Just as Annabeth's about to leave for good, the phone rings again. This time it's C.J., and Donna puts her on speakerphone. In typical, mile-a-minute C.J. delivery, she tells them that there will soon be wire reports on Jed's MS episode. She tells them that Jed does not, at the moment, have the use of his legs, and that they are shortening the summit from six days to three. She also rattles off a list of names of people who need to be contacted. Josh asks her how Jed is, and C.J. starts in with the party line about how his ability to conduct the summit is not affected. Josh interrupts her: "We got that. This is me asking." C.J.: "I don't know. His arms are working, which is good. They weren't an hour ago, so maybe he's up doing the polka five minutes from now. Otherwise, I don't know." If Jed Bartlet started doing the polka, I'd know that his legs were fine, but I'd start to worry about his mind. They end the call, and Josh tells Annabeth that he'll see her in her office in five minutes. Annabeth leaves, and Donna hands Josh the phone (having already efficiently dialed it). Josh starts a conversation with "Mr. Secretary." While he's speaking, he grabs a notepad, starts writing, and turns the pad around so that Donna (and the viewers) can read it. The note reads, "get Leo," and Donna leaves to do just that as we cut to the credits. Jimmy Smits is in the house.
When we return, Josh is speaking with Annabeth about the briefing. She clearly doesn't want to be part of it, but he tells her that she'll just read the statement and then turn it over to the doctors. She tells him that they don't know anything. Josh: "Nobody's heard from Dr. Strangelove?" I thought this was a very strange reference, but we later learn that the doctor on the plane is actually named something like "Stern-Loeb," so it now makes sense to me. I don't want the show to treat us like we're idiots, but it would be nice if the internal references weren't entirely cryptic. Annabeth tells Josh that the doctor on the plane is busy, and points out that the other doctor on the plane (Millie, the Surgeon General) is also probably busy. Will enters the Communications Office and asks Josh and Annabeth whether they've briefed yet. Annabeth tells him that they're going to start in fifteen minutes, and Will tells them that Bingo Bob would like to give the first statement. Josh says that Annabeth can take care of it (which she denies), and when Will persists, Josh cuts him off: "The President can't walk. Resist the temptation to treat this like an opportunity." Will points out that the Veep is the highest-ranking person available, and that he doesn't really need Josh's permission.