Sam wanders back to his office after the fundraiser, untying his tie as he goes. His back is to the door when a redhead walks up to it and says, "Booty call." No, actually, she says "SchmutzyPants." He says, as he turns around, "I know that voice." He sees Mallory standing there in the doorway. Her hair is up, and she's wearing an absolutely stunning emerald green low-cut gown. She looks good enough to give C.J. a run for her money, and that's...almost heresy. She says she was at the dinner. He says he didn't see her. I don't know how he could have missed her, looking like that. She says he did a nice job on the speech. He asks what makes her think he wrote it. She quotes some of the most annoying lines and he says, "A little thing called cadence." She says it works for him. Now that I can see her face better, I must say, I love that her eyes aren't so overly made-up as they were in the past. She looks much prettier without quite so much eyeliner and mascara.
Sam asks Mallory how New York is; she says that Richard (the hockey-playing boyfriend) got traded to the Blackhawks. Sam: "For a Zamboni battery?" Zambonis use batteries? Mallory says, "And Garnier and a first round draft pick." Sam assumes she's moving to Chicago. She tells him that she and Richard have split up. Sam pretends to try to restrain a smirk and says, "That is terrible. That is...the worst thing. I am so sorry. I liked him too...his brooding stare in the penalty box...if there's anything I can do." Mallory: "Shut up." He agrees. She says she came by to say hi and to tell him that she liked the speech. He thanks her. She says her dad told her that Sam staffed POTUS today, and asks him how it was. Sam asks if she knows anything about chaos theory. She says she knows it has to do with fractal geometry. Sam says that's about all he knows too, but that it has to do with there being order and -- here he looks at Mallory's dress -- "and even great beauty" -- in what looks like total chaos: "And if we look closely enough at the randomness around us, patterns will start to emerge." He sighs heavily. "I liked you, Mallory, a lot, but you made me suffer through Chinese opera without even the faint hope of sex at the end of the evening and then you spurned me altogether for some toothless overpaid goon and I had to take refuge in the strong, masculine arms of Josh..." No, no. Just being silly! He actually says, "I love Josh like a brother, and he's a world-class political mind, but until today, I didn't know he was smarter than I was." I think "world-class" might be pushing it a bit, and I know Sam's fans are going to have a lot to say about the idea of Josh being smarter than he. He continues, "I've worked here three years and eight months, and until you sit in the room all day, you can't comprehend the chaos of the Oval Office." I can see that being more applicable, perhaps, on days other than this particular one. Sam says he had one good moment talking about the global ripple effect of a budget deficit, but that was it: "The rest of the day was just keeping up. And this was a pretty light day." Mallory says, "One good moment is good." Sam says he's not complaining: "I'm saying, one good moment is great! It's a golf shot. I've got to get back in there. That's where it's happening." He's looking in the direction of the Oval Office. He adds, after a moment: "You came by just to tell me you liked the speech?" She quotes some more claptrap from the speech and says, "I'm weak." Oh, Lord. He says he thinks he stole that from Camelot. She offers to take him home, saying she doesn't think he's going to make it. He doesn't think so either. As they leave, she says, "Camelot?" Sam replies, "Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright." As they walk out, they say good night to Charlie.