Josh returns and tells Donna to find out if Leo's available, and to see if Senator Canton's around. Donna asks if it's for a call or a face-to-face. Will's right behind them, and he says that Canton's in Seattle for the NAACP convention. Donna leaves, and Will asks what Josh needs Canton for. Josh wants a Democrat to run interference with Hunt. Will thinks they should give the aWendtment a second look -- that it might not be such a bad thing. Josh: "For the floor-wax industry, maybe." Will says that working families are struggling and need their help. Josh: "You already auditioning one-liners for New Hampshire?" Swimtern comes and basically echoes Will. Swimtern cites a study showing a relationship between kids in day care and increases in violent behaviour, hyperactivity, and lack of discipline. Josh: "You're saying Jeffrey Dahmer's only problem was day care?" Yeah, that's what I got from that. Yeesh. Swimtern says they're always harping about the root causes of crime and violence. Josh says he works for the federal government and he's never heard of this supposedly major study of Wendt's. Will: "Well, maybe that's because all TV news programs are produced by mothers who dump their kids in day care." That should win the show some fans. ["Also, maybe those increases are due to other environmental causes that coincide with the increase of mothers working outside the home and thus using day care -- causes such as videogames kids play, shows kids watch, and sugary foods kids eat. But what do I know? I'm just a violent, hyperactive, undisciplined child of day care." -- Wing Chun] Josh: "I think we need more women in the work force specifically to keep you two out." Heh.
Sit Room. Blah di blah, the rescue team's almost there. Jed and Leo watch the action on the various screens and listen to the communications while a military brass type narrates things. But I don't care, and trust me, you don't really care either. NF Squared has to prompt POTUS to give the go-ahead. He nods, and the order's conveyed. They watch the teams as Leo flashes back to the first of some unnecessary, totally clichéd, low-budget jungle scenes.
It's night and it's pouring rain. Vietnamese soldiers speak to each other. No subtitles. Ken O'Neal is dragging the injured Leo through the jungle. They hear the voices all around them; Ken hushes Leo. The Vietnamese are just a few feet away from them. Leo thinks his leg is broken; it sure as hell is a bloody, gaping mess. Ken opens a packet of something powdered -- disinfectant? -- and pours it into Leo's wound, which of course makes him cry out with pain. Leo tells his friend to go, but Ken won't leave Leo behind. Leo argues that Ken won't make it if he has to drag Leo around. Ken ties a bandage around Leo's leg and says, "You're not so heavy, old man." What is the point of all this? We know they survive, so there's no suspense or dramatic impact. And the interaction is so stereotypical that here's no real character development or revelation here, so once again: what's the point? There's nothing achieved through these scenes that couldn't have been condensed into, for example, two lines for Dulé Hill to say. (On the other hand: so what if they had? More time for Josh/Donna bickering? More time for Carol to slobber over Ben? More screen time for Swimtern? It's a lose-lose situation.)