Donna knocks on the door of the Roosevelt Room again. What now? Is it last call already? Josh comes out and asks if she just came by to look at Joe. She tells Josh that Stanley's available by cell phone if Josh wants to speak to him. Josh says he told her he wasn't going to call him. She thought he might change his mind, by which she means, she thought she would change his mind by forcing it on him. Josh says he hasn't changed his mind: "I''m telling you, there's something...a guy this qualified...I'd know who he was. Something's wrong. I just figured out what."
Josh goes back into the room, inviting Donna to come with him. Donna asks Joe how he's enjoying his lockdown. Joe says it's been a very thorough interview. Josh runs over the many topics they've covered, describing many of them as "Democratic G-spots," and adds, "But it wasn't until now that I realized that there was something I forgot to ask you: Are you a registered Democrat?" Joe is not. Nor is he a registered Independent. Josh: "Are you registered?" Joe: "Yes." Josh: "You're a Republican." Joe: "Yes!" Gasp! Seriously? With the constant references to Ainsley, and the fact that Donna likes him, Josh couldn't figure out before now that this guy's a Republican? Duh. Josh: "Whoa!" Donna says it's fine, reminding Josh that Ainsley was a Republican. Josh reminds Donna that Ainsley looked like Miss September. Okay, not exactly. He actually says, "If you're a Republican, you damn well better look like Ainsley Hayes!" See? Isn't that a lot better? This show just exhausts me sometimes. Donna hollers, "He does!" Well, I think Matthew Perry's sort of cute, but I wouldn't say he looks like Ainsley Hayes. Sam Seaborn: now there's your male Ainsley Hayes. Donna continues: "He will to others." Others, I guess, less in touch with the HoYay! than Josh. Honestly, I don't know what's going on here. Are they really hiring Associate Counsel for the White House based on how they'd score on Are You Hot??
Josh asks if Joe doesn't want to get a job in the Republican party. Joe does, but he can't, because he's in the doghouse with several people at the National Committee. He wrote a memo for the SG arguing that the Supreme Court should uphold regulations that limit soft-money donations to political campaigns. Josh: "That's gotta be the kind of thing that winds you up in GOP jail for the same amount of time as...." Joe: "A Democrat who speaks out against abortion?" Josh: "Right." He wonders why Joe wants to work at the White House instead of the private sector. Joe says he's on his way to New York for a final interview at Debevoise and Plimpton. Josh says that's his father's firm; he was a partner there. Joe knows. Josh says they're going to offer him $225,000 a year: "Is this your fallback?" Joe: "They're my fallback." Josh asks him again why he wants to work here. Joe: "I like public service. I want to serve, and you guys are the only ones left." I liked this routine better the first time around, with Ainsley. Josh asks why he hasn't signed the questionnaire. Joe says he can't, because he lied on Question 75: "Have you ever done anything that would reflect poorly on the President?" Josh: "What'd you do?" Joe: "I didn't vote for him." Donna gets all gooey-eyed and says, "That's really very sweet." Shut up, Donna. Josh looks at her. Donna assures him: "Not to me." Josh finally relents, convinced Joe really wants to work there, and says he'll recommend Joe to Leo.