We're at the Bartlet campaign headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire. The office is bustling with activity; a television news report informs us that Jed Bartlet has picked up nineteen percent of the vote, finishing third out of the Democratic candidates. The reporter says they're going to go live to Governor Bartlet, and then in response to information received on his earpiece, says that they don't have the governor after all. At this point C.J. pauses the tape and asks the crowd assembled around the television, "Who can tell me what we did wrong there?" Jed says simply, "I blew it. What's next?" C.J. belabours the point a bit but Jed asks firmly, "What's next?" Josh says that Toby wants to say something. Jed asks which one is Toby. Toby indicates himself. (Come on, surely by this point in the campaign he knows Toby's name? Although Bartlet's never been shown for being real great with names.) Jed asks Josh, "And which one are you?" Without a trace of peevishness, Josh tells him. Toby wants to get out of New Hampshire, because he thinks there's nothing to win there. Sam agrees. Jed doesn't. They insist that he can't win the New Hampshire primary because he's incredibly popular, he was elected with an unheard-of sixty-nine percent of the vote, and there's no way he can exceed expectations. I'm not sure I follow this logic, but then I'm not a professional political operative. ["I think when they said he can't win, that they meant he doesn't need to campaign in order to win it -- that it's already his, and it wouldn't be a meaningful win. I think." -- Wing Chun] Toby adds, "All you can hope for is an 'as expected,' and there's the possibility that you can embarrass yourself." Without looking at Toby, Jed says, "Appreciate that, thanks." Josh explains that Toby meant "in the polls." Toby suggests letting Hoynes battle it out with Wiley for second place, while they go to South Carolina. ["The bit about second place fuelled my theory, as set out above." -- Wing Chun] Jed says they're not going to beat Hoynes in South Carolina. C.J. says he just has to beat Wiley. Turns out Wiley's going to drop out after South Carolina if he doesn't finish higher than third. Jed asks whether they'll get Wiley's endorsement. Leo says they'll get his money, and adds that Josh thinks so too. Jed asks, "Which one's Josh?" A tad more peevish this time, Josh says, "I am." Toby, Sam, C.J., and Josh all start talking quickly about strategy, plotting out the next few weeks, leading up to them winning in Illinois. C.J. says that the Illinois primary will be High Noon. Leo asks whether, if they win in Illinois, they have a shot at California and New York. Sam says, "If we win Illinois, we're going to run the table." Jed says, "Well, that's it then! We've saved people the trouble of voting. What's next?" Pretty sarcastic for someone who's only paying his people six hundred dollars a week, I'd say. Josh starts to interject but Jed says, "I understood the point. We're going to South Carolina to set up Illinois. When I ask 'what's next,' it means I'm ready to move on to other things. So...what's next?" Leo says that they're done. Jed bombs off to other things, probably his "How to Win Friends and Influence People" refresher seminar. Josh snipes, "Well, I feel bathed in the warm embrace of the candidate, Leo." Leo claims that Jed's "very easy to like once you get to know him." Josh asks quite seriously, "How many people get that far?" Leo admits there aren't many.