C.J. runs into Charlie in the hall, who tells her that they need to do the President's schedule. She tells him that she is just on her way to see Jed, and he asks her, "You know you have a door in your office?" She ignores him and takes the schedule out of his hands. She tells him it looks fine, and he reminds her that part of her job is to be aware of everything that happens in every meeting taken by the President and to be briefed on every issue that might come up. She takes the schedule back and tells him to get briefings for her on two issues, to push one meeting back to next week, and to cancel one altogether. He is pleased by her decisiveness. By this time, they are just outside the Office of O. Just as C.J. is about to walk in, Debbie gets an unscheduled call from the Secretary of Defense. Charlie tells C.J. that the Chief of Staff clears every unscheduled phone call to the President. C.J. tells Debbie to let SecDef know that he should call her office. You know, I think I won't do that again -- "SecDef" looks way too 1984. C.J. thanks Charlie, and he tells her, "Just for today. Tomorrow, you're on your own." Again, we don't necessarily need entire plotlines devoted to Charlie every episode -- but it is nice when he has lines and appears to be an important member of the President's staff.
C.J. enters the Oval and tells Jed about the situation in Georgia. She tells him that they may need to arrange an emergency extraction of the uranium to keep it out of the hands of Iran, and that she is working with the appropriate departments and hopes to have some options for him by the end of the day. Just then, Debbie tells Jed that "they" are ready for him in the Cabinet Room. Does he meet with anybody but the Cabinet in the Cabinet Room? I don't know, and wouldn't like to guess. Jed asks C.J., "You putting together a tiger team?" She's as mystified as the rest of us by that question, and isn't shy about letting him know. He tells her that to avoid having the buck passed by every department, she'll have to spearhead the project herself and pull together representatives from each appropriate department to make sure they follow through on what they need to do. And that is a tiger team. C.J.: "Sure, I'll tiger-team it. Grrrr!" Jed looks at her. "What was that?" C.J.: "Nothing."
Josh is walking through the bullpen with two guys from the DCCC. I'd call them Mutt and Jeff, but I can't remember if Jeff is the tall one or the short one. They are trying to persuade him to come work with them, but he tells them he plans to stay at the White House. As they get to his office, they thank him (and, presumably, the President) for all the help with the mid-term elections "last year," and tell him that they are starting to look ahead to "next year." You know, it doesn't bother me so much that they are changing the timetable for the end of the Bartlet Administration -- this is television, and reality has to give way to things like contracts and ratings. But they should have at least found some way to explain away the missing year, and they shouldn't have major characters (like C.J. and Toby, in this episode) talks about the six years they have served the President. If the presidential election is coming next year, then C.J. and Toby must have each served for about seven years. In any case, they give Josh a list of seats that are going to be opening up, and he is surprised to see Matt Santos on the list. Tall and Short say, in unison, "He's done!" But Josh thinks not -- he's only forty-two and he just got a seat on Ways and Means. Tall DCCC Guy says that Santos has said that he's had enough, but Josh wants to talk to him to try to change his mind. Short DCCC Guy points out that Wexler from Connecticut is also retiring: "Hey Josh, you're from there. You could run for his seat." Josh tells them that he already has a job.