As if to illustrate C.J.'s importance in the matter, Kate catches her on her way back to the office to ask her to lead that 4 PM China call, and to soothe the Chinese Defense Minister into feeling like the U.S. is reaching out to them and not vice versa. C.J. agrees, and then receives the transition memos from Margaret -- only three of the thirty due. When she realizes that Kate's is not there, she loses her shit and goes on a tirade about promotion, staying on or not, new people needing to know information, and this current staff still governing. She's still the only one pushing that message -- that they are governing for two more weeks.
Kate calms C.J., and quietly says that she'll have Kate's memo that day; she then gives C.J. a moment. During this moment, I finally have a chance to look at Kate's absolutely horrible dress. I've been trying to figure it out all hour -- it originally looked like a lace-edged camisole under a suit jacket, but it turns out to be a dress made out of the same material as her jacket. The whole thing has the effect of making her look wide, hippy, bloated, and stout, which I can't imagine is the look she's trying for, since her hair and makeup both look really nice and I tend to think that women generally try not to dress to look like they're twice their actual size. Maybe it's just me?
Kate finally asks C.J. if she is okay, and C.J. pouts, "I think I just got an offer I can't refuse from Matt Santos." This marks the beginning of my ultimate confusion, since other than telling her she'd be great and being adamant about her saying yes, I can't understand why it's something C.J. can't refuse. It's a good offer, yes, but better than anything else? However, we're going to pretend that it is somehow an offer she must accept since she's going to treat it as such from here on out. While Kate thinks this is good, C.J. assures her that it looks different after only two years there versus eight. They exchange a few more comments about the hiring before, without a change of tone or a breath, C.J. asks Kate what she thinks Bartlet would do if she asked him to commute Toby's sentence. C.J. assures a stunned Kate that she just wants her opinion. But I wonder if she really does when Kate tells her, "Opinion is that he compromised a crucial defense department program. He undermined the press's authority. He committed a federal offense -- he goes to jail." When C.J. talks about Toby's young children and argues that she's still mad at him regardless, Kate just points out that it would be Bartlet's decision. Whether C.J. brings it up or not, "I don't think this one slipped the President's mind." When Kate adds that his not applying means he might not want to put Bartlet in that position to decide, she does advise that she thinks C.J. should talk to Toby, whom C.J. very nonchalantly admits she has not spoken to since he left. At this very moment, Danny walks in and bids Kate goodbye. Kate's good at quickly getting the hint and heads right out. He very cutely asks C.J. to have lunch, but when she gives her laundry list of excuses, he just tells her that it's important.