Governor's Mansion. Nancy and her parents are not impressed as they come inside. Nancy, wearing a very green peacoat, says it's "historic." Her father says it's a fire trap. "You'll all be burned alive," he says cheerfully.
Nancy is having lunch at a posh restaurant. She's telling a friend that Zeljko told her all the first families had lived in the mansion, and that he suggested Nancy renovate it as her own little project. Like Jackie Kennedy at the White House. Nancy scoffs and says Jackie had to get a bill through Congress for that. Nancy says it's on a main road, and there are trucks all night. The neighborhood is bad; there's no back yard. Nancy says that nobody can force them to live there. She says they're going to rent a nice new home with gardeners and maids -- everything the governor of California "is supposed to have." Her friend asks about the money. Nancy: "Well, that brings me to you."
The next thing we know, the Reagans are moving in to a nicer place. Nancy is inside, on the phone with her mom, crying about the newspaper headlines. "Fancy Nancy Snubs Governor's Mansion," reads the one from The Sacramento Herald. Nancy complains that she's just trying to provide for her family. Her mom says it's like reading reviews. Don't do it. Nancy says she's so humiliated she can't get out of bed. It's true. She's eating toast there. Nancy wishes she could buy all the newspapers. Didn't they make a movie about somebody doing that?
Abrupt cut to a projected photo of Aaron Mitchell, a convicted cop killer on death row. Ronnie has to decide whether to pardon the guy, who has been denied a stay of execution by both houses of the legislature. He's dying the next night. Ronnie is told it's up to him. The last governor said the guy should die, and he was against the death penalty, Zeljko says. Ronnie says that if the law states the guy has to die, well, then Ronnie agrees. Ronnie is warned that the mother of the convict is in the hall with a lawyer and a bunch of reporters. She wants to talk to Ronnie. Ronnie says it's a sorry mess. He says he would talk to her, but he's got to get on a plane for L.A. Ronnie asks one of his fellows, Ed Meese, to do the talking for him. Ron excuses himself. He's advised to use the security entrance. Meese asks what's in L.A. "Academy Awards," Satan says.
Protesters are outside the Reagan home the night of the execution. Nancy whisks Ron Jr. away from the windows. Ron Jr. asks what those people are doing. Nancy says they're singing and dancing. Ron Jr. asks why they're mad. Nancy says they're not. Nancy asks rhetorically what right those people have to terrify an eight-year-old boy. Ronnie is asking a priest whether his heart can be wrong. Ron clutches a Bible to his chest and struggles to understand if he's wrong about letting the convict die. The minister tells him he's not. Ronnie agonizes that it's his fault the convict is going to die. Ronnie is kneeling in front of a drawing of Jesus. The minister yells that nobody can save Aaron Mitchell from the sin he committed. Can't Jesus? Ron still feels it's his fault. "Let Jesus carry your burden," the minister advises. Outside, a bell tolls. The convict's mother cries as the crowd goes silent. "Oh, God!" she screams. Inside, Ron asks why they can't ring those bells every time there's a murder. They'd never stop. Ron and the minister pray.