After Francis threatens to reveal a rape allegation lurking in his past, Alex Romero changes his mind about recommending that the Justice Department file criminal charges against him and his administration. Though Claire says she was blindsided by his guilty plea, Francis insists he had to do it to protect her and that their success now hinges on her pardoning him. After Francis admits that he and Doug are the source of the leaks to Tom Hammerschmidt that led to her being president, Claire confesses to killing Tom Yates and then sending Usher to clean up the mess. But when Usher complains about being drawn into Tom's murder, Claire tells him to put it behind him and give her his best political advice going forward. While LeAnn offers to give Jane Davis whatever she has left on Aidan Macallan in exchange for being named Claire's new chief of staff, Seth tells the U.S. attorney that he has long suspected Doug of killing Zoe Barnes, but insists that Francis knew nothing about it. Although Seth hopes that the shakeup will create a new opportunity for him, Claire says he'll have to resign, too. Despite Davis and Usher's claim that there's precious little time to respond to a Syrian gas attack, Claire hesitates. Already reluctant to ask Francis for advice, she insists that he move out of the White House in order to distance her from the resignation fallout. Meanwhile, telling Claire about the lengths Francis went to steal the election, Davis suggests that she knows someone who could make the problem go away for good. After approving a raid to take out Ahmadi and launching a military response to the Syrian gas attack, Claire orders LeAnn to leave the White House until things settle down. While Doug remains elusive when Hammerschmidt questions him about Barnes, Claire tells Francis that she's sending troops to Syria. With Francis watching on his computer as LeAnn is killed in order to tie up another dangerous loose end, Usher tells Claire that he wants to be her vice president. But after saying that she wants to keep Usher on to provide political advice, Claire announces the invasion of Syria – and once she's been sworn in, cuts Francis out of the loop.