The worst subtitle ever tells us that it's "Florida, 1995." Because there's no way we would have figured that out on our own. We could not possibly have guessed that the scene of Leo getting smashed would take place in Florida in 1995. Certainly not after all the discussion in this episode about how Leo got smashed in Florida in 1995. And I love how this flashback takes place just somewhere in Florida. Kate leans against a car in a parking lot. She's holding a cigarette and wearing the worst wig in the history of television. It's long, straight, and brown. She's also sporting a black eye. There's the sound of a bottle being knocked over behind her, and she turns and sees Leo staggering toward her. Strum strum strum. I think I see Selena sitting behind the wheel of one of the cars. Leo stumbles over to his car, which happens to be right next to Kate. She asks him where he's going, and when he falls down again trying to get into his car, she tells him that she'll drive. She loads him into the passenger seat and then climbs into the car herself. She asks him where he's going, and he tells her that he wants to ride off into the sunset. She points out that they missed it, and when he asks her what happened to her eye, she tells him, "You should see the other guy." She's able to get him to mutter the name of his hotel. He tells her that he'll remember her, and she tells him, "No you won't....But I will." And then Kate says, "Baltimore, Maryland, Maryland, Baltimore. It's Federal Hill." Strum strum strum. Yo quiero Taco Bell.
So, anyone have any theories about what the fuck happened in that scene? Leo was clearly leaving his binge with Framhagen, but what was Kate doing there? Was she supposed to make sure Leo was out of the way while the meeting of Bay of Pigs veterans was disrupted? Did she have some connection to Framhagen? Was she supposed to kill Leo? Did she slip him a mickey to get him extra-drunk? And where did the black eye come from? Her husband? Andy? Framhagen? Fidel Castro? In nineteen pages of discussion of this episode in the forums, I haven't seen one explanation that fills in all the gaps. If you have a theory, please don't send it to me -- send it to John Sacret Young, care of NBC. He clearly needs your help finishing his plots.
Back in Leo's office, he listens to Jed deliver his address on Cuba. It is, by the way, the worst speech we have ever heard Bartlet deliver. Toby is clearly being overworked. We see shots of Jed delivering the speech, C.J. watching him deliver it in the Oval Office, and Kate listening in the Sit Room. The camera slowly backs away from the window of Leo's office as the snow falls down. Fade to black.