Tea Leoni, who plays the lead character Elizabeth McCord, has perfected the mouth-breathing stunned ox look. She plays the whole episode looking like, well, an ox gasping for air after being hit in the head by a defective stun gun. She is a "brilliant" ex-CIA analyst, who left the Agency on "principle" to become a "brilliant" University professor, and is recruited by the President, played by Keith Carradine, to become his new "brilliant" SecState following the mysterious death of his old SecState in a plane crash on the way to Venezuela on a mysterious mission which might not have been authorized and--deep breath--his death might not have been accidental! Wow!
Before I go on, reality check, folks. The President, it turns out, headed the CIA for 12 years before running for President. Do you really think that some white guy who ran the CIA for twelve years could become President in today's world of lefty media bias? I doubt it.
Anyhow, the scenes at State run from ludicrous to idiotic to back to ludicrous. What is captured accurately is that Secretary McCord is surrounded by a staff of feminine men ("Girly-Men" as Arnold would have called them) and ballsy women. That certainly fits with what I saw during Hillary's tenure. Her staff worries about nonsense, like her hairstyle, and what she is going to say about and at her dinner with the King of Swaziland (Why? Why pick on Swaziland?) That is pretty realistic. Secretary McCord goes through the day, of course, with her mouth agape and her eyes almost crossed with that stunned ox look Leoni has picked for her character.
Oh, yes, there is some convoluted storyline about some dopey American kids being captured by somebody in Syria who will execute them unless something or another happens. The Secretary's task from the President's evil Chief-of Staff, played by Slovenian actor Zeljko Ivanek, is to keep the kidnapping out of the press. Right. As though that would happen in today's world of online streaming. There is a botched military operation to rescue the kids "ordered by the CIA." Right.
Fear not, however, for the "brilliant" McCord knows a slightly corrupt Russian Cultural Attache who owes her favors and who has some mysterious connections with the kidnappers and arranges for the kids to be freed in exchange for $1.5 million in medical supplies . . . right. Who writes this nonsense?
In addition, there is a mysterious death of a former CIA colleague who had tried to warn McCord that not everything is kosher; the episode ends with the Secretary gasping for air--of course--wondering if there is some plot within the administration.
That's it. Do not watch unless you think the stunned ox look is a good one.