And now, as Leo unhappily ponders Jed's words about this crisis, we flash back to a few days after Jed was elected, in what will turn out to be perhaps the most pointless flashback ever used on a show that's rather rife with them. Jed is standing at the window of the New Hampshire governor's mansion, looking out, and saying, "What are my other options?" As it turns out, he is in the room with Leo and Major Dad. Leo tells Jed that there aren't any other options, and Major Dad adds that the president has already decided to follow Fitz's advice, so this is just "a courtesy briefing." In other words, "I'm here in a polite, 'fuck you' kind of gesture." Jed exposits that Major Dad is telling him that an outgoing president plans to saddle him with a war in the Philippines. Major Dad chortles, which seems kind of unprofessional. I'm not sure war and chortling can ever coexist happily. Jed grumbles about being laughed at seventy-two hours after his election, and Leo tries to calm him by telling him that it's "a limited peacekeeping mission," the Philippines business. Major Dad, still smirky, adds that it's logistics and training and stuff. He also mentions to Jed that Woodrow Wilson knew nothing about the military when he took office, and adds that Fitz thought Jed might find this news "reassuring." Leo thanks Major Dad for coming, and Major Dad congratulates Jed again and wishes him luck on tonight's press conference. When he's gone, Jed scoffs about needing to fire Fitz as soon as Fitz gets to Washington.
Back in present day, Leo is jarred from his reminiscing as someone suggests that the Israelis could be asked to go after the suspect. No one particularly likes that option, for reasons of self-interest and public perception and general bad vibes all around. And then, interestingly, the option of getting help from the chairman himself is raised. Widespread contemptuous snorting ensues, but Kate says that the chairman has actually asked for a chance to arrest anyone the FBI identifies. The Secretary of Defense is not excited about this option, considering that there's at least some possibility that the chairman would instead tip off anybody they were trying to arrest. Kate argues that the chairman doesn't like Nasan's group, and they could provide incentives for him to cooperate. As Jed considers it, Leo says disbelievingly, "You really want to get back on the merry-go-round with this guy?" "Let's see what he has to say," Jed says, getting up to go. So I guess that's a "maybe" on the merry-go-round.