Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) takes a break from her role as secretary of state and visits a college campus with daughter Alison. Her significant other, Henry (Tim Daly), however, becomes dedicated to finding the world's most-wanted terrorist Jibral Disah (Bobak Bakhtiari) and his wife, Hijriyyah when Season 2 episode 17 titled "Higher Learning" airs.
So far, the second half of "Madam Secretary" has focused on terror threats and attacks. This theme continued when last week's episode titled "Hijriyyah" aired. Henry and his team developed a special task force named Murphy Station to follow Disah's new bride's movements, which would eventually lead them to the terrorist.
When the next episode airs, Henry's creativity in crafting elaborate plans to find Hijriyyah is shown. He works closely with Jane to trail perhaps the two most-wanted people in the U.S.
However, episode 17 of the CBS political thriller is not solely based on terrorism. Elizabeth has an interesting episode with her daughter Alison (Kathrine Herzer) when they visit a college campus. In the promo (via Spoilers Guide), Alison and Bess are in the portals of an academic institution when they walk into a student protest.
One of the students asks Bess about a crisis in Chile and she says, "Our government cannot interfere." Her response elicits violence of sorts and Bess has to deal with an angry daughter and a frustrated politician who tells her, "The youth vote count. You just lit it on fire."
Season 2 episode 17's synopsis (via TV Guide) reads:
Elizabeth accompanies Alison on a college campus tour, during which she becomes the centre of attention when ambushed by groups protesting a Chilean mining operation. Elsewhere, Henry and Jane work with Jose Campos in an attempt to track down Jibral Disah's third wife, Hijriyyah.
"Madam Secretary" Season 2 episode 17 airs Sunday, March 20, at 8 p.m. on CBS. You can live-stream the episode via CBS All Access.