Out on the portico, Jed's trying out material on Charlie. "I've known my wife, Abby, for nearly 150 years." Jed decides Abby won't think that's funny and that he won't say that. Charlie gets behind that. Jed tries another gambit, one involving the history of the word "toast." Charlie gently suggests, "I'd stick to Mrs. Bartlet and not get into etymology so much." Jed says he was talking to Charlie. Jed says the Stuarts would put a piece of toast in a wine cup to improve the flavour. Charlie: "Interesting." Not very. As C.J. approaches, Jed blathers that in 1643, the members of the Middle Temple toasted Princess Elizabeth by pledging to die in her service. No doubt Marbury'd pledge as much to her successor if it was an excuse to swill back some more booze. Charlie: "Hey, that could be the button." C.J. arrives, Charlie is dismissed, and C.J. delivers the rumoured news about Nolan. Jed: "No, dammit." He explains that they were pretty sure that the board was evenly divided and that Nolan was the swing vote, "which was what dictated a lot of her...dammit!" Leo approaches. Jed says that Abby worked with Nolan for twenty years and that Jed was the Governor who appointed him to the board. Leo says, "Excuse me, sir." Jed tells C.J. she should tell Abby, and C.J. leaves. Jed tells Leo about Nolan, which of course he already knows. Leo asks, "What's going to happen?" Jed says they'll suspend Abby's license for a year. Leo indicates that he and Abby just talked for a bit. Jed: "And?" Leo: "I don't think you need to be concerned about her leaving you for me." Jed: "I was pretty concerned about that." Leo: "She's definitely leaving you for somebody, so don't be so..." Jed: "Can you leave me alone? I'm trying to be a husband and your mojo's getting all over me." Yeah, thanks for loading me up with that image. Also: "Mojo"? Leo says that Marbury's sitting with Toby. Jed asks if that's about Brendan McGann, adding that he doesn't know what to say about that. Leo says he'll see Jed inside. Jed says yeah. He stands there cogitating in profile.
After the commercials, there's a shot of Abby's birthday cake, which clearly shows her name spelled wrong: "Abbey." I wouldn't want to be that baker. ["Actually, that's how her name is spelled officially, according to the IMDb and NBC.com, but it's a stupid spelling, and we reject it." -- Wing Chun] Abby calls out to Josh, who's Amy-less at the moment, and says she's sorry to do this at a party, but hands him a list of names she'd like him to consider for Deputy Political Director. I say they should get Winnie, the Sassy Intern or her older sister, Oleanna the Temp (™ Sobell). Josh hesitantly says that they've got the list down to a few finalists. Abby's all, "Yeah, I'd like you to add these names." Josh says he can't help noticing that they're all women. Abby: "Women are 60\% of our vote, Josh. Don't you think they should make up at least 40\% of our campaign staff?" Again, why the low sights? Why not 50 or 60\%? What's with the fixation on forty? Just then C.J. comes up behind Josh. Josh: "I'm sorry?" Abby starts to repeat her question, to which Josh replies in the affirmative. Abby asks if Josh will get on it, and he says, "Yes, ma'am." She asks if he's having a good time, and he replies, "You bet." He leaves. C.J. moves closer, and Abby says she looks beautiful. Which is true. C.J. says the same, of course. She gently tells Abby the bad news about Nolan. Abby's face crumples a bit, but she holds it together and after a brief pause, she says, "Claudia Jean, let's get drunk." Abby swishes off. C.J. stands there for a second: "Oh...okay." Jed, send the kids to the neighbours. She's coming home loaded.