Russell suite. Donna's filling up a plate with canapés as Will watches more votes going to Russell on television. We're up to Massachusetts, and he thinks there may be another thirty minutes until they finish. Donna looks at the door to Russell's bedroom and asks, "What are they doing in there?" Will tells her, "I have no idea. But I sure as hell hope they do it fast." Oh, honey. It's Al Bundy. Of course it's going to be fast.
In the Russell bedroom, Bob and Bundy are sitting in armchairs. Russell points out that he thought everything was worked out, but Bundy tells him that he's "had a number of variables to weigh," and that he's been getting a lot of phone calls: "Suddenly, everyone has an opinion." Bob asks him, "You want to hear my opinion?" Bundy pauses exactly long enough to indicate that he really doesn't before he says, "Of course." Russell thinks that he and Bundy will be able to give Vinick and Sullivan some real competition, but Bundy points out that the polls show Vinick winning easily. Bob thinks the Republican lead will evaporate once their post-convention bounce fades. He suggests that the two of them make the announcement. Bundy tells him, "That's a very attractive offer, Mr. Vice-President. It's very attractive. Why don't we both sleep on it, see where we are in the morning?" Poor Bob. He keeps having these meetings and he keeps getting dumped at them.
Russell and Bundy emerge from the bedroom. Bundy walks right out of the suite, and Will asks what happened. Bob tells him that Bundy wants to sleep on it, and Will is dismayed, pointing out that they'll be on the third or fourth ballot by the morning. Bob shows more brains that I've given him credit for, noting that he's pretty sure Bundy is going to try to get nominated from the floor.
Leo walks into -- a bar? Or something? Anyway, it's at the convention center. He's being followed by a couple of network types who are complaining that it's almost 10:00 on the east coast and that they're going to switch to regular coverage. Apparently, watching the voting is too boring for them. Leo yells at them about their debt to the public. I think the F.C.C. might fine the show for daring to suggest that broadcasters have a responsibility to the public good and not just to the puritans from Focus on the Family. Annabeth walks up and whispers into Leo's ear that hundreds of Bundy placards are being handed out on the floor. Leo asks the network folks if they think they can stay live long enough to see Russell announce that Bundy is his Veep choice. Annabeth cuts him off, telling him that these are "Draft [Bundy]" placards -- Bundy's going to be placed on the second ballot. The network types freak out and run off to break the news. Leo yells after one of them, "You want to cut to Law & Order now, Susan, be my guest." I wonder if John Wells and Dick Wolf spend a lot of time trash-talking each other?