In terms of Carter, this episode was particularly disappointing because even though she's second-billed and this is technically her show, she was pushed aside so that recurring character Zoe could dominate the episode.
In the story, Reese has to pretend to be a married man living in the burbs with his wife. Finch gets the house, the identity, even the wardrobe, but he doesn't think to set up Carter as Reese's wife. He tells Reese that's one accessory he's going to have to get on his own.
So naturally, Reese asks Zoe to be his pretend wife and offers her a fat rock.
Why wasn't Carter put into this role? I know that Sterling K. Brown is intended to join the cast soon as her love interest, but for the sake of character and plot development, imagine what the writers could've accomplished had they simply written Carter as Reese's faux wife. Think of all the interesting dialogue those two would've shared.
Now, the episode before this one ended with a cliffhanger which took two weeks to resolve, courtesy of a music award show. Fans watched as Hollis the CEO of Doyle Energy, a Supreme Court Judge, Cyrus, Mellie the Prez's wife, and Olivia got into a room to talk about their David Rosen problem. The District Attorney was getting too close in his investigation.
As the episode unfolds in a mesmerizing, jaw-dropping, and hilarious way, we find out that Olivia was definitely part of a conspiracy make sure the Prez became the Prez. Through the digging of Abby the Red (who's still screwing the DA), we learn that the company which Quinn was accused of bombing did some work for Hollis.
They wrote software which could impact voting machines.
Now, am I disgusted Olivia would be a part of something like this? Yes. Disappointed? Sure. Surprised? Not in the least. She strikes me as exactly the sort of person who would help pull this off.
However, that precious tidbit is just a footnote to this monster of an episode. In this episode, we finally meet the Democratic Governor the Prez "defeated". We learn he's broken man in a broken marriage. He learns his wife is having an affair but when he comes home and finds them screwing on the kitchen floor, she panics and cries rape. He then shoots the "rapist" and watches a brand new stage of his career unfold
If you watch the episode, you'll see why he says "rape" is such a "gorgeous word." It's positively chilling.
Then there's Cyrus and James having marital issues. I'm glad the gay couple is coming back into focus on the show; there's so much to explore here. James has resumed his work as a journalist at the White House. Cyrus starts to cave about having a baby so he can remain the sole breadwinner, but James doesn't want to be "barefoot and pregnant." It's...quite interesting.
The show is entitled "All Roads Lead to Fitz", which is important because the Prez doesn't actually appear in this episode. Everything is about him, who's had to give him up, who's commit felonies to assure his career, and so on and so forth. It's the best episode of the entire show.
By the way...Huck goes on a date with a fellow recovering "addict" and ohhhhhhhh it is totally...Huck.