Madam Secretary returned for an abridged final season in late 2019, and here are each of the episodes ranked according to their IMDb scores.
Fans of Madam Secretary will remember that the show’s actors were left in limbo for a while over whether or not they would film more than five seasons. The cast and viewers alike shared the hashtag #renewmadamsecretary on social media to show support for the CBS political drama.
Thankfully, the series was renewed for a final season, albeit an abridged one. The cast and crew got ten episodes to finish their story, airing from October to December of 2019. All of the episodes are finally available on Netflix, so it’s a great time to revisit the timely series. Here is a ranking of the final season’s ten episodes, according to IMDb.
Episode 6: 7.8
Though it’s not the highest-rated episode in the season, “Deepfake” is one of the most exciting. It opens with Mike B. getting tased by a crazy man, it further deals with Stevie and Dmitri’s relationship, and, obviously, it involves a deep fake. Elizabeth and Henry are accused of deriding a dignitary, President Choi, due to a fake news video on a conspiracy website. President Choi’s wife and first lady, a K-pop star, is also introduced and delivers a performance.
Episode 8: 7.8
The eighth episode is called “Ships and Countries.” It comes on the tail of episode seven’s official introduction to President McCord’s impeachment. On top of dealing with the accusations, Elizabeth has to help a missing tech CEO return home. The subpoena drama continues, but it now affects Henry and Stevie, who are called to testify in proceedings for President McCord’s impeachment.
Episode 3: 7.9
The third episode, “Killer Robots,” follows Blake’s questioning by Senator Hansen of the Senate Intelligence Committee. This requires the continued flashbacks to the action between the fifth and sixth seasons.
In this case, it is nice to pull back the curtain a little to explore Blake’s relationship with Trevor. Also, President McCord also must decide whether or not to use autonomous unmanned weapons to combat the UN gas attack instead of sending US soldiers.
Episode 1: 8.0
The first episode of the final season is wittily titled “Hail to the Chief.” It begins on the 97th day of the Elizabeth McCord presidency. Henry is giving a speech at a fundraiser for the arts, accompanied by his spiffy looking family, minus Alison McCord, who is busy with an internship.
Fans get the joy of seeing Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs Susan Thompson in her new role as Secretary of State. Aside from establishing who is involved in the McCord administration—still Blake, Daisy, Mike B., for starters—the episode introduces the central problem of the season: Iran hacked Elizabeth’s presidential opponent’s campaign, and Elizabeth’s peace deal with Iran puts her in a suspicious position. The closing moments show White House staff and the McCord family receiving their subpoenas. Thus begins the legal scrutiny of the new president that will drag on throughout all of the season.
Episode 5: 8.1
Viewers might feel many different things watching this episode, solemnly marked as “Daisy.” Beloved press secretary Daisy Grant, played by Patina Miller, brought so much style, savviness, and success to Elizabeth McCord’s run as Secretary of State and to the McCord presidential campaign.
The fifth episode is the end of Daisy’s time on Madam Secretary, until she returns for the finale. Patina Miller expressed her heartfelt farewell on social media when the episode aired, but did the goodbye really need to happen so soon? Daisy resigns when she is nearly fired for possessing hacked information against the opponent during the campaign. She is not responsible for leaking the files, but she still willingly accepts and views them. Out of all the people who have worked under Elizabeth McCord, it is frustrating that a black woman is singled out as the culprit. The only consolation is that Daisy loves the newfound time to spend with her beautiful daughter, Joanna.
Episode 2: 8.2
The second episode, “The Strike Zone,” is juicy because it escalates the legal situation at hand, but it also teases viewers with the fun idea of President McCord throwing out the first pitch of a New York Mets baseball game. Mike B. is questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee on his account of the season opener’s scandalous events.
Protesters also express their anger over rising fuel costs, and the first pitch might not go so well. Elizabeth has a dream that she is cheered onto the field, but she hits the mascot, Mr. Met, right in his baseball head, so she is booed off. In real life, she walks out as protesters chant, “No more gas tax!” She pitches perfectly and gets the audience to cheer, though.
Episode 7: 8.2
“Accountability” brings a greater focus to Jason McCord as a college student. He lashes out at a college newspaper reporter for her depictions of his mom and is made to apologize, but it isn’t exactly what is expected. Elizabeth has to make some decisions about the hacking matter, and she has a moment of reckoning with Senator Hansen. Dmitri and Stevie dive deeper into their reclaimed romance.
Episode 4: 8.3
In the fourth episode, “Valor,” Henry fights for the mental health of veterans through the VA Mental Health Modernization Bill. This becomes even more pressing after Major Brad Jenkins commits suicide by pretending to reach for a gun when confronted by cops in a public mental health episode, thereby leading the police officers to shoot him. Daisy is questioned by Senator Hansen of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Dmitri returns to Stevie’s life in this episode, even though she is dating someone else.
Episode 10: 8.9
The series finale wraps up the McCord family’s story with a wedding for Stevie and Dmitri. Because their original gorgeous venue burns down, the lovebirds get a White House wedding. Russell and his wife, Carol, are on the outs because Russell works too much. When the dutiful workaholic agrees to retire for good, Carol and Russell reconcile. Elizabeth must decide what is best in an act for equal pay for women.
Episode 9: 9.2
“Carpe Diem” is the highest-rated episode of the season and of the entire series. When Elizabeth is called to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, she and Henry decide to draft a list of all that they hope to accomplish with whatever remaining time Elizabeth has in office, and nuclear warfare looms. On a lighter note, Stevie decides to propose to Dmitri, and Dmitri also plans to propose to Stevie. Elizabeth is gloriously exonerated in her hearing, not impeached.