C.J. is in the corridor when Charlie walks up to her and hands her a thick binder. She asks what it is and he tells her that it's the nuclear non-proliferation briefing packet. She's surprised to hear that he completed it so quickly, and he asks if he gets extra credit. C.J.: "You want a gold star?" Not to beat a dead horse, but I know plenty of forum posters who could find ways to reward Charlie's diligence. Charlie lets C.J. know that he'd be happy with another assignment. After he walks away, C.J. turns a corner (leading me to believe that she was trying to go through the conference room as a shortcut) and finds herself face-to-face with Toby. He tells her that the meeting has devolved to the point of planning the breakfast menu: "They're picking fortune cookies." C.J.: "I always thought fortune cookies were an American invention, like pizza and the Frisbee." And would you really serve fortune cookies at breakfast? Toby asks her to get him out of the meeting, and she tells him to take it up with Josh. She also calls him "Rocko." He argues that he doesn't report to Josh, but she reminds him that, as Chief of Staff, she has put Josh in charge of preparations for the summit, so he's really acting with her authority when he assigns Toby to handle these meetings. Except she uses a lot more words to say it, and she spits them out like a machine gun. Toby: "I can't believe you're making me go back in there." C.J.: "Uh uh uh uh. Not I. Josh. That's the beauty of it. See how this thing works?" And with that she leaves him to his breakfast planning.
Josh is meeting with some members of Congress to discuss the agenda for the summit. The primary issues that everyone seems concerned with have to do with trade, including a semi-conductor tariff, and shrimp. Josh tells them that they are planning to push on all of those issues, and everyone in the room seems happy. Except for one curmudgeon sitting in an armchair in the corner of the room. He interrupts the congratulatory handshakes to ask, "What about Taiwan?" He thinks that China will want to discuss U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, and isn't reassured by Josh's comment that it's not on the agenda. If the Chinese diplomats are anything like the forum posters, I know that they'll never be able to stay on topic. Senator Curmudgeon is concerned that when the U.S. pushes China on weapons sales to Pakistan, China will push back on U.S. sales to Taiwan. Josh points out that China has already agreed to limit sales to Pakistan, and the Senator gives us a litany of agreements that China has already violated. One of the Congresswomen in the room (really, the only Congresswoman in the room) tells the Senator that she doesn't see what he's getting at, and he says that he's worried that Josh will give away the farm in exchange for a bunch of promises that will only be broken. Josh tells him that he'll keep that in mind, and then tries to soften the moment with some humor: "You know, the Democratic Party hasn't been overrun by a bunch of panda huggers." That joke gets the stone face it deserves.