Casper walks off with Leo, telling him, "The French kid's awake." Good, because I'd like him to be conscious when I start beating the crap out of him. Leo asks if Le Dumb-Ass is answering questions. Casper says he's asking them: "He wants immunity." Oh, for crying out loud. Shut the hell up, Tartuffe.
Casper splits as Margaret catches up with Leo to inform him that numerous heads of state are there. Leo wants to know what all the staffers are doing there; she says they work there. Leo objects that it's 5:30 AM. Margaret will make sure they know that. She says that the Democratic Leadership wants to come over, just as Josh catches up with them to ask whether she'd told Leo that yet. Leo wants to know who called; Josh follows them, naming various people and positions -- leaders and whips and so forth. Leo: "I'm going to need a bigger office." They arrive at the Oval Office, and Leo asks Debbie if "he's still here," or if he's gone to the Residence. Debbie says he's here as she leads Leo into the Oval Office. Leo pauses and tells Josh to tell the Leadership it's going to be a while. Josh says they won't be happy. Leo asks when they ever are. Debbie prompts Leo to get into the office and announces, "Mr. McGarry." Leo approaches the desk slowly and the crowd of unfamiliar people around it parts dramatically to show Walken leaning over some papers on the desk. President Flintstone glances up and beckons with his fingers, "Come on in, Leo." He glances back at his papers and the camera rests on Leo's grim face for a moment. If you don't know it now, you will by the end: this episode belongs to John Spencer. The acting is uniformly excellent, but he carries the show, which features some of the flattest lines and least inspiring writing ever for this series. This episode was decent because Sorkin left a rich storyline in place and because the acting on this show has always elevated even the weakest scripts, but I also see a lot of wasted potential and missed dramatic opportunities in it. Basically, it was like average fanfic.