'Madam Secretary' season 6 premiere sees Elizabeth McCord skillfully tackle major problems just 100 days into her presidency
Elizabeth McCord needs her biggest rival to vote for a bill she wants to be passed desperately, but in the wake of an exposé, the timing couldn't be worse.
This article contains spoilers for season 6 premiere.
CBS' 'Madam Secretary' has returned with its sixth and final season, where Elizabeth McCord can be seen elevated from secretary to the POTUS, but just 100 days into her presidency, scandals that could threaten the legitimacy of her election arise, causing some much uncalled for distress for the woman who has done so much to come this far. Worry not, cause President McCord has this sh*t handled - with love, grace, sheer intelligence and expertise that gives us all the more hope for a successful reign ahead.
When the episode opens, we see Elizabeth trying to focus on her ESI Bill as the first task at hand, but the timing couldn't be worse. As she needs the senators' signatures, she also finds herself thrust into the spotlight, but this is not the kind of attention she needs right now.
Turns out, FBI Director Amelia Banks has been tipped off by a Mossad counterpart about an Israeli counterintelligence investigation, where agents allegedly came across court documents dating back to Senator Miller's divorce, where accounts of him heating on his wife and fathering a child with an intern, is listed. While Mossad thinks the Iranians are behind the leak because Miller criticized Elizabeth's role in acquiring the peace deal, it poses a bigger threat to Elizabeth's presidency as word getting out about Iran trying to deck her strongest competitor would put the legitimacy of her election under scrutiny.
However, even in the face of a tremendous crisis like this, and while juggling other responsibilities, Elizabeth shows excellent judgment by holding a press conference to address the hack. On one hand, the chairman for the Senate Intelligence Committee labels her move as a direct attack on democracy - wanting all those involved, including the president, if that's the case, to be held responsible. On the other hand, Senator Miller tells everyone that he lost the election due to Elizabeth's conspiracy with the Iranians.
But the POTUS gotta do what she gotta do, and showing incredible strength, she sits through a disgusting chat with Miller and even agrees to his terms just to bag his one vote for her bill. Elizabeth even thanks him and shakes his hand to get his vote and if that isn't showing strength in the face of adversity, go figure.
'Madam Secretary' season 6 airs on Sundays at 10pm/9c only on CBS.