David Rosen turns up at Rowan’s office asking about who Samantha really was, but Rowan tries to dissuade him from looking into it, advising him to move on with his life. David makes an impassioned plea, and Rowan instead gives him a box.
Olivia is focussed on helping Mellie choose the members of her first Cabinet and it doesn’t escape Quinn’s attention that Liv is pulling away from OPA; leaving them to gladiate all by themselves. Charlie illustrates the point by saying eventually everyone leaves and moves on to better things.
When Quinn later tries on her wedding dress, Huck tells her she looks beautiful.
Liv gives her Team a pile of cases to work through and choose one from, which Fitz will pardon. It’s his last few days in Office and the case needs to be a slam dunk to make Fitz look great on his way out of his Presidency.
David goes to Abby’s with the box and asks if he can store it in her fridge. She looks inside – it’s Samantha’s head. Jake comes over and takes swabs to identify her, then later he comes back with his findings. At Samantha’s apartment there’s a phone which has been wiped but Jake managed to pull the most recent data from it. A text message. They suddenly realise someone was using Paez and Samantha to further their own agenda.
Liv meets with Rowan for a farewell meal as he claims that he’s going to retire, now Liv is finally in the White House, and says family get in the way of her being powerful.
Jake pulls an image from surveillance on Samantha’s house that shows someone went into her house while she was in Custody. The image alerts everyone to stop Rowan from leaving town, and Liv brings him back to the White House and Jake shows him the image.
Olivia’s Mom was the person who visited Samantha’s house.
Back at OPA Quinn tells Liv she got the pardon from Fitz for the case she highlighted to him. Liv doesn’t seem interested, and then she shows Quinn where everything needed to run the business is, and Quinn is now going to run things because being a gladiator means sometimes fighting against the White House which Liv is now part of.