Madam Secretary – Household Separation: Half 2 – Evaluate


Madam Secretary “Household Separation: Half 2” was written by the group of Barbara Corridor and David Grae and was directed by Martha Mitchell. The second half of this two half episode maintained the momentum of the primary and located a satisfying conclusion to the state of affairs that has solely worsened in actual life with a authorities shutdown creating hardship for a lot of Individuals as the true life Barker (Lee Tergesen enjoying the character) throws a tantrum over his wall. And the way nice was the shock cameo of Peter Frampton after watching Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) put on a Peter Frampton live performance t-shirt as pajamas from a lot of the sequence???

The episode picks up proper the place we left off with Elizabeth being booked. She’s hilarious as she turns into flustered as she’s being booked with Father DiNardo (Brian Hutchison) – one of many different protestors. It seems that he’s acquainted with and an enormous fan of Henry’s (Tim Daly). He’s impressed that Elizabeth has taken such a stand, and as soon as once more, this enables the present to touch upon present occasions. She tells him that what she noticed within the Detention Middle crossed a line that she thought their nation would by no means cross. She tells him that the soul of the nation is at stake. Given the spiritual leanings of the intense proper, I actually like how the present is ready to choose up these threads and present this sturdy argument towards these Detention Facilities.

Again in Washington, Russell (Zeljko Ivanek) is freaking out over Elizabeth’s mug shot – and the truth that the border deal is lifeless and the UN are threatening human rights violation motion. Henry staunchly defends Elizabeth, stating that she’s drawing consideration to the problem. Keith Carradine is definitely actually good on this scene as he stays quiet within the background, nevertheless it’s clear that Dalton is fastidiously weighing what’s being mentioned by each. Henry factors out classes from historical past the place democracy has been eroded by creeping human rights violations – like Nazi Germany.

Henry and Russell each agree that they shouldn’t have a public showdown with Barker as a result of that will assist his trigger. They should let issues play out in court docket. Henry tells them Mike B (Kevin Rahm) will go to defend Elizabeth.

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Mike B arranges a plea deal for Elizabeth – she pleads responsible to a lesser cost, pays a small nice and will get launched. She, after all, refuses. She’s involved with the erosion to Federal energy – and who thought she wouldn’t stand by her personal convictions? Even Henry tries to influence her that she will do extra good out of jail – and as President – as a result of all of them assume that that’s in jeopardy.

Elizabeth pleads not responsible to all counts. Decide Collins (Lisa Howard) remains to be disposed to make it straightforward on Elizabeth, releasing her on her personal recognizance and with no bail. Elizabeth refuses and insists that she’s going to keep in jail till all of the detained youngsters are launched. Let’s pause a second to think about that if this have been actuality, Elizabeth would nonetheless be in jail. The group within the courtroom burst into applause for Elizabeth.

The Decide permits Elizabeth to make an announcement earlier than being taken again to jail. Elizabeth says, “Nobody ought to relaxation till this inhuman observe is stopped. All Arizonians, all Individuals ought to make their voices heard…. This isn’t who we’re.” I feel it’s telling that they picked Arizona – which admittedly has a contentious historical past with their border – nevertheless it alone sounds lots like “America.” Elizabeth’s speech will get a standing ovation from the gallery.

Russell remains to be not glad, calling Elizabeth Gandhi and Joan of Arc. He insists that she’s “flying solo after we ought to all be rowing collectively” – I beloved that he instantly says he acknowledges he’s combined his metaphor! He’s really nervous that her actions will take down the administration. Jay (Sebastian Arcelus), nevertheless insists that Arizona’s coverage deserves a loud response and Dalton ought to get behind Elizabeth. Jay can be the plain successor to Russell’s place underneath a President McCord, however I do hope that they will discover a option to preserve Ivanek on the present if we get to Madam President!

Russell agrees that Barker ought to be on his option to the Hague for human rights violation, however that’s not what’s finest for the nation – and that’s what his job is all about. He tells Jay that the job isn’t about what’s proper, however what’s finest. And all that adjustments in a second once they’re informed guard (Robert Hneleski) on the Detention Middle took a video and talked to the press – and naturally, it’s the identical guard that Elizabeth took to activity within the final episode. The video is horrific – and will have been one of many ones leaked of the particular Detention Facilities.

Dalton calls Barker and tells him that he’s prepared to make some compromises if Barker ends the separation and releases Elizabeth. In spite of everything, Barker has now been shamed in entrance of the world. Barker, after all, remains to be a firstclass ass and an fool, so he refuses to make a deal.

Dalton is completed and tells Russell that he’s nice with going to conflict with Barker now. Russell suggests going after Barker personally. Jay – hilariously – suggests his taxes! In case there was anybody who wasn’t getting who Barker is a stand in for – even the identify! BARK-er – and the implications of a “barker” being a snake oil salesman who will get up on a field and can spout any lies to get the group to purchase his product… however I digress…

Russell desires to attract blood rapidly. Legal professional Common Nolan (John Bolton) argues that Barker has gone past his mandate as Governor. His actions have gone as far as to be a human rights violation. He desires to cost him with kidnapping! Dalton tells him to do it – he’s executed with this “bastard!”

In the meantime, Jay has gone house with the basket Win (Sam Daly) left for him. He’s in ache, so he decides to strive among the ache drugs as a result of his leg is killing him – and finally ends up hilariously stoned. And naturally, that’s when Elizabeth telephones him from jail. With public opinion shifting, she desires him to strategy Morejon (Jose Zuniga) once more. Jay has an concept and runs it previous Kat (Sara Ramirez) first.

Sam Daly does a wonderful job portraying Win as a shallow and considerably silly lobbyist. I discover the character extremely annoying – however I beloved him on this scene as Jay enlists his assist to get Morejon on board. First he makes use of Win’s ambush abilities. After apologizing for the opposite night time on the bar, Jay commiserates that Morejon is in a decent spot, however he’s obtained a manner to assist the youngsters and keep powerful on border safety. Legalized pot would take away the most important drug market of the drug cartels. And right here’s the place Daly was actually nice as we lastly see that Win will not be an entire fool. He utterly understands what he’s lobbying for and has the numbers to influence Morejon.

Jay will get Morejon to sponsor two payments that can maintain his base of help in his house state and in addition broaden the demographic of his help. He urges Morejon to be the primary to succeed in throughout the aisle to finish the household separation. One thing we might urge for the precise Senate…

In the meantime, the date of the marriage renewal vows has been getting steadily nearer. Stevie (Wallis Currie-Wooden) in desperation for a band, even approaches Daisy (Patina Miller) to sing with Jay and Blake (Erich Bergen). She tells Stevie that she doesn’t have time, however she additionally tells her to throw round Elizabeth’s identify. It really works! Stevie finally ends up with two bands double booked – nevertheless it all is in the end for nothing.

Henry involves see Elizabeth in jail on the day of their renewal vows. He provides her the excellent news that Morejon is supporting the Invoice. Nonetheless, Barker will nonetheless combat it in court docket, and Elizabeth is nervous it should begin a Constitutional disaster. Nonetheless, there’s not a lot she will do…

Henry factors out that they’ll’t get again in time for his or her vow renewal – so he’s introduced it to her – and naturally, Father DiNardo will officiate! Alison (Kathrine Herzer) has picked out a costume for her too! Elizabeth apologizes that it’s not the church marriage ceremony Henry all the time wished, however he factors out that they’re there as a result of she’s combating to maintain households collectively – and there’s nothing extra holy than that.

Naturally, Mike B is there – with a “marriage ceremony” photographer! Henry and Elizabeth have written their very own vows – Henry really reads the letter that he wrote to Elizabeth the night time earlier than their first marriage ceremony – skipping the X-rated stuff due to the youngsters being there. Stevie interrupts to allow them to know that the Invoice obtained by way of with sufficient votes and that Barker has admitted defeat.

        The children are all going to be launch and so is Elizabeth with all expenses dropped. And naturally, all this occurs on the precise particular time when Henry and Elizabeth knew they wished to marry one another. Within the following montage we see that Daniel and his mom from the earlier episode are reunited – with Kat watching.

We additionally get some private background about Kat as she goes to go to her father (Danny Mora). Her mother and father are break up – along with her Irish mom doing theatre in Florida and her father residing in New Mexico. He clearly has a difficulty along with her life-style and so they have a thorny relationship. Nonetheless, Kat has come as a result of she’s nervous about what might occur to her father. I believed that this was a good way to shine mild on how the hyperbole within the information is affecting authorized immigrants. Miguel has a Inexperienced Card and has by no means labored illegally within the US. Kat remains to be nervous about him and insists that he apply for citizenship. He lastly agrees, primarily due to how nervous she is.

Within the ultimate scene, everyone seems to be lastly celebrating Elizabeth and Henry’s renewal vows – with a spectacular cake – amongst different issues. Elizabeth takes this second to inform her group formally that she plans to run for President. She thanks them for every part they’ve already executed, insisting she’d by no means have gotten this far with out them, and doesn’t see any option to go on with out them. After which her favourite track comes on – “Child, I Love Your Approach” – and she or he rushes out to show it up – solely to search out the precise Peter Frampton singing on her staircase! What an awesome reveal and cameo!

I actually appreciated this two half episode and it wrapped up in a really satisfying manner. What did you consider the episode? Let me know your ideas within the feedback under!

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