The briefing room is in a tumult, and it seems as though the camera operator took a tumble, as the shot careens around the room before settling on Bingo Bob. He quiets them, and repeats verbatim his line from earlier about hearing the news while he was playing tennis and not being able to believe his ears. He tells them that he spoke with Jed, and that the summit will continue: "He is physically encumbered, but as far as we can tell right now, this in no way affects his mental acuity." Josh is pretty pissed about the "as far as we can tell" bit, and a reporter picks up on it, asking whether there has been a cognitive evaluation. Russell disclaims any medical knowledge, and announces that he has called a meeting of the Cabinet to see what they might do to support Jed. Leo: "Lord almighty!" Josh tells Donna to pull Will out of the briefing, and Leo hops on the phone: "Margaret, I'm going to need five minutes on the phone with every member of the Cabinet."
Josh enters the hallway outside the briefing room and lays into Will about the Cabinet meeting: "The President is still running the show, on two continents. Russell can stop with the less-than-subtle insinuations to the contrary. There will be no Cabinet meeting." But Will points out that it's already been announced, and that it would look pretty bad just to cancel it. I love the way Brad Whitford jams his hands into his pockets when Josh has to be really angry. He looks so furious, it frightens me. He turns on Will and practically spits, "You know, just watch yourself, you and your candidate." Will is acting as nonchalant as possible, and he asks Josh if he's done. Josh leaves him with a free peace of campaign advice: "Stop with the ceaseless mentions of his tennis game. It doesn't make him look young and vigorous; it makes him look like a dilettante that can't settle down with a thick book." As Josh and Donna walk away, they discuss something that is completely unintelligible to me. Donna then asks Josh whether he really thinks that discussing tennis makes Bingo Bob look "flaky." Josh: "No, I think it makes him look young and vigorous." This was a great scene for both Brad Whitford and Josh Malina.
Exterior shot of Air Force One, parked on a tarmac. A subtitle informs us that we are at "Beijing Capital International Airport." What, you mean they didn't fly to Berlin since we last saw them? Thank goodness for the subtitles -- I could have been so confused.