Kirkman is swapped with mail. It’s a three letter day. The president gets tons of mail a month and he choses three to respond to personally. Senior staff investigates the requests first though. Aaron and Emily get one about a medal of honor. Lyor and Seth get something about bees and Kendra has to deal with a federal death row pardon.
Hannah is looking into the case regarding the first lady. She goes to find a bank officer about opening a foreign account in someone else’s name. Forstell is still after her. Kirkman wants to stop playing defense and start fighting.
Damian is annoyed Hannah didn’t call him for backup but she’s happy she got a name. Chuck is tracking it. He and Damian exchange words and Hannah is called in to help Kendra with the pardon case. Something doesn’t add up. They go to see the man’s son and talk about his daughter.
Emily and Aaron are conducting interviews too. A widow who thinks her husband deserves a medal of honor. They talk to her husband’s commanding officer too and then report back to Kirkman. It doesn’t add up for Mike though and he’s a vet himself so Kirkman tells Aaron to keep looking into it.
Then he talks to Emily about Forstell and the case with Alex and the fact that Forstell wants to meet about some other case. They see it for what it is. A chance to talk off the record about Alex. Emily goes to the meeting and they talk in subtext about Alex.
After, she reports back to Kirkman. Lyor and Kendra are there too. It’s not as straightforward as it seems. Forstell has a PAC and an exploratory committee in place for a potential Senate run. They advise Kirkman to appoint a special prosecutor.
Seth is getting coffee when Emily walks by. He asks her if she told Kirkman about him getting busted. Then he and Lyor go to talk to the bee farmer. He blames the FAA for killing his hives because of magnetic fields. Lyor is on it and they meet with the FAA. Turns out the FAA lady practically had to get a restraining order against the bee guy.
Kendra and Hannah meet with death row’s daughter. She’s not very helpful but they think she wrote the letter because of a guilty conscience. They go separate ways after because Hannah has to update Damian on Alex’s case. While she’s doing that, Chuck calls. He’s got a lead on the guy she learned about that morning.
While Damian pops off to the bathroom, she hurries outside to go and a car tries to run her down. She and Damian go to see the guy, Lang, and he’s just gone. He’s been tipped off. Emily and Aaron meet with the commanding officer again. Turns out he just resents the dead soldier for having an affair with his wife. So he’ll write the recommendation, and include the affair.
Emily and Aaron take this information back to Kirkman. He decides to meet with the wife himself. Aaron heads out but Emily hangs back to tell Kirkman about Seth’s arrest. He already knew. He’s friends with the DA. He’s upset she didn’t tell him and asks for advice.
Lyor and Seth go to see the bee guy. He’s not home but that’s okay. Lyor thinks that the wife is killing the bees. He’s willing to mess up their marriage to save the bees. Kirkman meets with the widow and her son. He won’t give them the medal but gives them a flag and talks to the son about his father.
Seth and Lyor tell the bee people who the FAA will reroute their stuff and are about to head out when the husband admits he was killing his wife’s flowers. Then she admits to kill the bees. They yell so Seth and Lyor duck out.
Kendra has a lead on the pardon case. She calls Hannah and they talk about it. It wasn’t the daughter. It was the son that he was covering for. He’ll get the pardon if he admits it to Kirkman. He won’t do it.
Emily is in her office when Seth comes in. He’s going to offer his resignation to get himself out of the doghouse. She tells him that Kirkman won’t accept it. She knows that because she told Kirkman to fire him but he said no. Seth says he’d do it again. Emily tells him that he gets one get out of jail free card and he just used it.
Kirkman and Kendra go over the pardon case. He is going to commute the sentence to life in prison. Chuck updates Hannah on the car that tried to run her down. There is no link to the Lloyd investigation but she does find a connection to the son of the pardon guy. She goes and arrests him.
Alex turns up in the Oval. She wants Kirkman to fire Forstell because of his Senate aspirations. She calls him a lousy husband and he fights with her. Hannah and Damian are in bed, They are out of wine. She gets up to get more and her phone rings. It’s Chuck. He’s got a lead on Lang.
She was right. He was tipped off. He got a call just before Hannah got there from a burner phone. Chuck was able to triangulate the origin though. H and Fourth. Right where Hannah and Damian were.
I knew Damian was a bad guy! I knew it! I don’t like him one bit. I’m rooting for her to get with Chuck. I like them together. Alex is awful. And whiny. Also Seth is the best part of this show. Hardly any Aaron again. That’s a shame.