We fade from C.J. live to C.J. on the TV near the hospital waiting room. Gina arrives; there are quite a few other people there, including Sam, Abby, Toby, and Donna. (Where's Mrs. Landingham?) Sam asks Abby whether Jed knows that a suspect has been arrested; she says she told him. Somebody sticks his head in and tells Sam and Toby they have a call in the other room. They leave to take the call. Abby kindly asks Donna whether she wants to throw some water on her face. Donna doesn't really answer, but asks whether there's anything she's supposed to be doing, in terms of Josh's responsibilities, and whether she should be seeing that it's farmed out. Abby assures her that everything is probably covered.
Back at the White House, C.J. is on the phone to Sam and Toby. She says she needs Sam to come back to the office to speak to Nancy McNally about the letter POTUS was supposed to sign. C.J. tells Toby that the media are still asking about the lack of a tent or canopy to protect the President. She says she'd be more comfortable if the Secret Service would say, "no comment." Sam says he'll talk to somebody at Treasury, but Toby pulls rank and says he'll do it. C.J. just wants somebody to do it. Sam says, "Toby, we were all in the meeting together." Toby tells him to go back to the White House.
As Sam leaves, we flash back to his days at Gage Whitney Page in New York. As in the previous episode's flashbacks, the same bunch of suits are around the same conference table, having a meeting the day after Josh's impromptu visit to Sam. They're blathering about the deal to buy these substandard oil tankers, and how perfectly the deal has been structured to avoid all kinds of legal, ethical, and moral responsibility. That's not how they're phrasing it, mind you, I'm just giving you the Cliff Notes version. They're about to wrap up when Sam interjects: "Instead of buying these ships...don't buy these ships. Buy other ships. Buy better ships. That's my idea." All the soulless moneygrubbers want to know just what the hell Sam is on about. They're all excited about acquiring this fleet for so little money and can't imagine why Sam would advise them to pull out. Sam points out the various reasons the ships are so cheap: they're "twenty-year-old single-hulled VLCCs that nobody wants!" You tell 'em, Princeton. He mentions that they will hit things and they will break, because they have outdated navigation systems. One of the soulless moneygrubbers objects that he thought Sam had covered their liability. And Sam has, financially and legally. Sam is talking about ethics, though, and other nasty things like that. He reminds them about how people drove past Exxon stations after the Valdez disaster. The suits say they're got PR people for PR problems. Sam suggests going to get a tanker in Korea that Chevron just declined to buy. His boss -- who must be a HITG! but I can't place him -- demands to speak to Sam in the hallway. Sam continues reciting the ship's merits as he leaves. Naturally his boss wants to know what Sam is trying to do. Sam thinks that he's doing the oil company a favour, but his boss wonders if he's trying to get fired. His boss tells him to knock it off.