Donna, the designated spokesman for the viewers (whether we like it or not), wants to know about the FEC. Josh explains: "Six commissioners are appointed for a six-year term." Donna confirms that the terms overlap, so that two people are appointed every other year. Josh tells her that this is the first time that two of the commissioners have resigned on the same day. Donna asks, "So the President has the opportunity to stack the FEC with our people and make a measurable impact on campaign finance reform?" When Josh confirms this, Donna chirps, "Well do it, baby." Josh confirms that Donna referred to him as "baby," and then explains that while the President technically makes the appointments, the appointees are always chosen by leaders of both parties. Donna encourages him to "change the nature of democracy," and Josh decides he'll need a bagel first.
C.J. is explaining the difference between the White House's Easter egg roll and Easter egg hunt. She says, "The theme of this year's event is 'Learning is delightful and delicious,' as, by the way, am I." C.J., don't give Danny any more ideas, please. After the briefing, she stops to speak to a reporter named Steve, who has a prominent chin. She asks what he knows about that darn piece of paper, but all he knows is that it exists. She asks him to tell her first if he finds out anything about it. Steve responds, "If I find out anything more, I'll tell my editor first." C.J. sighs, "I keep forgetting [that] you don't work for me." Steve leaves, passing the much-missed Mandy, who is lurking near a doorway. (Yes, she's missed. I've taken numerous pot-shots at her and she's still around, so I must have missed.) C.J. asks if Mandy knows about the paper, and Mandy says she knows everything about it, adding, "I wrote it." I rush out to the Party Store to buy all my supplies for a big Mandy farewell party. ["I stocked up months ago." - deborah] Mandy explains, "When I was working for Russell, I wrote a memo, outlining the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of the Bartlet administration, and mapping out a strategy for re-nomination." Mandy tries to explain that she was really angry when she was kicked off the Bartlet campaign, as if that's somehow going to prevent them from firing her ass again. C.J. demands to see a copy of the memo immediately, and stomps off. Mandy trails for a moment crying, "C.J. ---!" before a door is slammed in her face.
Leo, working on the computer in his office, suddenly shouts for Margaret. We will now introduce the running gag. I'm only going to explain this once, even though it comes up three times during the show. Someone sent an email to Margaret about the number of calories in a muffin being sold in the White House cafeteria. Margaret forwarded it to a lot of people. One of those people hit "reply all." As a result, the White House email system was overloaded. No, it's not particularly funny, and hearing about it repeatedly makes it even less funny. ["I think it's also fairly implausible. What are they using to network the White House, tin cans and strings?" - deborah] Also, Margaret has some kind of "That Girl" hair style which I don't think is particularly suitable to her looks or her position. While Leo learns about the muffin fiasco, Josh enters, and when Margaret leaves, they discuss strategy. Josh has found two nominees for the FEC who favor campaign finance reform: John Bacon and Patricia Calhoun. Leo knows who Bacon is, and Josh explains that Calhoun is a policy director at the Heritage Foundation. After noting that party leaders will hate both nominees, Leo tells Josh, "Meet with the top guys in the leadership offices." Josh asks if the Prez thinks this will get anywhere. Leo hesitates, and finally says, "No."