Everyone leaves except Will and Donna. She noshes on someone else's leftover French fries while they discuss her trip. She wants to know if they're really going to call Russell's big donors "Bob's Boulders." I'm sorry, but "Bob's Boulders" sounds like a joke that Russell should make about his breasts when he appears in drag at some political variety show. Will doesn't care what they call them, and then tells Donna that half a million is a pretty good result "for two days of rolling with the Boulders."
Donna walks down the hall and enters an elevator. There's an intense close-up of her finger pushing the button for the fourth floor. The elevator door slowly closes, and as it's almost closed we hear a voice calling out for her to hold the elevator. Hmmm, that voice sounds familiar. You don't think that two major characters on the show would have a chance meeting in the middle of Iowa, do you? I mean, what are the odds? It would have to be fate that brought them together. Or maybe contrivance. Those two can be difficult to distinguish. In any case, the mysterious stranger is able to stop the door from closing, and as the door re-opens, we can see that it's Josh. He's talking on his cell phone as he enters the elevator, and it takes him a couple of seconds to realize that he's sharing a ride with Donna. He ends the call, and she awkwardly apologizes for not being able to find the button to open the door. He asks her to push "4," and she points out that it's already been pushed. Close-up shot of the button. This is gripping cinematography. As the doors close and the elevator ascends, there's a lot of tense silence and shots of the two of them in profile. They make awkward small talk about the campaign. Russell is closing in on Hoynes in South Carolina, and Santos is focusing his efforts on New Hampshire.
The elevator arrives on the fourth floor, and as they exit, they realize that they are walking down the same fluorescent-lit hallway. Everything is very, very blue. Are they under the sea? Is Donna The Little Mermaid? They stop and look at each other, and then walk side-by-side down the corridor. Again, the silence is painfully awkward, broken only by a bit of small talk about the hotel where Donna stayed in Charleston. She arrives at the door of her room, and what do you know, Josh is in the room just across the hall. There's a manila envelope waiting on the floor in front of each of their doors. I have no idea what it is, but there are similar envelopes in front of almost every door in the hallway. I wonder if hotels in Iowa make campaigns pay their bill each day so they don't end up getting stiffed? Donna says goodnight to Josh, and is able to immediately open the door of her room using the key card. However, a beeping sound keeps coming from the lock on Josh's door, and he's unable to open it. Donna turns around and tells him that he's doing it too fast. I think you can tell a lot about how a man will be in bed from the way he unlocks his door. Just something for you to think about, Donna. Josh tries to make a joke, telling her, "I get frequent flyer miles every time I swipe...." But she just calmly walks over, takes the card from him, and unlocks his door. As she walks back to her own door, Josh looks at her sheepishly and says, "So much for the Bermuda trip." They each enter their own rooms.