Toby tells Alana that he appreciates her concern, but that he doesn't really need her, since he's prepared to face the consequences of what he did. She tells him that he's "very noble and very stupid." She makes it clear to him that she wants to try to get some kind of deal for him, and that will become harder the more he talks. He tells her that he doesn't want a deal, and she tells him that he's facing a sentence of "sixty-three to seventy-eight months' jail time." Toby wonders where those odd numbers came from. She starts to tell him that he has an obligation to others beside himself. He tells her, "Please don't bring up my kids." I'm so glad he didn't forget them. I was starting to think that their birth was just a hallucination. Alana, of course, is not at all concerned with Toby's kids -- she's concerned about her own reputation, and what it will look like for her if she lets Toby go down without a fight. She accuses him of wanting "to go down in some kind of quasi-orgasmic blaze of self-pitying, self-destructive, self-aggrandizing attempt at glory." And then she gives him an ultimatum: either he refuses to answer any more questions or she walks. And without waiting for an answer, she signals to Babish that he can come in. Babish enters, sits down, and asks, "Who was it who first informed you of the existence of a classified military space shuttle." And I'm certain we would have learned that it was Toby's brother, but Toby decides to accept Alana's advice and refuses to answer. Babish tells him, "Please wait here," and then he leaves. Toby tells Alana, "Well, you certainly earned your fee today." She tells him that she appreciates the fact that he listened to her. Toby: "No, I just meant it was the first time tonight he used the word 'please.'" Heh. Commercials.
West Wing. C.J. walks by Ed and Larry, who are dumbfoundedly watching the dismantling of Toby's office. She tells them that they should probably go home.
Toby enters the Sit Room and asks to be caught up. Hutchinson tells her that Kate has been "entertaining [them]...with her theory on this assassination in Kazakhstan." C.J. hits him with both barrels: "Mr. Secretary, through no fault of your own, your customary default acerbity -- which some might characterize as 'snide,' but which I never fail to find delightful -- is perhaps not the right tone for my particular mood this particular evening. Now, would you catch me up?" I actually feel a little bit sorry for Hutchinson after that. Poor bastard never knew what hit him. Kate's theory is that the Russians might have done it to disrupt Kazakhstan's increasing closeness with China, which has included a strategic partnership and the building of an oil pipeline to China. Apparently, the guy who will replace the assassinated Kazakh president is much more pro-Russia. Of course, Kate's theory doesn't tell us anything about Farad or the regional V.P. of Unocal. If all of this is true, the big question is how China will respond. C.J. summarizes the problem thus: "Russia and China, eyeball to eyeball in Central Asia." That's a good way to get pinkeye. ["Or red eye." -- Wing Chun] Hutchinson refers to "nine hundred U.S. Marines stuck right in the middle." Presumably, these are marines serving at some small U.S. base in Kazakhstan.