Josh and Toby listen to some windbag in the Mural Room. It's Senator Starkey. They've finished with him and send him on to the Oval Office to say hello to POTUS. He leaves through one door. Toby and Josh look at each other and sigh, then let in another candidate through a different door. Hey, it's Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole). Actually, it's Congressman Robert "Bingo Bob" Russell. He shakes each of their hands, and then Josh says, "We met at the..." Bob: "Good memory. I wasn't sure you could pick me out of a crowd." Josh: "Luckily, I didn't have to." Josh rambles on about the press climate as they all sit down. The camera then lingers on Russell's cowboy boot-clad foot so long you might think it's Tony Lama commercial. God, we GET it, he's a hick, a yokel, a good ol' boy, a bumpkin, a rube, a yokel, a hayseed, an apple knocker, a chawbacon, a mossback, a provincial. Either that or someone on the show has a big ol' foot fetish, and there's strong evidence for the latter. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Oh, there's confusion afoot! Sorry, I'll stop. Toby says that there's to be no discussion in the meeting of any position within the federal government that may or may not be open. Russell understands. Josh: "Which is not to say this meeting is about that." Toby asks for Bingo's thoughts on the President's and party's agenda for the next three years.
POTUS and Berryhill are chatting in the Oval Office. Jed says, "There hasn't been much about the last couple of weeks I wouldn't rather erase, but this, I'll keep. Lewis, I'm hoping to announce you as my new Vice-President." Berryhill asks if Haffley's balking. Jed says this could be rockier than they'd hoped. Berryhill can handle it. Jed: "Not just for us, but for the country." Berryhill: "Sir, as Secretary of State, I've shown you my conciliatory side, but in my heart of hearts, I'm spoiling for a fight." Jed: "Me, too."
Ron is talking to Abby about how they're increasing Zoey's security detail: basically, they're doubling it. It will be practically the same as the President's. Abby says she's going to need a little time to process this. She's about to ask another question when Leo knocks on the door and apologizes, saying he didn't hear that the meeting was moved up. Abby says they're just finishing. Ron tells Leo that there will be a written report on Leo's desk on the new security protocols by COB (close of business). Frink tells me he thought he was the only one who used that expression. Abby says: "Feel free to copy Leo, but I'd like the report delivered to me directly, Ron." Ron agrees and is about to leave when he remembers Abby had another question. She asks how he would compare the Residence to the farm in terms of security. Leo asks Abby, "What are you thinking?" She quickly says, "I don't know yet. Ron?" Ron says that the farm is continually secured, but doesn't have bulletproof windows or a crashproof gate: "Here, we're in a fortress. On the other hand, the White House is a target: ground zero. It's probably six of one..." Abby thanks him. He leaves.