Back at the White House, Leo and Josh pedeconference with the Administrator and Mr. Sprout. (You know, I imagine it's likely that he's actually a Ph.D. of something or other, so I think that from now on I'll call him Dr. Sprout.) Leo thought there was a system to detect "large hunks of rock hurling toward our planet." The Administrator tells him that the system only tracks objects larger than one kilometer: "Large enough to take out human life as we know it." He says that this is considerably smaller, but Dr. Sprout pipes up that it's 400 meters. The Administrator correctly observes that 400 meters is indeed smaller than a kilometer, but Dr. Sprout can't help noting, "It's twice the size of the Astrodome. It gives new meaning to the phrase 'duck and cover.'" And there goes my headline for this episode.
The group descends some stairs. The Administrator points out that a collision is improbable, but that they thought a warning was still prudent. Josh asks whether they know where it will hit, and all Dr. Sprout can say is that it will be somewhere in the northern hemisphere. When Leo asks what kind of damage they can anticipate in the event of a collision, Sprout tells him, "You're going to wish you were living in Antarctica." Yeah, but who doesn't wish that? I mean, with the penguins and all. The Administrator is clearly getting more and more upset with each of Dr. Sprout's proclamations of doom. He tells Josh and Leo that they are continuing to track the object, and that observers in Maui should be able to get a look at it in the next couple of hours if their cloud cover breaks. By this time, they've arrived at their destination -- the Situation Room.