Madam Secretary “Between the Seats” was written by Lyla Oliver and was directed by Sam Hoffman. As soon as once more, the present manages to weave the primary plot theme (compelled marriage) into the subplot (marriage as a piece in progress) because the present additionally examines how the US interacts with different cultures and the plight of ladies in these different cultures. As an added bonus the episode additionally touches on the damaging potential of social media. Eric Stoltz company as Will – and isn’t additionally directing! – and Anna Khaja reprises her function as Amina Salah.
The theme of faith and household dynamics begins with the opening scene when Will doesn’t need Annie (Cameron Seely) to say grace on the dinner desk. Sophie asks Annie if she remembers the grace she stated at her buddy’s home and when she recites it, Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) says amen – and seals the deal. Will later explains to Henry (Tim Daly) that he’s all the time open to faith, and it had all the time been Sophie who was vehemently opposed and he or she had dug her heels in much more when Will urged sending Annie to Catholic college.
Will is stymied as to why Sophie all of the sudden appears pro-religion. Henry means that possibly there are different issues occurring within the marriage and that possibly they need to take into account remedy. Will is shocked to be taught that Henry and Elizabeth have been for remedy – the soulmate-unicorn couple! Henry assures Will that each one marriage is difficult work.
In the meantime, the central storyline is a few go to to Afghanistan to supply a $10 billion greenback support package deal in return for Human Rights concessions. Jay (Sebastian Arcelus) and Kat (Sara Ramirez) aren’t going and Matt (Geoffry Arend) is discovering his personal strategy to Kabul after visiting his mom for her 70th birthday. Jay and Kat give Matt a tough time for not having gotten his mom something particular! Gordon (Mike Pniewski) is nervous about Elizabeth’s security, however she insists she’s going.
On his flight, Matt befriends Farhana (Alexa Mansour) who had been in America for surgical procedure. She is touring together with her chaperone Leslie (Jessie Mueller) type Hearttrain – the group that organized for the surgical procedure. Matt is aware of the group. The woman tells him that she will’t wait to be residence. She offers him one of many many bracelets she made whereas in hospital to provide to his mom. Unbeknownst to them, some random woman behind them taped their dialog and made it seem to be a romance.
On the US embassy in Kabul, Jay, Matt, and Daisy (Patina Miller) are with Elizabeth when Matt is known as away to the gate. Farana’s household have seen the video and her household goes to kill her due to it. Matt insists that they let her in, however Jay later tells him that as a minor who has not requested asylum, they’ll’t hold her. He additionally assures Matt that honor-killing is in opposition to the regulation in Afghanistan. Matt, nonetheless, has extra perception, and tells Jay that Farhana comes from a distant rural village. Matt presents to satisfy together with her dad and mom and clarify. Elizabeth reaches out to Amina for recommendation and tells Daisy to maintain it out of the media. Elizabeth says that they may hold her for so long as attainable.
Amina tells Elizabeth that she noticed it on social media. The ban isn’t working and repression solely feeds innovation. Even when the dad and mom had been ambivalent in regards to the trade, they’d face strain from the group to “do the appropriate factor.” Amina tells Elizabeth that there has really been a rise in honor-killings for the reason that final take care of the US. Elizabeth is shocked and factors out lower in honor-killings was alleged to be one of many Human Rights benchmarks that Afghanistan was supposed to satisfy to be able to qualify for the funding.
President Sharza (Jay Harik) calls Elizabeth for a gathering. He tells her that they’ll’t hold one among his folks. He agrees the observe of honor-killing is barbaric, and Elizabeth challenges him to take a stand. Nevertheless, there are riots breaking out and Sharza factors out that his rule isn’t that stable. The Taliban will seize management the second that the woman doesn’t return and can name his authorities weak. He tells Elizabeth that the rebuild/renew settlement is on maintain till the problem is resolved.
Blake (Erich Bergen) and Kat name Jay and Elizabeth. Amina is true – the true numbers aren’t practically nearly as good as what’s been reported. Kat factors out that in the event that they let Farhana go, her demise will merely be reported as one thing else.
Matt meets with the household with Amina and Leslie. Amina vouches for Matt and tells them that the woman isn’t being held in opposition to her will. Her uncle (Alon Aboutboul) says that they simply wish to take the woman again to her mom and that nobody will damage her. Matt explains how the video twisted the reality. I liked how he turned the amount off and defined every bit intimately, demonstrating the deception. The Uncle then says that the daddy (Ali Olomi) has calmed down. Matt should situation a press release and clarify the video on social media the best way he defined to them. The uncle additionally needs Madam Secretary to make a press release.
Matt and Jay go to Farhana and provides her the excellent news, however she’s simply obtained a name from her mom (Kareemeh Odeh) warning her to not come residence as a result of the boys are nonetheless planning on killing her. Sharza has the uncle’s phrase that she received’t be damage, so he needs the woman launched. Jay and Elizabeth are strolling exterior when all of the sudden the navy swoop in and convey them inside. Gordon was nervous due to a mortar assault.
Gordon can be adamant that they ship the woman again to her household, telling Elizabeth that they’ll’t save everybody. The deal that they’ve brokered will enable the US to start out pulling out of Afghanistan and save American lives – which is Gordon’s concern. Elizabeth concedes that it was by no means an ideal deal – what “deal” ever is? Gordon type of rubs it in Elizabeth’s face when he tells her that she knew what the associated fee for ladies could be with the deal – let’s not overlook Amina getting turfed out of presidency.
There’s an incredible stroll and speak with Elizabeth and Amina and Jay. Elizabeth tells Amina that it’s the tip of the street. Jay provides there’s nothing they’ll do as a result of Farhana by no means requested for asylum. When Elizabeth asks Amina for any strategy to save Farhana from demise, Amina has an concept however is aware of that Elizabeth received’t prefer it. And that is the place the 2 plots join. The one strategy to save Farhana is to marry her off in an organized marriage – speak about having to work at it! And by no means with the ability to get out of it…
Matt is livid. Farhana is simply 17 and her husband is 20 years older – with kids – however he’s of a better standing than Farhana’s household and due to this fact a really acceptable match. Nevertheless, Matt’s mom left Pakistan 50 years in the past to flee an organized marriage – and naturally he feels responsible for his half in Farhana’s plight. I actually like how they weaved this story collectively, referring to Matt going to his mom’s birthday and the subplot with Will, underscoring that any marriage is figure, however typically, dissolving the wedding is one of the best factor for everybody – however not everybody has that luxurious.
Matt runs after Farhana to attempt to assist, however she’s happy with it – that is her tradition in any case. She sees it as a very good match, however in fact, the incongruity is pushed residence by how attractive she is as a bride and the way ho-hum her husband is. Amina attends the marriage because it’s her group that paid the groom’s worth – and to make sure Farhana’s security.
In the long run, Afghanistan agrees to shore up their violence in opposition to girls legal guidelines and Amina and her group will act as unbiased watchdogs – successfully making her an lively participant in authorities once more! Elizabeth is happy to have the ability to announce the finalization of the deal and the withdrawal of troops.
Again on the house entrance, Will has moved in. He took Henry’s preliminary recommendation to recommend counselling to Sophie, however she wished a divorce. He tells Henry that as quickly as they made the choice, they each began treating one another higher – underlining that typically that’s the higher resolution.
When Elizabeth returns residence, there’s a terrific scene between her and Will. He explains to her that he by no means actually had any function mannequin for marriage as their dad and mom died when he was so younger, they usually’d made it look simple. Elizabeth explains that he simply didn’t see the troublesome components. She tells him that it’s important to work at marriage and ultimately, it’s a thriller. She additionally apologizes for all the time attempting to mother or father him. This all resonates with Farhana’s story – her function mannequin is her personal dad and mom and the tradition she grew up in. She probably has the identical probability as anybody to make her marriage a hit – however like everybody else, she’ll must work at it. And naturally, the present ends with the truth that it could be higher to a minimum of have a selection.
I actually favored this episode and the way it weaved the theme of marriage and cultural understanding all through. Utilizing social media to underscore how otherwise issues could be interpreted was additionally good. How usually can we take posts out of context? How usually do posts trigger extra hurt than good – even when it’s unintentional? What did you consider the episode? Let me know your ideas within the feedback beneath.