In the second-season premiere, a string of effective campaign appearances for midterm elections boosts Selina's confidence, but negotiating with a senior White House strategist will require a bit more than just a rising popularity in polls.
Selina goes to a pig roast in North Carolina as part of the president's plan to reach out to rural America, but her appearance is overshadowed by a controversial film review her daughter wrote for a college class.
A hostage crisis in Uzbekistan intensifies the animosity between Selina and the Secretary of Defense during a joint appearance at the Marine Corps base at Quantico. Meanwhile, Sue makes headlines at a congressional hearing on government spending; and Dan and Gary jockey for access to the vice president.
An embarrassing photo of Selina is released by the White House; Mike regrets bonding with Kent over sailing; Jonah flaunts his executive parking space; Gary brings his girlfriend to lunch with the vice president.
Selina and her staff go to Helsinki to work on a trade agreement, but wonder what kind of reception she'll get in Europe. Meanwhile, Dan asks Mike for advice on dealing with the press; and Kent and Ben are at odds over new intelligence.
Catherine's 21st birthday party becomes a forum for Selina's budget negotiation with the majority leader, but Amy and Gary are more worried how Selina will handle seeing her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Mike discusses Selina's role in the Uzbek hostage crisis with the press.
A government shutdown forces Selina to furlough some of her staff, but creates an opportunity for Danny Chung. Meanwhile, a damaging story leaks about Selina's ex-husband; and Gary and Jonah get their hands dirty to retrieve some vital information.