Olivia meets Fitz at the Hall of Records to literally touch the Constitution. She lets him know that she’s in love with him, too. They are in this together. In the present day, the White House press secretary succumbs to her injuries. The sad news is quickly eclipsed by the troubling reality that Sally Langston is lobbying cabinet members to sign over executive power to her. Olivia convinces Mellie to make a statement assuring the American people that her husband is still their president.
Those first days in the White House show the beginnings of the relationship between Cyrus and his current husband. He uses James to write a story that sabotages any change of Sally Langston’s choice for the Supreme Court from ever being confirmed. The VP knows Cyrus is behind this. She will be looking out only for herself from this point forward. In other news, Olivia contacts a dirty, big-bearded Huck to find info on a Jesse Tyler who has been looking into things with Hollis Doyle, who says he’ll handle the problem. A short time later, Jesse and six of his fellow employees at Cytron are killed in an explosion.
Cyrus tells Olivia there’s nothing they can do about what happened to the Cytron people. He believes they sacrificed their lives for their country. The person being blamed for the blast, the young woman they are dubbing the “Molotov Mistress,” is sacrificing her freedom for her country. The hits just keep on coming for Olivia when Mellie makes it clear that she knows about her relationship with Fitz. It was the flag pin that gave her away. Olivia is again told that they are all just doing their patriotic duty in different ways. A short time later, Olivia resigns from her position in the White House.
In present day, the doctors tell Mellie that her husband is out of surgery, but they don’t know how much damage has been done. Olivia hands the flag pin to Mellie, who places it on Fitz’s hospital bed as they wait for him to wake up. In other news, Sally gets the votes she needs to become the acting President of the United States. We jump back to the night of the shooting. We see inside the room where the sniper fired his shots. Someone in a red hoodie is breaking down the high-powered rifle and collecting the bullet shells off the floor. The man’s face is hidden at first. Then it becomes clear that the person we’ve been watching is Huck.