Season 1

Episode Guide


S1 E1
Sep 21, 2014
Newly-appointed Secretary Of State Elizabeth McCord is immediately faced with a maelstrom of complex political challenges, and an international hostage situation is her top priority.

Another Benghazi

S1 E2
Sep 28, 2014
While in the process of dealing with a crisis in Yemen, Elizabeth faces a challenge at home when her oldest daughter makes headlines for protesting her university’s new policy.

The Operative

S1 E3
Oct 05, 2014
Elizabeth is confronted by a hostile reporter who threatens to publish confidential documents that were leaked from inside the State Department.

Just Another Normal Day

S1 E4
Oct 12, 2014
While Elizabeth works to successfully broker a peace treaty between China and Japan, a Chinese student seeking political asylum threatens the deal.

Blame Canada

S1 E5
Oct 19, 2014
When Elizabeth faces the daunting task of negotiating with Iran over their escalating nuclear program, she is determined to deal with the situation in a peaceful manner, despite the President’s position of using military action.

The Call

S1 E6
Oct 26, 2014
Elizabeth faces unexpected consequences when she makes a plea to the President to help with a dire situation in Western Africa.


S1 E7
Nov 02, 2014
When Elizabeth brings Alison with her to India on her first state department trip abroad, she’s thrown into crisis mode when a massive earthquake hits that causes an explosion at an American-owned factory, and she’s separated from Alison during the chaos.

Need to Know

S1 E8
Nov 09, 2014
When the President approves Henry’s reactivation into the NSA, he lies to Elizabeth about his continued involvement in the spy game.

So It Goes

S1 E9
Nov 16, 2014
Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle launch their own investigation into the plane crash that killed former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh. Also, Nadine takes a step back into the dating pool when she agrees to go on a date with a NASA scientist.

Collateral Damage

S1 E10
Nov 23, 2014
When the State Department goes on lockdown due to a deranged gunman outside the building, Elizabeth is confined with a delegation from Iraq whose translator threatens to reveal damaging information about her actions while in the CIA.

Game On

S1 E11
Nov 30, 2014
Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle work together to find former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh’s secret bank account, but soon uncover that one of Elizabeth’s staff members already has access to it.

Stand Off

S1 E12
Jan 04, 2015
When a Texas state trooper is killed by a Mexican cartel smuggler, Elizabeth arranges an extradition deal before going on vacation to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary in New York City. However, when political issues arise around the case, she is forced to cut their trip short.

Chains of Command

S1 E13
Jan 11, 2015
Elizabeth pushes for the prosecution of a Bahraini diplomat after he is caught holding a maid hostage in his home. Also, Henry's father comes to visit.

Whisper of the Ax

S1 E14
Mar 01, 2015
Elizabeth McCord is humiliated at a public budget hearing when her staff fails to find the corruption that exists in her microloan program. Also, the investigation into Marsh's death continues.

The Ninth Circle

S1 E15
Mar 08, 2015
Elizabeth heads to Turkey to mend political relations after the Turkish government releases a video that could be damaging to the CIA. Also, Jason is threatened with expulsion after punching a bully at school.


S1 E16
Mar 15, 2015
Elizabeth secretly travels to Iran in an attempt to prevent a coup that could impact President Dalton's administration. Also, she brings her staff up to speed on the investigation into Marsh's death.

Face the Nation

S1 E17
Mar 22, 2015
As Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) struggles to hold herself together emotionally following the attack in Iran, she works to prevent an ecological disaster in the Amazon, and prepares for a national television appearance on "Face the Nation."

The Time is at Hand

S1 E18
Mar 29, 2015
While Elizabeth McCord seeks a diplomatic solution to a doomsday cult in Bolivia, a congressman attempting to negotiate with its leader is taken hostage. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Henry meet Stevie's much older boyfriend.

Spartan Figures

S1 E19
Apr 05, 2015
Elizabeth and President Dalton work together to solve the Greek debt crisis, but not everyone at home is happy with the agreement. Meanwhile, Henry mulls over a new job offer, and Stevie reconnects with her childhood friend, the President's son.

The Necessary Art

S1 E20
Apr 12, 2015
While Henry is in Russia giving a lecture on fundamentalism, Elizabeth must navigate tricky political waters when a Russian nuclear submarine vanishes in American waters. Also, Stevie breaks up with her older boyfriend.

The Kill List

S1 E21
Apr 26, 2015
As Elizabeth prepares for the arrival of Iranian President Shiraz to sign a nuclear treaty, she uncovers a top secret plot to assassinate him on United States soil. At the same time, she must deal with a massive protest by the Human Rights Campaign in response to Iran's plans to stone to death a gay citizen.

There But For the Grace of God

S1 E22
May 03, 2015
When Elizabeth confronts her former friend Juliet, she flashes back to when CIA Director Dalton offered her a job that would have changed the course of her life. Also, Stevie and President Dalton's son, Harrison (Jason Ralph), begin a relationship that will have consequences, on the first season finale.