Madam Secretary Season 2 Episode 1 Review: The Show Must Go On

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All you need is a little song and dance!

On Madam Secretary Season 2 Episode 1, Elizabeth and her staff were tasked with trying to come up with a song for an important dinner. Things took a turn for the worse when Air For One went missing and the line of succession was put into place. It was a rather exciting hour and set up a new mystery to be solved this season.

Let's not waste anymore time and discuss, "The Show Must Go On."

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Starting things out by having the Vice President go into emergency surgery, having the Speaker of the House be on the missing plane and having Senator Gates not be in his right mind all worked perfectly to get Elizabeth in as acting President. I was incredibly happy to see Elizabeth take the oath and be given the Presidency, even for a little while.

I just didn't understand why Russell had such a huge problem with Elizabeth taking over the role. Elizabeth has proven time and time again she is capable, intelligent and knows how to get the job done. Russell needs to get that stick out of his ass and just accept the fact Elizabeth knows what she's doing.

It was completely disrespectful when Russell told Nancy she didn't have to call Elizabeth Madam President. Guess what? It didn't matter if she was acting President. At the end of the day, she was President and deserved to be referred to as Madam President. At least Russell let her in on the nuclear codes, but he was sure quick to tell her she's just warming the President's seat.

It's also not right for Russell and the President to keep things from Elizabeth. How the heck can they not tell her the National Security Advisor was leaving? Then to appoint someone without even letting Elizabeth know what's going on is beyond ridiculous. Elizabeth should have been able to put fourth her own opinion on who she'd like to see as National Security Advisor.

Switching gears to Henry, I hate how the DIA is using him; though it was ironic how they wanted Henry to blackmail and recruit a student out of his ethics class. Henry had to see this coming eventually – he knew getting involved with the DIA there were strings attached. He's basically their puppet.

Even though what the DIA is doing is completely unethical, I do understand their reasoning. They want to recruit someone from a country that is a threat because they want to know the country's secrets – it really does make a lot of sense. I just don't see Henry staying completely on board with their methods.

Henry does get credit for trying to work with the DIA and coming up with a different person for them to go after, but I am not surprised they'd want Henry as a handler. They know Henry's past and his capabilities. He would be a perfect handler, but this is going to cause a lot of problems for him in the future.

In the end, Elizabeth used Russell's words against him and did what she wanted to do. I couldn't help but smile when Elizabeth used her power to get Erica James pardoned. Elizabeth is never going to take Russell's crap, and it's about time he figures out he can't take her down.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth's staff took over as the entertainment at the dinner after Elizabeth had a mini meltdown. Who else thought the song was catchy? I like how the show incorporated the musical background of some of their cast – it was a lovely change of pace and added some comedy, as well.

Of course things took a serious turn when it was revealed the reason Air Force One shut down was because of a sophisticated virus. I am really interested to see how this new mystery unravels because there are so many people who would want to declare war.

Who do you think is behind Air Force One shutting down? Do you think Russell will ever respect Elizabeth? What do you hope to see this season?

Don't feel bad if you missed out! You can watch Madam Secretary online now via TV Fanatic. Just make sure to come back to let us know what you think.

Next week on Madam Secretary Season 2 Episode 2, Henry has a hard time getting his student to be a spy for the NSA. Will Henry end up using blackmail on the student? Find out Sunday, October 11 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS. 

The Show Must Go On Review

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