By now, they're next to the stage. Santos accuses Josh of wanting Santos to pander so that he can get a few votes in a caucus he can't possibly win. Josh responds, "I want you to support a policy that helps a lot of people so that a year form now when you are sworn in as President, you can make the changes we both know need to be made." Santos looks at Josh, and then at Helen, says that he's ready, and starts to walk toward the stage. Josh calls after him: "Matt. Take the pledge." With that, Santos is introduced and walks on stage.
Helen and Josh watch from the wings as Santos delivers his speech. He thanks them for the welcome (which is fairly warm, I have to say), and looks at the teleprompter. The pro-ethanol language is on the screen, and Santos freezes. There's a close-up of his face as he swallows, and then the camera drops to his hand -- whether to show that it is shaking a bit (which it may have been, although it's hard to tell with the shaky camera work this episode), or to focus on his wedding ring, I couldn't say. Santos says, "Ethanol...is good for economy and good for the environment." Josh pumps his fist, and Santos continues with the speech. Helen is pissed, and she slowly walks away from Josh. Commercials.
Once again, a phone rings next to a hotel bed. This time it's Vinick who answers. He's clearly staying at a nicer class of hotel, and it even seems as though his wakeup call might be coming from a real live human being. As he sits up, the subtitles tell us it's "Wednesday, 5:46 AM." Wait, what's going on? I'm so confused...oh, they did it again! Boy, they really got me that time. Vinick also turns on CNN and hears the news about the Turkish woman. We don't get to see much of Vinick's morning routine. If there are any pervs out there who want to know what Vinick wears to bed, I don't want to know. Even I have some limits, people.