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While Dalton and Russell try to negotiate with Morejon, Elizabeth is desperate to find a solution to the lack of power in a refugee camp. The contractors can't stay and work during a shutdown, even as volunteers, and the Lebanese power grid can't support the camp. The Lebanese ambassador is frank with Elizabeth and tells her she either needs to negotiate more time or bribe more people. After working through all the other possibilities and getting shut down on extra funding by Dalton, she and Jay decide to reassess solar options for the camp. Jay miraculously finds a company that is willing to do the project for free and on the State Departments rushed deadline, but the company is based in Israel. In order to get around the embargo in place because of Israeli aggressions to Lebanon, Elizabeth convinces the company to provide their technology to a CIA front company so that the ambassador can convince his government to allow a team access to the camp. Power is restored to the camp, just in time to fight off the first cases of cholera and prevent an epidemic.

Meanwhile, Nadine has been simultaneously trying to prepare for staff furloughs and handle a favor for her son. His (pregnant) girlfriend shares a name with a woman on the no fly list and is having problems getting a visa to move to the United States. Nadine has go over to DHS to speak to some middle management bureaucrat, and when he still refuses to help her, she basically ends up guilting and begging him. It gets the job down. When she tells Roman the news, he offhandedly mentions how it's a shame she doesn't live on the west coast. She chokes up, but covers and ends the conversation. Later, she meets with Elizabeth and asks to take some personal leave. As they speak, she (and Elizabeth) realize that her heart really isn't in the job anymore, and they agree that she won't be coming back from her leave. 

Daisy has a baby shower, and gets some advice on motherhood from Nadine.

Henry and Talia chase down Dmitri, who has run off to a no-tell motel to detox himself. Director Haymond is surprisingly accepting about Dmitri's drug abuse and gets him into a treatment center. Dmitri resists treatment, but Henry talks him into it. 

Dalton calls Morejon's bluff and walks away from the negotiating table. The Senate is unable to pass the CR by the deadline, and the government shuts down. Elizabeth gives an uplifting speech to her staff. 

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Madam Secretary Season 4 Episode 3 Quotes

Daisy: I'm just gonna take a couple weeks of leave, and I'll be right back at it.
Nadine: First of all, no, you won't. Those first few weeks with the baby...
Daisy [sarcastically]: Are, like, super precious and magical, so everyone keeps insisting.
Nadine: Well, my experience was a little more like the opening sequence to Saving Private Ryan.
Daisy: Way to sell it.

Daisy: Just don't let them furlough me because I'm pregnant, okay? They won't say that's why, but that'll be why.
Nadine: You should be so lucky. You could sue and never have to work again.