As they leave the building, Doug says she's putting too much faith in his father to deliver the goods. Trusting him hasn't worked out for her in the past, as he points out. Instead of, oh, say, updating everyone on the new Turkish plans, Elaine and Doug decide to have it out. He's still reeling from her decision to run for office again and lists many good reasons why it's dumb and/or illogical. He reminds her of the last campaign and how exhausted she was. "Douglas, I can handle it," she says. "What about the rest of us?" he asks. "Anne is ready to leave me. T.J. can barely keep it together. Say we do survive two years of campaign hell; where does that leave our family?" "Hopefully in the White House," she quips, not really hearing what he has to say. Doug is most upset because he thinks his mother wants to get back together with his father. He knows about her secret meeting with Bud the day before. "Look at you! The smartest, most powerful woman on the planet and you can't even see that he is gonna hurt you all over again, just like he does every time!" He's shouting with rage by the end of it, and Elaine stands there taking it, ashamed.
1997. Elaine gets ready to talk to the press in support of her husband. Bud talks her out of it by admitting Sarah Latham's accusations are true. She breaks down crying. She's devastated. And yet, all I can think about is her truly horrible blouse.
Istanbul (Not Constantinople). The plan touches down and Bud tells Susan to cover her hair and follow him. Without telling her the plan ahead of time, he brings her into the hangar to meet President Hakam. He takes one look at the wheelchair-bound man and says, "I hope you feel better than you look, because you look like shit." What a skilled negotiator. He introduces Susan as Garcetti's "special envoy." Susan hides her surprise well. As they sit down to talk, Bud pretends like he's got nothing to offer in exchange for the journalists. He tells Hakam he's "bat-shit crazy" for capturing them in the first place. How does this guy ever get anything he wants? Hakam remains firm, so Bud goes over to chat with the "special envoy" and hammers out a totally fake deal. He goes back to Hakam and says he'll get his visit from Garcetti as he wanted. Unfortunately, it will be at Hakam's funeral. Bud promises to tell the world that it was Hakam's dying wish to bring America to the peace table. It sounds like a shitty deal to me, but Hakam is nearly in tears from gratitude.