As Francis prepares his replacement, he and Claire must confront two threats to their plans.
Francis's relationship Tusk becomes strained as tension with China escalates. Meanwhile, he must face down the Senate Republicans.
Despite being in the middle of an energy crisis, Francis ends his pact with Tusk. Meanwhile, Stamper becomes closer to Rachel and Lucas has to make a hard choice.
As Election 2012 coverage is put to bed, Reese must make a decision that affects Charlie, Will and all the senior staff of News Night, Don looks at his legal alternatives with Rebecca, and Will and Charlie have simultaneous epiphanies. Elsewhere, Neal asks Hallie's assistance finding a gift for Mac, Jim tries to make amends in his personal life and urges Maggie to do the same, and Sloan finds out who purchased her book.moreless
News Night presses on with covering Election 2012, as Leona has refused to accept anybody's resignation. The pressure is on, though, because Charlie expects an error-free broadcast and Jim worries he has made an election call too early. Meanwhile, debate goes on over whether to wait until after the polls close to run a story surrounding a tight Senate race, Mac asks Neal to fix a Wikipedia page, and Sloan discovers a fraud perpetrated in her name.moreless
Charlie, Mac, Jerry, Neal and Maggie conduct the first red team meeting for the story about Operation Genoa.
Maggie relives her trip to Africa. Will humiliates an OWS protestor during a live interview.
Will continues his task to become civil by revealing truths to Nina Howard. Jim is getting frustrated on the campaign trail.
While the hospital is hanging on a thread, the team looks for an investor to help them purchase the hospital. All while keeping Owen and the Pegasus team in the dark about their good intentions for the hospital.moreless
Callie comes up with an idea to save the hospital while Owen addresses the plan to sell to Pegasus to the doctors and nurses. April's date surprises her with a secret of his own.moreless
Competition heats up as several of the doctors fight to become the new face of Seattle Grace; April brings in an emergency case, and Jackson and Alex work with a transgender teen couple. Meanwhile, the hospital implements new policies which test the patience of the staff.moreless
When, following his election, the President fails to deliver on his promise to Francis, he and his wife decide to break all ties and re-write the political rule book.
Francis seizes an opportunity to use an inexperienced reporter in order to spread a story to put the White House on the back foot. Meanwhile, Claire gets ruthless at work.
While Francis makes the Congressional leadership a proposal, Peter Russo finds that he must make a choice between his family and politics.
Francis' success rubs the VP the wrong way. Peter Russo faces off against his demons as Doug Stamper hustles to cover up his dirty laundry.
While Francis and Stamper attempt to generate support within Congress, the Vice President and Russo leave Washington.
Things are not going all Francis' way, when Claire goes against his wishes, Zoe finds someone new and Peter delivers an ultimatum.
Francis makes the decision to cross the point of no return and Claire re- discovers an old acquaintance. Meanwhile, Peter struggles with his demons from the past.
While Janine, Lucas and Zoe get nearer to what is really going on, Francis finds he must alter his plans.
Francis realises that Zoe is now a danger to his plans as he struggles to keep them on track. Meanwhile, Claire is worried about choices she has made in the past and those that she will need to make soon.moreless
The Seattle Grace doctors are on edge when a new medical professional enters the hospital; Arizona struggles with the emotional and physical pain of a phantom limb; and while battling pregnancy hormones, an overly-emotional Meredith is confronted with her worst fear.moreless
Eric Kassabian, the major art gallery owner who bought Paige's drawing, seeks medical help from Hank. Divya's attempt to juggle her PA jobs at HankMed and Hamptons Heritage is proving difficult.