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.
At the summit, President Lian is speechifying. If I had to sit through a three-hour meeting with this guy, I'd be tugging on my earlobes -- but only in the process of trying to rip my ears off so I wouldn't have to listen to him anymore. He's that boring. Jed sips some tea from a small cup, and then kind of shrugs his right shoulder and waves his arm around a little bit. It looks like he's going over his breakdancing routine in his head and he's just involuntarily making some of the moves. Toby notices and asks Kate, "Does he look out of it to you? The President?" Kate: "Ours?" She thinks he's fine, even when Jed moves his arm again. Toby thinks that Jed is not listening, and he gets up to find C.J. She also thinks he looks fine, and asks if Jed's been speaking. Toby says that he has, but that President Lian has been on a tear for quite a while. Just then, Jed moves his arm again -- Toby refers to it as "flapping." C.J. does think it looks a bit odd. And then Jed reaches up with his hand and fumbles for his ear. C.J.: "Oh my God, he's tugging on his earlobe. We've got to get him out of there." They realize that they came up with a signal and then never thought of what they would say if Jed gave that signal. C.J. gathers her courage and walks up to the two presidents. She very calmly interrupts President Lian, saying, "I beg your pardon," and then explains that Jed has received an urgent phone call from Washington and that they will have to take a few moments to respond to it. President Lian, through his interpreter, accepts the excuse and orders that the hall be cleared. As everyone walks away, C.J. asks Jed, "You okay?" Jed: "Yeah, I just gotta take a minute."