C.J. learns from Carol that Steve wants a quote about the tech sector, so Steve and Carol and C.J. have a conversation, filmed from annoyingly far away, in which C.J. says that the tech sector "represents six million American jobs." "That I can look up," Steve says unhelpfully, and then C.J. asks him about his daughter's college acceptances. Because it was fully thirty seconds ago that C.J. asked about somebody else's daughter, so you needed her to do it again in order to prove that C.J. cares a lot about personal relationships. See? The press guy? The guard? They know that C.J. loves your family, no matter how insignificant to her you are!
In a different conversation badly lit and shot from annoyingly far away, Woman In Blue Shirt (my sense is that I should know who she is; sorry) talks to C.J. about the fact that the First Lady apparently wore a Richard Tyler gown that sources say she accepted as a gift, when the ethics rules say she shouldn't have. Then, Carol comes in and gives C.J. a schedule. "You can't afford to ignore what even seems trivial," C.J. voices over. As she and Carol walk through what I guess is C.J.'s staff area (?), Carol says she has a call in to the First Lady's office, and they suddenly bump into Wilson Cruz (my God, Rickie, YAY!), who tells them that the minister's wife has a cold and can't make it to the podium. This apparently relates to the Ugandan business. But enough about Uganda -- it is all I can do not to stop right now and read nineteen consecutive My So-Called Life recaps. And then about a hundred other recaps from shows in PH. There's some great stuff hiding in there, you know. But don't go look now -- if you abandon me, I don't know what I'll do.
Now, we get a stirring anecdote about how one time, C.J. accidentally made a joke about dogs, and the press thought Bartlet hated dogs, and yeah, that was a really bad time for everyone. C.J. claims that there were stories for "weeks." As it turns out, there is great character development here in that C.J. used to have really appalling hair. NEXT!
Senior staff meeting. Josh, Donna, Toby, Leo. Lots of other people milling around, which they never are when we see meetings in Leo's office during the actual show, so...apparently the only meetings we've ever seen before are the unimportant ones. C.J. unfurls a string of clichés in an interview about "balls in the air" and so forth. In the meeting, Toby points out that the president is meeting with the Ugandan delegation. Toby's got a meeting on AIDS policy, blah dee blah.