Hannah gets questioned by local police about the dead contractor. She plays the federal investigation card and then Forstell about it. That’s not the only issue. There is a trucker blockade at the Mexican border. It’s been going on for days and a Mexican trucker gets fed up. He breaks through the gate and gets shot and killed.
Now Kirkman and company have to deal with this. Emily meets with the Mexican ambassador and he’s willing to wait it out. Lyor meets with the truckers. It’s no use. Seth tries to give a briefing but it doesn’t go well. Aaron gets called out for being a Mexican-American and not standing up for his heritage.
White House counsel meets with Hannah about the potential case against Alex’s mother. She tells Hannah that she will have to talk to Alex about it. Aaron thinks he is meeting with a senator but ends up talking to his cousin, a newly hired aide instead. He refuses to work like that.
Emily is forced to deal with an investigation into a broken vase. Hannah sits down with Alex. It doesn’t go well. Alex thinks the possibility of her mother being involved in some sort of scheme is ridiculous.
Aaron and Emily update Kirkman on the trade negotiations. It is not going well and now officials are calling Kirkman out on tv. Aaron feels like he is being pulled in two directions because of the negotiations. Seth laughs and tells him that will never end. Aaron gets the word of the senator that she will back the agreement publicly.
The truck driver’s wife holds a press conference. Lyor has to do some work here. They need to find someone to be the face of the agreement. Alex talks to her mother about Hannah’s accusation. She thinks it is preposterous but her mother says it’s true. And that she would do it again.
Kirkman sees the widow panicking before their planned press conference. He calls it off and tells Seth and Lyor to handle it. Lyor says that it’s not him and leaves. Kirkman meets with the widow and they talk about her husband. Emily comes in and gives him the file about the broken vase. It accuses his daughter but he asks her and she says no. He tells the investigator as much.
Alex gets news. Her mother is being subpoenaed by the FBI. She tells Kirkman the whole thing and he assures her that it is okay. Then he meets with the ambassador to Mexico. Turns out he owns the company that the dead trucker worked for. Kirkman throws down.
Aaron fights with his cousin about being used and being Mexican-American. She does not back down. Kirkman meets with the union leader. He says that he will back the deal but it lacks longevity. Kirkman gets an idea.
He asks his old friend to keep plants open on both sides of the border. It will buy time and maintain jobs. The investigator has figured out who broke the vase. Lyor. The deal is done. No one is thrilled so it’s a win. Aaron goes back home and sees his family.
Hannah meets with Forstell again. She’s pissed about the subpoena but he doesn’t want to hear it. He has new information about the contractor that was found dead. He signed a huge deal and it was connected to Lloyd.
I missed Chuck in this one. It wasn’t really investigation heavy though so that was expected. I don’t care about Lyor so the side story about the vase was a waste. I’m glad that Aaron got some more screentime and got to respect his roots.