'Madam Secretary' season 3 spoilers: Elizabeth's attempts to stop civil war in Algeria goes awry in episode 2

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The third season of “Madam Secretary” premiered on CBS Sunday night, and the new installment picked up in the middle of campaign season. It wasn’t a good start for Elizabeth (Ta Leoni) and the team as the primary elections results rolled in, revealing that Dalton (Keith Carradine) had lost the election.

The scene flashed back to two months earlier wherein Elizabeth secretly accepted Dalton’s offer to be his running mate in the upcoming elections. Then, a storm hit Bahrain, which killed an ensign at the U.S. naval base in the area. The meteorological event showed how the administration was unwilling to recognize the climate change crisis, and Elizabeth advised Dalton to do something about it. Dalton took Elizabeth’s advice and at the debate, he promised to change things, which made his largest contributor switch his support to Evans (J.C. Mackenzie).

Evans approached Elizabeth and asked her to stay on as his secretary of state, but she went to Dalton and encouraged him not to endorse Evans and to run as an independent instead. Despite the fact that Russell (eljko Ivanek) was blaming her for Dalton’s loss, Elizabeth chose to stay put and not to go anywhere.

The show will be taking a brief hiatus as there will be an actual presidential debate taking place on Sunday, Oct. 9, but the series will return with a brand-new episode on Oct. 16 titled “The Linchpin,” which will see Elizabeth trying to quell civil war in Algeria while dealing with security measures at home.

In the episode, Elizabeth discreetly negotiates a regime change as Algeria is on the verge of a civil war, but her plans go awry when Roy Curtis (Dakin Matthews), the trusted U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, dies unexpectedly. Henry (Tim Daly) fights to save religious relics in Algeria when he discovers they are being destroyed, while the McCord children get their own security detail after Jason’s (Evan Roe) computer is hacked.

“Madam Secretary” returns Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.