Out in the hall, C.J. runs into Elizabeth, greeting her with a hug as "Lizzie B." Or maybe Lizzie Bee. Liz tells C.J. she's going to get a call from a group called The Hunger Plan, who are supposed to be fundraising for the World Food Program and instead are developing freeze-dried peanut butter and jelly. She served on the board for two years and just retired, recommending C.J. in her place. C.J., pleasantly: "You didn't." Liz says they get a small C-22 grant, so it'd be a conflict of interest, and just to tell them C.J. wishes she could but can't: "It'll make 'em feel good just to know you were interested." C.J. thanks her for the heads-up. Liz continues, "We're going to talk about UNESCO..." C.J.: "You going?" Liz: "Yup, and we're going to talk about a guy named Chris Beck I want you to meet." C.J.: "He from UNESCO?" Liz, hustling off with a sly smile, "Nope." "Chris," huh? Man, they really are just fucking with me now. Somebody tell me where to mail the baby-name book. C.J. runs into Debbie in the hall, who asks if she was told about the walk-through at 11:00. C.J. says no, and asks Debbie to handle it. Debbie: "She asked for you." C.J. says she's got a meeting, and asks Debbie to tell her. Debbie: "You can't say 'no' to her, can you?" C.J.: "Not really." Debbie: "I'll see you at 11:00."
Debbie returns to her desk, asking Charlie, "Any word from Ellie?" Charlie tells Debbie that she's running some viral-load reproduction experiment and hopes it will wrap up in time for the dinner. Debbie: "It's a special dinner; it isn't optional." Charlie: "She's a Bartlet. It's been 'special' every day since '62." Ha! Let your snark flag fly, buddy.
Two guys are in the Mural Room, talking about the Sudan situation. One is Shadrach. This is the holiday episode: where are Meshach and Abednego? The other guy must be Congressman Richter, who can't have a cool Wise Man name. Jed comes in and says, "Congressman, you start saying 'hostages,' things get a little out of hand." They shake hands, and Jed greets Shadrach as "Ted." "Ted"? I don't think so. I'm sticking with "Shadrach." Richter says, "Proselytizing's punishable by death over there." Jed confidently says, "They're not gonna do that.