumented." This reviewer is almost certainly a political supporter of the current U.S. President, whereas one of the reasons I watch "Madam Secretary" regularly (and, when it was still on, watched "Designated Survivor" as well) is to be reminded of a time when the U.S. was still being run by people with intelligence and common decency, whom I could respect even when I disagreed with them politically, who were obviously working for the common good and not just to aggrandize their own egos and enrich themselves and their friends. I'm a bit more sympathetic to opponents of vaccination than the writers of this show, but the main point about the immigration crisis as it's depicted here is that our leader's willful denial of climate change and reversal of his predecessor's inadequate but right-minded policies to deal with it is just speeding the total destruction of earth's environment as suitable for human life. The immigrants in this program are literally fleeing their homelands because rising sea levels are rendering their homelands non-existent. What, in the mind of the "Hollywood Fiction" author, are they supposed to do -- just drown?


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