When Liv sees that Vanessa Chandler is a no-show at a White House press conference -- and that NSA employee Shelby Moss is also MIA -- she puts the pieces together and realizes James' death was no carjacking. But what about David? Abby runs to find her very-much-alive boyfriend -- and he's not offering any answers. Olivia calls up her old reliable fake boyfriend to look into James' murder -- you know, the one he committed. But he's a little busy filling in a shallow grave at the moment.
Meanwhile, flashback James is sidling up to Cyrus on the campaign bus: "Why hasn't Grant taken a stance on marriage equality when he has a gay campaign manager?" The intrepid reporter noticed that Cy lost the neck beard -- and he likes it.
When Olivia asks Huck to take a closer look at the Daniel Douglas file, he realizes someone else has been in the OPA safe: Quinn. And speaking of the onetime Gladiator, she and her man Charlie are busy creating a fall guy for the James murder. But for some reason, David Rosen isn't taking the bait. A crisis of conscience, perhaps?
When flashback James first flirts with Cy, the typically confident politico has no idea what to do. "I don't indulge very often," he tells James. "I'm not a dessert," James responds. And just when he's about to give up, Cy goes makes his move: a passionate kiss.
Back in the present, Cyrus has thrown himself into work to forget about his late husband. First order of business: Stop Sally from stealing the gun lobby. The plan is to ground Air Force Two and send Andrew and Mellie down to Houston in Fitz's place. (Nothing could go wrong there.)
NEXT: Mama Pope returns