Annabeth is continuing her tour for the students. They're peeking into the Oval Office, and she is describing the furniture. As they walk back into the corridor, she asks if there are any questions. At that moment, Toby comes walking along, and Annabeth introduces him to the group. He asks if Annabeth is showing them the place, and she tells him that they only have the Roosevelt Room left. Toby has started to walk away when Cody pipes up to ask a question: "Do you know who we are?" Toby mangles the name, and then has to admit that he doesn't know why they're there. It turns out that they're "a youth lobby in support of a constitutional amendment to prohibit discrimination of voting rights on the basis of age." Geek Girl is mortified that Cody is raising such a ruckus. Toby points out that their proposal is radical. Cody asks, "Why did we get the brush-off today? Why do we keep getting passed down the food chain? And why do you keep looking to our chaperone or Ms. Schott to intervene?" I think it's because you're creeping him out, kid. Cody continues, "We're children, and that in itself shouldn't render us meaningless. But in this society, we are meaningless, because we're powerless. We have no voice." Hey, I feel your pain -- I live in the District of Columbia, where not only do we have no representation in Congress, we can't even control how our own local tax dollars are spent without the Federal government telling us what to do. Toby tells Cody that he'll read the group's materials, and Annabeth tries to lead them into the Roosevelt Room. But Cody's not going down without a fight, accusing Toby of giving them the brush-off again. Toby asks him what they want, and Cody responds that what they want is to be able to discuss their agenda with someone who matters. Toby says he understands.
Toby leads the group into the Roosevelt Room, telling them that it's "where issues are discussed." He proceeds to one side of the table and sits down, telling the kids to pull up a chair. Cody gets a supergeek smile on his face. As they all sit down, with Toby and Annabeth on one side of the table and the kids on the other, Toby tells them, "It's your meeting."
Nobel laureates' reception. Jed is telling an old joke about a one-armed economist. They all laugh as though it is funny. From the periphery of the group, Aku points out that "academics often confound politicians." Jed observes that "in politics, it's dog-eat-dog. In academia, it's the opposite." Are they sure the MS isn't affecting his mental faculties? Jed and Aku start to engage in a little academic slapdown over private sector versus public sector economic activity. Boooooring. I'd rather see Jed and Aku engage in some samurai swordplay. Abbey and C.J. give each other a look, and in seconds, C.J. is standing next to Aku while Abbey walks up behind Jed. Abbey apologizes for interrupting, but points out that dinner is about to be served. As Abbey and Jed walk away, he quietly asks her if the steward has laryngitis. Abbey tells him, "It'd be a pity to battle MS only to succumb to an aneurysm." Hey, quit stealing my jokes. Jed is still quietly ranting, quoting Jefferson about how "a man's management of his own purse speaks volumes about character." Abbey asks him if he's still pissed off about Stockholm. Apparently, when Jed and Aku were in Sweden to receive their prize, they shared a cab, and Takahashi stiffed Jed for the fare. Again, source of all evil -- stiffing you for the fare seems mild in comparison to his other deeds. Aku walks up behind the two of them, C.J. on his arm. He tells Abbey he hopes she'll save him a dance. A dance of evil. As Aku and C.J. walk away, Jed quietly tells Abbey, "Your dance card's full, toots."