C.J. enters Toby's office and tosses him the last two packets of peanut butter crackers from the vending machine: "It was that or an old egg salad sandwich." We all know what that can lead to. Toby is experiencing peanut butter cracker lockjaw, and C.J. throws him a bottle of water, telling him he'll need it, or "maybe a fire hose." Toby: "Or the local reservoir." C.J. wonders "why can't I just sit on my patio, barbecue some chicken, and drink my Diet Dr Pepper in peace?" Wait, what kind of soda was that, C.J.? Diet Dr Pepper? Okay, just checking. She asks Toby if he ever looks around and thinks that if they are in charge, the country is in a hell of a lot of trouble. Toby: "Until I spend time with the other guys." Will sticks his head in and tells them that Farad is on the phone and the President is talking to him. Again, if you're wondering what Will is doing in the middle of all of this, just remember: chief resident.
Office of O. Jed is sitting at his desk, talking into a speakerphone. Kate, Leo, and some military types are standing in the office as Toby, C.J., and Will walk in. Jed is talking to Farad, telling him that Palestinian security forces have to turn Nassam over to the U.S. Throughout this scene, Kate is writing notes on a pad to hand to Jed, while Will, Toby, and Leo make rude remarks in the background, and the director constantly gives us intense close-ups of...the speakerphone. It's very riveting. When Farad suggests trying Nassam in a Palestinian court, Toby says that "a Palestinian court is three guys with guns and a Magic Eight-Ball." Hey Toby, you ever use a speakerphone? He can hear you. In response to a note from Kate, Jed suggests that a Palestinian court could extradite Nassam to the U.S. There's an intense close-up on the phone. The light is green! It looks like he's on line 2! Will he hang up? Oh no, don't hang up! I'm sorry, I just thought I would try to simulate the same feeling of tension generated by these speakerphone close-ups. Did it work? If you're not feeling any tension, then it worked, because a close-up shot of a telephone is about as exciting as you would imagine. Even if the phone was made by the lovely folks at Nortel! ["Wooo! Canada." -- Wing Chun] Kate, reaching for a pen to write another note, knocks over Jed's cup of coffee. Jed leaps up to avoid the spill, and C.J. starts mopping it up. Kate hands the note to Jed, who passes it on to Leo. Jed tells Farad that if he detains Nassam and turns him over to the U.S. secretly, they will act as though the FBI captured him themselves. This seems to be something Farad can live with, as he agrees to take it up with his government and give it serious consideration. With one last close-up on the phone, Jed hangs up. Wait, when did he learn to work the speakerphone? Isn't that the reason he had to hire Debbie? After the call is over, people in the room start wondering whether the call was a success. Will suggests that when Farad promised to speak to members of his government, "he was talking about two sock puppets and a Beanie Baby." Kate and Will start arguing about whether Farad might follow through, and Kate asks Will if he's suggesting that all Palestinians are terrorists. Will: "If the kafiyeh fits..." First of all, Will, the suggestion that all Palestinians are terrorists or support terrorism is absurd. Second of all, a kafiyeh is more or less a hat. It's not a shoe. Unless you were already talking about some article of clothing other than shoes, you should really strive for a parallel construction, mister speechwriter. So your offensive metaphor should have been "if the sandal fits..." Dumb-ass. Leo ends the argument and sends everyone home. Leo tells Jed that the Lincoln battle group is almost in position, but Jed tells him that the next step is to wait. Commercials.