When we return from the commercials, we see that Gail's okay, too. She's swimming obliviously in her underwater studio apartment on C.J.'s desk. Whew. Carol and some other staff members are watching the news coverage in C.J.'s office while C.J.'s on the phone trying to give the story to some news agency or other. Or maybe it's Danny. She hangs up and tells Carol that the person she was talking to wants to know if the President wants to say something funny. Carol suggests, "'That's twice in four years. Some of you guys must really be mad at me.'" C.J.: "Something funnier than that, but yeah."
Josh returns to the interview from hell, things on that front having been ratcheted up several notches from mere "tortured conversation." He tells Joe he's getting to see a show, and explains what happened, and that no one was hurt, but that they're in lockdown. Joe won't be able to leave. Joe says he thought he heard what sounded like gunshots before, while they were talking. He asks if Josh heard them. Josh: "No, but I heard a brass quintet playing 'The First Noel,' so I just assumed somebody somewhere was locked and loaded." Joe thinks for a moment, trying to remember something -- anything -- from his cram session the night before with the Little Big Book of Sorkinese ("Chapter 1: Yiddish, Yiddishisms and Yinglish. Chapter 2: References to Broadway Musicals. Chapter 3: Sports Metaphors. Chapter 4: Poker and Chess Stuff. Chapter 5: Quotations from Philosophers Ancient and Modern. Chapter 6: Shakespeare and Classical Theatre. Chapter 7: References to 1940s Screwball Comedies. Chapter 8: Scientific and Mathematical Concepts and Buzzwords. Chapter 9: Latin. Chapter 10: Words That Start With 'Dw'...") Joe comes up with, "You know, not for nothing, but the people that I talk to don't believe that story, and the people you'd like, don't care." Make of that what you will. Are the very specific symptoms of Josh's PTSD really that widely known? Josh looks at Joe thoughtfully for a moment and then nods almost imperceptibly.