Previously on The West Wing: Zoey asked Charlie out; her father was less than thrilled about it; Josh was jolted out of a hangover stupor by an angry Joey Lucas; the President told VP Hoynes that he shouldn't have had to beg him to be his running mate; Jed told Zoey that he's increasing her Secret Service protection.
It's 2:38 AM EST. Leo and POTUS are in the back of a limousine talking. Jed's rambling about how he doesn't enjoy putting VPOTUS in the position of having to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate on the issue of an ethanol tax credit. Neither of them actually mention the VP, but they didn't need to; it's somehow obvious. Jed's noting the irony of it all, and Leo agrees but not enthusiastically enough for Jed, I guess, because Jed asks him, "Are you being brusque with me?" Leo responds, "It's three o'clock in the morning." POTUS replies, "I'm just saying, you can't blame me. That's what you get from having an even number of senators." Leo says, "Yeah, you should blame the Constitution." POTUS: "That's what I usually do." Leo: "Yup!" The President then asks his driver if he's going to meet "her" on the plane, and the driver says that he will. POTUS tells Leo that Zoey has a new Secret Service agent, and describes how these new agents have "the hair, the backpacks, the clothes," and they're walking around campus with .44 Magnums and wires in their ear. Leo says, "They really blend in, huh?" POTUS replies, "Let me tell you something, when it's your kid, you don't want 'em blending in. You want 'em wearing a sign that says, 'I'm carrying a loaded gun and the safety's off.'" Leo then starts haranguing POTUS about his health, asking him to rest if he gets tired, and to consider staying at the hotel for the night, but Jed wants to come right home after the fund-raiser that evening. Leo tells him it's really no good for him. POTUS reassures him, "It'll be fine." Leo: "Be that way." Jed replies, "Your impersonation of my mother is getting sharper and sharper, you know that?" Leo smiles and says, "Thank you." Jed chuckles. How much do I want to see Jed's parents now, when I've actually never given them one thought before? They're at the airport and the limo stops next to Air Force One. Leo wishes him a good flight, as POTUS calls out, "C.J.! Charlie! My travelling companions!" No doubt C.J. can't wait to be on another flight with POTUS after the "gruesome" trip to Stockholm two weeks ago. As the three of them board the plane, POTUS asks C.J. if the press is in a good mood. C.J. responds, "No, Mr. President, I wouldn't say they were." POTUS wants to know why not, and she explains that "they're not wild about taking off at three o'clock in the morning, sir." POTUS hollers, "Aw, it's gonna be great! We're going to race the sun to the Pacific horizon!" C.J. says, "I'll tell them that, sir. I'm sure it'll pick 'em right up!"