Sam and Josh are starting their meeting with the INS in Josh's office. The first agent says that for about $20,000 to $40,000, the refugees could buy passage on a ship. Sam asks, "Forty thousand dollars buys them a spot in a container?" He wonders how these people could have that much money. Josh explains that they don't, they have to pay off the smugglers when they get here, so they're basically indentured servants. Sam asks, "Sweat shops?" The first agent mentions drugs and prostitution. Josh indicates that Al Caldwell and the Christian League have offered to pay off the bond. The other INS agent says that Caldwell should know it's not unusual for refugees to be coached to claim religious persecution. The first agent says that it's a good alibi, and that it's not for him to say, but that they have to be serious about illegal immigration and act within existing laws. The agents leave and Sam points out to Josh that these people left their families and spent two months in a container on the water with dead bodies in there. "They had to want it." Josh sits down and sighs.
C.J. knocks on the door of the Oval Office and tells Jed it's time for the Presidential Turkey Pardoning. He says okay. Charlie shows up with yet another carving set. Jed says, "Excellent!" Charlie thinks he'll like this one. Jed takes the knife and says, "The Messermeister. Meridian 3000 series, one-piece forged blades, riveted palm handles." Charlie says, "Terrific!" Jed declares, "I don't like the handles." Charlie says okay and leaves. Sam and Josh are at the door. They tell POTUS they've had a couple dozen meetings in the last couple of days. He asks if they've met with the Chinese embassy officials. They start to tell him what came out of that meeting, but Jed tells them what would have been said: "Christians aren't persecuted in China. Since they're not oppressed, they don't qualify for refugee status..." Josh completes the sentence: "Under U.S. or U.N. conditions, yeah." Sam says the point was also made that they broke the law by leaving China without permission and should be sent back to their country of origin. Josh brings up the concern raised by the INS, that the claim of religious persecution may be bogus and that they may be "feigning faith." Jed acknowledges that they could have been coached. Josh wonders how to know the difference. Jed asks, "You guys know what a shibboleth is?" Sam ventures, "It's a catchphrase, isn't it?" Josh: "A cliché?" Basically, neither of them has a clue. Jed explains that it's a term from the Bible. He quotes the verse, "Then said now unto him, 'Say now shibboleth.' And he said, 'sibboleth' for he could not frame to pronounce it right." He explains that the army used "shibboleth" as a password to distinguish true Israelites from impostors sent across the river Jordan by the enemy. Jed indicates that he's meeting with one of the refugees tonight. C.J. hustles in and says, "Mr. President, I can't, you know, indefinitely with the turkey..." He grabs his coat, and as C.J. helps him put it on, Josh asks what POTUS is going to ask the Chinese refugee. Jed jokes, "I'm going to ask him to say 'shibboleth.'" He and C.J. tear off for the pardoning.