On tonight’s midseason finale for “Madam Secretary,” we had a case of good news and bad news when it comes to Conrad Dalton and the Presidential Election. Let’s start here with the good news, as he won the Congressional vote to remain in office as an independent candidate. Given his and Elizabeth’s work with Israel and Iran, this was the right vote for them seemingly to make.
Yet, at the same time was this the only vote that matters? That’s a very good question in its own right, given the fact that we also saw Sam Evans decide to fight back at Elizabeth and Dalton, claiming that he is planning to sue over the election results in Ohio, and whether or not Dalton should have been allowed to be on the ballot there in the first place. If he wins that suit, suddenly the original vote matters more since he would have the 270 votes needed from the electorate in order to become the President-elect.
Now, here’s the twist: The health report that suggests that Evans could end up experiencing early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease — it’s something that the President, at the advice of Russell of all people, tells him not to use. Could this come into play now that the Congressional vote does not matter? Executive producer Barbara Hall made it clear to TVLine that the revelation will at least be discussed among Dalton and his team:
“The next several episodes are about weighing the consequences against the things that you might have to do to make it work. It’s all about the best interest of the country and the world. All those come into play. It’s not just about winning, you know? They have to look at all of their options going forward.”
We understand Dalton wanting to win the right way, but there will be interesting debates in the event that Evans wants to win in the wrongest way possible. Does this mean that he’ll have to stoop to that same level?
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