“She always bounces back to life. She’s like that guy, Rasputin.’ -- Selina
In Nevada, Karen's noncommittal babble successfully holds up vote certification proceedings. Dan and Amy observe an "electoral protest" outside, led by O’Brien staffers. They call in Richard, Jonah and Cliff to organize their own protest in support of the recount.
Selina is dismayed to learn her ex-husband, Andrew, and his girlfriend Monica are at the hospital at Catherine’s request. Catherine rushes to her father and Monica, greeting them with more warmth than Selina. She refers to Monica as “Monnie,” much to Selina’s chagrin. A doctor pulls Selina aside to tell her her mother is brain-dead and will remain on life support until Selina gives her consent to “pull the plug.”
Mike and Wendy, now unable to adopt a daughter from China, interview potential surrogates in the hospital cafeteria. They find their perfect candidate in Debralee, but discover she’s deeply religious and play up their religious devotion to please her.
After speaking to the doctor about her mother, Selina meets with Kent who informs her they’ve seen a double-digit increase in her favorability rating in light of her dying mother. Discussing their best strategy, Kent suggests pulling the plug would net Selina an even bigger bump in ratings.