When contact with Air Force One has been lost with the president and speaker of the House aboard, the vice president in surgery and the president pro tempore of the Senate incapacitated, Madam Secretary became Madam acting President. Her daughter was found in a hotel room with the President's son and her husband is being forced to turn one of his Russian students into an American spy. The secretary was supposed to sing a novelty song at the Eastern Trade Conference. Fortunately, she didn't.
Did You Know?
was sworn in as acting President in episode 2.1 by Morgan Freeman
who appeared as Chief Justice. Both actors had previously worked on movie Deep Impact
(1998) where Morgan Freeman was President and Téa Leoni was struggling reporter. See more
The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 specifies that when a Cabinet officer takes the oath of office as acting president, he or she automatically resigns the Cabinet post, so after the disability of President Dalton and the vice president to serve is removed, Elizabeth would be out of her job as Secretary of State. See more
[Gesturing to a large briefcase
This is the football. It's a remote device that can authorize a nuclear attack in the unlikely event that we are required to do that.
[a Colonel hands Elizabeth a small card
This is the biscuit. It's an authenticator card containing all the launching codes. That stays with you. The football stays with the Colonel who's never far away.
[Shakes the Colonel's hand
Thank you, Colonel. I hope we never work together.
My hope as well, Ma'am.
The Longest Time
Written by Billy Joel
Performed by Bebe Neuwirth See more