C.J. slowly approaches her office, takes a breath, and then gives a very animated and friendly greeting to Liz as she enters the office, closing the door behind her. They make some awkward small talk, and then Liz asks if C.J. has seen Doug. C.J. absentmindedly remarks that she heard Doug was around the previous day. Liz tells C.J. that Doug went to the political affairs office to cancel the joint appearance with the President. Liz asks C.J., "Do you have any idea how long it took me to convince him to let my father help?" C.J. recycles the line about how important it was for Doug to appear to be his own man. Liz thinks Doug can't hide from the fact that Jed is his father-in-law, so he might as well get what advantage he can from it. C.J. points out, "It must be hard to live up to the President." Especially if you're a moron like Doug Westin. Liz thinks nobody can live up to Jed, but tells C.J., "But he is the father of my children, and I want them to be able to look up to him." There's an awkward pause, and Liz continues, "No matter what he's done." Wouldn't it be nice if they could also look up to their mother? Which I'm thinking might be a touch difficult when they realize that she gave up her own ambitions to satisfy her husband's ego and allowed him to walk all over their marriage vows. Liz asks C.J. if she understands what she's saying. C.J. does. Liz asks C.J. to convince Doug to agree to campaign with Jed. C.J. tells Liz, "I know you're trying to do what's best for Doug." Liz interrupts, telling C.J., "It's the best thing for my children." C.J. tells Liz that they've already given the date away, so Jed won't be able to campaign with Doug. Liz considers this, and asks, "So, on his own merits, we let the voters decide?" Ain't democracy grand?
Josh and Will are in the Roosevelt Room going over the Santos campaign's needs for officials to work the stump. C.J. enters behind them and tells Josh that she's cleared the President's schedule to make the announcement in Austin and then campaign in Kentucky for the Senator: "Would Congressman Santos like to join him?" Josh, insufferable in victory, tells her, "I'll have to get back to you on that." C.J. smiles at him and tells him, "Go to hell."
In her office, C.J. watches Steve talk in a television interview about how embarrassed he is that the U.S. is letting other nations take the lead in helping resolve the problem in Darfur. He calls it "the key moral question of our time." I'm not sure I disagree. Kate enters C.J.'s office to let her know that negotiations are taking place in the U.N. Security Council over a sanctions resolution, and so far the Chinese are not objecting. Kate, who must be trying to work her way through all of the senior staff, asks C.J. if she wants to get some food. C.J. tells her, "I can't. I have a date." Kate: "You do not." C.J. tells her that it is indeed the truth. Kate offers to walk out with her, but C.J tells her to go ahead: "I need to talk to the President." She thinks the story about Doug is about to break and she doesn't want Jed to be surprised. Margaret enters to tell C.J. that Jed is ready for her. Kate leaves. C.J. takes a deep breath, stands up, and very slowly walks to her private door to the Office of O. She knocks, and we hear the beginning of her line from the next scene before the camera cuts away.