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Madam Secretary 3×13 The Beautiful Game preview

Elizabeth’s plans for a peace treaty are thrown into turmoil.

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On the latest episode of Madam Secretary, Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) took her team to Africa to work on partnership deals.

The episode began with an FBI raid on the house of Rex Mayfield. He was the doomsday cult leader in Bolivia in a previous season. During the raid a bomb went off injuring several of the agents and Mayfield came out shooting but they were able to capture him.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth briefed her team on the Africa trip. Daisy (Patina Miller) tried to convince everyone it was a bad idea due to lack of approved funding. However her main issue seemed to be more to do with her fear of flying.

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The trip went ahead with a first stop in Senegal. Elizabeth gave a speech at an all girl school about STEM. After the speech she found out that the Chinese were also visiting and offering better deals. Elizabeth was furious.

They tried to race off to Nigeria before China beat them there. On the way their plane lost an engine and had to make an emergency landing in Togo. The president of Togo was there to greet them and was excited that they were visiting.

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Elizabeth could only get two seats on a flight to Nigeria so left Daisy and the rest of the team behind to tour Togo. In Nigeria, China had beat them to the deal there too. Elizabeth confronted them and got a hint about a phosphate discovery in Togo.

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Elizabeth raced back to Togo and was able to influence a deal between Togo and China. The result was a better deal for Togo which committed to female education funding and sustainable investments.

Elsewhere in the episode, Henry (Tim Daly) received a call from the FBI. They wanted his help with Mayfield who they suspected was behind the coffee shop bombing.

Henry was collected from home and it was explained that Mayfield had sold his bomb to ISIS via the Dark Web. The FBI had evidence that he had recently sold an even bigger bomb. They wanted Henry to help their investigation as he helped bring the cult down previously.

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Henry was sent to meet with a woman who Mayfield had been trying to contact. She was part of the cult in Bolivia but was now getting her life back together. She wasn’t able to give much help and thought Mayfield was insane. She said he loved his bombs and wanted to blow up the world. She was surprised to hear that he dealt with ISIS.

Later, Henry met with Mayfield and determined that he hadn’t converted to Islam. However he found out that he wanted to encourage a war between ISIS and the West.

At the end of the episode, the FBI continued to investigate former members of the cult. They spoke to a man named Mr Hobson about his brother called Ted. After the FBI left he made a call to Ted to update him. He told him the time is nigh and it was revealed that they are in possession of the missing bomb.

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The next episode is The Beautiful Game. An influential rabbi organising an Iran/Israeli football match is assassinated, throwing Elizabeth’s plans for a peace treaty into turmoil.

Tune in to Sky Living at 10pm Wednesday to see the episode. Preview the episode with our gallery below:


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