Martinez's hospital bed. The new diagnosis is "Intercranial hypertension." The doctor says it's possible he'll wake up. Christina looks worried, especially when she learns there's a chance of another stroke. She won't let the doctor "discuss his wishes for--" It's a bit late to discuss that sort of thing, isn't it? When somebody becomes President of the United States, they probably have to fill out a form about when they want to be unplugged. Christina leans in and begs her husband to fight.
Sterling and Peel are in Sterling's office so that Sterling can tell Peel that Jarvis was in the Situation Room early. He could have told him that when they had their first conversation about it. Sterling has apparently just remembered the security cameras that cover the White House. There's only one in the Situation Room, so when Jarvis is fumbling with the snack table, they can only see his back. Sterling decides that Jarvis must have spiked the coffee, but they can't see anything specific. They're interrupted by Jarvis himself, who wants to talk to Peel. He says that he's notified the President Pro Tem of the Senate that he's requesting the cabinet to declare him president. He talks about the continuity of our great democracy while Sterling glares at him and sneers, "Our great democracy. Indeed." Peel says that the Secretary of State will be there in a few hours, thanks to a flight back from the Middle East. After Jarvis leaves, Sterling says that he knows the Secretary of State is already back. Peel says he bought them a few hours. Do they really need to wait for the whole cabinet? That seems like it would slow things down in instances of national emergency. Like when there's an alien invasion going on, for example.
Jarvis returns to his office and tells his secretary to tell all the prime ministers that have been calling him that he's busy. He steps into his office and takes some deep breaths. Just then, his phone rings. It's Sophia, because she has the magical ability to know exactly when Jarvis is alone in his office. It's strange that she was watching the television news when she could just use these magic powers I just made up. She wants to know why Jarvis isn't president yet. He explains that Martinez isn't dead yet and is mad at her for giving him such a slow-acting poison. She tells him to be patient, which is unfair of her. She's the one calling up and demanding to know why he isn't president, so maybe she's the one who should be a little patient. She sat in a prison in Alaska for 66 years, now she can't wait a couple hours? If she wanted things to move faster, maybe she should have provided a faster poison. She tells him that in the next few hours, President Martinez will lapse into a coma, then die. So she knew the answer all along. Sheesh.