Transition HQ. The rude receptionist is still just putting people on hold when Vinick enters. Ronna greets him, and tells him that she'll get Santos.
In Santos's office, Santos is telling Amy to leak the fact that he's considering asking the Electoral College to vote for Baker. He ends up laying out a strategy that will result in speedy Congressional confirmation hearings for Baker. Ronna enters, and passes Barry a note, and Barry tells Santos that Vinick has arrived.
Barry fetches Vinick. Vinick asks what Santos is up to, and Barry tells him, "It sure as hell wasn't my idea. And you'd be doing me a big favor with the party if you'd turn it down."
Vinick enters, and he and Santos are left alone. Vinick immediately accuses Santos of offering him the position for strategic reasons. Santos repeats that he really wants Vinick at State. Vinick tells Santos, "I wouldn't lift a finger to help Baker with Republicans." And right then I could tell that he had already accepted the position, even if he hadn't consciously admitted it yet. The rest of this scene is just bargaining over the terms. Vinick starts throwing out every reason why he thinks he shouldn't accept, including fears that Santos will ignore him and run all foreign policy out of the White House. Santos calmly denies each bad thing Vinick throws at him. Vinick asks what will happen when he disagrees with Santos. Santos responds, "I will give you all the time you need to set me straight." Good luck with that. Santos goes on to say that, after listening to Vinick, he'll make the decision and expect Vinick to support it. Vinick paces for a bit, and tells Santos, "I'd have to have my own Deputy Secretary." Santos tells him he can have any Democrat he wants, and also offers to consult with Vinick on the undersecretaries. Vinick also wants to be clear that he won't do anything political to help Santos or the Democrats. Vinick, having talked himself into the job, feels a little buyer's remorse and walks over to the fireplace. He turns to Santos and says, "This is crazy. I don't see how this can work." So Santos shows him how it can work, by picking up the daily intelligence briefing, walking over to Vinick, and starting to talk to him about the job he's already decided to accept. Credits.
It wasn't a horrible episode, and I'm not opposed to episodes about some of the newer characters, but it just felt like filler to me. In any case, just two episodes to go.