Madam Secretary (2014) s04e03 Episode Script

The Essentials

Before we return to the mat for our next down dog, lets take a nice juicy breath here in warrior two.
Mm ah In the hustle and bustle of life, it is so easy to forget what really matters, what's essential.
And nothing is more essential than breathing.
- Shut up.
- (TV muted) NEWS ANCHOR (on laptop): Senator Morejon, if your colleagues and President Dalton can't come to some agreement on the budget, there will be a partial shutdown of the federal government in a matter of days.
Tens of thousands of employees will be furloughed, and many important government services will be reduced or halted altogether.
Tell us why that would be necessary, in your opinion.
CARLOS (on laptop): Look, no one wants a shutdown, least of all me, but the hard fact is, President Dalton is a spending addict.
And, like any addict, he needs an intervention.
- Shut up.
- (laptop shuts off) - Looks relaxing.
- (grunts) I'm multitasking.
Women are famous for it.
How's the meeting prep going? I'm numbing my feelings with unhealthy substances.
Men are famous for it.
Oh, that sounds like a lot more fun.
- You want to talk about it? - There's no good way to spin it.
What am I gonna say? "Hey, Director Haymond, "you know that Russian kid I stuck my neck out for? Turns out he's got a drug problem.
" On the other hand, Dmitri fooled a series of trained interrogators.
You can't say he's not a good spy.
Haymond doesn't strike me as a "glass half full" kind of guy.
Well, he knows how messy intelligence work can be.
He'll appreciate you taking it to him, handling it like a grown-up.
That, or he'll bounce Dmitri out of the Agency, - and me along with him.
- More time to spend with the kids.
You're really looking at the bright side this morning, huh? Well, it beats brooding over the fact that this creep wants to gut my department.
Even if POTUS doesn't let him, I'll still probably have to furlough thousands of employees.
Critical work all over the globe will go undone, raising the likelihood of an otherwise preventable disaster by, like, a thousand percent.
Plus, I hate his dumb, stupid face.
Well, at least you're handling it like a grown-up.
- (laughs) - Hang in there.
Yeah, you, too.
I got to get dressed.
- Call me after, will you? - Yeah.
Hey, that's We all have feelings we have to eat.
NADINE: I'm still gathering recommendations from all departments, desks, embassies and consulates on non-essential personnel to be furloughed in the event of a shutdown.
- That's fun.
- Oh, you have no idea.
You know, all I can do is follow the guidelines of the Office of Management and Budget, but people here are acting like I'm the great and powerful Oz.
And I Sorry.
I will have a final report to you shortly.
- Okay.
- Um oh, also, I had to move Daisy's baby shower up to tomorrow.
That's good with the shutdown looming, I think it's better sooner than later.
That's what I thought.
There'll be cake, uh, champagne and sparkling cider.
Oh, sparkling cider, the carob chips of beverages.
- Gifts? - (chuckles) Uh, individual gifts are welcome, but we are pitching in to get her a crib.
I invite you - to only $62.
- Noted.
Hey, there's not gonna be any baby games, are there? No.
You think Daisy likes games? Deep down, it's my conviction that nobody normal likes baby shower games.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I like a good baby shower just like anybody else, but I just can't stand - all the frippery.
- Excellent word choice, ma'am.
- ELIZABETH: I thought so.
- Good morning, ma'am.
- Good morning.
- Jay is in your office, - ready to brief you on the overnight developments.
- Oh, good.
Oh, and regarding Daisy's shower, I have some pretty lively recommendations for games - that I think would be - She hates games.
- Oh, uh - We all do.
- But - ELIZABETH: I want to start with the riots at the refugee camp in Lebanon.
Regarding the 70-some-thousand Syrian refugees packed into this camp in the northern Bekaa Valley that's designed for about half that number, tensions have been brewing, and last night they boiled over.
We have people on the ground there, right? Yes, ma'am.
There's a team charged with bringing electricity to the camp, and they're fine.
From what I've read, it sounds like lack of electricity is what's underlying most of the issues that led to the riot.
JAY: The whole place runs on generators, and fuel is expensive, so it's dark at night.
Then the criminals come out.
Yeah, then the women are terrified to leave the tent and go to the bathroom, which contributes to unsafe sanitation practices, which leads to cholera.
Have they had an outbreak yet? Not yet, but it's a matter of time.
Thousands of people crammed into a camp where not one feels secure.
It's It's a powder keg.
ELIZABETH: So is Lebanon.
If this camp melts down, whether it's due to disease outbreak or jihadis exploiting the people's discontent, it wouldn't take much for the whole country to blow up.
The last thing we need is another civil war in the Middle East.
I want to talk to the project manager on the ground.
Let's get those lights turned on.
And don't tell me that they'll be furloughed if there's a shutdown.
They are contractors, and, under the guidelines, their activities are considered non-essential.
Deadline for budget negotiations is end of day tomorrow.
After that, we're most likely in shutdown mode.
Well, then, we'd better work fast.
So, what, exactly, do we do in there? Well, I take notes from Russell.
You just sit quietly until he or I need anything.
I can do that.
Also, pretend to take notes, but really be watching Morejon and his staffers.
See how they're reacting, write down your impressions.
Russell might quiz you later.
Wait, what? Oh, man.
Look, I get it.
You're in the room everybody in the country is talking about.
You want to do a good job.
It's nerve-racking.
But your biggest asset in there is that nobody thinks you matter.
Got it? That's oddly reassuring.
DALTON: Good morning, everyone.
- (all greeting) - Please be seated.
(clears throat) Let me start by saying that as much as we may disagree, we owe it to the American people to negotiate in good faith.
I'm hoping we can do that this morning.
With that in mind, have you, uh, had the opportunity to review our latest proposal? We have indeed.
A new auditing mechanism for the Pentagon? Everyone in this room knows that that is a political non-starter.
RUSSELL: They also know that if you really want to achieve significant long-term savings, DoD's the place to start.
No-bid, cost-plus contracts for multibillion-dollar weapons systems the generals aren't even asking for? I mean, come on, members of your own caucus have complained about this for years.
If we tackle this together, I'm confident that we can get the deficit reductions you want and the clean continuing resolution I want.
With all due respect, Mr.
President, I just don't see much here to move the needle.
Well, Senator, for the sake of the American people, I would encourage you to look harder.
HUGH: I am not going to lie to you, Henry, - this looks pretty bad.
- And I take full responsibility.
You understand a breach of this kind is a firing offense.
I do.
But Dmitri was honest with me, and that speaks well of him all things considered.
And, obviously, he's an invaluable resource to our intelligence community.
Arguably, he won a war for us.
And, as you know, we're trying to thwart Russia's efforts in Afghanistan he'll be an important player in that.
First we arm the mujahideen to fight the Russians, now the Russians are arming them to fight us.
(sighs) It's a hell of a business we're in.
So, where's Petrov now? I ordered him to stay at home.
I'm having him call in sick until we figure out our next steps.
Well, here's the dirty little secret that no one in the spy game wants to admit: this job takes a toll.
You can ask any of my ex-wives.
We have contingencies for cases like Petrov's.
I can get him a bed in a facility not far from here very discreet.
We'll get him cleaned up and assess from there.
Thank you.
We'll keep this between us.
You just come up with some plausible reason he'll have to be off the job for a few weeks.
- Will do.
- But, Henry, if Petrov's issues come back to haunt us, I-if he compromises American security in any way It's on me.
I understand.
MATT: Oh, hi.
I'm not allowed to talk about it.
Of course not.
But a heads-up among friends It's mostly not even up to me.
The OMB has set out strict guidelines Mostly not up to you.
Which means there's a teeny bit that is up to you.
I can work with that.
No, no, no! I don't like lemon.
Matt, Daisy, I am really sorry, but my hands are tied by these guidelines.
The best thing that could happen for all of us and by "us" I mean the United States, would be to avert this shutdown altogether.
Yep, that's what you say to somebody - who's about to get furloughed.
- Nadine there's a personal call for you on CONVYD.
Not a moment too soon.
Who is it? Your son, Roman.
Wait, so Nadine and her son are talking again? How should I know? Though I should probably call my mom, 'cause I'm gonna have to move back in with her.
Uh - Hey, Mom.
- Hi, Roman.
Hello, Shindy.
- Hi, Nadine.
- Well, this is a nice surprise ROMAN: Well, speaking of surprises, I'm glad you're sitting down because you're gonna be a grandma! (laughs): Real Oh, well Oh, that's wonderful.
Oh, God, Shindy, how far along are you? Four months.
I'm just so happy for both of you.
But, Mom, we were also calling because we actually need - a little favor.
- Oh, okay.
ELIZABETH: So, what are the odds of getting the camp hooked up to the Lebanese power grid in two days' time? Frankly, ma'am, not good at all.
We've done our part.
The camp is good to go.
But the Lebanese government didn't calculate the capacity issues correctly, and their grid is overtaxed as it is.
We're trying to resolve the problem, but the bureaucracy here is fairly challenging.
It's a complete nightmare.
Well, I'll speak to the Lebanese government at the highest level and see if I can't get this straightened out for you.
I appreciate that, ma'am.
My team and I are willing to stay until the mission is complete.
Even if there is a shutdown in D.
Well, that is noble of you, Valerie, but I don't think That'll be possible.
Permission to speak freely, ma'am.
Go ahead.
I started out in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Did tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
I noticed you received a commendation for your service.
For building schools that stayed empty in Kandahar until they were blown up by the Taliban.
Clinics in Fallujah with no doctors 'cause the money got siphoned off.
I got into this line of work to help people, you know? You wouldn't believe what the folks around here have been through.
In terms of engineering, powering up this camp is complicated but completely feasible.
It's just the politics; it's always the politics.
Apologies, ma'am.
Long night.
No, no, I appreciate your candor.
I'm gonna do everything I can to make this work.
Meanwhile you and your team stay safe, okay? Will do, Madam Secretary.
The purpose of government is to manage core issues, not to create more government.
This out of control spending is imperiling our nation's future.
Our CR gives the American people a signal that we understand that.
DALTON: That's the problem with this whole discussion, Senator.
You're talking about signals.
I'm talking about actual people's lives.
Yes, Mr.
President, you've been moralizing at us all morning.
RUSSELL: Well, this has all been most illuminating.
Let's circle back in the morning.
Thank you.
Any takeaways? Besides the fact that POTUS's proposal is DOA and Morejon is even less likable in real life than he is on TV.
Whenever Russell says something is "illuminating," what he's really saying is that he doesn't like what's being illuminated.
Meaning? Meaning he doesn't think Morejon is negotiating in good faith.
If I were you, I'd start calling some temp agencies.
You're gonna need another job soon.
(knock on door) - Dr.
- Hi, Talia.
Uh, what are you doing here? I'm looking for your brother.
He's not answering his phone.
You mean you don't know where he is either? Wait, what are you talking about? When was the last time you saw him? Two days ago.
Why didn't you call me? He told me he was going away for work, that it was secret and that you knew about it.
He couldn't even bring his phone.
He left it in his room.
Are you telling me this isn't true? He's not on a mission.
(speaks Russian) If he lied to both of us, he could be shooting up heroin somewhere.
I should have never let him keep taking those pills.
I shouldn't have helped him get them.
- I - Stop it.
- This is not your fault.
- Of course it is.
Everything he did, everything he endured was for me.
Th-This is how I repay him.
- We'll find him, okay? - How? We can't track his phone.
We can't call the police.
He's been calling in sick for work every day just like I asked.
And believe it or not, calling in sick to the CIA is not so easy.
He's not using his own phone.
At the very least, they'll have a record of the phone he's been calling from.
We can start there.
I would love to be able to tell you we could connect the camp to our electrical grid within a few days, but, regrettably, it's an impossible timeline.
The electrification project has been going on for six months, Mr.
This is Lebanon we're talking about, Madam Secretary, not Switzerland.
Well, how about you at least try? So, you're browbeating me for my government's dysfunction while yours is about to shut down? Fine.
We're screwed up, too.
You got me.
Now can we talk about solutions? It seems to me you have two choices: buy more time or buy more people.
Meaning figure out a way to keep my team on the clock or bribe the right guys in Lebanon.
Not me, of course.
I want to help, Madam Secretary.
I'm just paying you the respect of being honest.
More money.
See what I can do.
Thank you.
Well, it wasn't their mistake, sir, it was your mistake, so can you correct it or not? All right, so your answer, in so many words, is no.
Got it.
Thank you so much.
Bad time? I can come back.
No, it's fine.
Please come in.
Lower yourself onto my couch.
(grunts) My son, Roland, and his girlfriend, Shindy, are gonna have a baby.
- Hey, congratulations.
- Yeah.
I'm actually really thrilled about it.
I'm just so annoyed it doesn't show.
So, you and Roman are Talking again, yeah.
Here and there.
He just told me about the baby today.
So, what was that call about? They're relocating to the Bay Area to have the baby.
Uh, Roman got a job offer there.
But apparently, Shindy's name matches someone on the no-fly list.
Well, doesn't sound so hard to clear up.
But if I don't get this resolved before the shutdown, then, by the time the shutdown is over, she may be too pregnant to fly.
- What are you gonna do about it? - I'm gonna hump it over to Homeland Security and plead the case in person.
The things we do for love.
Anyway what's up? So, um about the shutdown - Oy.
- I know, I know.
Just don't let them furlough me because I'm pregnant, okay? They won't say that's why, but That'll be why.
You should be so lucky.
You could sue and never have to work again.
Yeah, well, I want to work.
My career is important to me.
I mean, I'm just gonna take a couple weeks of leave and I'll be right back at it.
First of all, no, you won't.
Those first few weeks with the baby Are, like, super precious and magical, so everyone keeps insisting.
Well, my experience was a little more like the opening sequence to Saving Private Ryan.
Way to sell it.
But you'll get through it.
And you will love that child so much, you won't know what to do with yourself.
That's what I'm afraid of, losing myself.
My career, everything I've worked for, just subsumed.
It's true.
Things will change and some things will fall away.
Drunken brunches, for example.
But then other things will take their place, other richer things.
That's how life works.
So take it while I can get it is what you're saying.
That's my two cents.
Just getting some fresh air.
Also contemplating going back to smoking.
Budget negotiations going that well, huh? I've had more fun fighting off a snake in a Vietnamese rice paddy.
But it's the job I signed up for.
So, Russell told me about your troubles with the refugee camp in Lebanon.
All we have to do is turn on the lights.
We do that, most of the issues inside the camp go away.
But if they fester, we could see Sunni radicalization And in a country with such a volatile mix of faiths wouldn't take much for the whole place to blow up.
Sir, I remind you, every single cabinet secretary has trooped through here asking special dispensation for programs much closer to home.
He's right.
HHS, Veterans Affairs, Education, Interior.
If the shutdown comes, there's lots of Americans are going to be hurting.
No, I understand, sir, but we're just talking about designating a few contractors as essential.
And how would it look when Morejon holds up a picture of a sad, furloughed park ranger next to some Syrian refugee and asks, "Who does Dalton care about more?" All right, Russell, no need to pile on.
Try sitting across from Morejon all day.
See what it does for your mood.
Look, Bess, I agree with you.
I mean, you'd think that a little bit of money or a little bit of extra time for the team on the ground wouldn't be too much to ask, but (sighs) today it is.
No, I understand, sir.
I'll find another way.
Well, we'd better get back to it.
Give 'em hell, Conrad.
MAN: Look, Ms.
Tolliver, I'd love to help, but these vetting protocols are in place for a reason.
I can't just make an exception for you.
I'm not asking for special treatment.
I'm asking you to rectify an obvious case of mistaken identity.
But what if it isn't? You mean what if my son's 25-year-old girlfriend is actually the 60-year-old wife of a retired, Burmese Army colonel with ties to opium traffickers? Uh, look, I'd have to review the case more thoroughly.
By which time our government may be shut down for who knows how long, and meanwhile, Myanmar has one of the highest infant mortality rates in Southeast Asia.
I don't make the rules.
It's been a pleasure, Ms.
(sighs) Cute kids.
Huh? Oh, uh, thanks.
Madison and Hunter.
You're gonna disappoint them.
What? You don't believe me, but you will.
And despite your best efforts, they're going to resent you.
And that, Mr.
Bryant, will hurt more than you can possibly imagine.
So much so that in 20 years, when Madison or Hunter comes to you and asks you for a favor, you will embarrass yourself doing anything you possibly can to help them as I am now.
This is the phone he called from? According to Langley, yeah.
He could be anywhere.
What do we do now? We find him.
Come on.
(door opens) Help you? Yeah, we have kind of an odd request.
We're looking for a missing person.
We think he might've showed up on one of your security cameras.
You think maybe we could look at the footage? Yeah, that's not happening.
Come on, man, this is really important.
So go get a warrant.
All right.
How much is a room? Our presidential suite is 60 bucks.
Here you go.
Now can we look at the tape? You two looking for a Russian kid? - Mitya? - Alexander? - Mitya? - Are you in there? - Mitya - Hey, it's Henry.
What do you mean, "Hi"? Get inside.
I'm clean.
Oh, yeah, right.
That's why you're holed up in this dump.
I am clean, it's true.
Look, I knew I had to detox, and the only way to do that was to be alone.
So I came out here a few days ago and I did it.
Did what? I puked and cried and I shivered and watched a lot of bad TV, but the point is, I'm better now.
You think the CIA's just gonna take your word for that? You think that's a thing that's gonna happen? If you want to keep your job, you need to get your stuff and come with us.
Hey, look, I-I will take any drug test you want.
Look, I believe you're clean right now, okay? And I know that this started because you had some physical pain you were trying to manage.
But the point isn't just to detox.
I'm a soldier.
I'm not gonna sit around in a circle with a bunch of soft Americans and talk about how my mother didn't hug me enough.
- Although that's true.
She didn't.
- Wha? - Talia! - What? She was a very withholding person.
It could be a factor.
Hey, guys.
Hey, can you work this out later? I'm not an expert.
Maybe you have underlying issues that drove you to addiction, maybe you don't.
But right now Director Haymond is getting you a bed in rehab.
A place where your line of work won't be an issue.
I told you, I handled it my way, and I am clean now.
(sighs) Can't you see that I am ashamed? For what I have done to you, to my sister? Please.
Please, it is better for everyone if I can just if I can deal with this alone.
Alone and ashamed.
That sounds like a perfect emotional state to stay sober.
Too bad for you, you're stuck with us.
Come on.
Let's go.
ELIZABETH: How many cases? Just one so far.
And it's definitely cholera? Yes, ma'am.
The clinic at the camp only has power three hours a day.
I mean, they will never be able to get it under control with that.
MATT: Good evening, ma'am.
- Matt.
- Sorry.
I'm sorry.
Uh, I drafted some remarks, in case of a shutdown.
Uh, an address to the troops, if you will.
You know, a speech like this could prove to be - "Essential"? Thanks.
- Yes.
- I'm just right in the middle of something.
- That's your word.
Okay, well, um hey, I'm always helping! You guys heard about the cholera outbreak, right? - Hi, by the way.
- Yes, ma'am.
We're running out of time.
Here's my pitch: what about solar? To power the refugee camp? No, my home.
Of course the refugee camp.
NADINE: So-so I take it the meeting with POTUS didn't go as hoped.
We're on our own.
Here's my thought: if we can't connect the camp to a reliable power source, then how about we bring a power source to the camp? BLAKE: If I may, ma'am, that idea was first broached when they built the camp, but deemed not feasible at the time.
NADINE: Solar technology has improved even since then.
This assessment is worth reconsidering, given the circumstances.
But quickly.
- Yeah, if we had time.
- All we need is to find a contractor who's willing to ship enough solar panels to power a small city 6,000 miles away, before the government shuts down tomorrow night, for free.
JAY: All due respect, ma'am, but I don't know if we can pull that off.
We are damn sure gonna try, so let's get on it.
- ROMAN: Hi, Mom.
- NADINE: Hi, Roman.
I just spoke with Homeland Security, and good news, Shindy.
Your visa application has been approved, and you are free to travel to the U.
whenever you're ready.
Thank you so much, Nadine.
ROMAN: Mom, I can't tell you how much that means to us.
It was my pleasure.
We've got a great place lined up in Berkeley.
I hope you'll come out and see us.
Are you kidding? My first grandchild? You'll have to drive me away with a stick.
(both laugh) Aw, I just wish you lived on the West Coast.
You could hang out with us all the time.
What'd I say? Nothing.
That's (laughs softly) Yes.
That would be nice.
(knocking on door) BLAKE: Nadine? You're missing the party.
Oh, I'll-I'll be right there.
I have to go now.
Um I love you both.
- Love you.
- Bye.
(types) ELIZABETH: Okay, this next one is from me.
Meaning Blake ordered it and I signed the card.
It's an honor to serve, ma'am, even if you inexplicably hate games.
Now, I-I know what you're thinking.
"A wet/dry vac? I don't get it?" But trust me, even though you're having a girl, from the minute they eat solid foods until they go to college, the place is a complete pigsty, so (whispers): you'll thank me later.
I love it.
- (Elizabeth chuckles) - Thank you, ma'am.
- Okay.
- JAY: Sorry I'm late.
DAISY: Hey, Jay.
Glad you could make it.
Also here.
Uh, also, I need to borrow the secretary for a minute.
Uh - A wipe warmer? - Oh, believe me, it's the most important baby product you've never heard of.
- ELIZABETH: Carry on without me, team.
- Thank you.
Okay, here.
Just a little something from me.
(laughing): Oh! Come on.
It's adorable.
- Ah! - (Blake clapping) (laughs) "Diplo Tot.
" - So, the good news and the bad news.
- Pardon me.
- Yeah.
- I found a contractor who can install a small solar field at the camp, probably within our time frame because they're already in the region.
That's fantastic.
They're a new company whose whole business plan is using solar to power up refugee camps.
They'd be willing to do the job for free, just for the publicity.
What's the bad news? They're Israeli.
(sighs) And since Lebanon is still technically at war with Israel, they're not gonna allow any Israeli goods, services or citizens on their soil.
Correct, ma'am.
- That's - Bad.
That's a bummer.
Right? What if they weren't Israeli? - Ma'am? - Does the company have reps here in the States? Yeah, actually.
The guy I was talking to is here in D.
, hustling for contracts with Department of Energy and DoD.
That's perfect.
I want to talk to him.
Tell Nadine to call Haymond at CIA, tell him I'm on my way over there, and then get your guy to meet me at Langley.
And also, the-the Lebanese ambassador, okay? And tell my guys that I'm on my way down, okay? Yes, ma'am.
Langley? HENRY: Well, here we are.
DMITRI: It looks like a day spa.
That's the idea.
(birds chirping) What are you going to tell the rest of the team about where I am? Well, if we get shut down, I'll just tell 'em you were furloughed.
If I say you're non-essential, don't take it personally.
Uh, it's, uh, it's probably better for them to take a little break from me.
They think I'm crazy.
Maybe a little.
But you impressed them before.
And you'll impress them again when you come back.
Thanks for the vote of confidence.
But we'll see how I do, right? Yeah, we'll have to see.
So, let me understand this.
You want us to hand over proprietary technology, that we've spent years developing, to a CIA front company to install in a refugee camp in Lebanon, and we won't even get any of the credit for it? That's about the size of it, yeah.
In fact, this meeting never even happened.
And why would I do that? And why would we let them do that? Why would we accept charity from a country that invades ours? That destroys our homes and kills our citizens? To defend ourselves from rocket and guerrilla attacks launched by terrorists - harbored in your country.
- Gentlemen.
ELIZABETH: We're not here to re-litigate the Israeli-Lebanese conflict.
We're here to bring light and power to tens of thousands of desperate, traumatized people.
Yes, there are secondary benefits, like ensuring stability in your country and proving that your product can work at scale, not to mention having the U.
government in your debt.
If the shutdown happens, I will have to pull my team out, and there will be no one on the ground to set up the solar field.
I need you both to help me help these people.
SAMIR: By working with the Israelis and the CIA.
What a world.
Just please keep this to yourselves.
I have plans this weekend, and it would be nice to live till then.
So? We're in.
But don't ask me to shake his hand.
We're not Rabin and Arafat here.
So are we a go? It's never an easy ask with you McCords, is it? No.
President, the fiscal year ends in a few hours.
Either accept our amendments to the CR or we let the clock run out and let the American people decide who to blame for the shutdown.
You want to play that game? Fine.
Our numbers may not be great, but Congress? You guys literally poll worse than staph infections.
DALTON: Carlos I understand that you and the party feel betrayed by me, but you're talking about throwing hundreds of thousands of people out of work, delaying Medicare checks, projecting uncertainty to the world.
Is that what you want? CARLOS: Mr.
President, I know this might be difficult for you to comprehend, but this isn't about you.
It's about loyalty to principles.
Well, I guess that's that.
I did my best.
Now you do your worst.
Meantime, I'm going to continue serving the American people, so if you'll excuse me, I have somewhere to be.
Y-You're leaving? But we still have three hours before the deadline.
And you have my final offer.
Permission to ask an impertinent question.
Well, you did save my life that time, so you get one.
Shouldn't POTUS still be in there, negotiating right up to the deadline? I mean, where is he going? You're right.
That is pretty impertinent.
No, wait.
You're still on the clock for a few more hours.
Come on and find out.
DALTON: So, if you're having any issues with the VA, or retiring from active duty, or if your family is getting jammed with your bills, you call that number and somebody will get it straightened out for you.
And if you're in a bad place and you just want to talk to a brother who understands, you call and you ask for me.
I give you my word as a Marine, I will answer that call.
And those phone lines aren't getting shut down ever.
And that even goes for you Army sons of bitches.
ALL: Hooah.
Now I'll shut up so you all can talk.
What's your name? Sean Johnson, Mr.
United States Air Force.
Thank you for your service.
You're welcome, sir.
- Thank you for your - RUSSELL: So - Pop quiz time.
- Hmm? What did you learn about Morejon and those guys during all those meetings? That his chief of staff has a staring problem.
Good to know, I guess.
What else? I think Morejon is scared.
Yeah, he should be.
- He's the dog that caught the car.
- (cell phone vibrates) (sighs) Well let's hope you're right 'cause the Senate just let the clock run out.
Buckle up.
- Thank you, sir.
- Glad you made it back.
RUSSELL: You want to know why I brought you here? Because I asked an impertinent question? (chuckles) Look, the next few weeks are gonna be ugly.
People will say, "Ah, that's Washington for you.
A pox on both their houses.
" Meanwhile, Conrad Dalton comes here every month, no matter what, and never talks about it to anyone.
And the reason he's in that room right now and not me or Morejon or some other windbag is 'cause he understands that some principles really can't be compromised.
Some duties really are sacred.
I wanted you to see that.
Thank you, Russell.
Well? (sighs) I'll edit the speech on Marine One.
Let's go.
(sighs) We're really doing this, huh? (sighs) Indeed we are.
I've sent out the department-wide e-mail to all non-essential personnel.
And per your request, I asked everyone who worked in the building who's been furloughed to gather in the main hall.
Thanks, Nadine.
Any changes to Matt's remarks? Uh, no.
No, I think they strike just the right tone.
Believe this? Government shutdown.
I mean, what kind of message are we sending our friends and allies? I mean, not to mention our adversaries.
- Ma'am - And now I've got to go out and send thousands of hard-working men and women home on indefinite, unpaid leave.
I mean, what are they supposed to tell their families? And for what? I I'm sorry, I'm ranting.
Well, I know this is not the best time, but I really need to ask you something.
Sure, yeah.
- Just - Thank you.
(both sigh) Well (sighs) speaking of family, I'd like to request some personal leave to spend some time with mine.
- Of course.
- Thank you.
- Is everything okay? - Yes.
Um (stammers) I'm going to be a grandmother.
- Oh! - (chuckles) (laughs) That's really that's wonderful.
- Congratulations.
- Thank you.
My son said something to me today that (sighs) I guess I've been waiting a very long time to hear.
Whatever you need, we'll make it work.
Thank you.
I mean, that is if you, if you want to make it work.
Ma'am? Something tells me you're not coming back from that leave.
(sighs) I thought I needed time to think about it, but you're right.
I won't be coming back from that leave.
I love public service, but it's gotten so vicious.
Oh, and this pointless government shutdown.
Conspiracy mongering.
You're talking to a murderess, remember? Right.
I don't know.
Somehow, we've become our own worst enemy.
And I don't want to spend the rest of my career fighting.
Well, I-I've become very dependent on you, Nadine.
And as much as I'd like to beg you to stay, sounds like you know what you want in your heart.
You're gonna be someone's grandma.
(chuckles lightly) (chuckles) Well, it's, it's very gracious of you, Madam Secretary.
(sighs) Well, we made a damn good team.
Yes, we did.
And it has been my great honor to serve you.
The honor has been mine.
Now brace yourself.
I'm going to hug you.
(laughs) Thank you, Nadine, for everything.
Thank you Elizabeth.
(chuckles lightly) - Shall we? - Mm.
Good evening.
I really appreciate you all indulging me here for a few moments when I'm sure you'd rather be at home with your loved ones, figuring out what comes next.
Or at the very least, at a bar with your colleagues, cursing the day you turned down that job on Wall Street to work in government.
(laughter) Well, that commitment is what I want to talk to you about tonight.
Our work isn't political.
Our work is representing the interests and values of the United States to the best of our ability.
And let me be clear that in that effort, not one of you are non-essential.
This department and this nation and the world will be poorer for your absence.
As for myself, each one of you pushes me to be better every single day.
And I will be counting the days until you return, especially the guy who wrote this speech.
(laughter) He-He put that line in the speech, by the way.
(Elizabeth laughs) All of you, you chose to be here because you believed in something larger than yourselves.
(people cheering) That sense of duty and service is, well, particularly in today's egotistical culture, in my mind, truly heroic.
And so, on behalf of myself and the people of the United States, I say to each and every one of you a heartfelt thank you.
Until we see each other again good night and good luck.