‘Madam Secretary’ Episode Guide (Oct. 16): Elizabeth Negotiates a Regime Change in Algeria

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‘Madam Secretary’ Episode Guide (Oct. 16): Elizabeth Negotiates a Regime Change in Algeria

“The Linchpin” (10/16/16) – With Algeria on the brink of a civil war, Elizabeth delicately negotiates a regime change, but her plans go awry when Roy Curtis (Dakin Matthews), the trusted U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, dies unexpectedly.

Also, Henry fights to save religious antiquities in Algeria when he discovers they are being destroyed by Hizb al-Shahid, and the McCord children get their own security detail after Jason’s computer is hacked, on “Madama Secretary,” Sunday, Oct. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Michael Boatman guest stars as FBI Director Keith Doherty, who helps the McCords investigate the hacking of Jason’s computer.

Also guest starring in this episode are Johanna Day (Admiral Ellen Hill), Carlos Gomez (Jose Campos), Dakin Mathews (Ambassador Roy Curtis), Pippa Pearthree (Mary Curtis), Matt Meinsen (DS Agent Matt), Marshall Manesh (President Aman Haddad), Arthur Darbinyan (General Mourad Cherat), Nazanin Nour (Salima Tengour), Jason Michael Evans (DS Agent Alex), Rashad Edwards (DS Agent Todd), Brandon Morris (SWAT Leader), Sean Phillips (SWAT Team Member #1), Dennis Kozee (SWAT Team Member #2), Mandela Bellamy (Teacher), and Noam Harary (HS Fighter).

“The Linchpin” was written by David Grae, one of the series’ executive producers. It was directed by Eric Stoltz, one of the series’ executive producers.

“Madam Secretary” stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.

A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returned to public life at the request of President Conrad Dalton, who values McCord’s apolitical leanings, her deep knowledge of the Middle East, her flair for languages and her ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box.

McCord’s team includes her Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver, policy advisor Jay Whitman, speechwriter Matt Mahoney, press coordinator Daisy Grant and her charming assistant, Blake Moran. As McCord debates third world problems, finesses foreign dignitaries at work and does battle with the President’s combative Chief of Staff Russell Jackson, that’s just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband, theology professor-turned-intelligence operative Henry, and their three children, where “politics” and “compromise” take on new meaning.

“Madam Secretary” stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.

A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returns to public life at the request of the President following the suspicious death of her predecessor. The President values her apolitical leanings, her deep knowledge of the Middle East, her flair for languages and her ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box.

McCord’s team includes her Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver, speechwriter Matt Mahoney, press coordinator Daisy Grant and her charming assistant, Blake Moran. As McCord debates third world problems, finesses foreign dignitaries at work and does battle with the President’s combative Chief of Staff Russell Jackson, that’s just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband Henry and their three children, where “politics” and “compromise” take on new meaning.

“Madam Secretary” also stars Tim Daly (Henry McCord), Bebe Neuwirth (Nadine Tolliver), Željko Ivanek (Russell Jackson), Keith Carradine (President Conrad Dalton), Sebastian Arcelus (Jay Whitman), Patina Miller (Daisy Grant), Geoffrey Arend (Matt Mahoney), Erich Bergen (Blake Moran), Kathrine Herzer (Alison McCord), Wallis Currie-Wood (Stephanie “Stevie” McCord), and Evan Roe (Jason McCord).

“Madam Secretary” is produced by CBS Television Studios, in association with Revelations Entertainment. It is executive produced by Barbara Hall, Lori McCreary, David Grae, Eric Stoltz and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman. The series was created by Barbara Hall.

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