"If the vice president fails to cooperate, I will simply bypass him," Feng warns Doug. Frank seems willing to call Feng's bluff, however. "If a bullet comes my way tomorrow, it will not be an accident, and I must be quick to duck," Frank tells us.
Claire and a congresswoman meet with representatives from the Joint Chiefs, to discuss the possibility of allowing sexual assaults that take place in the military to be prosecuted in civilian courts. The representatives argue that such a measure would "... fundamentally erode the military's ability to self-discipline."
Can you, with a straight face, consider that argument? There are people who think the way that the fictitious Joint Chiefs did in this scene. Does that scare you as much as it scares me? Also, the fact that in real life America, in 2014, independent prosecutors are not responsible for prosecuting sexual crimes in the military, is absurd. I digress.
The first lady interrupts the meeting and proves to be a strong ally for Claire, punctuating a few of her key points with the Joint Chiefs, who appear totally incompetent. this was a big win for Claire.
President Walker confers with Tusk and Frank, concerned with how Frank's talks are going. Tusk accuses Frank of being two-faced with Feng, which, of course, he is, but only so he can get at Tusk. Frank pleads ignorance and tosses some barbs at Tusk. Walker tries to stay above the fray, but tells Frank and Tusk that they both need to stop back-channeling and allow Durant to handle all talks with China. Oh, yeah, that will happen, I'm sure.
Without missing a beat, Frank tells Doug to set up a meeting with Feng. Doug agrees, but also warns Frank about Seth Grayson and what he might be digging in to. Back in Washington, Grayson meets with Claire. Grayson reveals that he wanted Connor's job, but rather than apply through normal channels, he did the Underwoods a favor by eliminating any link between Claire and the doctor who performed her abortion.
Claire wonders whether that's the case, or whether Grayson might be trying to extort her. "I'm not extorting you, Mrs. Underwood. I'm just highlighting the difference between a good choice and the right choice,"Grayson tells her. "Here's what I know. It is far easier for you to destroy me than the other way around."