The Diplomat season 1, episode 1 Recap and Review: The Cinderella Thing

The Diplomat. (L to R) Ato Essandoh as Stuart Heyford, Keri Russell as Kate Wyler in episode 107 of The Diplomat. Cr. Alex Bailey/Netflix © 2023
The Diplomat. (L to R) Ato Essandoh as Stuart Heyford, Keri Russell as Kate Wyler in episode 107 of The Diplomat. Cr. Alex Bailey/Netflix © 2023 /

The Diplomat is a political thriller drama series created by Debora Cahn, starring Keri Russell, Rufus Sewell, David Gyasi, Ali Ahn, Rory Kinnear, and Ato Essandoh. The show premiered on Netflix in April 2023 and a second season was officially confirmed in May 2023.

The show has 8 episodes in its first season and features the music of Nathan Barr and Dimitri Smith.

The Diplomat Season 1, Episode 1 Recap

In the first episode, there is an explosion on a British warship that kills many officers. Intelligence agencies suspect that a previous enemy of the US may have been involved.

Katherine is initially preparing to become the ambassador in Kabul, while her husband works at the White House. But the President decides to send Katherine to London instead, as there is currently no ambassador there.

Katherine has a hard time understanding and following the unusual rules and customs of being an ambassador for the Queen in London. She is taken to her new home, Winfield House and shown around by Frances, who manages the residence.

She has to learn new ways of talking and acting, such as wearing long dresses and getting in and out of carriages, which she finds uncomfortable. A journalist comes to take pictures of Katherine and write a story about her, which makes her even more uneasy.

At the same time, the US Secretary of State is trying to get the Sunni coalition ready. Katherine’s husband Hal urges her to speak with the Secretary of State or Secretary Dennison, but she is hesitant and wants to follow proper procedures.

Katherine also has to go to important meetings with other leaders, but she feels that the work is not very meaningful, finding the meetings strange. She is not happy with the work she has to do every day, because she thinks it’s not important.

Katherine would rather be in Kabul, protecting the things the US has built there. However, she knows that attending meetings and events is part of her job and she can’t avoid it.

Katherine thinks that doing a photo shoot with British Vogue will help her gain respect and keep her job. In the last scene of the episode, Katherine and her husband Hal, are riding in a carriage.

A woman who is pretending to be a member of the staff causes trouble for Hal. Later, Stuart, who is second in command at the embassy, talks to Katherine about the problems in her marriage.

Hal tells Stuart not to reveal to Katherine that she is being prepared for the role of Vice President in the upcoming election.

The Diplomat season 1, episode 1 Recap and Review: The Cinderella Thing
The Diplomat. (L to R) Keri Russell as Kate Wyler, David Gyasi as Austin Dennison in episode 101 of The Diplomat. Cr. Alex Bailey/Netflix © 2023 /

The Diplomat Season 1, Episode 1 Review

As a political thriller drama series, The Diplomat keeps viewers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The first episode sets the tone for the show, with a tragic explosion on a British warship and the suspicion of an enemy’s involvement.

The casting of Keri Russell as Katherine, the newly appointed ambassador to London, is a perfect fit. She portrays the character’s struggle to understand and follow the unfamiliar customs and rules of the job.

Not to mention, her desire to do something more meaningful than attend high-level meetings. The show’s attention to detail is impressive, from the ornate costumes to the grand architecture of Winfield House, the ambassador’s residence.

The music complements the suspenseful atmosphere of the show. The dialogue is sharp and engaging, with several complex storylines woven together seamlessly.

The Diplomat is a compelling series that combines politics, drama and intrigue in a way that keeps viewers hooked. With its talented cast and well-crafted storyline, it’s no surprise that the show was renewed for a second season after just one month.

Fans of political thrillers will definitely want to add this series to their watch list.

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You can watch The Diplomat season 1 on Netflix.