At the press briefing, C.J. tells reporters that the OAS has agreed to an emergency session tomorrow morning, but that they're still waiting for confirmation. One reporter asks, "Can you tell us exactly what you're going to say to them?" C.J.: "Yes, but first we're going to say it to them." Good answer. C.J. won't take any more questions but tells them that if there are any developments throughout the night, they'll be paged. On her way out, Carol tells C.J. that Leo's ready for her.
Toby's pacing around Leo's office. Leo comes in and Toby's first words are, "Leo, this is insane, plain and simple." Leo asks, "What is? Oh, never mind. What isn't?" Toby complains that they're strategizing to define the future of the Presidency and they don't even know whether this President is interested in the future. Toby says that they have to have a discussion, and that they need to have it tonight. Leo says that they're having a discussion tonight. Toby's relatively satisfied with that. Josh comes and greets them, and then asks Leo to excuse them for a moment. He asks Toby if he can talk to him outside.
In the hall, Josh says to Toby, with a trace of irritation, "You told Donna." Toby says, "Yeah." Josh asks why Toby didn't let Josh tell her. Toby simply says, "You hadn't yet." Josh accepts that and asks, "How'd she take it?" Toby replies, "If everybody out there takes it the way she took it, we may be okay. If a few more people in here took it the way she did, that'd be all right, too." ["Yeah, like you, Toby, you jerk. Toby's not my boyfriend anymore." -- Wing Chun] Toby walks toward Leo's office as Josh asks, "Was that for me?" Toby says, opening Leo's door: "That was for me."
As Toby and Josh re-enter, Leo sits down near the couch and says, "Tobacco." Josh explains that Kalmbach's not going to let it come to a vote, which is probably okay since they'd probably lose if the vote were taken right now. He mentions the eight-seven split, and Leo wonders whether that's along party lines. Josh says that they have Stacy and Miner, but that Warren and Rossiter have "ideological problems" with the case. Josh asks what Leo wants to do now. Leo: "Stick some dynamite up Warren and Rossiter's ass." Josh wonders about the wisdom of making an enemy of Rossiter, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, at this crucial time when the news about the President's illness is about to break. Leo firmly says, "Both of you, listen. We're not going to stop, soften, detour, postpone, circumvent, obfuscate, or trade a single one of our goals to allow for whatever extracurricular nonsense is coming our way in the next few days, weeks, and months." C.J. quietly enters. Toby asks, with some consternation, "When did we decide this?" Leo replies, "Just now." He tells Josh, "Light 'em up." Leo turns to C.J. and asks whether she has a recommendation. She tells him the plan -- thirty minutes, live, Mural Room, etc. Toby confirms that it's followed by a press conference. She says, "There isn't another step we can take until we know what the President's intentions are. We need a discussion, and I hate to sound shrill, but it can't wait another night." They tell her that the discussion is happening tonight. Sam comes in. Leo asks, "Sam, what do you know?" Sam replies, "I know that fluid accumulating in the semicircular canals of the vestibular cochlear nerve is usually what'll account for dizziness." Sam then proceeds to start ranting about how they need to know what the President's intentions are, while Leo tries three times to tell him that they're having a meeting. Sam finally hears him and says that's great. Leo checks his watch and suggests that everybody go get something to eat, come back at nine, at which time they'll be called to come over to the Residence.