Josh walks into the assistants' pit and says something in what's supposed to be Chinese to Donna. She's as unimpressed as I am, saying, "Whatever, you're early." Josh points out that it's dinnertime in Beijing. She asks him if he heard that Hoynes is doing Dianne Mathers "tomorrow night." And because they think we're idiots, the producers also put up a subtitle telling us that it is Thursday morning. That insult is followed by actual injury, as the next subtitle tells us that it is "One Day Earlier." Well, the subtitle didn't cause the injury -- that was me, smacking my head on the coffee table. When I come to, I find that Josh is asking Donna to do little things in preparation for the China summit (like get him a converter for his electric shaver), while she wants to talk about Hoynes. Apparently, Hoynes has already called for Josh twice this morning. Josh continues to ignore everything she says about Hoynes, and tells her that he can't find his garment bag. Donna: "I think baggage claim is in the next terminal over." Josh: "You used to love it when I couldn't dress myself without you." Donna: "I used to love peppermint ice cream too, but now those little pieces of candy, they get stuck in your teeth in a way I find irritating." By the way, Donna has lost the crutches completely, so I think we're supposed to realize that at least several weeks have passed since the last episode. If only they would give us some subtitles to help us determine exactly how much time has passed.
Toby and Kate are meeting with two Chinese diplomats to discuss the details of the summit. Kate's hair has finally reached the style that we've been seeing in the credits all season, so there is nothing left to mock. The Chinese diplomats are going into minute detail about the preparations. Toby is clearly impatient with the meeting, and keeps trying to agree to things to rush the conversation along. Kate barely says a word, and I really can't tell what she's supposed to be feeling in this scene. She keeps touching her face and staring down at the table -- I'm not sure if she's supposed to be bored or if she's in the early stages of heroin withdrawal. Just as the topic turns to the menu for one of the breakfast meetings, Toby sees C.J. almost walk into the room before noticing that it was occupied, and rudely excuses himself from the meeting.