Open on a monitor showing Vinick making his announcement. We switch back and forth between a monitor in Josh's office and the live announcement. He gives a short and not that interesting speech, and then takes questions. Vinick's asked whether he's conservative enough to get the Republic nomination. Vinick: "I think I'm Republican enough." He rebuffs a couple of questions concerning the flag burning incident, and eventually says that the incident "is a perfect demonstration of what the President is flying halfway around the world to teach the Chinese government -- the meaning of freedom." Donna has joined Josh in his office: "You have a year to talk me out of voting for him."
Air Force One. The pilot (over that very clear P.A. system) announces that they've reached cruising altitude and are about to start their flight over the Pacific. The lights are out, and people seem to be settling in for some sleep. Kate finds C.J. and tells her that there is a situation in South Korea. They enter the President's office. The lights are out, and he's lying down. C.J. apologizes for disturbing him and tells him that South Korea has just admitted to an illegal attempt to enrich uranium. While she speaks, Jed raises his head a couple of times but doesn't move otherwise. C.J. tells him that he will need to speak to the South Korean president to pressure him to stop the experiments -- otherwise, the U.S. will have no leverage in trying to get China to rein in North Korea. She picks up the phone and asks for a secure line to the South Korean president. Jed tells her to hold on, and then says, "I can't move."
Cut to a couple of people carrying Jed on a stretcher to the...I don't know...the infirmary, I guess. Millie is filling the flight doctor in on Jed's condition, and someone is suggesting diverting the flight either to Fairbanks or to Anchorage. Jed calls out, "I've got better doctors up here than I'd get down there." I understand some Alaskans got their panties in a twist over that line. I didn't know they were so sensitive up in the wild north. C.J. starts to say that they can't take the risk that his condition could get worse without hospital care, and Jed tells her, "Let's not pretend we didn't know this was going to happen." C.J. looks at him, and then over at Toby, as she says, "No, Mr. President, I didn't know." Jed tells them all that he's ready for it, so they had better be ready for it too. C.J. thinks there is no way they can continue with the summit with Jed in this condition, but he disagrees: "This plane is going to China. That's a direct order from your Commander-in-Chief." Millie tells everyone to clear the room so that the doctors can run some tests. I have to say, I hope that Air Force One has been staffed with a doctor who is highly knowledgeable about MS. I mean, that would be the logical thing, right?