Finding himself in an untenable position, Brian decides to abstain from a vote in Merroney's offer. Clare resents Merroney's inquiry about where things stand with David. Jane moves closer to Brian, but they find themselves in different camps on the upcoming vote. Mary pays an impromptu visit to Jennifer, who hedges giving an answer to Mary's probing questions. Ted learns that the vote is currently split. An alarmed Mary turns to Sir Neville to get what she wants. Merroney and Sir Neville trade rumors. Later, Merroney tests the waters with Bill. Mary upsets David. Jennifer's decision shakes Ted to the core.