Determined to gain the upper hand over businessman and presidential confidant Raymond Tusk, Francis turns to SanCorp lobbyist Remy Danton. Noting that Tusk's nuclear power investments could pose problems for the future of SanCorp's natural gas business, Francis asks Danton to convince his client to initiate a pre-emptive strike. But when Danton cautions that it will take time, Francis heads to Atlanta to see CEO Scott Cunningham himself. Meanwhile, as Gillian claims she was fired from CWI because she was pregnant, Zoe asks Lucas to get more information about Russo's drunk driving arrest. After warning her of the dangers of investigating police misconduct, Lucas tells Zoe to find Rachel Posner, a prostitute who was arrested on the same night as Russo. Upon meeting with Cunningham, Francis learns that Remy hasn't alerted him to the problems Tusk poses. With Remy continuing to insist on handling the situation his way, Francis turns to Vasquez, asking her to make it look like Walker is considering House Speaker Bob Birch for vice president. After Francis uses Zoe to leak the story to Janine, Walker, Birch and Tusk are all caught off guard by the press corps' cascade of uncomfortable questions. Meanwhile, despite Claire's apology and an offer to settle out of court, Gillian remains determined to punish CWI for its corporate connections with a painful lawsuit. Having ignited a media firestorm that's upended the search for a new vice president, Francis is summoned to a secret meeting where Tusk reveals that he's fighting SanCorp's effort to undermine him by purchasing a large block of their stock. In order to preserve his chances of replacing Matthews, Francis agrees to be Tusk's ally inside the administration, particularly on some thorny trade issues with China. With Lucas' help, Zoe tracks Rachel down -- but after Zoe presses her about Russo, Rachel turns to Stamper for help avoiding the investigation's crossfire. Finally, as the Slugline investigation threatens to connect him to Russo's death, Francis completes his daring power play when Walker asks him to be his vice president.