The family and a few aides hunker down in Elaine's office. Bud is none too happy about the results of the primary. He says things like "retard" and "that Eye-talian shit show" in a cartoony Southern accent that is more Foghorn Leghorn than Bill Clinton. After listening to him drone on a bit, Elaine shoos everyone else out of the room. She hates campaigning. She hates lying. She hates the hypocrisy of it all. Nonetheless, she plans on getting behind her former opponent and expects Bud to do the same. But Bud thinks it's Garcetti (or, as Bud puts it, "that greasy Michael Corleone knockoff") who should be kissing up to him. Elaine has an epiphany while Bud is crowing all over himself. Her husband is always going to put himself first. He can't get out of his own way long enough to support her. He can't fathom that this election and her loss has nothing to do with him. As she packs up and heads out of the room, she stops long enough to tell him she wants a divorce. He gapes at her, too stunned to reply.
Two years later, Washington, D.C. Elaine sits down with a journalist named Susan Berg at the U.S. Department of State. Susan wants the particulars of Elaine's divorce, which she thinks was politically motivated, but Elaine isn't especially forthcoming. Susan won a Pulitzer early in her career for writing about Bud's affairs. "I'm curious," Elaine says. "What is it like launching your career by stepping on the throat of someone else's marriage?" Susan is momentarily thrown. "His adultery was a story. I covered it," she explains. Elaine points out that Susan hasn't won any Pulitzers since then. Susan changes the subject and asks Elaine about campaigning for Garcetti after she lost the nomination. (There's a flashback to a campaign stop in Atlanta, where Garcetti and Elaine dance together in a cute, hokey and completely politically unrealistic way.) In the present, Susan asks if Elaine turned down a veep nomination and asked specifically to be named Secretary of State. Elaine denies it, saying that she was called by the President to serve. (Another flashback: The Russian Foreign Minister surreptitiously grabs her ass during a press conference. She keeps her cool until they're away from the cameras, at which point she threatens to separate him from his testicles. She tells him, in Russian, that she will fuck his shit up.) Back to the present, where Susan notes that Elaine's popularity skyrocketed after the divorce, to the point that she would win the election in a landslide if it were held now.