Yeah, Sam, I'm pretty sure Leo will be putting you in charge of federal outreach to sex trade workers real soon now. C.J. is similarly unimpressed with this line of argument, and sarcastically remarks that he's there to "help [Laurie] see the error of her ways." Sam reiterates that he's there because he likes Laurie, and that he's not sleeping with her, and that it isn't tawdry. C.J. says she doesn't care what it is, she cares what it looks like. Sam snaps, "And I care what it is! And I think it's high time you all spent a little less time looking good, and a little more time..." C.J. cuts him off: "And a little more time being good? Yeah, I've heard that one before." C.J. tells him there's one other thing, and Sam indicates that he's "resenting the hell out of this conversation." C.J. says, "It was tough to tell from your tone of voice." He wants to know what the one other thing is. C.J. tells him, "I'm your first phone call." Sam: "When?" C.J.: "Before. Now. In the future. Any time you're into something and you don't know what. And you can't tell me you thought there was nothing to it, because you sat down with Josh and you sat down with Toby. Any time you're into something and you don't know what, you don't keep it from me! I'm your first phone call. I'm your first line of defense. You have to let me protect you and you have to let me protect the President!" Sam asks if that's what this is about. C.J. stands up and responds, "What this is about, Sam, is you're a high-profile, very visible, much-noticed member..." Sam: "You just said three things that all mean the same thing." Hmm. Perhaps this is not the time to nit-pick her speech, Sam. He asks if he can go now, and states that he thinks it's about her, and letting "character cops win in a forfeit because [she] doesn't have the guts, or the strength, or the courage to say, 'we know what's right from wrong and this is none of your damn business.'" C.J. looks slightly wounded and says, "Really? Strength, guts, or courage." Sam snaps, "Yes!" C.J. looks down, snatches her glasses and as she sits down, says, "You just said three things that all mean the same thing." She puts on her glasses and looks at her computer screen and begins typing. (Probably: Die, Sam, die!) Sam can see he's gone a bit too far and tries to talk to her but she dismisses him. As he opens the door to leave, he turns and tries to ask casually about what she thinks the target for the retaliatory strike will be, but C.J.'s not having it and keeps typing as she tells him that she really doesn't know. "The Commandant of the Second Division doesn't tend to include me in his thinking." Sam says, "I'll see you later." C.J. snaps, "Count on it." As Sam leaves his office and rounds a corner in the hallway, he pounds the wall hard enough to make bystanders turn their heads.
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