Keaton is in the hall, and calls to Rod, who actually seems to be acting the First Gentleman, talking with Nora. It looks like what you need to earn Keaton's respect is to show some huevos and send some fighters into a foreign country, and Mac did that with style: "I saw something in that Situation Room," he tells Rod. "It's not often that I find somebody I'm willing to follow. Look, I know I blew it in the campaign. I didn't listen to people who knew what they were doing. I don't want to blow it again. This is a team that I want to be a part of. So I need you to tell me what I have to do to get confirmed. And I'm gonna listen." Rod tells him that Jim will finish up his prep, and Keaton agrees: "As long as I still have your ear." Rod assures him that he does, and as Keaton leaves, Rod calls after him to say that he did serve three years in the Army. Keaton: "Yeah, I kind of smelled it on you." What is that, Eau de Camouflage? Nora (who, at least for this moment, has earned her human name) says, "The two of them together are going to be amazing." Rod agrees, "Yes they will." Wow, that was an astute, genuinely great moment with the two. Who knew?
Becca walks into the Oval Office amid the hubbub of Mac's getting ready for the address. Mac asks how she's doing after her first day back at school, and she admits that's why she's there. As Mac says she talked to the press, Becca cuts her off to point out that they can't do anything about it, because of the school's being public property. She's very calm and rational at this point, but then Mac replies that it's not always going to be that way. Becca starts to beg, realizing Mac just Isn't Getting It. She wants to go to school with Stacy. With "you know, people like us." "People like who?" "Senators' kids, congressmen's kids..." Mac: "You see, this is exactly why I can't let this happen." Becca continues to beg, and I'm firmly with her. Mac's being totally belligerent in instance...I've just stopped counting. For her to not realize that they really are in a new, very different situation is extremely short-sighted, especially for the Leader of the Country. Mac tells Becca that she and Rod went to public school... "Right, so I have to go to public school too so you can make some kind of political statement?" Becca took the words right out of my mouth. This scene is writing itself! She finally gets really honest and says that she has no friends at her current school, but Mac still isn't really listening. She says she knows it's hard, but dismisses Becca to get ready for the speech and says they'll talk later. She promises she'll do all she can to protect Becca's privacy. "Right. Because you've done such a great job of that so far. Right, Mom?" And...I'm ashamed, but Becca won me over here, actually. Totally believable teenager, totally blind mother.