In the wake of the battle over the education bill, Francis is in South Carolina dedicating a library bearing his name at his military college alma mater, the Sentinel. At a reception on the eve of the unveiling, he runs into his former press secretary, lobbyist Remy Danton, whose client SanCorp paid for the building. Noting SanCorp's displeasure over Claire's decision to turn down their donation to CWI, Remy worries that the watershed bill she's drafting for Peter Russo will impede the company's gas drilling plans. Ahead of a community meeting in Philadelphia, Russo reluctantly heads to an assisted care facility to visit his cold and unfeeling mother. Adding to his disappointment, his unemployed childhood friend Paul Capra refuses to get the shipbuilders' union members to hear him out regarding the bill and his run for governor. Returning to the reception, Francis is delighted to see that his old a cappella group, the Riflemen, has come together to perform. Though the official party is winding down, Francis and his pals are just getting started with a raucous all-night reunion. Fueled by bourbon stolen from the bar, they sneak into a condemned campus building where Francis and Tim Corbet reminisce about their days at the Sentinel -- and an intimate relationship that went far beyond just being classmates. Meanwhile, after fending off Remy's invitation to join him in his hotel suite, Claire heads back to her room to call her friend, photographer Adam Galloway. Despite Christina's efforts, the community meeting spins out of control as the laid off shipyard workers direct their rage at Russo. Desperate for another chance to make his case, he ambushes Paul at home to ask for help. Though their verbal showdown quickly turns into a fistfight, Paul ultimately goes to bat for Russo and convinces the community members to hear him explain the watershed bill's benefits. Finally, after his all-nighter with Tim and company, Francis abandons his prepared speech for remarks that are far more honest and revealing.