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.
Francis leaves Washington in the middle of negotiations over the education bill in order to take care of a thorny issue in his home district in South Carolina.
While Francis makes the Congressional leadership a proposal, Peter Russo finds that he must make a choice between his family and politics.
Claire discovers that her own ambitions are put at risk due to her husband's stance over the education bill. Meanwhile, Zoe discovers that work and play are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
Francis resorts to dirty tactics in the fight with the Teacher's Union. Claire visits her former security guard on his deathbed.
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.
Francis returns to his alma mater to have a library dedicated in his name. Peter Russo goes home to Philadelphia to make amends to the shipyard workers who lost their jobs and to propose a solution for the future.moreless
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