Original air date: 10/07/2018 Runtime: 43:18 min. In the aftermath of a deadly attack on the White House, Elizabeth tries to keep a major nuclear disarmament deal from falling apart while a manhunt for the attackers brings D.C. to a halt. For advice, Elizabeth turns to former secretaries of state (guest starring as themselves) Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell, on the fifth season premiere.
Original air date: 10/21/2018 Runtime: 43:23 min. Elizabeth flies to Fashion Week in Milan to face off against the Chinese Foreign Minister over an anti-sweatshop treaty in the aftermath of a tragedy. Also, Daisy struggles with feelings of fear and pessimism over her baby’s future, under the threat of rising nationalism in the wake of the attack on the White House.
Original air date: 10/28/2018 Runtime: 43:23 min. When the remains of U.S. soldiers who served in World War II are uncovered in Southeast Asia, Elizabeth's hopes of bringing them home quickly fade when a stubborn leader stands in her way. Also, Henry and Stevie find themselves publicly targeted by a restaurant owner who is angry about Elizabeth's policies, and Alison volunteers for a local congressional campaign.
Original air date: 11/04/2018 Runtime: 43:21 min. Henry finds himself at the center of an international incident, when he comes to the aid of an ex-girlfriend at a religious freedom conference in Thailand, after she is imprisoned for condemning the monarchy. Also, Elizabeth helps Jason navigate the pressure of preparing for college.
Original air date: 11/11/2018 Runtime: 43:23 min. When the eruption of an Icelandic volcano strands Elizabeth at an airport in Ireland with the Turkish foreign minister, she tries to broker a deal with him to save the lives of thousands of Syrian refugees. Also, Henry gives advice to Alison about an awkward topic.
Original air date: 11/18/2018 Runtime: 43:07 min. Vice President Teresa Hurst asks Elizabeth for help when a surrogate carrying her future grandchild is arrested in Laos for human trafficking. Also, Henry tries to protect Stevie from danger when he suspects that she's being followed by a Russian operative, and Blake deals with the demanding and costly instructions of a delegation of Japanese gardeners.
Original air date: 11/25/2018 Runtime: 43:22 min. When Haiti's democracy is threatened by a president who refuses to step down after losing the election, Elizabeth tries to solve the problem without resorting to military action. Also, Blake has one week to find a new job before Elizabeth fires him as her assistant.
Original air date: 12/09/2018 Runtime: 43:06 min. Elizabeth and Jay work to keep an historic agreement between Serbia and Kosovo from falling apart, after a mass grave is discovered in Serbia dating back to the Kosovo war. Also, Henry deals with a bizarre encounter with Secretary of Defense Gordon Becker.
Original air date: 01/13/2019 Runtime: 43:23 min. Elizabeth must salvage a deal with a military contractor by supplying fighter jets to Taiwan, but she risks triggering a war with China in the process. Also, Daisy gets frustrated with Matt for failing to help take care of her dog like he promised.
Original air date: 01/27/2019 Runtime: 43:23 min. When innocent Syrian children are killed by an American-made cluster bomb, Elizabeth races to figure out what went wrong before Russia can use it as an excuse to escalate its military presence in the region. Also, Russell faces a PR nightmare after he gets into a heated argument with a homeless protester.
Original air date: 02/17/2019 Runtime: 43:06 min. When a group of American missionaries become hostages during a violent uprising abroad, Dalton must confront demons from his past in order to help Elizabeth secure their safe return home. Also, Stevie takes over Russell's social media presence, and Henry helps his niece, Sarah (Emelyn Daly), mentally prepare for her military deployment.
Original air date: 03/03/2019 Runtime: 43:24 min. Elizabeth visits the Middle East to finalize a deal to bring U.S. troops home, but complications arise when a local woman's life is threatened by rumors of a romance with one of Elizabeth's staffers. Also, Henry provides relationship advice to Elizabeth's brother, Will (Eric Stoltz).
Original air date: 03/24/2019 Runtime: 43:24 min. While Elizabeth is away on a retreat thinking about her presidential campaign, her staff tries to secure an international agreement to protect citizens who have been displaced due to global warming. Also, the staff works to contain a measles outbreak that threatens the life of Daisy's daughter, Joanna.
Original air date: 04/14/2019 Runtime: 43:19 min. As Elizabeth prepares to officially declare her candidacy for president, she must deal with fallout from a news article alleging she had an affair with President Dalton during her CIA days. Also, Mike B. and Jay adjust to the growing pains in their expanded roles as campaign staffers, and Elizabeth calls for a UN criminal tribunal against Myanmar military leaders over their treatment of the Rohingya.