Within minutes of meeting Frank Underwood, Petrov tells him that he rejects his proposal for peace in the Jordan Valley. Oh, this is going to be a long visit.
Undeterred, Frank offers Petrov a surfboard as a gift, noting that he's heard that Petrov took up surfing recently. Petrov is not impressed by the gift, and reiterates that he has no interest in working with the U.S. in a joint peacekeeping effort.
While Frank is hosting Petrov, Claire and Secretary of State Cathy Durant are meeting with Israeli and Palestinian representatives. They are skeptical of Frank's ability to get Russia on board to aid the U.S. in peacekeeping efforts, and Palestine is not pleased with the entire process, feeling that their seat at the table in these discussions was an afterthought.
Claire and Durant then meet with the Russian delegation that has accompanied Petrov on his visit, hoping to twist some arms. While that tough meeting is happening, Petrov is telling Frank that Russia stands to gain nothing from working with America and nothing from peace in the Middle East. Short and sweet.
Frank tries to appeal to Petrov by claiming that he will stick to his word when he promises that this will be presented as a joint plan, not simply an American plan. Frank says he's not running for office again, so he has no reason to go back on his word to Petrov. Petrov calls him on that, telling him that they both know he will run again.
In return, Frank calls Petrov's bluff, telling him that he wouldn't have come to Washington unless he was willing to be wooed. Petrov offers to think of what it might take to get him on board with Frank's plan.
Everybody has a price
Gavin Orsay, former lone wolf hacker, now FBI asset, has been doing a good job for the FBI, it seems. But then they arrest one of his former hacker friends and try to use that as leverage against him. Give up the people that helped you hack AT&T, or else your buddy might turn on you, and tell us about things we haven't pardoned you for, they tell him. Gavin will think about it.
The adventures of Doug Stamper
Seth pays Doug a visit, and Doug tells him that he has a job offer to serve as an adviser to a member of Congress, and for more money than Frank ever paid him. Doug believes that Frank or Seth orchestrated the job offer, a claim that Seth denies. Doug turns down the job, and says that he's ready to work for Frank again right now.
With Petrov in town, it's time for a state dinner! A long list of dignitaries line up to meet Petrov and have their photo taken with him. Pussy Riot is there, too, perhaps invited by Frank as a dig at Petrov. This seems confirmed when the members of the band use a toast at the dinner to protest Petrov's actions as president. Petrov plays it off and Frank apologizes, but this isn't over.
After dinner and some exceptionally uncomfortable attempts to flirt with Claire, Petrov brings in some expensive vodka and orders every person in the room to take four shots.