Back in the present day, T.J. "just happens" to run into Sean in the lobby. T.J. lights up like a million watts, but Sean is more reserved. Sean starts to mention the suicide news, but T.J. waves it away as rumor. He invites Sean to the opening of his club and Sean is super excited about it. That he's only pretending to be excited would be obvious to everyone but T.J.
Garcetti and Elaine argue about the Chinese sub. Elaine wants to rescue the men because it's the right thing to do. Even my liberal, half-Chinese self is like, "Eh, whatever." You sign up to take a sub into American waters, you kind of have to accept the risks. "We can't just give up on a hundred lives," Elaine says. "Spare us the morality talk," Collier says, "when you're plotting a coup d'état." Right on, Gomer! Elaine denies everything, but they know about the secret trip to the pollster and all the rest of the dumb plot to run against Garcetti. Elaine claims it's all a rumor. Garcetti doesn't budge on the sub issue.
Georgia the cupcake-baking blogger interviews Anne. It's supposed to be a puff piece about Anne's interior decorating business, but it quickly turns into something else. Georgia: "So, you're super busy and you're probably gonna be even busier once Elaine Barrish runs for office again." Anne: "Oh, yeah, totally!" Georgia: "HA! GOTCHA!" Anne: "Aw, damn it!" Anne goes home to Doug all in a panic over Georgia's trickery. She's never going to stop throwing up now. Doug calls Susan and tells her what happened. If Susan doesn't kill the story, both she and Doug are screwed.
When Elaine goes home, she finds Bud already there. He claims he's there for T.J.'s pre-nightclub dinner, but he's also there because he heard about her visiting the Chinese embassy. Elaine isn't supposed to talk about it, but Bud somehow divines most of what's happened, so she just spills the rest of the beans. Bud sees the incident as a way for Elaine to split with Garcetti, be seen as the one who saves lives. Somehow I don't think "I'll rescue Chinese spies!" will go over well as a campaign promise. She reminds him the situation is classified. "These things have a way of leaking out," he says, which means he's probably going to be the one to leak it. Speaking of leaks, she calls him out for his tearful interview. She figures he must have hired some woman, that he's sleeping with her and that he's trying to worm his way into the campaign. "Are you that desperate to get back into the White House?" she asks. "I told you I wasn't givin' up you," he says. If she takes him back, she has even poorer judgment than her array of hideous skirts would suggest.