Am I the only one that thought we had jumped years ahead and the TX Senator was somehow Payton? That was probably totally intentional and you're all "duh stupid."
(Also, entirely possible I missed something that denoted the date at the beginning of the episode)
It does annoy me that instead of launching their own political careers, Skye, McAfee, Alice, Astrid and James just want to work for Payton.
All in all I really enjoyed the series.