There’s never a dull moment—or lack of global crises—on the nail-biting Beltway drama Madam Secretary
. In the April 10 episode, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) tries to free a group of African schoolgirls held captive by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. On April 17, she forms an uneasy alliance with the Russians against Hizb al-Shahid, a terrorist group that has already unleashed one bomb on America.
How does the cast handle all this stress and trauma? By going coconuts! We asked Patina Miller (press coordinator Daisy Grant) and Erich Bergen (Elizabeth’s personal assistant, Blake Moran) to grab a camera and capture some of the behind-the-scenes lunacy. “Working in the State Department is a crazy, epic, high-anxiety experience for our characters,” Miller says. “We actors are always looking for a way to break the tension!”