Jed comes into the Oval Office from the portico and tells Charlie he's changed his mind about the Bible: "I don't know...I never...it just seems parochial...I hate saying that." Charlie says he understands. Jed says there's a Bible in Northampton, Massachusetts, that Jonathan Edwards used; he suggests getting that one. Leo enters from his office as Charlie leaves. Jed: "'Grace is but glory begun and glory is but grace perfected.' I made my Bible selection." Leo's impressed as all get-out. Except not. Leo tells him that the Supreme Court is striking down the use of prior offenses as a factor in Stiles v. Rhode Island . The Chief Justice wrote a concurring opinion. Leo reads from it: "'Guilty or not guilty? Past convictions frustrate the judge who wonders, should your fate abate?'" Good God. Jed comments that it's awkwardly worded. I'll say. Leo says it's not; it's twenty-two syllables. Jed: "Oh, God." Leo rereads it with the intended cadence: "'Guilty/ Or not guilty? Past convictions frustrate/ The judge who wonders, should your fate/ Abate?'" He explains that it's a cinquain. Jed asks, "How do you know?" Leo shrugs: "I know things. And I'm worried about the Chief Justice." Jed's worried about the White House making that suggestion. Leo says the Chief Justice is writing in verse: "Plus the powdered wigs." Jed asks if that wasn't a rumour. Leo says it was. Jed tells him about asking for the force depletion report, and that it tells him that the best-case scenario is that simply by engaging, the Arkutu lay down their weapons, though this seems unlikely. Jed says they'd lose people -- more if they go into the countryside. Leo: "Whaddya expect?" He gets up. Jed: "Yeah." Leo tells Jed that Toby's working on new policy language, but Jed's not really listening. Leo asks if he can see the report; Jed hands it to him, saying, "You should."
Will's in his office reading stuff to Elsie from Bartlet's speeches. Yes, Elsie. No, I can't imagine why. Toby comes in and pleasantly asks what Will is doing. Will explains that he's familiarizing himself with Bartlet's tone. Toby: "You're not thinking about policy language?" Will says he's doing both. Toby points out that they only have five days. Elsie pipes up and says she can confirm that Will is thinking and familiarizing himself simultaneously. Shut up, Elsie. You're bringing absolutely nothing to this exchange. Man, I'd rather listen to Mojo wax on about the greatness of hats and other accessories. Toby asks, "You're really comfortable going through life with a name like 'Elsie Snuffin'?" Elsie replies, "I've never been comfortable, but I'm not sure it's because of my name." Maybe it's because you have no business here. Seriously, what is Will doing with this barnacle? Elsie writes jokes. Whatever. How many jokes does the President's speechwriter need to generate? The President is not doing standup. I think Will can manage on his own. If you're so funny, Elsie, go apply for a job writing intros on Trading Spaces. Believe me, they could use the help. Toby's had enough of her, too, and tells Will that the idea isn't going to walk into his office, announce its importance, and place itself on top of the pile. Will understands. An assistant (played, apparently, by Dulé Hill's girlfriend Nicole Lyn) knocks on the door to bring Will another one of Bartlet's speeches on foreign policy from the Congressional Research Service. It wasn't in with all the others because it was stricken from the record at Bartlet's request. Will takes it. Toby gives Will kind of an uneasy look, says, "Yeah," and leaves. But he's way more calm about all of this than I think he normally would be. I mean, he's ticked, but he's not ranting and raving and foaming at the mouth. I guess he's got a lot on his mind since Andi's entering her final trimester and he's going to be the father of twins in May. And we're going to be hearing more about that real soon...right? Right? And how about that lawsuit against Andi, hmm? Anyway. Will starts marking up the speech as we go to commercial.