Josh is sitting on a bench on the White House verandah. It's raining, and there is some thunder in the background. How come it never rains on this show when someone is really happy? Will walks up and hands Josh some new polling data. Apparently, Bingo Bob has moved up sixteen points since Bundy withdrew. Will invites Josh to come by a breakfast for some new campaign staff the next day: "It doesn't commit you to anything. You can just be a fly on the wall, if you want. See how it feels." I cannot believe they passed up an opportunity to use the words "in the room" one more time. Lazy writers. Josh declines the invitation. Will is frustrated with Josh's reticence: "This isn't a Broadway show, Josh. We don't just close it down after a successful eight-year run. You have to care who's gonna sit in that chair after Jed Bartlet is gone." Josh: "I do. That's why I don't want Bob Russell to be president." The plaintive woodwinds of, I don't know, political idealism start tooting as Will gets up and leaves Josh alone in the rain.
C.J, Toby, and Kate are meeting on Air Force One. C.J. is hoping that the doctors can convince Jed to land in order to receive medical care. Toby thinks that would be the end of Jed's presidency: "We'd be saying he can't do the job anymore." C.J. agrees with me that Toby's full of shit: "We'd just be saying he's sick; we'll go back to China when he feels up to it." Toby thinks that would be like declaring that Jed was a part-time president: "He can only do the job when he feels up to it!" He was yelling on that last bit. Isn't this plane full of reporters? And I have to agree with C.J. Is it a national disaster every time a President has to cancel something because he's got the flu? And goodness knows, the nation has survived the last four years with a part-time president. Kate pipes up and tells C.J. that if they cancel, the Chinese government might not believe them, but instead might think they are canceling the summit because the South Koreans were caught engaging in nuclear experiments. Toby realizes that they will need to fully disclose Jed's condition, and that Millie should give the press a briefing as soon as the medical facts were determined. C.J.is a step ahead of him: "He knew. That's why the Surgeon General's on the flight. He wanted her here to do the briefing. He knew he was having problems, he knew this might happen." Kate expositions that they're just three hours away from Beijing, and that if they are going to turn around, the pilot will need to figure out where they can refuel. Just then, a youngish woman (the flight doctor, perhaps?) enters the room and tells them that Jed wants to see them.