Cut to another conference room. Josh is looking over his shoulder, where he is able to see some of what is happening in the Oval until someone closes the door. I do not understand how that line of sight worked. Josh is meeting with the Secretary of Transportation, who is trying to make excuses for the Department's failure to submit a budget proposal on time. The Secretary offers a completely lame excuse when he tells Josh that he "assumed [Josh was] going on the China trip, and [they'd] have another week to get [their] homework done." Josh tells the Secretary, and some other assembled people, "This is more important than the China trip. This is the budget of the United States of America." Transportation is the only department that hasn't submitted its budget proposal, which is delaying any attempt to assemble a complete budget to submit to Congress. Josh sees something through the door and excuses himself from the room for a moment. On his way out, he's waylaid by Donna, who tells him that because Vinick is confirmed for 11:15, Josh's meeting with OMB had to be moved up. She also reminds him about "that other thing." Josh: "What other thing?" Donna: "Me." Josh is pretty noncommittal, telling her, "Oh. Right. Sure."
Josh pops into the hall and grabs Leo, whom he saw walking by. Leo's there to sort out some papers he left behind; he has to do it in the office, because they deal with matters of a sensitive nature. Josh asks him whether he's heard about Vinick, and Leo informs him that Jed spoke to Leo about it the day before. Josh still seems opposed to the appointment, complaining that Vinick "has been investigating [the White House] for seven years, non-stop." How many years was that, Josh? Seven? Okay, just checking. (Am I ever going to let go of that? Probably not.) And if Vinick really has been such a thorn in the Administration's side, why have we never heard his name before? Leo tells him that Vinick has always supported Jed on foreign policy, and that's good enough for him. Leo walks away from Josh and greets Margaret: "Hey, sweetie." She hugs him and calls him "boss." She offers to get C.J., but Leo just tells her to lead him to the documents so he can get to work. Throughout this exchange, Josh just stands there with his head hanging down. Margaret tells Leo that the documents are in C.J.'s old office, and that the shredder is ready and waiting. With that, all three of them walk off.
Oval Office. Jed is meeting with C.J., Kate, Toby, and a mess of Secretaries and other policy types. Someone hands Jed the joint statement on regional security, which will be released on the last day of the summit. Jed wants the last day to focus only on North Korea, but Kate tells him that the Chinese would only discuss North Korea in the context of regional security. Jed tells Kate that she can "tell the Chinese that if they talk to [him] about North Korea, they don't have to talk about anything else." The man who gave Jed the joint statement (who is perhaps the Secretary of State?) reminds him that the list of subjects the U.S. needs to discuss with China is far longer than the single issue of North Korea. Jed tells the guy that he knows, and then suggests that they go over the rest of the material on the plane. C.J. thinks it would be best to do as much as they can in advance, but Jed isn't especially interested: "We've got twenty hours to kill in the air over the next two days." C.J. and Toby exchange a worried look, but nobody says anything. (I just want to observe that so far, Jed has been using both hands with equal facility.)