Leo ambles over to where Josh is standing by his fax machine (come on, you know he thinks of it as "his") and asks if he spoke to Doug. Josh is all weirdly tentative and deferential in this scene. Things still aren't normal between these two. Leo asks if he took it okay. Josh: "He did, you know, he really did." Leo approves and walks away, followed by Josh, saying nothing. Leo notices that he's being shadowed and asks, "You wanna carry my books or something?" Heh. Josh indicates he's not sure Doug got the message. Leo thinks that if he didn't take it personally, so much the better. Josh thinks Doug still thinks he's running, explaining that he took it more like a cautionary tale. Leo: "Oh, for the luvaGawd..." Josh: "He's resilient, which isn't such a bad thing in a candidate." Or he's obtuse, which is. Leo: "He's going to show up at dinner, popping champagne corks and the President's going to be stuck delivering the news in front of the guy's wife and his mother-in-law. You have to go back and tell him no, in no uncertain terms. Draw a picture if you need it: a ballot in a circle with a line through it." As Leo's barking this order, Josh is nodding and apologizing in such a nervous, obsequious way that it's almost like he's a cartoon character. Yikes. I hope he pulls himself together soon.
Outside the Oval Office, C.J.'s asking Debbie if they can push the rehearsal or whatever to 4:00, because Liz and Gus are running behind schedule. Debbie asks her, as Leo's heading for Jed's door, "Do you want to belly dance for the Joint Chiefs, or shall I?" You can tell Leo's thinking, "Thanks for loading me up with that image." Debbie tells him to go right in.
Leo enters, finding Jed staring out the window. Leo lightly asks if everything's okay. Jed says he's waiting for his daughter and grandson to arrive in order to rehearse the ceremonial switch-flipping: "He had a Fisher Price gizmo hooked to the side of his cribs with more cranks and levers than a DC-10, but we're gonna practice...with the switch." Leo mentions that C.J.'s told him the assisted-suicide story is showing up in Mississippi papers. They figure Fisk is feeding it to the media there, and Jed says he wants Fisk in there first thing tomorrow. Leo hands him the consular report from Sudan, and saves Jed the trouble of reading it by playing Exposition Fairy for everyone: "Holly Gilweit and Katherine Melo, ages twenty and twenty-three respectively, had a grand total of eighteens Bibles and a video on the lives of the Apostles." Which is what all the travel guides tell you take when visiting war-torn Islamic countries, along with your money belt, tiny flashlight, and Lomotil tablets. Jed asks, "The NGO know about this?" Leo says they never identified themselves as evangelists; never mentioned religion. Of course not. Jed: "So they're undercover agents?" Leo nods: "Spies for Christ, yeah." Uh...I don't know that that's really the way to look at it. Missionaries aren't spies (though if they were, it would give new meaning to spy movie titles like You Only Live Twice). Jed: "Eighteen Bibles...they couldn't have just talked about loving-kindness and good will towards men?" I very much doubt they could have talked about it without dragging Jesus into it. Jed says, "I just had Berryhill call the Prime Minister of Sudan and issue a stern reprimand for behaviour that I likened to street gangs and petty thieves. We need to issue an apology." Leo says they can't: "Ten other relief workers who weren't distributing anything other than wheat and sorghum are in jail. We've got to stick with our denial." Jed replies, "But they know what was going on." Leo: "And we know. That's where the money comes in. Nancy's waiting downstairs." Jed calls for Debbie and then says to Leo, "Twenty and twenty-three?" Leo says firmly, "Girls." Jed tells Leo: "Toby asked me today if I have a plan for my death. Liz has never asked; [neither has] Zoey. I understand Ellie asked her mother once but I'm not supposed to know about it. I get Toby." Well, actually Toby was just playing the role of the media, so technically, he didn't really ask Jed this.