Leo makes his way to Josh's office as phones ring and ring. When he gets to Josh's door, he says, "The President wants you back in the War Room." Josh looks up, pallid and grave. Leo takes off. Josh grabs his jacket. Has Brad Whitford dyed his hair or something? It looks so dark in this scene, and it makes him look all the paler by comparison. Donna's starting to look like George Hamilton next to Josh. He follows Leo down the hall as the Music of Now I'll Show These Fools Who They Put In The Doghouse plays.
More disgruntled citizens complaining to TV news, which informs us that it's Day Three. Which the title cards also do. C.J. tells Toby that she's heading outside for the briefing, and asks if there's anything new. Toby says that another poll shows Bartlet's down another six points. C.J. thinks she might not mention that, and asks if Josh is "still in there with Angela and Leo." Toby: "Round twelve, or maybe it's thirteen -- I've lost count." C.J. says they've all been assuming this is due to POTUS's being out of it secondary to Zoey's abduction, and they've all been protecting him: "What if it's something else?" Toby insists that it's not. C.J. persists: "But what if it is?" Toby replies: "The Republicans have us and they know it. He and Josh are the only ones who don't. Okay, it's something else...like what?" C.J.: "Leadership." You can see how they might have forgotten what the hell that looks like.
Toby goes into the War Room and finds Josh and Angela arguing over the percentages. They all bitch and argue. Josh says they can use Royce. Will says, "Royce isn't going to take on Haffley, and Haffley's convinced they've already won." Josh yelps, "Only because we blinked!" Leo: "Of course we blinked! We lost all meaningful support in Congress! And the public is blaming this mess on us. The President is going to be down here any minute, Josh. I need unanimity. This is the come to Jesus meeting." Oh no, you don't. I got one show about politics and one about religion and y'all just better stay in your corners. Leave Jesus out of it. Whoops! POTUS is already there, and heard that. He comes in asking, "Who's coming to Jesus, Leo, you or me?" He comes in and says, "Three percent. Sixty days." Angela claims it's a gift. Jed asks Toby's opinion, which is, "People are frustrated with both parties. It's a plague on both our houses." Yeah, way to bring the Shakespeare. Except not. You know, this scene is adequately lit, but it seems the tradeoff is the ShakyCam. I guess it's true that you can't have everything. What a crushing blow to my optimism. Leo says they gave it three days to turn in their favour, and it didn't. Jed asks for Josh's input. He looks like a shamed schoolboy, and glances at Leo before saying anything. Leo just stares back grimly. Josh asks: "What do you want, Mr. President?" Jed wants to govern. Angela says that their bargaining position is getting weaker every day, and reminds them that the Republicans are waiting for a response to the deal that's on the table. Josh suddenly suggests, "Let's go up to the Hill and see them." Toby pooh-poohs that: "We'll look even more desperate." Josh argues, "The country's waiting for someone to step up. It should be us." Leo claims going to Haffley's office will set a dangerous precedent. You can tell Jed likes the way Josh thinks, though. He says, "Let's go." Leo reminds him, "You have a video conference with Admiral Vadney and PACOM at 5." Jed: "Then I suggest we get a move on." Josh and Jed are out of the room when Angela says, "They're leaving." Leo tells her, "Go!"