The phone rings. POTUS picks it up. It's Leo. Leo comes in and says that the Church of the Nativity is closed. "You wanna believe that?" he says. "Why?" POTUS asks. Leo says he's trying to find out. Leo tells Arkin -- whose title at least includes "Dr." -- that both the airports are now closed. They flew this guy in and he doesn't even know what an airplane means. "You mind being our guest for a while?" Leo asks. Arkin thanks him. "And now we're one-third of the way through an Agatha Christie story," POTUS deadpans. Nobody laughs. He ends up doing a voice, saying the bridge is washed out. Ha ha, no. "Well, I'm finished. I was doing the guy who says that in the Agatha Christie stories," POTUS explains. Still no laughs. Why not try writing the joke down and sending it at as a memo? I bet it reads a lot better than it sounds. (Reads back over recap.) Oh, wait, it doesn't. POTUS exits. I think I just won an Emmy for making it through that scene.
Charlie's walking down the hall. Zoey calls to him; she's standing in her coat, accompanied by some guy. It's great when they call out each other's names like that. It helps me a lot, at least. Charlie stops, does a slow burn, and turns. Zoey's companion is some tall pretty-boy. Zoey introduces Charlie to Jean Paul. Jean Paul, in case you haven't guessed, is very French. Why do you think he has this outrageous accent? Frenchie says that Zoey talks about Charlie all the time -- so much, in fact, that sometimes Frenchie wants to kill Charlie. Are you allowed to say that to a White House staffer without getting pummeled by the Secret Service? Charlie, who knows why, thanks him. "It's a common emotion," Zoey says. Charlie asks if there's some way he's supposed to address the guy. How about "French assmunch"? Zoey says that the average person walking by wouldn't know that Frenchie is French royalty. Charlie slyly says that he read 150 words about Frenchie in Us Weekly and feels like he knows him. Charlie excuses himself and gets the hell out of that scene. But Zoey follows. She asks Charlie if she can have the coverage on her father's mood. Charlie, annoyed, asks why. Zoey says she has to ask POTUS something. Zoey asks if Charlie needs to know. No, he just wants to, he says. She says she wants to ask if Frenchie can come with the family to New Hampshire. He's royalty. Can't he get there himself? Charlie says that POTUS hasn't met Frenchie yet. Zoey says they'll meet today. "Now we've got ourselves a show," Charlie says. Zoey insists her dad will love Frenchie. She says she loves him, so of course her father will, too. "That's absolutely the way it works," Charlie says. Zoey wants to know her dad's mood. Charlie says she fell for the oldest trick in the book. He works for the president, so he won't discuss his mood. But if it's the oldest trick in the book, and we've only had American presidents for a little over two hundred years...sigh, never mind. 'Shroom dialogue, I'm assuming. Charlie wishes Zoey luck. He says he likes Frenchie; they have a lot in common. Zoey calls Charlie the worst kind of snob. Charlie says there are worse snobs in the world. This scene would have been great if there'd been any kind of acting involved.