The SUV pulls up in front of some building or other. This time Josh is driving. (Official Metaphor sighting!) Santos is looking at the news coverage, and can't believe how bad it is. He wonders if he doesn't get any points for substance. Josh tells him, "It's right there: column three, next to penmanship." Josh tells him that he added this event so that Santos could take back "the Mayflower crack." Apparently, they are going into a senior center, where there will be a captive audience, including the state's oldest voter. Josh: "He's like a hundred-and-ninety-seven. Granddaddy of the primary since it was Old Hampshire."
As Josh and Santos enter the senior center, Brock and another guy (who I'll assume is Morgan) are waiting for them, armed with little pads. As they walk in, they're surprised to see that the cafeteria is mostly empty. Josh walks over to a reception desk and asks where everyone is. It turns out that a resident died, and everybody is at the funeral. Josh asks if the oldest voter is at the funeral as well, and Reception Guy can't resist being funny: "Oh, I'd say so. He's in the coffin." Josh turns back to Santos, who hands him his jacket and marches into the cafeteria to shake as many hands as he can. Morgan follows him in, but Brock sticks around to needle Josh: "Nice staff work." Josh reminds him that they are "a scrappy insurgency. We're taking our licks early." Heh. He said "licks." Brock calls Santos a non-factor, but Josh doesn't think he believes it: "If Santos was a non-factor, I doubt you and the Post would be sipping strained beets at the Nashua Senior Center." Brock can't believe Josh thinks he's there to cover Santos: "We're writing about you. Why you're running this quixotic campaign, why you're splitting up the field." Josh claims he's running to win, but Brock doesn't think so: "I think you're siphoning off votes to help Hoynes. Why else would Russell's folks be worried about you?"
Russell for President HQ. Will is telling some flunky to take "choice" and "guns" off the list. The flunky points out that "eastern Pennsylvania is overwhelmingly anti-gun and pro-choice," but Will is concerned about pissing off single-issue voters on the other side. Josh enters, and the flunkies all leave him alone with Will. Will starts to make small talk, but Josh gets right to the point: "You fed that quote to Brock. You're trying to force me out of the race." Will points out that Josh isn't in the race. I don't know if he's trying to be clever by pointing out that Josh isn't the candidate, or he's pointing out that Santos is a non-factor, but either way, I think it was a good shot. Yeah, that's right -- I gave some praise to Will. Even a cynical and cryptic clock is right twice a day. Josh says he knows Will told Brock that Will was worried about Santos, and Will points out that it's Josh he's worried about, because he's behaved so oddly by turning down offers from Russell and Hoynes in order to recruit an unknown. Will also denies leaking the quote: "It was probably Texas Republicans trying to kill him off so he can't run for state Treasurer." Josh accuses Will of "trotting Donna out to guilt [him]," but again, Will deflects the charge: "I'm not guilting anybody. You should be guilting yourself. After Leo, you're the best political mind in the party, and you're gonna be working for us, everybody is, it's inevitable. When that day comes, do you wanna be on the record trashing us so we can't hire you?" Josh leaves the building.