In the Madam Secretary episode “The Middle Way,” while Nadine Tollier (Bebe Neuwirth) tries her mend her relationship with her estranged son Drew (Ethan Peck), her boss Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) is trying to sign a Pacific Rim trade agreement in Myanmar. But the Secretary is met with resistance from the American ambassador, Arlen Maxwell.
US Ambassador Arlen Maxwell is portrayed by David Rasche. Rasche launched his acting career in the late 1970s as Wes Leonard on daytime soap opera Ryan’s Hope. Since then he’s appeared on tons of TV shows from Miami Vice, Kate & Allie and Sledge Hammer! (he starred as the dumb cop, Sledge Hammer) to – more recently — Ugly Betty (Cal Hartley), Veep (Jim Marwood), and Impastor (Alden Schmidt). Madam Secretary airs Sundays at 8pm on CBS.