Henry is in Thailand for some conference or other, also being attended by his college girlfriend Rochana. Elizabeth, left back in D.C., is visibly just a little bit jealous, and she hasn’t even seen Henry and Rochana – still attractive, there’s no doubt about that – having dinner. With Rochana TAKING HENRY’S HAND. Hey-ho, I thought; I don’t actually want M-Sec’s marriage to hit the rocks, but would a little what-happens-in-Thailand-etc. be so bad?
Then Rochana disses the Thai King at the conference and, as she intended, she’s arrested and faces 60 years in jail. Elizabeth does her best to sound disappointed when Henry phones her with the news. “She did violate the law”, she murmurs. “We can’t interfere…” this being something that flies in the face of the subject of pretty much every episode ever of this show, which is essentially predicated on America interfering. Henry successfully asks the King for a Royal pardon, which at first Rochana is unaccountably peevish about: can’t she just stay in prison to make a point, or something? Nuh-uh, says Henry; we’re leaving. But as they’re driving out of Thailand the King dies, which invalidates the pardon; Rochana is recaptured and faces the death penalty; and Henry himself is in jail as well. Suddenly – what do you know? – interfering is OK again, and an exfiltration operation is put in motion.
Back home, meantime, Elizabeth is about to officially announce her candidacy for the Oval, and meeting with a Mike B-appointed ghost writer who is going to write a book for her. Matt is worried that M-Sec no longer likes him. And Jason is pissing about with his college applications. The show appears to be determined to put Elizabeth and her family through a run for the Presidency, and I’m in two minds about that, because I quite like the focus on foreign affairs, even if this week’s foreign affair wasn’t quite the one I was hoping for. Never mind. A good episode.