C.J. walks in to the President-Elect's office and says she's there to see Santos, and the embryo at the desk asks her name. She literally looks askance at the girl as she gives it, and Ronna rushes up to save the moment and introduce herself. It's funny both to hear C.J. referred to as "Ms. Cregg," and to hear Ronna be so official, since we've just seen so much of her with the Santos gang being more casual. I prefer my entire world on a first-name basis unless a last name is something spectacularly hilarious. Possibly one reason I don't work in the White House.
Will greets Gil (hee) in his office -- Gil's is one of the names C.J. gave Will -- and they share packing-up pleasantries. Gil admits that change sounds nice, so Will asks what he thinks of running for office. He explains about the Oregon seat, but Gil just counters that everyone there loves the incumbent. Will corrects him that Heffinger is known, not loved. When Gil muses that it would be a nasty fight, Will kind of lovingly muses, "The best ones are." Gil's not very hot on the idea of losing an election, but Will tries to assure him that if they put up a decent candidate, that person would have a chance. Unfortunately, Gil's not buying it. Gil is a pill to Will who still wants to fill...the...congressional seat. Sigh.
Santos jumps right into wanting to talk to C.J. about working for him, and she equally quickly assures him that Josh will be a great Chief of Staff and that they don't need to create a position for her. Santos announces, "C.J., this isn't a courtesy call -- this is a real offer." He wants her to come on board and help with the Kazakhstan situation so that his new cabinet can deal with other matters, and lays on how important she would be to the process, since she's already been involved. The next bomb he drops is that he's hired Vinick, which seems to stun her. He pushes hard on her continuing working on Kazakhstan while his new cabinet starts other things, but she finally breaks it to him that she had never considered staying in the White House. He interrupts to ask for just two years: "Special Counselor to the President?" She starts to offer what sounds like a refusal when Ronna breaks in apologetically to say that Santos has to leave. He tells C.J., "Uh, I'd love to talk to you more about this, but they've kind of got me on a sprint today, so I can see I'm going to have to make this fast and dirty. I'm the President-Elect of the United States and I'm asking you to help your country, so I'm probably not going to take no for an answer. So you go home and you think about it and you call me back with a yes. Thanks for coming in, C.J." That's a sentence from someone who clearly has really gotten to like both his title and the sound of his own voice.