FNG explains the historical perspective, which is that the positive outcome (only one dog-mangled FBI guy! Can I get a "booyah!"?) deflected any negative reaction to the incident early on. It turns out, according to one of the Flicker-Vision newscasters, that it was the FBI that used the "flash-bang" to end the standoff while they were rescuing the kid. Carol then comes in to tell C.J. various things -- it turns out that the First Lady donated the dress to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which, incidentally, I love), all is well with the Vatican people (one of whom asked Carol out), and so forth. We watch the staff folks taking off later for home, and C.J. telling them all good night. Carol is asked in her interview whether C.J. is a good boss, and she insists that C.J. is "the best boss." She says she "couldn't have a better job." Except maybe C.J.'s. She says C.J. is her "mentor." ["Imagine how much Carol would like C.J. if C.J. didn't make Carol bring her coffee." -- Wing Chun]
FNG goes on to say that, weeks later, the charges against Holed-Up Guy included conspiracy to commit domestic terrorism, as it appears that he was part of a bigger ring of baddies. Leo comes to C.J.'s office and congratulates her on how she handled the briefing. He tells her that some blueprints were confiscated. That's kind of creepy, of course. Leo talks about what a big catch it was for the FBI, and C.J. asks if it's good enough "to put Casey Creek in the past." Leo says, "We'll see," and helps C.J. with her coat. Well, sort of. He does it rather ineptly, so C.J. winds up doing it herself. Holed-Up Guy has, as FNG explains, since died in prison after being convicted.
C.J. interviews that sometimes you just "let yourself be beaten up," because that's the job. We then watch her leaving work, as FNG voices over that the FBI Director remains controversial, and that C.J. is still the only woman to have served two terms as White House press secretary. So...I guess that removes any possibility that Jed or C.J. can be genuinely considered to be in peril at any time, huh? I hope they never expected to build any tension around either of those issues. Gotta love those terrible gimmicks that do long-term damage to your show.
Fade to black. Yaaay! Thank you for sharing my pain. I think we've really grown much closer as a result, don't you?