Leo is in C.J.'s old office, going over documents. Josh is still complaining about Vinick: "We have an election coming up, and we're actually saying there's no Democrat who can represent us at the U.N.?" Leo repeats that Jed wants Vinick, and points out that Leo himself has known Vinick for thirty years: "I don't know anyone better for the job." Leo tells Josh that Jed wants to ask Vinick, but "you don't want to put him alone in the room until you know Vinick's gonna say yes." Josh is willing to do it, but he won't beg if Vinick plays hard-to-get. As an added incentive for Josh, Leo points out that if Vinick says yes, "he won't be investigating [the administration] anymore."
Oval. The assembled group has not dispersed, and Toby is telling Jed that they want to go over the topics because of Jed's insistence "on being alone in the room with the Chinese leaders." Jed doesn't want the summit to be another empty ritual, and he wants an opportunity to discuss issues of substance: "This is my last China summit. It's my last chance. I want to walk into that room and show the Chinese that they are not dealing with some staff-dependent puppet. I want 'em to see that I'm ready to get some real work done right there in the room. Progress isn't good enough for me now. I want to get something done." After a beat, C.J. asks, "You like shrimp, don't you?" Jed loves it. C.J. thinks that he "might be interested to know how much of the shrimp sold in the U.S. actually comes from China." This has got Jed's attention, and he asks for some information. An incredibly dry and withered-looking man tells Jed that one of the most difficult trade issues being addressed in the summit is shrimp. He repeats the word "shrimp," and makes a funny little shrimp-husking motion with his hands.
Back to the press pool. Annabeth has finally gotten to the end of the summit agenda, and just as she's about to start on the return trip itinerary, someone asks her if it's "true that Penn and Teller burned an American flag in the White House last night?" Annabeth: "How many times do I have to tell you that I'm not taking any questions?" But more questions come, including one on who invited Penn and Teller to appear at the White House. I would like the answer to that question myself, just so I can lobby to have that person fired. Annabeth: "Penn and Teller were invited to perform at a private party last night in the East Room. Because it was a private party, the White House has no further comment." Everyone starts to ask questions, and when Annabeth reminds them that she's not taking any questions, a faceless wag points out that she just did. Annabeth: "Well, I'm not taking any more." Reporters are just like my housemates -- give them an inch, and they'll take a mile.