Jed points, and Josh and vigorously waggles his finger, saying, "You, you, are the wildcard, my friend, because you will throw out the baby, the bathwater, and the bubbles at curtain time if it means " Josh: "Excuse me, sir " Jed: "Feel free to interrupt." Josh: "Do you think, Mr. President, the people who get this money care about an NIH study?" Jed hollers, "I don't care if they care! Icare! And oh, by the way, so do you!" Josh argues that $115,000 is what Commerce spends on Post-Its. They should just steal them from another department, like everyone else does. Jed sighs and looks mad. He says, "Toby." Toby's ready: "Threats to civil liberties only ever come a few dollars at a time." Josh replies that it's a medical study: "The Nuclear Test Ban Treaty doesn't prohibit radiation therapy. Sufi Muslims, Orthodox Jews, Indian shamans, the study says it works with everybody, so it's not promoting Christianity." Just religion. Jed: "Well, in my faith, we've known it's worked for two thousand years. I never knew there was data available, but okay." Leo asks if there's anything else. He says there isn't.
They all start to leave, and Jed says, "Maxine." C.J. says to Josh under her breath as she passes him on her way out, "That's you." Josh knows. He turns around and apologizes for interrupting. Jed says he doesn't care: "But what I was going to say " Josh: "I'll toss it all overboard if it means winning, and I think that's not true, and I'd ask you to support that with evidence." Man, somebody's secure in his job. Jed looks at Josh and then looks down at his desk. Josh: "I'm sorry, I don't know why I keep doing that." Maybe you need to see Stanley again. Jed walks toward Josh, saying, "You're not willing to toss it overboard to win. You're willing to toss it overboard to avoid disappointing Leo. You know what the difference is between you and me? I want to be the guy; you want to be the guy the guy counts on." Josh recognizes the shining truth of that and pauses for a moment before saying, "We lost." Jed: "We know." Josh suggests introducing another continuing resolution: "Ninety days." Jed: "And work down?" Josh: "Seventy-five percent of current funding, maybe?" Jed: "If we can get it." Josh mentions that if they introduce another continuing resolution, about ten Democrats will use it as an excuse to vote no on this. Meaning they'll lose by a larger margin. Jed: "When I lose, I don't look for consolation in the score, and I know for sure, you don't. So it's what we should do, right?" He says, as he returns to his desk, that it's an unbelievably tough beat. Josh: "Yes, sir." Suddenly Jed asks, "Hey, Zoey's growing up very nicely, isn't she?" Josh, who just can't seem to get control of his mouth today: "Man, I'll say." Jed gives him the stink-eye. Josh: "You know, I go for 'kiss-ass' today and the ball goes in the gutter." That's all for their meeting.