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‘State of Affairs’ Season 1, Episode 3


State of Affairs Season 1, Episode 3 airs tonight on NBC.

Charlie has some flashbacks featuring her arrival at Midnight City when she first met Nick and saw him brutally interrogate Fatah. After members of the militant Islamist movement Boko Haram kidnap 21 Nigerian girls, President Payton gives Charlie the difficult task to find and save the girls without Nigeria knowing America was ever involved.

Each day the president is faced with dozens of life-and-death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst—Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl, Grey’s Anatomy)—assembles the President’s Daily Briefing (PDB). This list of the most vital security issues facing the nation brings with it moral and political judgment calls for Charleston and her trusted group of brilliant analysts at the agency. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard, Desperate Housewives) because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and is now determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. Navigating a complex personal life and a pressure-cooker profession is, of course, a challenge, and Charlie sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behavior to avoid facing her grief. But when the clock strikes 2 a.m., she is all about her job—protecting her nation, serving her president and still trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé’s murder, which will reveal itself as a shocking mystery.

State of Affairs Season 1, Episode 3 airs Dec. 1 at 10 pm EDT on NBC.

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