Back at the White House, Cyrus is pissed because Mellie was supposed to know better. A mic is like a gun, you always assume it’s loaded, he says. Women voters weren’t behind Fitz before, due to his infidelity, and now? Mellie has just ruined it. She says she’ll form an apology.
At P&A, there’s a bigger problem. Another woman has come out, saying the senator sent her nude photos. There’s a mole on his penis as proof. She didn’t even know who he was, until the news story broke and she recognized him.
Olivia and Harrison demand Meyers’ phone. He refuses, but his disgusted wife confirms the mole. He caves and admits he has a problem, but his wife isn’t hearing it.
Fitz is really disturbed about the death of his other former Navy acquaintance. After finding out that he only had one living relative – a sister – Fitz takes the funeral arrangements in his own hands, and even shows up to pay his respects.
The sister is shocked, having not expected so much “pomp and fuss.” She didn’t even think her brother qualified for burial at Arlington Cemetery. Fitz pulled some strings. She asks him why, and Fitz says that Pete Foster was an American hero, and should be buried as such. Knowing Fitz, this is all a selfish attempt to assuage his guilt, but for what reason?
James, having come across an Instagram video someone took of the funeral, storms into Cyrus’s office, accusing Cy of keeping good news from him. He could foresee a segment on the President’s heart at “the time when the only organ people care about is his penis,” James says. Cyrus tells him that not everything Fitz does is a scheme. He had no idea.
It takes a minute for the words “Pete Foster” to sink in, sending Cyrus running to meet Eli/Rowan. Cyrus is furious that Daddy Pope didn’t tell him that he had Foster killed, but we don’t hear the details because our focus shifts to Jake, who is busy spying on them. He’s using a recorder, but a group of singing children is garbling most of the audio.
The news is speculating about how Liv might feel about the waning respect people have for her, even saying that her name is becoming a punchline. Abby and Harrison want to jump ship. The senator lied about everything else, so he may well be guilty. They offer to work for free until they find some income. Olivia says she’ll use her savings to pay them, which they refuse, but she insists that quitting is not an option.
Enter Jake, with the news about Pete Foster being the man that Huck just killed. Foster had something dangerous on her father and Fitz: a flight plan. He was a Navy pilot, and one of the records of one of his flights was missing. Olivia tells Jake to leave, and he does, tossing the file and the recording on her desk. Huck, of course, is listening.
Huck listens to the recording and pieces together some of Jake’s research. He remembers a tattoo that was on Pete when he killed him – numbers of some kind.
Josephine Marcus is giving a press conference, saying she accepts Mellie’s apology as a joke that goes flat. Of course, Cyrus is still furious, because her approval ratings have shot up. Fitz demands that he leave Mellie alone. They share a tender moment – hands held, him telling her everyone makes mistakes. Then Mellie storms off, upset she forgot they were at war.
Meanwhile, Cyrus sends a dough-cheeked aide out to find some dirt on Marcus.
Abby enters David’s office, not to talk about the case, but to ask him to lunch. A jaded David (see what I did there?) is through playing games.
Meanwhile, they’re trying to track down Shelley by figuring out which alias she would use to check into a hotel. Of course, it’s Elisabeth Cady Stanton. When Olivia gets there, Shelley is drunk and ranting about how she felt guilty for even near-flirtations with other men, while her husband was sending pictures of his penis to every attractive woman in his phone book.
Shelley is a partner at a law firm, and he has made her look like a weak anti-feminist. She doesn’t feel like a role model for her daughter any more. The Weiner allegory is thick here.
Olivia offers to help her get a divorce lawyer, but insists that she can’t let her husband go to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Shelley says that she can’t pretend he was a good man, and Olivia assures her that she doesn’t have to.
Shelley testifies, saying Richard was with her the entire night Desiree died. David makes a good show of reminding the jury that marital privilege means she doesn’t have to incriminate her husband.
But when he asks if Shelley loves her husband, she shocks the courtroom by saying no. He is a pervert and a creep and she hates him. But you don’t go to jail for adultery – you can for murder, and she doesn’t believe he killed that girl.
Huck is searching the coroner’s photos when Quinn starts asking him details about how he killed Foster. She wants to help him, to have him confide in her. To not call it whiskey, but what it is.
Jake stops by Olivia’s, but this time, Huck is in tow. The numbers on his body were a tattoo – a flight plan for Operation Remington, a Navy mission. But Fitz was the pilot, not Foster.