Mitchell appoints his police commissioner and chief of staff. A controversial portrait of Lincoln causes a crisis when it is revealed to have been paid for with government funds. A serial killer begins targeting snow plow drivers.
A slow news day makes the publicly funded Lincoln portrait a front-page story. Mitchell promotes Journal to Special Adviser on Youth Affairs. The killings of snow plow drivers continue. Kremlin tries to convince Mitchell to become the Great Machine once again.
Mitchell and Bradbury confront Kremlin, who they find out has been spying on them, and who has learned the identity of the serial killer on the loose. Journal learns that Trista has destroyed her own painting.