We're outside on the sidewalk; it's a sunny day. It's an almost jarring contrast to the darkly and dramatically lit rooms and wee-hours meetings that have predominated for the last while. Josh is walking out of a building with someone (Ritter, I assume) who is incredulously asking about Dessaline's being taken to the embassy in a car trunk. Josh confirms it. Ritter replies, "I've lived too long." Josh tells him not to go anywhere, because he needs him. Josh is wearing some sunglasses that make him look pretty cool. No doubt his many fans are swooning. Ritter says, "I mean it, Lyman. This is going to get worse before it's gonna get better." Josh says maybe. He tells him that Haiti isn't what he wanted to talk to him about. Ritter asks, "Tobacco?" Josh says, "Yeah, Andy, the President wants to get behind a thirty-million-dollar appropriations bill the Justice Department's had in your committer for a few months now. They need the money to continue the case." Ritter knows, but indicates that the chairman's not going to schedule a vote: "Kalmbach's gonna dance with the girl that brung him." Josh asks, "How much tobacco money has he taken?" Ritter says that from the last campaign, Kalmbach took $460,000 in PACs. Josh asks, "Is there a nose count?" Ritter says it's eight to seven, against. And surprisingly, the divide is not along party lines; Ritter says they have two Republicans and the other side has two Democrats: Warren and Rossiter. Josh remarks, "Warren and Rossiter aren't even from the South." Ritter explains, "They have ideological problems with the case." Josh and Ritter stop walking and Josh says, "This is a phenomenally important case; it's historic. It has to be won, and we're fighting it with paper clips and a slingshot." Ritter claps him on the arm and says, "We were wondering when you guys were gonna notice." He walks off.
Episode Report CardDeborah: A | 737 USERS: B-
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