Once the tape of Conway breaking down on board his campaign plane and Brockhart's comments advocating a coup are made public, Francis wins the presidency – and Conway angrily refuses to join his cabinet. Surprised when the Underwoods ask to hold off on punishing Mark Usher for his role in the Conway campaign, Doug tells Seth that LeAnn is being pushed out for her missteps with longtime friend Macallan. So as LeAnn turns to journalist Kate Baldwin for help contacting the fugitive hacker, Claire asks Jane Davis to stay on and help the new administration. Though Doug is stunned when Usher is named special advisor to the president, Francis insists it's necessary to heal the wounds of a contentious election. When confronted about his opposition during the campaign, congressman Alex Romero demands guarantees in health care in exchange for delivering the support of his renegade voting bloc. Although Doug is surprised when the president agrees to mention Romero's request for more Medicare funding in his inaugural address, everyone is stunned when he turns around and actually proposes cuts that would hurt Romero's constituents. Meanwhile, after Baldwin arranges to interview Macallan in Russia, LeAnn manages to help him escape. As the inaugural balls get underway, Tom Hammerschmidt continues to zero in on Doug's role in Zoe Barnes' death. While Zoe's father hesitates to continue cooperating, Hammerschmidt's commitment to finding the truth about his daughter convinces him to provide more evidence. As Claire begins questioning Doug's loyalty, Francis learns that Romero has reconvened the committee that's investigating him. Finally, when Davis reveals that Macallan has been spirited out of Russia to a friendly embassy in Paris, Claire insists he be brought back to the States as soon as possible.