Owing to the Election Day chaos nine weeks earlier, the country still doesn't have a president. With Congress in disarray and the Supreme Court short one justice, Francis and Claire are left hoping that the House of Representatives will choose him as president and the Senate will elect her vice president. But because that could lead to a split ticket in the White House, the Senate is threatening to filibuster, creating even more havoc. To secure the votes he needs, Francis turns to Alex Romero, a young House Democrat from Arizona whom Conway enlisted to do his bidding in the corruption investigations and fight against the declaration of war. Though Romero reminds Francis that he's lost the election, President Underwood makes it clear that his political future is in jeopardy if he refuses to support the party's efforts. But when Romero returns to say that he's unable to sway his voting bloc, Francis says he'll never see the inside of the Oval Office again. When Claire looks for their support, Senators Kerry Kuilima and Susan Newman make it clear that because they can't support Francis, they can't vote for her. However, after asking if they wouldn't want a vice president who'd keep Conway in check, Claire hints at political ambitions separate from her husband's. Meanwhile, as Sean Jeffries warns Seth that Hammerschmidt is closing in on incriminating information about Francis going all the way back to Zoe Barnes' death, Macallan threatens to leak the Underwoods' secrets unless LeAnn can get the government to stop looking for him. After Francis resorts to blackmail to get the support he needs, he tells Doug if they can't line up enough votes, they have to make sure that Conway doesn't either. So after Claire pushes to stop a filibuster that would delay the Senate vote until the outcome in the House is known, Mark Usher tells Conway that Claire's election as vice president will make her the acting president for as long as it takes for the House to decide.