Toby sits in the Roosevelt Room. Two people enter, and although we only see the hand of one and part of the jacket of the other, they are indeed Ed and Larry. They want to run some OMB numbers past Toby, but he just tells them, "Go away." They start to tell him that they'll leave the numbers on his desk, and he shouts at them, "Go!" They're a little mystified, but they dutifully file out.
Campaign jet. Josh and Lou are walking down the aisle debating whether to use the word "vigorous." Josh thinks it will sound like they're trying to make a contrast with President Bartlet, but Lou thinks it will help to distinguish Santos from Vinick, whom she describes as a "Methuselah Republican." Josh tells her, "'Vigorous' isn't the opposite of 'old.' It's the opposite of 'vigor-- less-- ness.'" As they take their seats, Josh points out that Vinick isn't exactly hunched over in arthritic pain. Lou describes him as "inconveniently spry." And then Josh decides that they should use "spry," since it's only ever used to describe old people and will send a message without pushing any buttons. Ned walks up to them and tells them that the new tracking numbers are in: Santos is still nine points down from Vinick. Lou is clearly unhappy, and Ned doesn't get it, since a few weeks ago they were thrilled to be just nine points down. Josh tells him, "That was a couple weeks ago." I wanted to say that I though they've been making Ned unnecessarily stupid in the last few episodes, but then I realized that I couldn't remember an episode where he seemed especially smart. Ned points out that with the margin of error, Santos might only be six points down. Lou is disgusted: "When the polls spit out the same number day in and day out, it's time to stop talking margins of error." Ned tells them that when they got the first numbers, he thought being nine points down was awful, but Lou seemed so happy with it. Lou: "So basically you've been wrong about this twice now." She's kind of mean. But I still like her. Ned, chastised, walks away.
Roosevelt Room. Toby stares at the phone sitting right in front of him. After a few seconds, he gets out his wallet, finds a number, and dials the phone. He proceeds to leave a message for his attorney to let her know that he's confessed to being the leak and is waiting to be questioned by the White House Counsel's office. I can't tell you how many of those calls I get in a week. Just then, Mike and Babish enter the room. Babish wonders why Mike left Toby in a room with a phone. And then in a cheerful voice, he asks Toby whom he was speaking with. Toby tells him it was his lawyer's voicemail. Mike reminds him, "My instructions were that you sit quietly." Ah, but did you tell him to put his head down on his desk and take a nap? Toby responds, "I'm pretty sure I used my indoor voice." Babish asks who else Toby spoke with since Mike left him alone, and Toby tells him that Ed and Larry stopped by. Babish wants to know if Toby discussed the leak with them. Toby responds that he did not: "We didn't discuss anything. I was curt and dismissive." And you know he's an expert at that. Babish tells Toby that he'll need Ed and Larry's full names. Toby clearly thinks this is ridiculous, but prepares to answer. As a nation holds its collective breath, he proceeds to write down their full names instead of saying them aloud. Curses! Foiled again! Toby hands the paper to Babish, who hands it to Mike. And then Babish gives Mike a look that basically tells him to beat it. Mike is clearly not happy that he won't be able to help question Toby, but he leaves. Because nobody says "no" to Oliver Babish. Babish sits down. Toby is back to clenching and unclenching his right fist. Which we also saw him do in "Drought Conditions," when he discussed his brother's death. Babish tells Toby that he's in a lot of trouble, and that while Babish is personally sorry to hear it, his main concern as White House Counsel is to figure out exactly how much Toby may have hurt the President. And then Babish starts interrogating Toby. Commercials.