When Elaine goes home, she finds Bud already there. He claims he's there for T.J.'s pre-nightclub dinner, but he's also there because he heard about her visiting the Chinese embassy. Elaine isn't supposed to talk about it, but Bud somehow divines most of what's happened, so she just spills the rest of the beans. Bud sees the incident as a way for Elaine to split with Garcetti, be seen as the one who saves lives. Somehow I don't think "I'll rescue Chinese spies!" will go over well as a campaign promise. She reminds him the situation is classified. "These things have a way of leaking out," he says, which means he's probably going to be the one to leak it. Speaking of leaks, she calls him out for his tearful interview. She figures he must have hired some woman, that he's sleeping with her and that he's trying to worm his way into the campaign. "Are you that desperate to get back into the White House?" she asks. "I told you I wasn't givin' up you," he says. If she takes him back, she has even poorer judgment than her array of hideous skirts would suggest.
Susan confronts Georgia and tries to convince her to drop the story. Susan's lead argument is basically that if Georgia posts the story to her blog, she won't be a real journalist and it won't get her or the paper any prestige. Susan offers her a teeny, tiny little reporting credit on the larger story, but that's not enough for Georgia. She wants to partner with Susan on the story and share the byline. She gives Susan till Monday morning to make her decision.
Everyone gathers at Elaine's for T.J.'s shindig. "Be careful getting out of the limo," Nana says to Anne. "Photographers love to get a beaver shot!" T.J. is very touched that everyone turned out to support him. Bud suddenly announces he's not going. Doug correctly guesses that Mindy Meyers has something to do with the decision, but Bud denies it. "I would no more attend this thing than watch someone toss a baby seal into the jaws of an orca. That's about as much chance as T.J. has of keeping it straight in a nightclub." Could someone please toss Bud into the jaws of an orca? Bud and T.J. argue, with Elaine tossing in a weak declaration of shock or two. Gunner tries to stick up for T.J., but in doing so lets it slip that Sean Reeves will be there. Suddenly, Elaine decides to side with Bud and says she's not going. She reminds T.J. of how Sean abandoned him and that she was the one who found him barely alive. She says she's done trying to save him and tearfully wishes him success. Her whole speech comes across like a guilt trip, frankly. The thing is that none of them are wrong for not trusting T.J., but they're all just such bastards about it that it's kind of hard to cheer them on.