As Santos walks into the chamber, Josh and Cliff stay behind, and some kind of herald calls out, "One more vote. One vote arriving." I wonder if that guy is wearing breaches and a floppy hat? Or maybe I'm just thinking of the guy on my bottle of Beefeater. Josh tries to position Santos for some good press, telling Cliff that he'll be available to talk to news crews after the vote. Cliff congratulates Josh on Arizona and New Mexico. Does that mean Santos actually won some primaries? Or that he made another respectable showing? Josh points out that Super Tuesday is still to come, which is when the campaign will really be tested. Regardless, Cliff is glad that Santos came for the vote, and that Josh called back the members of Congress who were out campaigning for Santos. Just then, Will and Donna walk up to them. Josh is surprised to see them, since he thought they were in Atlanta. But Will tells them that the White House asked Bingo Bob to help out. Josh points out that the Veep has no vote in the House, but Will reminds Josh that "as a former member, [Russell] retains lifetime floor privileges." I wonder if some former House members just kind of hang out on the floor because they have nothing to do? So Bob is in the chamber pressing the flesh and trying to whip votes against the stem-cell research ban. They make some small talk, and Donna confidently predicts that they have the votes to win the battle. She's clearly no longer an assistant -- she's an operator. A smooth one, even. Sade would be impressed. Santos walks out of the chamber, looking pissed off: "Son of a bitch." He tells Josh that they can hit the road. Apparently, when Haffley realized how many Democrats had made it back, he cancelled the vote. The promo monkeys have an orgasm as Santos tells the assembled group, "Game over. We've been had." Credits.
Back in Margaret's office, she offers her Japanese guest a cup of tea. He declines, and suggests that he might be able to proceed on his own. Margaret tells him that C.J. won't be much longer: "She'll want the honor of escorting you herself." When did Margaret become such a good liar?
C.J. walks into the Office of O, where Jed is dancing with Abbey and singing "Begin The Beguine." There's some big band-sounding music in the background. Is there a Victrola in the Oval Office? Or are there some members of the Marine Band playing just off-camera? C.J. offers to come back when the First Couple aren't so happy, but Abbey tells her to stay, and then tells Jed that he has to use his cane. Jed tells her that the doctor told her he didn't need to use the cane when he was at home. C.J. points out that the doctor probably meant when he was in the residence, and wasn't speaking of the entire White House. Jed is almost irrationally exuberant, as he walks over to C.J. and asks her if she's ready to cut a rug at the party that night. As Jed takes C.J. in his arms and starts dancing with her, she tells him that her ballroom dancing class was short on boys, and that, as a result she only learned how to lead. Jed thinks that's a quality that's served her well. As she watches them dance, Abbey raises her hand to her mouth. There's an incredible range of emotions that play across her face in that instant: happiness at seeing Jed up and dancing, fear of showing too much of that happiness lest it be taken away from her, and sadness at the knowledge that these days won't last much longer. I love Stockard Channing.