Office of O. Jed has assembled most of his senior staff, plus Will. I know people were wondering why the Vice-President's chief of communications ["is he? I thought he was Bingo Bob's chief of staff" -- Wing Chun] was in a high-level meeting with the President, but isn't it clear? He must be the new chief resident. Everything makes sense if you put yourself in the proper John Wells frame of mind. Jed is telling them that he wants to hear any idea they have, no matter how stupid or outrageous. Speaking of stupid, he tells the assembled group that he'd "build a mosque out of Jell-O" if he thought it would help. Toby tries to shift the conversation back to military retaliation, and C.J. asks if the FBI is any closer to tracking down Nassam, but Jed doesn't want to hear it. He wants ideas on how to get Farad and the Israelis into the same room. Leo just looks miserable. C.J. throws out the first idea, and the conversation slowly picks up steam. We cut to a ridiculous spinning overhead shot of the Oval Office (which is looking pretty round in this shot), and the soundtrack cuts in and out of various conversations to show us how time is passing. I'm wondering why they didn't just throw a clock face onto the screen and speed up the hour hand to show us the passing time. It would have been no less cheesy, and I wouldn't be nauseated from watching it so many times. It's like staring into an open washing machine.
Once we leave the rinse cycle and things calm down, Kate tells us that she has a really stupid idea. She proposes that they forget everything that has happened in the last twenty-four hours and hold Farad to his earlier promise to arrest the people responsible for the Gaza bombing. If he wants a summit, that's the price he'll have to pay, regardless of the fact that Israeli tanks currently surround his headquarters. When someone points out that Farad has no electricity and a dead cell-phone battery, Kate suggests that someone from the U.S. consulate drop a fresh phone off for him to use. She even offers to lend him her own. Toby and Will think the idea is stupid, but Kate and C.J. counter each of their arguments. They suggest that Farad be required to turn the responsible terrorist over to the U.S., rather than trying him in a Palestinian court. If he refuses, the U.S. ends up looking reasonable, and if he agrees, then he's made a serious good-faith effort that could be convincing to the Israelis. Leo just looks sick at the thought of this. Jed eventually asks if it will work. Toby: "No." Will: "No." Kate: "Maybe." C.J.: "Maybe." Leo says nothing, until Jed slightly nods his head, at which time Leo says that somebody should get Farad a phone and tell him to expect a phone call from the President. As she leaves the room, Kate once again tries to make sure Leo is not upset with her meddling, and he cuts her off and tells her to coordinate with State. Kate, stop apologizing. And lose the bangs.