Jed now storms the Office of O, where everything is all set up for him to make an on-camera address, the content of which Toby is just handing him. As lights are adjusted and he is helped into his jacket, he skims the remarks he's being asked to make. He takes out his pen and makes a correction, which makes Toby look chagrined, because Jed has no business deciding what he's going to say just because he's freely elected and everything. C.J., too, steps in to warn him that Carol is already circulating a draft. Jed scoffs. "'Taming of terror'? 'Deathmongers'? What is this, Tolkien?" Snerk. Toby starts to argue in favor of using strong language early, but Jed just comes back with, "I'm not saying it." C.J. goes off to try to do something about the now-inaccurate circulating draft. The producer guy (or whoever) counts Jed down, and he's on the air. He talks about the losses in the "act of terror" that morning. As Jed asks the country for its patience, we watch footage of investigators at the explosion site, and get a rather heavy-handed shot of Fitz's Navy cap resting among the rubble. It's not like I wasn't already sad about Fitz without knowing that his hat got dirty, folks.
And then we are in Germany in Donna's hospital room, where she is still zonked out and Jed's speech is running on the TV. And Josh, looking rather rumpled and beat, is concentrating on the speech, of course, having apparently become tired of watching Donna breathe in and out, delicately displaying her Emmy-quality Wounded Makeup. Jed asks on screen for "a just end to this senseless cycle of violence." And then he says good night and is done.
And back at the White House, Jed emerges from making the speech and meets the Israeli ambassador. "I'm glad someone from your government could spare a moment," Jed says mock-patiently, the way he does when things don't bend to his will quite quickly enough. He pulls her aside and tells her that he's asking for restraint, and wonders what the hell Israel is doing with all the missiles and so forth. She claims that this isn't even about the Gaza explosion -- Israel was actually going after a guy it's been chasing for some time. POTUS asks if Israel considered the "ramifications," and it turns out that the only one she's concerned about is the dead guy they got. Jed, however, thinks it might at least be worth considering the innocent civilians who were also killed in the attack he calls "inflammatory." He also complains that upping the tension at this particular moment could interfere with the investigation that's ongoing into the exploding SUV. Jed rails that if he's going to track down the wrongdoers, he has to be able to investigate, and if he's going to investigate, he can't have the Palestinians pissed off about missiles coming in the windows. They're picky that way. Leo looks vaguely concerned, like he's not sure Jed's got his diplomacy goggles adjusted correctly. The ambassador points out to Jed that they were confronted with information about the guy's whereabouts, and they had little time to decide what to do. "Would you have done any differently?" she says. Just then, Jed is summoned from the room, and leaves without answering, taking Leo with him. As it turns out, he is being summoned for the purpose of meeting with Kate, who says in low tones that the FBI received a tip and, following up, found bomb-making equipment in a Gaza apartment. They think it's linked to the bombing of the CODEL. "They've located one of the men responsible for murdering our people," Kate says. And there's that trademark overblown line with no purpose except to send you to the flapping flag again.