C.J. walks into Margaret's workspace, which is apparently an antechamber to the Chief of Staff's office. I feel like I'm learning more about the layout of various offices in this episode than I have in the previous five years of watching the show. (Well, four years, really, because I gave up pretty early on in Season 5.) There are flowers everywhere, and C.J. says, "Wow. People shouldn't be sending me flowers." Margaret: "They're for Leo, you self-centered freak." Go ahead and guess which words in that sentence I added. C.J. finally walks into her own new office, which is dark and (of course) still full of Leo's memorabilia (along with more flowers). Margaret walks in and apologizes that the office isn't ready for her to fully move in. C.J. tells her not to worry about it, and Margaret starts going over the schedule for the day. It includes things like a CIA briefing, a palm-print and eye-scan for security, a call with Treasury, and feedback for EPA on the markup of a clean air bill. And "Armed Forces is coming to talk about a budget boost for the peacekeeping tour because they forgot to factor in food. For the troops." Isn't that what Halliburton is for? C.J.: "And this gets us to?" Margaret: "8:45."
Briefing room. We see a reporter asking about NATO resistance to providing troops for peacekeeping. (I thought they already had the support of every NATO member country?) Cut to the podium, which is...empty? Ah, Toby dropped his papers and bent down to pick them up. So there's still some residual slapstick from last week. Toby stands up and haltingly tells the press corps that Jed will be speaking with the Secretary-General of NATO that afternoon. As various reporters start to press him, Toby falls back to telling them that he is not commenting. At the end, we hear someone ask, "Can you point us to a subject you're commenting on?"
Cut to Margaret's office, where she is watching Toby on a monitor. C.J. walks in looking for a DoD analysis, just in time to see Toby being asked about C.J.'s ability to fill Leo's shoes. Reporters are pressing Toby on C.J.'s lack of foreign policy experience, and he is becoming both flustered and hostile. He eventually points out that the U.S. is about to become involved in a very complicated situation in the Middle East, and that "C.J. Cregg's not the only one working without a net." Margaret stands up with a terrified look on her face as C.J. just starts muttering, "Oh, oh, no, no." We see that Josh is also watching on a monitor. Toby keeps digging himself in deeper, and eventually tells the press that in the event the various foreign policy professionals fail at their jobs, "the President can always send C.J. Cregg to Ramallah to swat at suicide bombers with her purse." Josh takes off running at top speed (but with very tiny steps, as one runs when one is trying to maintain some dignity), and we hear C.J. screaming to Margaret, "My purse? Page Carol and get him the hell out of there." Just as a reporter is reading Toby's quote about the purse back to him, Jed walks up behind Debbie and Charlie, who have been watching the entire thing on their own monitor.