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Original run October 2, 2016 – May 21, 2017
No. of Episodes 23
Nielsen rating 18-49 rating:
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Region 1 September 19, 2017
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Season 3 of Madam Secretary aired from October 2, 2016 to May 21, 2017.

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"Sea Change" 46 1 Barbara Hall October 2, 2016
Elizabeth questions the value of a US naval base in Bahrain after it is hit by a massive climate change fueled cyclone. Dalton initially dismisses her concerns, but during a televised debate between presidential candidates, he has a change of heart and condemns those who deny climate change for financial profit. Meanwhile, Henry is approached by the DIA to join a new anti-terror group to track down the remnants of Hizb al-Shahid; and the McCords are sent a series of photos showing their children being stalked after Jason’s laptop was hacked.
"The Linchpin" 47 2 David Grae October 16, 2016
Elizabeth cautiously negotiates a regime change in Algeria in an attempt to prevent a civil war, but her plans falls apart with the unexpected death of the trusted U.S. Ambassador to the divided North African country. Meanwhile, Henry launches a crusade to save religious antiquities that are being destroyed by Hizb al-Shahid; and the McCord children get their own security detail as FBI Director Keith Doherty looks into the hacking of Jason's computer.
"South China Sea" 48 3 Matt Ward October 23, 2016
A group of young environmental activists are arrested by the Chinese military when they stumble upon what is supposed to be a secret missile launching facility in the South China Sea. Lacking information, and surprised by China's unwillingness to negotiate, Elizabeth and President Dalton visit Vietnam to rally support against China's territorial claims of those islands. Meanwhile, after a cyber-attack on his home, Henry becomes disillusioned by the agents responsible for their security, and increasingly paranoid about one of Elizabeth's ex-students.
"The Dissent Meno" 49 4 Joy Gregory October 30, 2016
The Dalton administration comes under criticism by the Bureau of African Affairs for their lack of attention to the upcoming Angolan election; and it falls upon Elizabeth to ease their fears over the situation. Elsewhere, Russell needs help getting the president on the ballot in Ohio; Henry and Jose find themselves one step closer to locating the antiquities stolen by Hizb al-Shahid.
"The French Revolution" 50 5 Moira Kirland November 6, 2016
Elizabeth is tasked with keeping an imminent U.S.-France state dinner on track after a CIA operative is captured by French intelligence, putting the event in jeopardy as she tries to negotiate the operative's release. Meanwhile, Russell tries to woo back megadonors to Dalton's campaign; and there's a big break in the McCord stalking case.
"The Statement" 51 6 Alex Cooley November 12, 2016
Elizabeth makes a bold move to bring a man who funded a terrorist bombing at an Illinois coffee shop to justice after the Saudi ambassador refuses to take action; and Matt deals with the news that he's linked to the same mosque as the bomber. Elsewhere, Henry tries to help Dmitri, who's having trouble adjusting to his new life in Phoenix.
"Tectonic Shift" 52 7 Lyla Oliver November 20, 2016
Will faces a big decision, torn between helping earthquake victims in Venezuela and saving his marriage by accepting a job at Walter Reed Medical Center. Meanwhile, Elizabeth works to stop a power grab in the devastated South American country.
"Breakout Capacity" 53 8 Alexander Maggio November 27, 2016
President Dalton waits for election results; at the same time, Elizabeth discovers information that leads her to believe Iran may be in violation of their peace deal with the U.S. Meanwhile, there's romance in the air among some of McCord's staffers; and Jason challenges his parents by supporting one of Dalton's presidential competitors.
"Snap Back" 54 9 Shalisha Francis December 11, 2016
Elizabeth tries to stop Israel from taking military action against Iran for its suspected nuclear activity; Russell wants Henry to ask an old Marine buddy-turned-congressman to support President Dalton in the House's election vote; and Stevie hopes that Russell will write her a recommendation to Harvard Law School.
"The Race" 55 10 David Grae December 18, 2016
The threat of war between Israel and Iran puts Congress' imminent vote on the U.S. presidential election at risk. Elizabeth, however, isn't about to let that happen as she persuades the two reluctant countries to take part in peace negotiations. Meanwhile, it's unclear whether Russell will survive a heart attack.
"Gift Horse" 56 11 Barbara Hall January 8, 2017
Elizabeth is unsure what to do with a literal gift horse given to her by Mongolia, which creates a controversy as she contemplates returning it so as not to upset other Asian countries. Meanwhile, Gov. Sam Evans threatens to sue Ohio for putting President Dalton on the election ballot; and Stevie has an eventful first day as Russell's new intern.
"The Detour" 57 12 Matt Ward January 15, 2017
A bumpy aid trip to Africa is experienced by Elizabeth and her staff when they are surprised to discover that China has arrived there first with their own development plan to offer the continent. Meanwhile, Henry is asked by the FBI to help look into a Christian cult member who may be involved in the bombing of an Illinois coffee shop.
"The Beautiful Game" 58 13 Joy Gregory January 29, 2017
The murder of a rabbi who was organizing a symbolic Iran/Israel soccer game puts Elizabeth and Jay's peace treaty for the two countries at risk; at the same time, Elizabeth is getting buzz as a Nobel Peace Prize contender; work is taking a toll on Jay's marriage; and Daisy makes a connection with a new work colleague.
"Labor of Love" 59 14 Moira Kirland March 5, 2017
Elizabeth works to save the marriage of two star-crossed lovers, the son of the Colombian president and the daughter of the rebel leader, in order to secure a peace deal after years of civil war. Elsewhere, Henry prepares to send his operative undercover; Jay deals with his tenuous marriage situation; and Daisy makes a shocking discovery regarding Kevin.
"Break in Diplomacy" 60 15 Lyla Oliver March 12, 2017
Elizabeth is shocked when the Philippines' unconventional new president makes a pass at her during their meeting to discuss his refusal to participate in an Asia-Pacific territory treaty. Meanwhile, Jay is asked to look into Kevin Park's CIA connection; and Henry fears for an operative who is embedded with a religious cult.
"Swept Away" 61 16 Alex Cooley March 19, 2017
Elizabeth's landmark global climate treaty with more than 200 countries is jeopardized when China threatens to back out due to her planned meeting with an ailing Dalai Lama. Meanwhile, Henry worries about his undercover operative's safety; and Jay is surprised when Abby serves him with a custody agreement for their daughter.
"Convergence" 62 17 Alexander Maggio March 26, 2017
A possible mole is arrested in the CIA arms smuggling ring, but Elizabeth suspects that he could be a small part of a larger, more dangerous force behind the operation. Meanwhile, Henry worries that the doomsday cult is drugging his embedded operative; and Elizabeth and her State Department staff come up with an unorthodox approach to solving black rhino poaching in Namibia.
"Good Bones" 63 18 Joy Gregory April 9, 2017
Elizabeth enlists the help of Hollywood star Ashley Whittaker to help sway the president of Kyrgyzstan to end human trafficking in his country, but the added attention could put an American captive at risk. Also, when Henry finds the bomb that's being held by the doomsday cult, he uncovers information that they could be planning a deadlier attack.
"Global Relief" 64 19 Moira Kirland April 23, 2017
When warring rebel groups threaten Elizabeth's Somalian food relief efforts and kidnap an American aide there, she reluctantly considers asking a notorious Russian arms dealer for help. Also, Henry is blindsided when he is taken off the VFF doomsday cult case; and Alison and Stevie await their college acceptances.
"Extraordinary Hazard" 65 20 Mark Steilen April 30, 2017
As the U.S. hunts for the person believed to be behind the CIA arms smuggling case, Elizabeth and her team must work to save Jay when he's kidnapped in Nice, France, during a fact-finding mission into the suspect. Elsewhere, Henry suspects the doomsday cult are planning an attack in Israel; and Jason dupes his parents into giving him money for an expensive calculator when he's really using it to impress a girl.
"The Seventh Floor" 66 21 Matt Ward May 7, 2017
Elizabeth and her team work to secure the release of an American journalist held hostage in the Sudan.
"Revelation" 67 22 David Grae May 14, 2017
As Elizabeth and President Dalton head to Rome for the G20 Conference, she is concerned for Henry's safety when he is sent to Israel to intercept the doomsday cult's bio-weapon before it is deployed. Also, Blake reveals a personal secret to his former colleagues that he meets at the conference; and Elizabeth goes behind Stevie's back to ask Russell to get her off Harvard Law School's waiting list.
"Article 5" 68 23 Barbara Hall May 21, 2017
Elizabeth heads to Brussels to seek NATO's support against Russia when it threatens to invade Bulgaria, but when France refuses to cooperate, it could threaten the alliance's very existence. Also, Henry's new government role has him dive into the Russia issue and turn to his former operative, Dmitri Petrov, for help. Nadine and Mike B's relationship heats up, but Elizabeth finds out information about her old friend that makes her question both his loyalties and the motives of France's president on the third-season finale.

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Season 3 was announced on March 25, 2016.

Madam Secretary Season 3 (20162017)
See also: S1S2S3S4S5S6
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