Madam Secretary/Season Five

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Season Five
Madam Secretary
Season Premiere October 7, 2018
Season Finale April 21, 2019
Episode Count 20



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Season Five of Madam Secretary premiered on October 7, 2018.


# # Title Written By Directed By Airdate Viewers 18-49 Rating Prod.
91 1 E Pluribus Unum Barbara Hall &
David Grae
Eric Stoltz October 7, 2018 6.125M 0.6% 501
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.
92 2 The Chaos Game Joy Gregory Felix Alcala October 14, 2018 5.478M 0.6% 502
When Elizabeth discovers that the White House attackers had support from overseas, she tries to hunt down those responsible without starting a war. Also, Henry comes face to face with one of the attackers.
93 3 The Rake Matt Ward John Murray October 21, 2018 5.802M 0.6% 503
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.
94 4 Requiem Keith Eisner Eric Stoltz October 28, 2018 5.56M 0.6% 504
When the remains of U.S. soldiers who served in World War II are uncovered in Southeast Asia, 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.
95 5 Ghosts Lyla Oliver Rob Greenlea November 4, 2018 5.234M 0.5% 505
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.
96 6 Eyjafjallajökull Alexander Maggio Geoffrey Arend November 11, 2018 5.102M 0.6% 506
When the eruption of an Icelandic volcano strands Elizabeth at an airport in Ireland with the Turkish foreign minister, 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.
97 7 Baby Steps Kristi Korzec Kevin Dowling November 18, 2018 5.518M 0.6% 507
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.
98 8 The Courage to Continue Matt Chester Sam Hoffman November 25, 2018 5.242M 0.6% 508
When Haiti’s democracy is threatened by a president who refuses to step down after losing the election, 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.
99 9 Winter Garden Joy Gregory Eric Stoltz December 9, 2018 5.351M 0.6% 509
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.
100 10 Family Separation (1) Barbara Hall &
David Grae
Rob Greenlea December 23, 2018 6.598M 0.8% 510
Elizabeth goes head to head with a U.S. governor over the state's new policy of separating unauthorized immigrants from their children.
101 11 Family Separation (2) Barbara Hall &
David Grae
Martha Mitchell January 6, 2019 5.442M 0.6% 511
Elizabeth and Henry plan to renew their wedding vows.
102 12 Strategic Ambiguity Matt Ward Eric Stoltz January 13, 2019 6.019M 0.6% 512
Elizabeth must salvage a deal with a military contractor by supplying fighter jets to Taiwan, but she risks triggering a war with China in the process. Also, Daisy gets frustrated with Matt for failing to help take care of her dog like he promised.
103 13 Proxy War Keith Eisner Felix Alcala January 27, 2019 5.384M 0.5% 513
When innocent Syrian children are killed by an American-made cluster bomb, Elizabeth races to figure out what went wrong before Russia can use it as an excuse to escalate its military presence in the region. Also, Russell faces a PR nightmare after he gets into a heated argument with a homeless protester.
104 14 Something Better Sara Ray Charlotte Brändström February 17, 2019 4.993M 0.4% 514
When a group of American missionaries become hostages during a violent uprising abroad, Dalton must confront demons from his past in order to help Elizabeth secure their safe return home. Also, Stevie takes over Russell's social media presence, and Henry helps his niece, Sarah, mentally prepare for her military deployment.
105 15 Between the Seats Lyla Oliver Sam Hoffman March 3, 2019 5.186M 0.6% 515
Elizabeth visits the Middle East to finalize a deal to bring U.S. troops home, but complications arise when a local woman's life is threatened by rumors of a romance with one of Elizabeth's staffers. Also, Henry provides relationship advice to Elizabeth's brother, Will.
106 16 The New Normal Alexander Maggio Felix Alcala March 17, 2019 5.434M 0.5% 516
When a super typhoon threatens a small Pacific island, Elizabeth tries to relocate its population before the storm makes landfall. Also, Henry gives a speech to an evangelical group about climate change.
107 17 The Common Defense Kristi Korzec Martha Mitchell March 24, 2019 4.92M 0.5% 517
While Elizabeth is away on a retreat thinking about her presidential campaign, her staff tries to secure an international agreement to protect citizens who have been displaced due to global warming. Also, the staff works to contain a measles outbreak that threatens the life of Daisy's daughter, Joanna.
108 18 Ready Matt Chester Sunu Gonera March 31, 2019 4.99M 0.6% 518
A NATO ally carries out a state-sponsored assassination attempt against one of its own citizens, who is also a U.S. resident and old friend of Elizabeth's. Also, Alison starts dating the son of one of Elizabeth's political rivals.
109 19 Carrying the Gold Matt Chester Sunu Gonera April 14, 2019 4.978M 0.4% 519
As Elizabeth prepares to officially declare her candidacy for president, she must deal with fallout from a news article alleging she had an affair with President Dalton during her CIA days. Also, Mike B. and Jay adjust to the growing pains in their expanded roles as campaign staffers, and Elizabeth calls for a UN criminal tribunal against Myanmar military leaders over their treatment of the Rohingya.
110 20 Better Angels Matt Ward John Murray April 21, 2019 4.79M 0.4% 520
As Elizabeth prepares to leave the state department and announce her run for president, anti-globalist terrorists attack the United Nations delegation in Geneva who are there to sign the climate migration treaty.

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