Josh approaches Bram, who's watching a TV showing Vinick's argument for nuclear power from the debate. The media is apparently starting to show this a lot. Bram's asking about anything they might do, including just one statement, but Josh assures him that they and no one they control will be saying anything. "The Congressman doesn't want to politicize a tragedy." Bram continues, knowing it could be good for them since Vinick is pro-nuclear, but Josh isn't having any of it. Donna, however, comes and delivers some papers to possibly change his mind.
Santos hangs up the phone in his room when Helen walks in. "How is the Governor?" "Nervous," he answers. "I don't see why " she replies. "Any angry constituents will just be vaporized anyway, right?" She pours tea from a hideously ugly pot that looks like a relic from the 1980s geometric pizzazz collection. "Or am I the only one left in the family with a sense of humor." Josh delivers the paperwork; unsurprisingly, it's about Vinick's lobbying for the very same plant years before. However, he doesn't know when the press will get the info. "Don't we want to nudge them along?" Helen snots. For someone who isn't sure if she even wants her husband to win the election, she's got a fresh lot of attitude. Josh points out that they could, but that would give Vinick the opportunity to fire back at them for politicizing a tragic event. He's sure that they'll find it and that it will have more impact if it isn't leaked by Santos, but Helen keeps sniping at him and adding how unsafe these plants are. Everyone stops to watch the news coverage of traffic jams, and Santos tells Josh to "hide these under your mattress," handing the papers back, and he gives Helen a look as she glares at him.
12:21 AM. Bartlet is saying, "I don't like hearing the word 'meltdown' on cable news. Twelve things have not gone wrong yet." See, Helen? You're not the only one with your sense of humor left. C.J. tells him that boatloads of engineers are working on fixing the valve, as they walk into a crowd in the Oval Office. Will reports the media craze about the evacuations, including a family in Michigan leaving the country. Way to help out, American Public. Jed asks when he would be able to visit without diverting resources from the evacuation, and FEMA says they can plan to have him travel the next day. Despite the risks, he wants to do it. C.J. brings up inviting Vinick, since he normally would be invited as a California senator. Although it's a first that he's also a presidential nominee, Bartlet wants to stick to procedure. He has C.J. set up a call for him with Santos.