Memorable Moments From Madam Secretary, Season 2

President Dalton offered Bess a new position.

1. President Dalton offered Bess a new position.

After hearing that President Dalton was looking to replace her as Secretary of State, Bess confronted her boss. But it turned out the President didn't want to fire her—he actually wanted to promote her to Vice President.

"Vartius" (Madam Secretary Season 2 finale)

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Henry and Bess battled a strained relationship.

2. Henry and Bess battled a strained relationship.

Bess' negotiations with the Russian Foreign Minister created a unique tension between the couple, going so far as to cause stress at home. Henry, who was searching for a way to save Talia Petrov from the Russian government, voiced his frustration—but not without consequences.

"Ghost Detainee" (Season 2,Episode 20)

 
Bess addressed the United Nations for the first time.

3. Bess addressed the United Nations for the first time.

In an inspiring speech, Bess formally condemned the military group Hizb-al Shahid for their terrorist actions.

"Ghost Detainee" (Season 2, Episode 20)
Jane Pauley interviewed Bess on national television.

4. Jane Pauley interviewed Bess on national television.

Veteran journalist Jane Pauley grilled Bess about her foreign policies, with the Secretary of State remaining calm and well-spoken throughout.

"On The Clock" (Season 2, Episode 18)
Bess and Henry adored Stevie's new boyfriend.

5. Bess and Henry adored Stevie's new boyfriend.

The proud parents couldn't contain their excitement that they finally liked one of Stevie's boyfriends. They were visibly flustered upon greeting the young couple at their home.

"Desperate Remedies" (Season 2, Episode 19)
Henry found himself injured.

6. Henry found himself injured.

Henry survived a terrorist bombing, but not without a few injuries and exposure to radiation. In an emotional scene, Bess was reunited with her recovering husband as their children awaited word of his progress.

"Right of the Boom" (Season 2, Episode 14)
Elizabeth helped mend ties with Cuba.

7. Elizabeth helped mend ties with Cuba.

With the support of President Dalton, Bess spearheaded an agreement to lift the trade embargo in Cuba, bridging the two nations together.

"You Say You Want a Revolution" (Season 2, Episode 7)
Bess and Russell teamed up to help President Dalton.

8. Bess and Russell teamed up to help President Dalton.

Elizabeth, Russell, and Mike B. hatched a plan to oust NSA Director Craig Sterling from his role as National Security Advisor—all without tarnishing President Dalton's term with a scandal.

"You Say You Want a Revolution" (Season 2, Episode 7)
Stevie was the center of a national scandal.

9. Stevie was the center of a national scandal.

Henry and Elizabeth comforted their daughter Stevie in the middle of a scandal with the President's son, who was publicly outed for his drug use.

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Elizabeth became a political target.

10. Elizabeth became a political target.

In the wake of Russian President Ostrov's death, Elizabeth found herself the target of a political speech by his widow Maria Ostrov, who was aiming for a power play.

"The Rusalka" (Season 2, Episode 3)
Bess met with the iconic Madeleine Albright.

11. Bess met with the iconic Madeleine Albright.

While trying to navigate her relationship with President Dalton, Elizabeth solicited advice from one of the most esteemed politicians of our time: former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

"The Doability Doctrine" (Season 2, Episode 2)