Toby is on the phone, saying "I don't know" repeatedly before he is put on hold. He seems tense. Mandy raps at his door and asks if he's busy. Toby tells her about the dead vet, adding, "I don't know if his family's been contacted, I don't know what kind of burial --" Mandy, no doubt sensing a PR coup, asks, "How do you know him?" When Toby says that he doesn't, Mandy asks, "What does it matter to you?" as if she's amused by Toby's display of human compassion. Suddenly, Lenny Briscoe bursts in to arrest Mandy for impersonating a human being (all tm Blackfriar). Toby asks what Mandy wants, and she says that although it might seem trivial, the carolers' Santa hats clash with their Dickensian costumes. Toby stares, and asks, "It might seem trivial?" Mandy brightly offers that she's just keeping Toby in the loop. Toby returns to his phone call and tells Mandy, "Go away." I second that.
Donna confronts Josh, this time asking "What's going on with Leo?" Josh closes the door. Donna indicates that she's talked to Margaret, Leo's assistant. Josh says "The two of you shouldn't be --" and Donna cuts him off to say, "Yeah, but we did," before we can determine what they shouldn't be doing. Donna asks, "Is it true?" When Josh says that it is, she asks what Josh is going to do. Josh says that he can't really do anything, and that they're all going to wait and see what happens. Donna stares at him until Josh asks, "Could you stop looking at me with that face like I just killed your hamster?" Donna says, "If one of us was in trouble, he would be the first person --" "I know!" says Josh, although I don't remember Leo doing much when Josh was in danger of losing his job. They both pause, and then Donna says she wasn't trying to make Josh feel guilty. I'm curious about the tally marks on the chalkboard in Josh's office. I'm also curious about why he has a chalkboard instead of a whiteboard with markers. And finally, I'm curious about what is showing on the small television set behind Donna: I'm guessing it's a soap opera, but near the end of the scene it suddenly displays what looks like a model carousel spinning. While I wonder about all these things, Donna leaves.
C.J. is shepherding a bunch of children around as she reminds them to announce their name and grade before asking the Prez a question. C.J. cues the Secret Service agent, then the kids, and as the Prez enters, the kids shout, "Good morning, Mister President!" The Prez makes them say it again, louder, and then asks, "Now who are all these people making a ruckus and tracking up my floor?" Assorted child-related wackiness. The Prez reminds them that "I'm busy man. I am, after all, the President of Bulgaria!" "No!" shout the kids. He corrects himself, saying that he's the President of Luxembourg. The children eventually get him straightened out as to his title, and a little blonde moppet asks what his favorite part of being the President is. "I'm doing it right now," he answers, and kisses her on the forehead. The children dutifully note that avoiding direct questions is his favorite part, and learn a little something about politicians. C.J. whispers in the Prez's ear, causing him to announce, "Apparently there's a group of kids in the other room that I might like better," and exits as the children complain. Ha! In the other room, Charlie tells the Prez that Lowell Lydell died a few minutes ago. Everyone pauses, and the Prez says that he'll call Lowell's parents in a few hours. The Prez steps back out and prepares to answer more questions from the children. He announces, "When you address me, please bear in mind that you are speaking to his Royal Majesty, the King of all England." More shouts from the kids. I bet the reporters who have to cover this kind of thing hope that Santa is bringing them a speedy death for Christmas.