As Annabeth leaves, Josh and Toby both enter. They found out what Wilkinson is up to: he's attaching an anti-same-sex marriage bill to the budget. He's calling it the Sanctity of Marriage Act, but since it's really just about telling folks that they can't get married, I'll just call it an anti-marriage provision. The trick, of course, is that if it's part of the budget when it gets to the President's desk, the only way to veto the marriage ban would be to veto the entire budget. Josh: "If we oppose it, we paint the whole Democratic party as out of touch with traditional American values for the election." C.J. lets out a very Leo-like "Margaret!" and asks her to call the Residence and arrange an immediate meeting with Jed.
Satan's lair. Also known as Will's office. He is telling some unseen job applicant that his or her résumé looks great, but that what the applicant really brings is "the knowledge [he or she has] gleaned over six years on the front lines. I think we can safely say you've picked up a lot." The camera has slowly panned around, and by the end of this speech we can see that -- DUN DUN DUN! -- Will is speaking to Donna. And if you did not realize that before the reveal, please leave the room immediately. He tells her that he wants to be sure he's "not starting a turf war. [Will would] hate to find the Deputy Chief of Staff at [his] door with a switchblade." I think Josh is less likely to show up with a switchblade and more likely to show up with one of those plastic switchblade combs. Donna tells Will that won't be a problem: "I need to move on. And Josh is...Well, he'll find somebody else to answer his phone." Will tells her, "Well, we can use you, no question. And not as anybody's assistant." Well, there's that promotion that so many of you wanted Donna to get. I hope you're happy. Commercials.
Residence. Jed is hearing the bad news about the anti-marriage bill from C.J., Josh, and Toby. He's looking mighty relaxed in a Notre Dame sweatshirt, and he's squeezing a rubber ball in his right hand. He asks, "Didn't they attach a family-planning rider to the highway bill last year?" Toby confirms that they did. Jed: "What's with these people? They can't stop talking about sex." Toby explains that it's because "they can't be having it." Well they certainly can't be having it with me, that's for sure. I have a strict no-Republicans rule. Jed also thinks that the Sanctity of Marriage Act sounds familiar. Josh reminds him that they tried it in the first term: "Marriage Recognition Act. Pocket veto." Jed is surprised to hear that it's Wilkinson who is pushing this, since he normally is not much involved in the budget process. Toby and Josh both recommend issuing a statement threatening a veto if the rider is attached to the budget. C.J. tells them that she disagrees: "It's a bad pitch. Don't swing at it. That's why they're throwing it." You know, C.J., if you really don't want people to think you're a lesbian, you should stop throwing around the sports metaphors. Especially ones that sound like you learned them at softball camp. She points out that the anti-marriage bill is unlikely to survive a court challenge: "This amendment is pure symbolism, an empty gesture. Is that worth holding up our entire agenda?" Jed thinks for a moment, and then tells them to get the amendment removed from the budget bill. Toby wonders what happens if they can't, but Jed is not interested in "what ifs": "Just get it off the bill." Toby and Josh leave, and Jed tells C.J.: "Wilkinson's more of a federalist than an ideologue. What's he doing suggesting we override the states?" C.J. thinks they can leave the anti-marriage provision to the courts: "We need this budget, sir. At the end of the day, you may have to sign it."