Now that President Allen is in office, she needs to select a Vice-President so that Templeton isn't next in the line of succession. She's very interested in General Keaton, who was the opposing VP candidate two years earlier and who disagrees with many of her positions and is on record as neither liking nor respecting her. Templeton, following his own agenda, leaks the name of the candidate he wants to see in order to undermine her authority: Tucker Baynes. He then also leaks a scandal from Baynes's past to make Mac look even more like she's running a two-bit operation. While toasting their own brilliance, however, the members of Team Templeton catch a news conference where Mac introduces Keaton as her VP of choice, after the two hold a meeting where she convinces him to do the right thing and join her staff. Meanwhile, the family was moved into the White House by ghosts during President Bridges' funeral. Becca notices that her diary is gone, which causes a huge stir, since she's written all of the usual family dirt that any sixteen-year-old includes in a diary. But everything is safe when Amy fesses up to reading it and hands it over during breakfast the next day. The White House Press Secretary resigns, and Mac gives the job to Kelly, who spends the episode getting more comfortable in front of the reporters. NoraBot is also back, this time giving Rod a little lesson about FGOTUS Fashion.
We open on Arlington Cemetery, and then head inside a church, where Templeton is giving a eulogy for Bridges. He goes on about what genius Bridges had, as demonstrated by his picking a woman -- and an Independent -- as his Vice-President. As Templeton says this, Rod reaches over and takes Mac's hand. Scenes of the burial at Arlington are laid over Templeton's speech. The military folds the flag and gives a twenty-one-gun salute. Back in the church, we see Mac, as well as Grace and Tommy Bridges. Templeton wraps up his speech: "Pray for the soul of our beloved President. Pray for Mackenzie Allen, her husband, her children. Pray for this nation that waits with hopeful heart for her to answer the clarion call of Teddy Bridges, for it is only through your [sic] deeds that his genius can be fulfilled for us all." Mac looks serious, and we cut back to the rest of the salute at the burial.
After the funeral, the First Family is in the limo, Rod sarcastically reliving Templeton's speech: "Templeton doesn't want you to be able to take credit for your own presidency." He then is so good as to set up the episode for : "And with him next in line, it is top priority for us to get a Vice-President confirmed." Mac wants Warren Keaton. Horace is upset to hear this, and wants to know why, since Keaton hates her: "Why help him?" Mac explains that she doesn't want to help him, but wants him to help her, and the country. Rod jumps in to say that she should listen to her son, and exposits that Keaton was attacking her for a year. Amy begins our dose of cutesy for the episode by asking why Mac needs a Vice-President. She's very solemn, isn't that just the cutest? Mac replies, "Mommy needs someone to take over in case I can't do the job. Kind of like a substitute teacher." Rod repeats last weekend's lesson that this must be kept a big secret. We avoid lip-locking, but say that from now on, everything they say stays within this family. I'm certain that this will not be any sort of a problem AT ALL later this hour. Let's thank Rod for essentially being this week's Narrator of Impending Conflict. Look! He's not useless!
Templeton approaches Jim after the service. They greet each other, Jim with "So it ends." Templeton replies, "So it begins." Templeton starts fishing for who Mac is considering as VP, asking whether a list exists, and Jim tells him, "One name." "Whose." The line is delivered with a strange lack of inflection, as if continuing Jim's words. Jim is awkward, and Templeton laughs him off and whips out a piece of paper really abruptly. Again, we get this strange camera angle from below, but I'm not sure what it's being used for. Templeton wants to know if the name belongs to anyone on his own list, which is of the nominees he knows that he can get through Congress. Tucker Baynes is the first name on the list, Jim points out. Templeton, ever so coyly: "That's not a problem, is it?" Jim responds, just as sing-songy, "Well, I like Tucker Baynes." Templeton goes suddenly serious. "You tell the girl that this is just a dance. She steps on people's toes, she sits it out. That's how it goes." It's a threat, but also -- what? She's not sitting it out; she's the President. She may have a rougher go of it, but especially after repeated viewings of this scene, the threat makes less and less sense.