While Frank is concerned with his plummeting approval ratings, Claire sets her sights on being Ambassador to the U.N. and Doug tries to deal with his injuries.
Claire's peace plan is in shatters after a group of Russian soldiers are apparently killed in an explosion. Meanwhile, Doug is told that Rachel is dead, which causes him to hit the bottle.moreless
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 well as having to deal with Tusk, Francis confronts Linda Vasquez. Meanwhile, Claire becomes a key influence on Tricia Walker.
Having to deal with a military crisis abroad and issues at home, Francis decides to remove the Tusk problem permanently. Meanwhile, Jackie Sharp and Claire have a run-in.
Francis must face being questioned by a Special Prosecutor. Meanwhile, Stamper must face some truths and Remy Danton attempts not to choose sides.
Francis discovers that he has been shut out and Claire finds that she must sacrifice something dear to her. Meanwhile, Stamper attempts to get back on top of things.
With an outraged nation, Francis could have to step down. Meanwhile, Claire experiences the consequences of their actions and Stamper rushes to tie up any loose ends.
Some delinquent teenagers are the subject for reform by the inmates and Pornstache suffers a setback in his side-business. Meanwhile, Pennsatucky learns a new skill.
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.
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.
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