Abbey, Curtis, and Charlie are meeting with Jed's doctor. He's discussing Jed's condition, and Charlie asks him if there's any way to reverse the progression of the disease. Doctor: "Give me ten years and some stem cells." Oh no, our political television show is getting political. C.J. enters, and the doctor tells them, "What we need to focus on is the best way to manage his symptoms in this unique environment." And you know what we learn next? The presidency is a very stressful job. (Unless your initials are GWB, in which case you just sit at your desk and play with army men.) The doctor tells them that Jed should not have to sit through a meeting that's longer than an hour, that they can only schedule him for six or seven hours a day, and that he will need a nap in the afternoon. Charlie is the voice of the nation when he says, "A nap? He's gonna love that." (I think that was sarcasm, by the way. ["Who doesn't love a nap? Shut up, Charlie." -- Wing Chun]) The doctor tells them that public events like receptions and meetings will be the most difficult things to deal with, so C.J. suggests that they switch to "more on the phone, memos, things he can read and sign." Except it turns out that too much reading will also be bad for Jed. Doctor Bringdown also tells them that they should keep the Office of O. below seventy degrees, since high temperatures can trigger attacks. You can hear the tears in Abbey's voice as she says, "The bottom line is, we have to prepared for anything, every day."
Toby walks into Will's office and asks him if he can have a minute. Will is a bit startled -- I think he was reading TWoP. He says that he wishes Toby would call first, "so [Will] can gather [his] wits." And then he asks Toby if he's seen "thefederalgovernmentareabunchofdinks.com." Worst. URL. Ever. And shockingly enough, nobody seems to have registered it. Will tells him that the site is all over the C.J. rumor: "They've got her high-school basketball stats. Apparently she was all-Dayton." Well, I'm sure she'd be all-datin' now if she had more time. And can I just say, the most obnoxious thing about this entire storyline is that the rumors about C.J. appear to be based entirely on the fact that she was an athlete when she was younger. I mean, couldn't they have thrown in a speech she gave to some gay and lesbian rights group before she was press secretary, or a lesbian roommate she had in college, or something? Because it just strains the imagination to think that anyone would take seriously a rumor that a woman was a lesbian just because she was athletic. And even though we're not supposed to think like those people, this storyline still sends a particular message to women: "If you're a jock, people will think you're a dyke. So you'd better watch out." And I really just don't think that's where we are anymore. Anyway, back to the show. Toby is there to ask Will for Bingo Bob's help with the anti-marriage provision. Will doesn't seem too interested in helping: "The Vice-President is pro-marriage." Toby: "As are we all. I've been married almost twice. To the same woman." It becomes clear that Russell won't issue a statement concerning the bill until he knows exactly what the President is going to say about it publicly. Will rightly points out that taking any position is a trap for a Democratic candidate: "We come out for it, we hurt ourselves in the primaries. We come out against it, we hurt ourselves in the general." Toby is asking for Will's help in killing it, but Will is not going to help unless he knows that Jed is willing to threaten a veto.