Madam Secretary Season 2 Episode 4 Review: Waiting for Taleju

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Forgiveness is key.

On Madam Secretary Season 2 Episode 4, things got a little dicey when nude photos of Stevie and Harrison were being shopped around and Elizabeth had to find a way to shut down the sale. It certainly made you question what you put on your own phone and how vulnerable everyone is to their privacy being invaded. 

Let's not waste anymore time and discuss, "Waiting for Taleju."

Dealing With Photos - Madam Secretary

Something I'll always appreciate about Madam Secretary is the family time with the McCord's. It's interesting to see the different dynamics between the parents and each of the children, but they all truly respect each other. It's rare to see a family who has so many differences get along so well. Neither Elizabeth nor Henry let work put a strain on their family.

Of course it wouldn't be a huge surprise if Elizabeth let work strain her home life considering the giant headaches she has to deal with on a daily basis. I loved Elizabeth's response to the papers saying she was having a cat fight with Maria Ostrov. It's not her fault she was in Russia when Maria decided to make a play for power.

Speaking of Elizabeth's job, did anyone else think it was odd when they started the meeting without her? It's becoming clear she is now being pushed out of Dalton's circle and they no longer care about her opinion when it comes to what needs to be done and this is going to bite them on the ass.

Instead of pushing Elizabeth out and listening to what Craig has to say, President Dalton needs to open his eyes and see both sides of the coin. Elizabeth has a way of turning bad situations around, but Craig wants to keep pushing back more and more. I hate the fact Craig has no respect for Elizabeth and the job she does. Would it hurt him to give her even a smidgen of respect?

Elizabeth never wanted the job in the first place and President Dalton felt like she would be a great asset to the administration, but now it seems as though his ego is hurt and this is only going to end up hurting his administration if he can't see past his jealousy.

Elizabeth gets credit for trying to look at the positive side of Craig's plans, but I have to agree with her teams assessment of spying on countries being completely ridiculous. Of course Elizabeth had much more to deal with when Daisy told her there were photos of Stevie and Harrison being shopped around. Apparently Elizabeth can't catch a break.

How the heck could Harrison think putting a password on a phone would be inconvenient? in this day and age, it's imperative to put a password on everything, but at the same time, if you're going to be in the public eye maybe you should not take naked photos and store them on said phone. Apparently Stevie and Harrison don't always use logic.

On the other hand, I do understand Stevie and Harrison were just being stupid kids and Stevie did think the photos would be deleted. I was totally on Henry's side about being nervous about what the entire world will do to Stevie if the photos were released. No matter how angry Elizabeth was, she needed to support Stevie as well; though Henry certainly didn't help matters when he went off on the caller on TV. 

Things went from bad to worse when Elizabeth and Henry were invited over to President's Dalton's home to have dinner and he blamed Elizabeth for the photos. I was on Elizabeth's side when it came to putting Stevie on a morning news show to apologize because society has shown the female is the one who usually gets branded a slut and is bashed. Why would Elizabeth put her daughter through that?

At least President Dalton apologized for his behavior after finding out it was a former secret service agent named Ronald who was shopping the photos around. Stevie really held it together when confronting Ronald and her words spoke volumes. At the end of the day, Ronald was selling her privacy and treating her, and Harrison, like they were merchandise. 

In the end, Stevie showed Ronald respect and taught him a lesson in not reducing people to one stupid mistake. Stevie has certainly grown up. It showed in the way she forgave Ronald and proved she wouldn't let the whole photo scandal get her dow. It was a moment from which many people could learn.

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

On Madam Secretary Season 2 Episode 5, the takeover within the Russian government starts to take form. How will the United States respond? Find out Sunday, November 1 at 8/7c on CBS. 

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Madam Secretary Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

For crying out loud Bess, will you help me solve one damn problem that you've caused?!

President Dalton

You've opened Pandora's box over there.

President Dalton