Cut to the President's office, where he's reading. Hoynes wants to come in and talk, to straighten out the fallout from the cabinet meeting to-do. Jed tells him that C.J.'s done all the damage control with Danny, but the Veep says he's referring to the stuff between the two of them. Hoynes says he was not Danny's source and that the President can believe that or not. Jed gives him a nod and says "okay." Hoynes makes to leave and as he's almost got his hand on the doorknob, Jed says, "John." Hoynes turns around and starts in: "What did I ever do to you? Where in our past, what did I do to make you treat me this way? What did I ever do to you, except deliver the South?" Potus is unmoved and tells him, "You shouldn't have made me beg, John. I was asking you to be the Vice-President." Hoynes points out (with due respect, of course) that Bartlet had just kicked his ass in a primary, and adds that he's fifteen years younger than POTUS, and had "his career to think of." Jed points out that Hoynes' reluctance weakened him right out of the gate, and says again, "You shouldn't have made me beg." Hoynes glares at him for a wee bit and then says he's glad C.J. straightened things out with Danny. The Veep says good night and leaves.
Meanwhile, in Josh's office Mandy is badgering him again as he races around looking for files and tries to ignore her. She's arguing that they've won, he insists it's a tie, she tells him when a tie is the best you can do you "depart the playing field and call it a win." Josh begs to differ, and tells Donna to call the President's office and let them know he'll have a solution for them very soon (though he admits he doesn't actually have one). Mandy promises she'll put the best face on things if they pass the bill as is. When Josh cracks that she could put the best face on a turnpike collision, she slams his door shut so that she can rip a strip off him. "You're fighting the wrong fights and you're doing it for the wrong reasons. That's all." Mandy marches off, probably to go torture Toby some more. Donna comes back and Josh complains that he needs the research faster, that it's taking too long. Donna tells him that they're doing the best they can but that some of the computer files are antiquated. For some reason this makes the big old lightbulb go off over Josh's head and he sits in his chair repeating, "They're antiquated...they're antiquated." Donna looks at him like maybe he needs his medication adjusted. He tells Donna to tell the Prez that Josh can see him at his convenience. He chucks a file in a file holder with the air of someone slam-dunking a ball and smiles smugly. I confess, I had no idea what his solution was from this scene.