Leo is indeed in his office, reading bunches of files and looking with irritation at his watch. He yells, "Mar-grit!" She zooms in, her hair straightened as per last week. I knew it was her. ["Yeah, I was wrong. Sorry to doubt you, Deborah!" -- Wing Chun] Lots of people thought it looked so unlike her that it was a stand-in or something. It's funny, but although I am extremely partial to the blunt-cut-with-bangs look, I'm not sure it works on her. It's a very severe look on her for some reason. ["Ha, that's exactly what I said on the boards. She has such a long face already and the super-straight cut with bangs makes it look even longer." -- Wing Chun] Maybe she needs a layered cut. Don't listen to me though; I'm the sort who wears her hair the same way for about a decade at a time, and would be more likely to risk salmonella than something as terrifying as dyeing my hair. Anyway, I guess it's an improvement over the Laurie Petrie 'do. Leo asks her, "Where's Josh?" She says he's on his way. Leo asks, "He remembers where my office is, right?" Josh comes up behind Margaret saying, "Leo, calm down. I'm right here." Margaret helpfully says, "He's right here." Leo tells her: "Get out." She does. Leo's got a big bee in his bonnet: "This report is staggering!" Josh knows. Leo: "Justice has thirty-one lawyers and staff; tobacco has 1,893 lawyers and 2,783 paralegals. This isn't a typo, right?" No sirree, it sure isn't. Leo continues: "We've spent 8.7 million on outside counsel; they've spent 192 [million]. The 61.3 million they've spent on travel is twice as much as we've spent on our entire case." Josh knows. Leo asks who oversees the Justice Department budget. Josh replies, "The Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary." Leo finds out that the ranking minority member is Ritter, and orders Josh to talk to him and find out what the problem is. Josh will. Leo asks how things are going downstairs. Josh tells them what they've worked out so far, but mentions that any scenario is going to involve a firm position on re-election from the President. Leo assures him that they'll have an answer on that by the end of the day. Josh seems skeptical, but Leo says, "He just got Joey's numbers in the middle of the night! Give me the day." Josh thinks it would help if Bartlet had a discussion among the senior staff. Margaret comes in with a message and Leo immediately excuses himself, leaving Josh looking a little uneasy.
Episode Report CardDeborah: A | 709 USERS: B-
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