Back at the podium, Jed's wrapping up a long-winded answer to the woman in the audience. He finally asks, "You really didn't understand any of that, right?" She hedges: "A little." He says, "Me too." Another guy stands up and asks about Bartlet's having voted against the New England Dairy Farming Compact when he was a member of Congress. The fellow complains that that vote hurt him to the tune of maybe ten cents a gallon. The Big Tool glares at Toby. We see that Josh is sitting at the back of the room. He appears to be working a crossword puzzle or something. He is completely uninterested. The dairy farmer continues, stating that he voted for Bartlet three times for Congress and twice for Governor. He wants an explanation. Bartlet looks uncomfortable and pauses. He finally says, "Ah...yep, I screwed you on that one." The farmer is like, "I'm sorry?" Bartlet says, "I screwed you. You got hosed." Josh looks up. Bartlet continues about how he put the hammer to a bunch of dairy farmers all over New England: "You guys got rogered, but good. Today for the first time in history, the largest group of Americans living in poverty are children. One in five children live in the most abject, dangerous, hopeless, back-breaking, gut-wrenching, poverty any of us could imagine. One in five, and they're children. If fidelity to freedom and democracy is the code of our civic religion, then surely the code of our humanity is faithful service to that unwritten commandment that says, 'we shall give our children better than we ourselves received.'" "Civic religion?" Um. He continues, "Let me put it this way: I voted against the bill 'cause I didn't want to make it harder for people to buy milk. I stopped some money from flowing into your pocket. If that angers you, if you resent me, I completely respect that. If you expect anything different from the President of the United States, you should vote for somebody else." Josh seems pretty intrigued now. Bartlet thanks them and leaves the stage. Josh does that slow clapping thing that I've only ever seen people do on TV.
Back in the present day, it's 1:45 on Tuesday morning. Ron Butterfield lets Leo into Jed's recovery room, where Abby and Zoey are by his side. Jed's pleading to be allowed to see Josh. Everyone thinks that he should stay in bed. He keeps begging and finally Dr. Keller gives a subtle sign of assent to Abby. She relents and says that he can see Josh just for a minute.