Kelly writes as Vince paces in the small, messy Room of Loosened Ties and Righteous Indignation. Unfortunately, Kelly just looks like a college student studying for the big final exam. She begins: "'The desire to see a woman in presidential office cannot be as important as...'" Vince: "'The return of book-burning, creationism in the classroom, invading every third-world country...'" Kelly tries to shut him up and get back on track, but he continues, "No, we don't have to get this done. We should be in there talking some sense into her. Templeton cannot be president. Not on my watch." Kelly (and every viewer): "'Your watch'?" Vince: "Kelly, a female president. [Paaaause.] Can't you smell the history?" Ever pragmatic, Kelly rains right down on his parade: "It's not my job to smell history." Vince continues to fight for Mac: "Why do you think we're here? For moments like this? We're here because, though she may be great, she isn't perfect. She is making a horrible decision." Kelly ends the discussion: "But she's made it."
Cut to Rod reading the speech. Clearly unhappy, he asks if Mac is sure, and she replies honestly that of course she's not sure, but that the President asked her himself to resign: "If you could have just heard him." Rod: "I wasn't there. And that's the point. So I can look at this thing objectively. Look, this is what we do. We do the right thing. You have a country full of people who believe in you." Mac: "Well, I have a President who doesn't, a cabinet who doesn't, a daughter who'd rather see Pat Buchanan in office than her old lady."
And after a nice shot of Teddy's nose tube, he flatlines. Paddles, oxygen, chaos. Jim sprints down the corridor, and then cries against the wall.
Mac enters a house and greets Jim sadly, and they somberly greet other arrivals. At the last moment, a craggy Donald Sutherland makes a run up the stairs and into the house. At last, we have Nathan Templeton, Speaker of the House. Mac greets him, and he replies, "I'm devastated." He does not need to add, "And I'm evil. Did you know I'm evil? In case you have not realized it, my crazy white hair and jowls will assure you that I'm eeeeevil."