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Madam Secretary Actor Tim Daly’s Devotion To Téa Leoni Will Make Your Week

“For me? Every day is Téa Leoni day.”

The first episode of Madam Secretary’s final season came out today, and it sees a new beginning for Elizabeth McCord (played by Téa Leoni): She’s no longer the eponymous Secretary of State; she’s now, as the show’s title card will tell you, Madam President, and it’s pretty freaking awesome. At a fundraiser, she and her husband, Henry McCord (played by Tim Daly) are introduced as the President and First Gentleman of the United States, and—once again—it’s pretty freaking awesome. 

The show, which has since left Netflix recently (along with another female-led CBS workplace drama, The Good Wife—presumably for CBS All Access, the network’s own on-demand streaming service), has always been comfort television for me, despite particularly stressful storylines involving Russian spies or radiation poisoning. In this day and age, it’s the little things that soothe, you know? Here, a smart and competent woman in politics who is good at her job and cares deeply about her constituents, amidst toxic masculinity, a system that is built to break the weak, and individuals, mostly men, who shun her because she’s a woman. Of course, it’s not a perfect show, and its first season has been called “solid but unspectacular,” but sometimes, all television needs is earnestness and someone who wants to change the world. The comedic touches have always been great, too. This, after all, is a series that has Elizabeth consistently sporting a sweatshirt that read, “Harvard Law”—and then, in very small type: “Just kidding.” 

But enough about the show—we’re here to gush about Tim Daly and his devotion to his onscreen wife and off-screen partner, Téa Leoni. As the show’s final season premiere aired, the Madam Secretary Twitter asked its viewers why they love the show, for a chance to win either a signed script or a Madam Secretary sweater. One entry-slash-answer was a cut above the rest: Mr. Daly has never shied from proclaiming to the world wide web just how much he enjoys working with Téa, and today was no exception.

“I love it because I get to be on it,” he said. “With Téa.”

Below, five other times Tim professed his love for his lady:

On May 24, 2019: “For me? Every day is Téa Leoni day.” 

On February 25, 2019: “How happy am I that the most extraordinary woman I know was born? Happier than a million universes times infinity.”

On March 2, 2017: “Thanks, Madam Sexytary!” 

On February 25, 2017: “You’re all heart. You have all of mine. Times infinity.”

On August 17, 2016, on treating Téa right: “I will. I do.”

Happy Monday, folks!