C.J.'s office. Toby gives her the short list for Press Secretary, which contains two names, "a shorter list than we discussed." C.J. looks over the résumés, and is upset to see Scott Zwick on it. (He's the guy that Toby wanted to hire in the first place.) Toby: "He was good." C.J.: "He has no soul. Of course he sounded good. The man would front for the Gotti family if you asked him to." She goes on to describe Annabeth as "that little pixie from The Taylor Reid Show." She gives Toby a completely blank look when he suggests that he should continue briefing the press. Toby: "I have a quality. Look, not forever, for a few weeks until we find somebody. But not in one day, and hopefully not with me in there listening to them." He tells her that it was Annabeth's idea, and C.J. seems impressed. She asks him if Annabeth is setting herself up to replace Toby after a few weeks, and he tells her that she just came in for the media-relations job. C.J. thinks that also sounds like a good idea. She says that having Toby as "spokesman for the ship of fools [is] like a dream come true." Toby tells her that the deputies will handle most briefings, and that he'll just do the high profile stuff. C.J.: "Like this morning?" Toby: "Yes. No, a little better." She asks him if he spoke with Brock, and he tells her that Brock won't hold the story. She gets angry, but he tells her that the story is not about her. It's about people from the Defense Department telling Brock that they are not ready for the peacekeeping mission because they underestimated the cost. C.J. gets an ecstatic look on her face and says, "I looove you. Desperately." And yes, she did stretch "love" like that. She realizes that Hutchinson's trying to kill the Georgia project because Defense can't afford it and he doesn't want to admit it. She gives Toby a kiss on the cheek. Some significant portion of the forum posters swoon, while the rest shrug their shoulders. C.J. tells him that he should hire Annabeth to run the search and fill the media-relations job. Toby doesn't seem too happy with the idea. And C.J. tells him that he should conduct the briefings if he wants to: "Because I trust you, and you most certainly have a quality." Toby: "I'm watchable." C.J. tells Margaret to get the Secretaries of Defense, Energy, and State, and the Joint Chiefs, Nancy, and the CIA in the sit room right away. And then she changes the order and tells them that she wants them in her office.
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