With that, Toby surrenders the game and knocks his king down. That would be a pretty refreshing sentiment to hear in an election. If this is going to be Sorkin's way of poo-pooing America for voting for Good Neighbour President Bush over Smart Robot Gore, then I'm all for it. Bush is one scary-dumb feller. The President demands, "Pick your king up. We're not done playing yet."
Next we see Charlie waiting for C.J. in her office, presumably called there by Leo.
Charlie: How ya doing?
C.J.: You really want to dance with me?
Charlie: Wouldn't it have been a lot easier to respect the rules and regulations?
C.J.: What are you doing in here?
Charlie: Leo told me to be in here.
Leo enters and gets two words out before C.J. and Charlie both start shouting their cases, simultaneously, to Leo. "All right," shouts Leo, "I think it's fine that people blow off a little steam, but now it's DONE, and it's time for one of you to be a little mature." Charlie's down with that: "Well, god knows C.J.'s a lot more mature than I am." "Hey!" C.J. protests. Carol pops in the door (she does that) to collect Leo for Nancy. "Well, okay, it's over. That's that," says C.J. She drops her paperwork on her desk, which promptly collapses. "So how long do you usually make people your bitch?" asks C.J., surveying what used to be a perfectly serviceable desk. "Depends," deadpans Charlie. And so ends the hi-lair-e-ous C.J. & Charlie hijinx which, to tell the truth, were not all that hilarious. Or in character. Or imaginative. It's comic relief to defuse the serious chess-tacular goings-on, but I'm relieved to see it end. There's something icky about C.J. referring to herself as a bitch.
Another scene, another chess-wrapped strategy lesson with Sam. This is getting monotonous. The President returns to Sam's office.
President: Sorry, I got tied up.
Sam: No, that's fine.
Sam's been busy looking stuff up during the President's absence. Turns out Eisenhower wouldn't put U.S. troops near Chinese troops because a war could break over just one shot, so Sam wonders, if Ike wouldn't send in forces..."Why are you?"