In Templeton's office, a super-leggy blonde -- Jayne Murray -- is saying that she loved the speech. Templeton's not having it; he's angry that Mac's clearly picked a VP candidate with no consultation, and that he doesn't know who it is. Jayne announces, "It's Warren Keaton," with not a little bit of smugness. "Bloody hell," Templeton says, flabbergasted. "She is something. How'd you -- when'd you find that out?" Jayne: "Sometime after the second bottle of wine." She is self-assured, that's for certain. I'd be excited to see the big reveal when we learn whom she plied, but unfortunately it's never brought up again for the rest of the hour. Templeton wants to have everything moved up. They're going to fly in Baynes, and he sends Jayne to leak it to the press that he's Mac's choice. "Mackenzie Allen. What a piece of work she turned out to be." He smiles and rocks on his heels, seeming almost impressed at having an unexpectedly worthy adversary.
Back at the office, Vince does his only job: running through Mac's upcoming schedule, including a photo op. Jim says it was his idea: "The world needs to see you in your role as Commander in Chief." (Hey, that's the name of the show!) Jim then tells Mac how he had to "encourage" the Press Secretary to resign. Mac, dryly: "You did." He explains why he did it, and she knows it's because Hale wanted the media to question all of her decisions. Jim suggests that they elevate Deputy Colin...er, "Alex Williams," but Mac isn't so sure, seeing a possible opportunity for Team Allen. Unfortunately, Geena Davis is playing this scene a little too crafty and confident; something about it is really "acting the role of gutsy President in a high-school drama" rather than "playing the role of President on an ABC primetime drama, with multiple layers and characteristics." But she makes up for it immediately: "And Jim, next time you want to fire somebody at that level, check with me first." Oddly enough, that's not the act-out. They continue walking and talking into the next room as Jim tells her about Templeton's conversation and list. Mac makes sure Jim didn't mention Keaton, and Jim assures her that he absolutely did not. Oh my sweet goodness, I'm already getting bored of people talking about these two men. Can we meet one of them, or something, please?! Everyone keeps trying to be all political and, "Well, so-and-so is an interesting choice, but my candidate is better." We get it. Less talk, more action. Jim hustles Mac into another meeting and she asks, "So, this thing where I have no idea what I'm doing from one moment to the next -- I should just get used to that, right?" "You bet, ma'am." Oh, Leader of the Free World humor!