Tonight, Madam Secretary season 5 episode 12 asked a number of interesting questions, with one of the simple ones being this: How much do you want to make a deal with the devil?
For most of the episode, this was the struggle that Elizabeth McCord found herself in with the bulk of the State Department, largely due to an ongoing battle with the makers of some fighter jets. This was a military contracting company that apparently has a knack for driving hard bargains, and for a time, that appeared to put Elizabeth in a tight spot since she didn’t want America to be in a position where they had to purchase more jets than needed, and then eventually have to sell some off to other countries — which could start a larger conflict as a whole. This is a situation that we saw play out throughout the episode with China.
So what happened to really resolve the problem? At the end of the episode, we saw the administration orchestrate some sort of deal that helped in order to fully ensure that there were no larger problems — they were able to get the order of jets down to 80, what they really wanted, and they got one over on the contracting company. However, Elizabeth also learned something rather valuable in this story in just how powerful and influential some of these people are. This is definitely a lesson that she can take and try to apply now to her future moving forward.
What we like about seeing stories like this at this point are all the little reminders that Elizabeth is running for President someday — beyond that, we also appreciate the fact that there seems to be people like President Dalton firmly on board.
The struggle with Waffles
On a more lighthearted note, it was actually quite nice to have a subplot in which Matt and Daisy had to figure out how they were going to be able to take care of this dog. It was clear that the two really wanted to have Waffles around, but Matt needed to find a way in which to be more involved. He eventually did that thanks to a visit to his landlord — and apparently Waffles is going to be a service dog anytime he is around his place. That keeps him from violating his lease and, in the end, everybody wins.
As a whole we would say that Madam Secretary had a perfect amount of contrast between the super-serious and the not-as-serious-but-still-important. This was an episode that seemed to excel the most in showing just how complicated and at times flawed the military contracting world was; it gave Elizabeth one more thing to add to her platform down the road if she gets elected.
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