He tells the country that Washington has been lying to them for too long, that entitlements have crippled the economy, that America Works will put every unemployed American to work. He says that he can put forward such a bold plan, because he has decided not to run for election in 2016.
Frank says that he's willing to experiment, and that the Democrats in Congress will present his plan in coming weeks. If he's going to go down, he's going down swinging.
The Adventures of Doug Stamper
After Frank's blunt speech to the nation, Seth checks in on Doug, at Frank's request. Doug sent Seth an email with ideas for America Works, and asked him to pass it on to Frank, which he did.
"I know him better than you ever will, Seth. There's no way he doesn't run," Doug says, not buying Frank's words to the public. He knows this is all an elaborate plan, and he wants back on the inside for its execution. Seth is unwilling, though, given Doug's track record.
He tells him that he'll keep checking on him in person. Doug is a loose end that Frank and Claire can't afford to have going rogue, after all. Doug resents the mistrust, and turns to his bourbon syringe.