Homeland s07e10 Episode Script

Clarity

1 [Saul] Previously on Homeland - [Carrie] Maggie around? - [Bill] Uh, no.
Don't call her.
She's-- she's talking to a lawyer.
- About? - Franny.
You can't provide her with a stable home, so we are going to.
- Carrie.
- Stay the fuck away from my kid.
[Yevgeny] Dante's missing.
I can't go, then.
This can put the whole operation at risk.
Then I must plan to never see you again.
Simone.
Simone.
[Saul] Mr.
Allen is in federal custody, Senator, charged with violations of the Espionage Act.
And he's talking.
So far, he's confirmed a devastating account of Russian interference in our democratic process, including feeding you and your committee a steady diet of manipulated information.
You've been played, Sam.
- Sorry, can you help me? - Sure.
I need to pull my daughter out a little early today.
- Hey, sweetheart.
You ready? - Yeah.
- [Carrie] Hey, Dante? - [Dante] Yeah.
[Carrie] Can I call you back in, like, five minutes? Yevgeny's here.
Lock down the hospital.
Dante! Fuck.
[muffled shout] Hey, you need to go back to class.
I love you, baby.
I'll see you after school.
- No, Mommy.
No, Mommy.
No.
- No, I gotta go.
I gotta go.
[crying] [dramatic music playing] Hey! [screaming] - What did you do? - [screams] [Keane] He saved our lives.
[Carrie] Yeah.
What was his name? [Brody] Carrie, you're not yourself.
[Carrie] But you don't have my condition.
I'm dealing with it.
I-I've been dealing with it since I was 22.
[Maggie] She said no one at work could know.
She's bipolar.
[man] The mood of the country, it's not great.
[O'Keefe] Civil war.
[Carrie] Madam President, please! You have to put a stop to this! [woman] It's only getting worse.
[Quinn] Is there no fucking line? [Hillary Clinton] Ridiculous lies and accusations.
[woman] The White House is in crisis mode.
[Saul] I'm talking about information warfare.
[Carrie] Our country is under attack.
[O'Keefe] The time to rise up is now! [Carrie] I swore an oath to protect it.
[siren wailing] [Quinn] Just think of me as a light on the heavens, a beacon, steering you clear of the wrongs.
[gurney wheels rattling] You're doing great.
Doc says this is the last one, okay? [somber music playing] [door creaks open] [gloves snap] You ready, Carrie? We're gonna start prepping for your third and final treatment.
Same procedure as before.
Let's get started.
Today, we've got a bilateral application with dexmedetomidine infusion for her lithium at 2cc's and 5 cc's of Succinylcholine.
So far, the patient's responded well to the procedure, other than slight memory loss immediately following the application.
[monitor beeping steadily] Just like before, okay? Counting backwards from 100.
[inhales deeply] 100, 99, 98 97 [slowly] 96 Ready for oxygen.
[anesthesiologist] Giving Succinylcholine now.
Vitals are normal.
Current is good.
EEG is good.
Everyone clear.
Apply stimulus.
- [electricity zaps] - [gasps] [woman] Seizure induced.
[monitor beeping steadily] [oxygen hisses] [exhales sharply] - Yeah, there you go.
- Mm-hmm.
- [sighs] - Something wrong, sir? Uh, no, it's fine.
Tie's too red.
Maybe the wrong kind of red.
Sir, he's been downstairs for half an hour.
He's kept me waiting longer than that more than once.
They both have.
He can wait.
[footsteps approach] - Sorry to keep you.
- Mr.
Vice President.
Want some coffee? Something stronger? - [chuckles] - It's early, but Kyle can get you whatever you like.
I'm fine.
Thank you.
Ah.
Please, sit.
[clears throat] Am I mistaken, or is this your first visit here? - Um, my first time.
- Ah.
It was built for the superintendent of the Naval Observatory back in 1893 until the Chief of Naval Operations decided he liked it so much, he took it for himself.
[chuckles] That rank has its prerogatives.
I'm usually the one who's summoned.
Something important must be happening.
Last night, the Attorney General called the President about a document Senator Paley wanted the AG to sign.
What kind of document? Invoking the 25th Amendment.
Hmm.
Declaring the President unfit for office.
The Senator thinks enlisting the President's Cabinet will be easier than getting Congress to impeach.
He claims four members have signed on already.
Four short of the majority required.
Who are the four? Well, I was hoping you could tell me.
I wouldn't have asked if I knew.
So you, yourself, haven't been approached.
No.
In fact, I was under the assumption that Paley had eased off once he saw the Russia file.
He had.
Dante Allen's death put him back on the warpath.
And how worried are we? Depends.
On what? You, sir.
Because Congress can't ratify the 25th Amendment - without my signature.
- Correct.
Even if he's got a majority of the Cabinet, Paley can't get this done without you.
[sighs] Must gall her, that the survival of her Presidency could come down to me.
The President trusts your judgment.
Trusts my judgment? That's a very generous interpretation of our relationship.
You're being a little sensitive, aren't you? Maybe.
Still, I can't remember one time she demonstrated any real interest in my opinion or solicited my advice.
But I took an oath to defend this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
And I won't let the President's indifference interfere with that.
- [sighs] - So you tell her she's got nothing to worry about, at least not from me.
Thank you, sir.
- She'll appreciate it.
- Mm-hmm.
[siren wailing in distance, horn honks] [knocks on door] [vehicle departs] - [door creaks] - Saul, quickly.
[Sandy] Thanks for coming.
I couldn't think of another excuse to get out of the house.
He thinks I've been subbing all this time for another professor out with the flu.
Please, sit.
[sighs] So I couldn't get those damn flight logs out of my head.
- What about 'em? - Two private aircraft booked out of the same private airfield within 24 hours of each other? Tail numbers on both planes blocked by an identical onboard system.
Let's just say the timing of Dante's murder puts Yevgeny on the second flight.
Question is, who's on the first flight? Could be anybody in his network.
Or Simone.
Simone's at the bottom of a lake somewhere.
What if she isn't? If Yevgeny was gonna kill her, why not do it on the spot like he did with Dante? No, Saul.
He couldn't leave her behind.
It's a love story.
It's always a love story with you.
11 years ago, they were both living in Paris.
She, a doctoral candidate at the Sorbonne.
He, running a small group of Western residencies - for the SVR.
- Still, you can't you can't be sure the young spy met the young graduate student.
Actually, I can.
Simone's thesis advisor at the time has a vivid memory of her boyfriend-- tall, dark, and Russian.
[suspenseful music playing] [knock on door] - You good? - I'm good.
- Your lawyer's here.
- Oh, thanks.
Morning.
Hey, Rhonda.
You said there was news.
There is.
There's an offer on the table.
Tell me.
Your sister's agreed to a visitation schedule.
Every third weekend at first, moving to alternating weekends after a probationary period.
Okay.
Uh This is a giant step forward, Carrie.
It means that you're guaranteed to see your daughter every month.
That wasn't the case yesterday.
This is assuming Maggie and Bill win - the custody hearing tomorrow.
- No.
This is in lieu of the hearing.
I-I don't understand.
It's an agreement between parties in exchange for signing over sole physical custody.
Me signing over custody to them.
Yes.
And no hearing? I don't even get a chance to argue my side in front of a judge? Carrie, I think your sister wants to avoid a protracted legal battle, which will be hard on everyone.
Right now, that gives you leverage.
After the hearing, not so much.
If they want Franny, I'm not just gonna hand her over.
They're gonna have to take her from me.
I thought you understood that.
As long as you understand, if the court awards Maggie and Bill sole custody tomorrow, even temporarily, you stand to lose any and all access to your daughter.
Is that what you think's gonna happen? I really don't know.
In your professional opinion, then.
Look, I've done this long enough to tell you that there are no certain outcomes.
But you said courts bend over backwards to keep children with their parents.
Yes.
They do.
Come on, Rhonda.
Quit hedging.
Tell me what you think.
I think you should seriously consider the merits of the visitation offer.
[exhales slowly] [Keane] As most of you know, my ex-husband was an anthropologist.
About politics, he used to say, mankind was not descended from peaceful arboreal apes, but from a cruder, earthbound type who hunted in packs and crushed the skulls of his prey with gloves.
[scattered laughter] Ladies and gentlemen we are under attack, as radical as it sounds.
Senator Paley must now be considered a witting participant in a massive Russian influence operation, designed to paralyze our democracy and to diminish our role on the world stage.
If you don't believe it, and I gather that some of you don't, ask yourself this-- What of the people's business have we, any of us, managed to get done in the first 100 days? All our high hopes in pieces on the ground.
If there was ever a moment to stand together, it is now.
[somber music playing] [inhales deeply] So the next time the good Senator comes calling with his schemes of invoking the 25th and he will come calling, know two things.
One, that there is no daylight between me and the Vice President on this matter.
None.
And two feel free to beat his head in with a club.
[laughter] - Okay.
Are we ready? - Yes, Madam President.
- Yes, Madam President.
- Let's get into character, then.
- [man] Madam President - [woman] Madam President - [woman] Madam President - [lowered voice] Thank you.
[lowered voice] You'll come through this, Madam President.
- With your help, I will.
- [reporters shouting at once] [Keane] Good morning.
[Anson] Doesn't sound like Rhonda's exactly brimming with confidence.
Well, she's a lawyer.
She wants to prepare me for the worst.
And? Are you? Prepared? I don't think you are, Carrie.
You're in a knife fight without a knife.
- Well, what do you suggest? - I don't know.
Maybe a little opposition research? - On my sister? - Or her husband? I'm sensing some moral confusion here.
Should I shut up? No, not at all.
I-I was just wondering what kind of dirt you could actually dig up on those two.
Well, you tell me.
What, Supermom and Saint Bill? It's not exactly a laundry list.
Come on, Carrie.
Everybody has something.
- Well - What? She was my unofficial doctor for years, treated me under an alias, ran my blood tests, wrote my lithium prescriptions.
To avoid you getting flagged by the agency? Yep.
Well That's her medical license right there.
Good to go.
Moscow's on the secure uplink, sir.
- Talk to me.
- Good morning, Saul.
This is crap, Jim.
It's been over a week.
It's fuckin' amateur hour.
Well, to be fair, finding Yevgeny was only made a priority yesterday.
If I didn't know better, I'd say I'm being slow-rolled.
[chuckles] Am I being slow-rolled, Jim? The long answer is the President hasn't exactly banked a whole lot of good will with HQ.
What's that supposed to mean? Well, after what she said during the campaign, nobody on the seventh floor is much in the mood to throw her a lifeline.
Fuck them.
You don't seem happy, Saul.
Is the President really that vulnerable? Yeah, she is.
If we don't produce some hard evidence that screams Russia, and soon, I don't see her making it to the end of the year, much less the end of her term.
Tell me what to do.
Start by sending a team to Sergiyev Posad.
Why there? I hear it's a beautiful town.
Plus, Yevgeny goes on and on about it in an unpublished novel he wrote at university.
Describes an idyllic summer there at a baronial dacha on the river.
Shouldn't be hard to find, if it exists.
In the novel, a rich uncle on his mother's side - owns the place.
- I'll have people there - first thing in the morning.
- Good.
Jim, while you're there, keep an eye out for Simone Martin, too.
I will.
Good.
[typing] [telephone ringing in distance] [knock on door] [door creaks] - Can I come in? - Of course.
Saul, you didn't have to.
They're beautiful.
- [door closes] - Where do you want them? I was here on Monday.
You were sleeping.
I didn't want to disturb you.
Yeah, Anson told me.
How are you? Better.
I'm much better.
I'm starting a whole new drug protocol.
Is it true you also did another course of electroconvulsive therapy? I did.
I know they scare the hell out of you, those treatments, but for me, they're a miracle, really.
[inhales deeply] What happened, Carrie? Can you tell me? Um, wh-what happened is [inhales deeply] [exhales sharply] what always happens when I don't listen to the people around me, when I think I can keep all the plates spinning by myself.
I swear, I should've seen it coming.
That makes two of us.
No.
In no way is this your responsibility.
I feel responsible.
Don't.
It was a complete psychotic break.
They had to hit me with a massive dose of Haldol and take me away in four-point restraints.
[inhales deeply] Waking fucking nightmare.
[scoffs] [sighs] And now I'm in the middle of this ugly, ugly custody battle with Maggie.
Hearing's tomorrow, huh? - Yeah.
- What can I do? Nothing.
Wish me luck.
[whispers] Good luck.
[exhales] Come on, Saul.
I-I appreciate the visit, but why are you really here? Yevgeny slipped the net.
Best guess is he made it back to Russia.
- Fuck.
- Yeah.
There's also some institutional resistance on our side to finding him, if you can believe that.
Oh, I believe it.
So what do you need? Next best thing to you, Carrie-- people I can trust.
- I need your team.
- To do what? Repatriot him? Him or Simone Martin.
Turns out she might be alive after all.
Of the two of them, she'd be the easier to exfiltrate.
What's the timeframe? Soon as we can locate one or the other, which we're hoping happens in the very near future.
I'll reach out right away, then.
The boys will jump at the chance.
Who leads the team, Anson or Bennet? That's a tough call.
I Bennet's steady, but Anson can think outside the box.
Either one run an operation in Eastern Europe before? Not that I know of.
Really should be you, Carrie.
I can't.
I'm talking about in a purely supervisory role.
Really, I-I can't.
I'm sorry.
You'd be in the field three days.
Week at the most.
That's not about days or weeks, Saul.
This is about the rest of my life.
Tomorrow, I walk into a courtroom to fight for my daughter.
If I'm ever gonna convince anybody I deserve a second chance, first I have to convince myself.
That means putting the job behind me once and for all.
You tried that before.
Didn't work.
It will this time.
[radio chatter] [car door closes] [indistinct conversations] [piano playing jazz music] - [man] James.
- [man] Good to see you.
[indistinct conversations continue] - Mr.
Vice President.
- Sir.
You asked me to review the defense budget over a working dinner.
Last I checked, the Senator wasn't on the Appropriations committee.
You're wasting your time, Sam.
Whatever differences I may have with the President are overstated.
Look, none of us wants to be here, but it's on all of us to hold that woman accountable.
You know, your indignation might be more convincing if it weren't quite so covered in crap.
Crap? You mean like, uh, this, uh, Russian bogeyman she keeps talking about? Have you seen any evidence? Any actual evidence? I've seen the same intelligence you have.
Right, those photographs and timeline.
It all looks real enough, I'll give 'em that.
I almost bought it myself until that FBI agent turned up dead.
Murdered by Russian operatives.
Dante Allen was in federal custody, just like General McClendon, just like Simone Martin, Fool me once, shame on you.
But three times? The President is covering up one crime with another.
A majority of the Cabinet concurs.
What are you talking about? Eight Secretaries are ready to sign a document, if you are.
We gave her the chance to step down, and to do so with dignity, but she refused.
So that leaves you, Mr.
Vice President.
Like it or not, it's up to you to end this national nightmare.
[ominous music playing] Please.
At least hear us out.
It's the most important decision you'll ever make.
Okay, what are the classification parameters so I can sign off on them? No, consider it a go order until you hear otherwise.
And good luck.
- [cellphone beeps] - Saul Berenson.
He's working a lead with our station chief in Moscow.
- Sounds promising.
- We'll see.
So far, so good today.
Nothing to worry about, but I thought you should know-- Senator Paley just reached out to the Vice President.
No surprise there.
Well, only that it's taken this long.
Warner had a dinner scheduled with Secretary Mullen in Georgetown.
Paley ambushed him there.
So Mullen was in on it.
[exhales slowly] Looks that way.
[scoffs] He was sitting next to me in the Cabinet Room, looked me right in the eye.
[book thuds] Besides Mullen, who else might be wavering? Warner find out? I actually haven't spoken to him yet.
So how do you know this dinner happened? Is happening, right now.
There's a bartender at the restaurant I keep on retainer.
How long have they been in there? Over an hour.
What the hell are they talking about? [beep] Get me the Vice President, please.
I wouldn't read too much into this.
I can't afford not to.
[sighs deeply] Voicemail.
Ralph? I know where you are, and I know who you're with.
Please call me back when you get this.
[receiver clatters] Elizabeth, you talked to him this morning.
Trust me, he's solid.
I talked to Mullen, too, and he lied to my face.
I'll be here late tonight.
[sighs] Let me know when he calls back.
[door opens] [door closes] [cellphone vibrating] [touchscreen clicks] Hello? It's not here.
- What? - [Anson] The file.
There's no one by the name of Jessica Field.
Um F-I-E-L-D.
Nope.
Nothing.
You sure? Look, I'm looking at the F's now-- Feddermen, Feld, Fuchs.
- Maybe she shredded it? - [Carrie] Not Maggie.
- She keeps everything.
- Fraudulent prescriptions? [Carrie] It wasn't just prescriptions.
She monitored my dosages, my blood work.
It was an important medical record.
She wouldn't have just tossed it.
[sighs heavily] Oh, wait.
What? Fuck.
It must be at home.
She has an office there, too.
- Where? - Above the garage.
So what do you want me to do? Is there an alarm? Yeah.
[sighs] Do you know the code? Yeah.
So are you gonna give it to me or what? [sighs] [suspenseful music playing] [exhales slowly] - [door opens] - [Wellington] Thank you.
- Olivia.
- [door closes] - Didn't see you on the schedule.
- I asked her here myself.
What's going on? Madam President, if you'd like a minute alone with David-- What I need is for my White House counsel to deliver these before the Vice President invokes the 25th.
Before he does what? - What exactly did he tell you? - Nothing.
He didn't return my calls last night or this morning.
His office is saying he is unreachable.
Well, if-- if he's not returning your calls, - there must be a reason.
- Yeah, there is.
He's thrown down with Paley and Mullen.
- You don't know that.
- Why do you doubt it? The plan is to deprive him of the signatures Congress needs - to open debate.
- Deprive him? How? Let me see that.
You're firing your Cabinet.
Only those who caved.
Besides Mullen, you have no idea who that is.
Well, I can damn well guess.
The ones I didn't hand-pick.
The ones whose portfolios intersect with National Security.
Is this even legal? It's unprecedented, but the law's clear.
The President can dismiss Cabinet members at any time - for any reason.
- You do realize that you are playing right into their hands.
You don't think I know that? Warner is a human weather vane, - but Paley and Mullen - No, no, no, no, not them! - are smart as-- - The Russians! You are giving them the very Constitutional crisis they've been trying to instigate for months.
What choice do I have? Wait any longer, and I could be removed from office this afternoon! Temporarily.
Even if Warner does deliver those signatures, it's just the first round.
He still needs Congress to declare you unfit, and by a two-thirds vote in each house.
If I let them march me out of here today, they are never letting me back in.
The press will crucify you, Elizabeth.
Articles of impeachment will be drafted.
This will make the Saturday Night Massacre look like a dress rehearsal for the real thing.
Please I'm begging you.
Reconsider.
[tense music playing] [exhales] I did not bust my ass to get elected.
I did not survive an assassination attempt just to fold up my tent and go home.
Send 'em.
[papers rustling] [footsteps departing] Don't.
[door opens] [door closes] [indistinct conversations] [Anson] Hey.
Carrie.
Any issues? No.
In and out in five minutes.
It's all there.
Thanks.
Good luck.
[ominous music playing] [sighs] [indistinct conversations] [Josie] Franny always loved when Aunt Carrie was around-- played with her, fixed her breakfast.
Stuff like that.
[Schroder] Does your Aunt Carrie spend a lot of time with Franny? Not really.
Can you speak up, please? [sighs heavily] No.
It always seems like Aunt Carrie is going somewhere, and my mom couldn't depend on her.
[Schroder] Do you know what kept her out of the house so much? I think she's trying to save our democracy, which is a pretty good thing, if you ask me.
[Schroder] Josie, have you noticed any changes in Franny recently? Some, yeah.
Can you give the court an example? She's gotten really quiet.
I've noticed that.
Anything else? At night, she crawls into bed with me.
Most times, she cries herself to sleep.
It's a terrible situation.
Mr.
Quinn was a close friend.
He was homeless and suffered from PTSD, so she took him in.
It wasn't, uh, the wisest decision on her part, but it was an act of compassion.
Unfortunately, things got out of hand, and there was an incident.
[Schroder] More than an incident, correct? Didn't he hold Franny hostage at gunpoint? According to Carrie, he thought he was protecting her.
[Schroder] Ms.
Lonas, do you think it's sometimes necessary to separate a child from her parent? I hate to see it happen.
Research has shown that children suffer life-long damage when their bond with the primary caregiver is broken.
[Schroder] Is there any exception? Yes, when a child has suffered repeated trauma.
Apparently, she had been in a man's house.
Someone she called Mommy's friend.
Then she said some bad men broke in.
They had guns.
They fought with Mommy and her friend and took the friend away.
She said Mommy was screaming, and somebody was screaming at her.
We didn't press too hard for details because it really agitated her to talk about it.
She would literally start trembling.
[Schroder] No more questions.
The witness may step down.
Our next witness is Dr.
Margaret Mathison.
- Good morning, Dr.
Mathison.
- Good morning.
- You're Franny's Aunt? - Yes.
And the sister of her mother, Carrie Mathison.
Yes.
And you and your husband are petitioning the court for sole physical custody of your niece.
Is that correct? - That's correct.
- You have a lot of experience taking care of Franny, don't you? I've been taking care of her on and off since she was born.
And Franny lives with you now, doesn't she? Yes, Carrie and Franny moved in with us about three months ago.
Was that difficult for you and your family? Not at first.
Um, Josie's always loved her Aunt Carrie, so she was happy.
And Franny's a delight.
It was good to have them.
But it didn't last.
[Schroder] What happened, Dr.
Mathison? What always happens.
Uh, Carrie became obsessed with something, started staying out all hours, forgetting to pick up Franny from school.
I found strangers in the house at night in her bedroom.
And she was racking up thousands of dollars in debt on her credit cards and lying about it.
- Did you confront her? - [Maggie] I did.
Finally.
At first, she denied everything, and then she said she was working on something but couldn't say what.
That's typical.
And the whole time in the middle of it all is this little girl, desperate for her mother's attention.
Was there something specific that prompted you - to petition for custody? - Definitely.
It was the incident Mrs.
Shepherd was talking about.
But what she didn't tell you is that the man who was arrested that night, he was an FBI agent who Carrie suspected was dirty.
- Dirty? How? - I have no idea.
But your point is, your sister thought this was a bad guy, and still, she allowed him near her daughter? - is that correct? - It's worse than that.
She deliberately put Franny in harm's way in order to collect evidence against him.
Is that the only reason you're petitioning for custody? No, there's more.
[exhales deeply] [Schroder] Your Honor, Dr.
Mathison would like to read a statement to the court.
I'll allow it.
[paper rustles] [sighs] Is it okay if I just speak to her instead? I mean, directly, is that okay? [judge] Yes, go ahead.
Carrie, the last thing I wanna do is take Franny away from you.
- Then don't.
- [judge] Please don't interrupt the witness, Ms.
Mathison.
You'll get your chance to respond.
From the day you were born, you've had a mind of your own.
You never listened to anyone, even when you were little.
You used to wave at planes.
Remember? And I would say, "Who are you waving at? They can't see you.
" But you would just keep on waving.
You were always so fearless, too, my God.
I hated you for that.
Why was I scared all the time? How come you got to be the brave one? And Dad going around to everyone, calling you his little daredevil until I could scream.
[chuckles] I am not extraordinary like you, Carrie.
I don't run CIA stations in Afghanistan or disrupt terrorist plots in Berlin.
I don't advise the President of the United States.
My job doesn't require me to risk my life.
I'm not a hero.
But as it turns out, safe has its advantages, too.
A family A stable home life These are the things that I can offer Franny things that you can't.
It's a chance to be normal.
No.
I-- Maggie, that's what I've decided, too.
I have to give it up.
All of it.
I swear.
I'm seeing this very clearly now.
Carrie, you're my sister, and I love you, I really do, but I don't believe you.
In six weeks, the ECT will wear off, and Saul will come knocking with some new crisis, and the whole crazy orchestra will start playing again.
I'm sorry.
I really am.
That's all I have to say.
[judge] Mr.
Schroder? [Schroder] No more questions, Your Honor.
[judge] I think this would be a good time for a short break.
Court is adjourned for 15 minutes.
[gavel pounds] You okay? - Yeah.
- [door opens] Yeah, I'm just gonna-- I'm just gonna sit here for a while - if that's all right.
- Sure.
Take your time.
[door creaks open] [door creaks open] [door closes] [exhales deeply] [door creaks] [indistinct conversations] Talk to you for a second? [exhales deeply] [exhales deeply] Before you say anything, and just so you know, I wanted to come see you in the hospital.
- I was advised not to.
- It's fine.
[inhales and exhales deeply] Listen, is that visitation agreement still on the table? What? If I sign over sole custody to you and Bill, do I still get to see her every third weekend? Of course.
How about every other weekend? I think we can make that work, yeah.
We should get the lawyers, then.
Oh, my God.
Are you sure about this? I am.
- Carrie.
- Quick.
Before I change my mind.
[whispers] Okay.
[footsteps depart] The White House has yet to respond to what one source has characterized as a major purge in the administration.
According to that unconfirmed report, President Keane will dismiss at least four Cabinet-level Secretaries effective today at 5 PM.
While three of the four are unknown at this time, the source did name Secretary of Defense Terry Mullen as one of the potential - They're piling on.
- [reporter] to be dismissed.
And it's happening a lot faster than I thought.
[reporter] are directly tied to Senator Sam Paley's investigation - The Vice President is here.
- [TV turns off] - He's asking to see you.
- Now? He's right outside.
Well, if he's carrying an olive branch, tell him he's a day late and a dollar short.
He won't say what he wants except that he'll only talk to you.
If you like, I can get rid of him.
No.
Now I'm curious.
Bring him in.
[door opens] Thank you, David.
Madam President, when you asked me to stand with you, I was grateful for the opportunity.
Whatever bad blood existed, I was happy to put it behind us.
- I truly was.
- Until you weren't.
Until you let Paley turn your head.
- Well, you're wrong there.
- How do you mean? It's true.
After I saw him, I-I had some second thoughts.
I I found myself wanting more time to think it through.
Once I did, though, I came down on your side.
You mean You signed no document invoking the 25th Amendment? I have not, and I won't on the one condition that you immediately walk back the firing of Secretary Mullen and the others.
Power without authority is tyranny.
That's the line I'm trying to keep you from crossing.
Okay.
Okay, what? What assurance can you give me that if I rescind the firings, you won't just go ahead and sign the document anyway? I guess you'll just have to trust me.
When you're one signature away from sitting at this desk? After you ignored my phone calls knowing full well - what I was going through? - I needed the time I needed-- time I knew you wouldn't allow without browbeating me somehow into pledging my loyalty.
Which, now, all of a sudden, you're willing to do.
In good faith, as long as you do the right thing.
I don't like being dictated to.
I'm defining the limits of my support.
There's a difference.
- [sighs heavily] - [chair wheels roll] Without a majority of the Cabinet, which you do not have, as of now, that document is invalid.
You are pointing an empty gun at my head.
Before I came here, I spoke to three separate lawyers.
Each one confirmed that firing close to a third of your Cabinet under these circumstances is probably unconstitutional.
The White House counsel doesn't share their opinion.
I'm giving you a simple choice, Madam President.
Plunge this nation into crisis or defend it from its real enemies.
Madam President-- The answer is no.
Then you leave me no choice but to deliver to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House a document declaring you unfit for the Office of the Presidency.
It doesn't have to be such a snake pit, Elizabeth-- the world.
It really doesn't.
[footsteps depart] [door opens] [indistinct conversations] [car engine idling] [car door opens] [taxi departs] - I miss the service? - Just ended.
[sighs] What happened in court? Franny's gonna live with Maggie and Bill.
Sorry.
I'm okay.
Really? Yeah.
It's the right thing.
[exhales deeply] Did you find Simone? At a dacha on the outskirts of Moscow.
Yevgeny's with her.
The clock's ticking.
- What do you mean? - Warner signed on - to the 25th Amendment.
- Fuck.
- So Keane has to stand down? - Not yet.
She preemptively fired four members of her Cabinet.
Warner's petitioning the Supreme Court to rule on the legality of her action.
- So what's your plan? - At my request, the President's demanded immediate and high-level talks with my counterparts on the Russian national security council.
As the pretext for an operation to grab Simone? Delegation leaves tonight.
[sighs] Is it too late? For? Me to join? I think I could be useful.
Fucking kidding? Can you be ready in four hours? If I hustle.
Text me the details.
[sighs] I gotta say something to Dante's parents first.
- What do they know? - Medical examiner found a congenital heart defect that was never diagnosed.
[sighs] [footsteps descend stairs] - Here you go, sweetie.
- [milk pours] [sighs] [footsteps approach] [sighs] Hey.
Find your bag? Yeah.
Yeah, I got it.
- Hi, Mommy.
- Hi, sweetheart.
- What kind of cookies are those? - Chocolate chip.
Mmm.
Did Aunt Maggie make 'em? No, she bought them from the store.
[inhales deeply] So, um Sweetheart, you know how Mommy goes away sometimes? And you stay with Aunt Maggie, right? Are you going away? Yeah.
Yeah, I have to go to work.
And while I'm gone, you're gonna live here with Aunt Maggie and Josie and Uncle Bill just like you have been.
Where are you going? Um, I'm going to Europe.
Remember? - Where we used to live? - Not really.
I showed you on a map once.
Across the ocean.
You showed me, but I don't remember.
Well, that's where I'm goin'.
Are you coming back? Of course I'm coming back.
I'm going to work, and I always come back when my work's over, don't I? Hey, Franny.
I always come back.
And while she's gone, you and I are going to what? Make pictures for her every day.
- Are you? - We are going to draw a picture of something we've done that day and then when Mommy comes home, we're gonna give her all the pictures so she's going to know what we've been up to.
Right? - Right.
- That's an amazing idea.
Did you think of that? Ah.
You're so smart.
Come here.
Give Mom a hug.
[exhales deeply] [sniffles] Can I go play with Josie now? Yeah, of course you can.
[chair clatters] [running footsteps depart] She's going to be fine.
Yeah, I know.
[sighs] [sighs heavily] Thank you.
- Come here.
- [sniffles] [inhales sharply] Now go.
Go do what you were born to do.
[exhales] [sniffles] [whispers] Thank you.
- [sniffles] - Stop saying that.
[rubbing arm] [door creaking] [dramatic music playing] - Ready? - Yeah.