Josh is in Toby's office. The Chinese Ambassador has arrived, and Toby and Josh are preparing to meet with him and acknowledge fault for having accepted the flag. And then Toby looks over Josh's shoulder and says his name to get his attention. Josh turns around, and they see a long line of what appears to be Chinese men (and only men) walking the conference room. Josh says that it's the entire Chinese delegation, and asks Toby whether this came up in the protocol meeting. Toby says that he was "in and out. I couldn't stomach any more haggling over the nine-meat soup." Josh repeats the name of the soup, and Toby tells him it was on the menu for one of the dinners. Josh: "Beef, chicken, pork..." Toby: "You don't want to go there."
In the conference room, Josh and Toby sit on one side of the table while what appears to be approximately fifteen members of the Chinese delegation sit and stand on the other side of the table. Toby opens by once again conveying an apology on behalf of Jed. The Ambassador says that he doesn't want to waste time on such misunderstandings, and gives them a copy of the statement of the Chinese government, which has already been released to the press. (In a subtle comic bit, the Ambassador does not slide the statement across the table. Instead, the aide sitting next to him hands it to another aide, who then carries it around the end of the table and puts it down in between Josh and Toby.) The statement apparently refers to the U.S. meddling in the internal affairs of China. The Ambassador states (and doesn't ask) that the White House will return the flag. Once again, Josh tries to make a joke, saying that they'll return it as soon as they can find it. And once again, he gets no laughs. The Ambassador tells them that the Premier does not want to let the incident disrupt the summit, and that he hopes the White House will understand that they need to make a few modifications to the plan. The protocol aide tells Josh and Toby that they want to hold the welcome reception outdoors, and that they would like to move it from the Great Hall to the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Toby has clearly been paying some attention to the summit preparations, because he notes that the Gate of Heavenly Peace is in Tiananmen Square. Josh, in an incredulous tone, asks, "You want to welcome the President of the United States in Tiananmen Square?" The Ambassador sounds all naïve as he asks if there's a problem with that.