Babish is filling C.J. in his interrogation of Toby. He tells her that Toby mentioned discussing the shuttle with C.J. She tells him that's true (and it matches her statement to Babish at the beginning of the season). Babish asks her if she in any way told Toby that it would be neato for him to leak the shuttle story to the press. She denies it three ways from Sunday and asks if Toby said that she had. Babish: "No. His account matches yours." C.J. thinks that's because they're both telling the truth. Oliver asks C.J. whether she spoke with anyone about Toby's confession since it was made, and she tells him she hasn't. He asks her if she spoke about it with anyone outside the White House, and she again says "no." But when he asks her if the White House phone logs will back that story up, she tells him that she did place a call to Leo, but that she didn't get through to him. Babish really wants to know what C.J. planned to say to Leo if she had gotten him on the phone, but she just keeps telling him that she didn't reach Leo. Babish asks what kind of message she left for Leo, and she tells him that she told Margaret not to leave any message. Babish tells C.J. that before there are any other questions about this phone call, she might want to think of what other reason she had to call Leo that had nothing to do with the leak, since calling him about the leak might look like evidence of a cover-up. Of course, thinking of an excuse for why you might have called somebody after the fact actually is a cover-up. And then Babish tells C.J. that it's time to meet with Jed and let him know what's going on. She asks him, "What will be the recommendation of the Counsel's office?" He tells her, "The same as yours." So either (a) they already discussed her recommendation, (b) he is offering his unwavering support of whatever she recommends, or (c) he is assuming that she's smart enough to come to the same conclusion he's already reached.
The Residence. Wow, it's been a while since we've been up here. Jed, Abbey, Ellie, and Vic the Fruit Fly Guy are standing around a coffee table holding glasses of champagne. Abbey is ogling Ellie's engagement ring. Ellie wonders if it's not too big, and Abbey tells her, "Oh, there's no such thing, dear." They sit down on facing sofas. Vic is an übergeek -- receding hairline, curly hair, oversized glasses, weak chin, brown corduroy jacket. Abbey tells them she wants to hear "all about the proposal." He apparently popped the question while they were on a bike ride on Rock Creek Park: "We did it there. Er, I did it there." Abbey is clearly being polite when she says that it must have been romantic. Ellie: "Very. The two of us, and my Secret Service detail." Jed asks when they'd like to have the wedding, and Ellie tells him, "As soon as possible." Jed thinks they should wait until after the election, and suggests a White House wedding at Christmas. Abbey jumps right in and suggests that Ellie probably doesn't want to have the wedding at the White House, and she and Jed have a lovely little argument about what Ellie might want, all while Ellie watches them argue. They go on for a bit, and then Ellie interrupts them: "Where, at the moment, is the less pressing concern. There's another consideration that may need to take precedence. As far as scheduling goes. And why we might not want to wait." She starts off that little speech all cute and perky, and slowly trails off at the end. Abbey catches on to Ellie's meaning about ten seconds before Jed does. And just to be clear, are we watching a thirty-something doctor tell her parents that she has to get married because she's knocked up? Did I suddenly switch over to a rerun of American Dreams? What decade is it? You can tell that Jed just wants to smack Vic about the ears, but he just slowly says, "Well, we should probably get right on to scheduling that, then." Heh. At that moment, Not-Debbie (a.k.a. Nancy) interrupts. Abbey introduces Vic, calling him their "son-in-law-to-be." Nancy congratulates them, and Vic just looks mortified, but Ellie is just as excited as any newly engaged person would be. Nancy is there to tell Jed that Babish needs to speak with him. As Jed leaves, Abbey slowly reaches over to take Ellie's champagne away from her. Heh.