Josh knocks on Leo's door and Leo says, "Can't ditch the kid." I think he's talking about the pianist for a moment, and wonder when they told Josh about the attempted defection. Then Leo adds, "Can't do it, Josh. I don't need his old man on my call sheet." Oh, he's talking about Swimtern. Is he still here? Hey, maybe you can send Ryan to North Korea, and Jai Yung Ahn can help Josh out. Why the hell not? Call it an exchange program. That way, almost everybody's happy, and the ones who aren't, I don't care about. Josh sighs, "Okay." Leo pauses for a moment, and then tells Josh that an internal poll shows Jed's approval rating down eleven points. He's clearly bummed. Josh reminds him that it was artificially high because of the abduction, and that they knew it wouldn't stay that way. That doesn't seem to cut much ice with Leo. He asks about Thiele, and Josh tells him Thiele is coming over. Leo gripes, "He votes against, it'll be all Thiele, all the time!" Man, somebody's wearing his crankypants today. I think Leo needs a good meal and a weekend away with Jordan. Or even Margaret, at this point. Leo gets up and heads for the Oval Office, and Josh's Spidey sense kicks in: "Is something going on?" Leo just says, "Get us Thiele."
Josh walks through the lobby on his way back to his office, running into Donna and her Aunt Barbara and Uncle Ted. They seem like lovely Midwestern folks. Josh greets them enthusiastically, and Donna asks if there's any chance of getting them into the concert tonight. Way to put the boss on the spot, there, Donna. Josh apologizes, saying: "There are Senators on the waiting list. Mostly Republicans." Uncle Ted glances at Aunt Barbara and they both look uncomfortable. Josh: "You're...Republicans." Like Donna wouldn't have warned him about that, along with the no-cheese-jokes plea. It's not like she doesn't know how Josh feels about Republicans, and it's not like it's all that unlikely to come up. It's not as if they work at an arcade. How very out of character. Have the writers met Donna? Or any of these characters? Sometimes I wonder. Josh offers to get Barbara and Ted into the rehearsal this afternoon. Aunt Barbara thinks that's wonderful. Uncle Ted says that Donna mentioned Josh was meeting with the economic advisors. Josh: "Not so much meeting, as fighting off slipping into a coma." Gee, what a trenchant comment. Brad and Janel deserve better than this. I deserve better than this. Uncle Ted: "Pretty dense, huh?" Josh mentions that they never agree, and nobody is remotely afflicted by doubt. Donna rambles on about how it's just like with diets, and all the contradictory advice we're given about nutrition and weight loss: "When most doctors agree that the healthiest advice is just to eat a variety of food in moderate amounts." Josh gives her a dumsquizzled look and says, "Uh-huh." Donna carries on: "Maybe that's the approach to take with economists." She's kind of skidding onto the shoulder now, noticing Josh's reaction: "Take from every theory...in moderation." Her smile fades as Josh says, "Yeah. Interesting." Josh asks Uncle Ted what he does. Turns out he's a sales rep for a dairy consortium. Josh: "You mean...cheese?" Donna looks at Josh and watches him carefully. You can almost see Josh turn into Chandler as he manages to control his expression. He shakes their hands and says, "Well, enjoy your tour!" Frink -- pretending to be Josh talking to Aunt Barbara -- says, "And what do you do?" On first viewing I too felt it was a sexist oversight, but now I think it was simply that Josh had to get out of there as quickly as possible, before a whole barrelful of cheese jokes escaped his lips.