They need her away from the Slugline crew, but they still need to keep tabs on her, after all. Doug gives Frank a burner phone for his birthday. I kind of need, er, want a burner phone. Frank texts Zoe and asks for a meeting.
Later that evening, Doug goes to Rachel's apartment to spirit her away to Joppa. Rachel greets him with a knife the size of your car, and orders him to leave. She isn't going anywhere, she says, and threatens to kill him. "Go ahead," Doug says, calling her bluff. She hesitates, and Doug grabs the knife away from her. Rachel folds, and Doug orders her to pack her things.
Frank is handling some business at his office, namely making sure that Meechum will be assigned to his security detail once he's confirmed as vice president, when Zoe texts to confirm their meeting place. Lucas, meanwhile, uses a contact in the police department to secure a copy of the report on Peter Russo's death. The report notes only that Russo was found in the passenger seat of his vehicle, a fact that Lucas relays to Zoe.
Zoe confronts Frank with that fact, which Frank deems inaccurate. Zoe presses and Frank continues to lie, denying any involvement in Russo's demise. When Zoe continues to question him, Frank bristles, warning her that their connection could still prove fruitful down the line. "Don't step out of the sunlight for no reason," he tells her. "Let's start this new chapter with a clean slate."
Claire visits with her fertility doctor, still very much in the planning phase, but she is considering undergoing treatments. Frank has a meal at Freddy's, where Freddy details how this new butcher that he's been working with kills his hogs, slowly and inhumanely. This all hits a little too close to home for Frank. Or does it actually inspire him to handle something swiftly and humanely?
Gillian confronts Claire after she learns that the health insurance that was part of her severance package has been canceled. Claire casually intimates that she sent the scorned wife of her child's father to see her earlier, and tells her that she's willing to continue withholding her insurance form her.