Sure enough, Josh wanders over to Donna's cubicle to ask her to get him a memo on welfare-to-work initiatives. Donna's labouring over a large volume with her hand to her forehead, looking dismayed. Without turning around to look at him, she says yeah. Josh leans on a file cabinet behind Donna's desk, and after a moment announces, in a strained attempt to be casual, "I'm...seeing Amy again tonight." Donna replies a bit sharply, "Second date?" Josh says, "First date. Last night was really more of a, you know..." Donna: "Scheme?" Hee. Josh admits this. Donna adds, "Good. 'Cause the second date is where the wheels usually come off the wagon for you." This strikes me as a fairly transparent comment, but Josh is too busy reacting with his usual defensiveness to ask himself, "Hey. Why would Donna be hoping my relationship with Amy fails?" He replies, "That is so false!" He walks around in front of Donna's desk. In response to her inquiries, he explains that they're having a late drink at Wilson's, a place he doesn't like because the piano player only seems to know one song. Josh quotes some lyrics and Donna informs him that the song is "Surrey With a Fringe on Top." Josh: "Whatever. It's like I'm on a hay ride." Donna reaches past Josh for a file folder, and he asks what she's doing. She says she's trying to figure out whether he has to pay for the plane ticket to Phoenix. Josh says it's official travel. Donna says that doesn't seem to make a difference. He asks what the rule says. Donna refers to the aforementioned volume, which looks like it's about 1200 pages long, She sighs and reads, "'An employee may not use contract airline/rail passenger service provided under the contract with the General Services Administration. See part 301-15, subpart B, of this chapter.'" Josh shrugs and wonders what the problem is. Donna explains, "Well, let's set aside that there's no subpart B. The rest of it uses a sentence structure with which I'm not familiar." Josh says, "Just put it on my credit card," and starts to return to his office. Donna objects, "No, see, that's what I think this is designed to do. I think it's designed to break a person's spirit." Josh: "And dammit, that's my job." As he reaches his door, Donna calls out, "We're getting beat by the system!" Josh says, "We are the system." Donna: "We suck!" Josh: "Yes! I need the welfare-to-work memo."
Donna slumps and turns to go get the memo. She runs into Toby, who happens to be ambling along, and buttonholes him: "How many words in the Gettysburg Address?" Toby, bless his brilliant little heart, knows the answer, to absolutely no one's surprise: "Two hundred sixty-six." Donna: "And the Ten Commandments?" Toby: "One hundred and seventy three." I'm guessing that's the King James Version, although Toby could know it for the original Hebrew, because he is Toby-wan. But I think it wouldn't be as many words in Hebrew. Anyway: All Hail Toby-wan. Donna: "So you really wouldn't think you'd need six thousand to discover how a plane ticket gets reimbursed?" Toby says, "No." Donna, "No." She trundles off. Toby stands there for a moment, as if he's unsure what he came over for. Josh starts to come out of his office, sees Toby, sees that Toby has also seen him, and turns to return to his desk without acknowledging Toby. How very weird. Toby reacts to this slightly and leans wearily on the frame of Donna's cubicle for a moment. He then ambles a little closer to Josh's door and stands there until Josh looks at him again. Toby asks, "What's going on?" From inside his office, Josh gestures with the documents he's holding and says, "Welfare-to-work." They approach each other tentatively, meeting just outside Josh's door, and Toby quietly says that he was happy to hear that Josh had recommended censure. Josh says Toby's face didn't register much. I guess the weirdness is because Josh figures Toby must be pissed about it. Toby admits he was thinking about the speech, and that Josh shouldn't ask him how it's going. Josh says he wouldn't. Toby says it's in the "larva stage," and that these things can't be rushed. Toby seems very tense and yet oddly subdued, if that's possible. And maybe he's trying to have his own little top-secret situation, to balance not being on the inside with the censure thing. He sighs and says, "I need some pie." Josh thinks he should get some. Toby asks Josh to come along. Josh agrees to go get some with Toby, who tells Josh again not to ask him about the speech. Josh says he wouldn't. And off they go.