Toby asks Donna to call C.J. for him. Josh continues, "And that line from the convention speech -- 'challenges too great for a Potemkin Presidency'?" Toby, eyes on his paper: "It. Is. True." Josh says that most people weren't the smartest kid in the class, and adds, "Most people didn't like the smartest kid in the class." And that's true, too. People are not liked for smartness. They're liked in spite of it, if indeed they manage to be liked at all. Toby, looking Josh right in the eye: "Yeah?" And there it is out on the table. Toby was, Bartlet was, Josh wasn't, and it's come to represent the schism in the campaign strategy. This is actually much more interesting to me than will he run/won't he, or even should he/shouldn't he? Why and how they win could be rich material. Josh insists, "I don't care how subliminal it is. This can't be a national therapy session."
Donna's got C.J. on the phone and hands it to Toby. He takes it without looking at it; he just keeps staring at Josh. C.J. says, "Hey, before I forget, if you see Josh, could you ask him to stop by my office?" Toby says nothing, but sets the phone down on top of the napkin holder. You can hear C.J. saying, "Toby?" Josh says, "What?" Toby glances at the phone and says with a shadow of a smirk that C.J. would like Josh to stop by her office. Josh picks up the phone and asks whether she happened to notice that they weren't on the plane. It's all news to her. Josh explains their sad tale. C.J.: "Bummer." Fiona hollers, "Drah rahb's up!" I could barely make out what she said at first, so I don't know how C.J. did it on the other end of the phone, but she says, "I love dry rub! They take the meat and...." Josh hangs up on her.
Sam's waiting in the Oval Office when Jed comes in, loaded for bear, complaining that Seth Weinberger's assistant has come forward with the information that Weinberger was having an affair with a colleague, and a newspaper has printed it. None of which seems particularly surprising. Sam asks what the assistant's thing is. Jed: "You tell me! He'd already stepped down over the OSHA thing. It's been two months. This is an assistant getting her name in the paper. It's unbelievably hurtful to his wife! I don't understand it! I don't understand the paper printing it, either, but that's another day. This is terrible!" Charlie brings in Secretary Mitch Bryce and his people for the 3:30 appointment. Sam asks whether there's a place POTUS would like Sam to stand or sit. Jed: "Just rock 'n' roll, Sam. Sam ponders that as a bunch of people file in and sit down. Larry advises Sam on where Josh usually stands.