Cyrus is furious that James wrote a front page, above-the-fold article about Hollis Doyle that includes private conversations they had while in bed together. Needless to say, the energy tycoon isn’t pleased about the article either. Cyrus and Olivia agree that Hollis has been unhappy since “Defiance.” They both fear for James’s safety. He needs to be shut down. That’s why Cy pulls the sympathy card on his husband smack dab in the middle of the Oval Office. His plan works. James vows to back off his Hollis Doyle crusade.
David and Abby realize that Doyle Energy, Cytron and the voting machines that were discussed in “All Roads Lead to Fitz” are part of an initiative that would create a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf. They also realize that they are in the point in their relationship where Abby can have her own drawer at David’s place. In other news, Harrison has been lobbying for Stephen’s old office along with Abby and Quinn. He also wants Olivia to know that he’ll do whatever she needs done with no questions asked. What she needs is for Abby and David to not be together. Harrison assures her that this will be handled.
Harrison hands over an envelope of cash to a woman named Theresa Dunn. He then pushes Abby into doing a background check on her new boyfriend. He makes it seem like he’s truly concerned about her as a friend. Abby takes the bait. She learns that David beat his ex-girlfriend, Theresa Dunn. None of this is true, but Abby believes it to be so after the woman lies about it. Heartbroken, she returns to the office where her boss gives her a shoulder to cry on. Olivia also manages to hide the fax that came in from the Board of Elections in Defiance County, Ohio. Harrison looks disappointed in himself as he walks by while moving into his new office.
In random news, Huck continues to listen to short wave radio signals for hidden messages, as is likely the case for all of his fellow spies. Charlie makes a call to someone saying that he’s back in town and looking to do business. As for Olivia, she has been casually dating Senator Edison Davis though she’s still thinking about Fitz, who is out of the country. This doesn’t stop her from pulling Edison inside her place for a night of passion after an emotionally draining day. Finally, David is devastated after what went down with Abby. He shifts his focus back to his investigation which may lead him to Cyrus Beene’s husband, James.