Josh leaves, and the camera follows him into the hall as Will says, "I may be having some kind of mental logjam, but why did the President snap?" Leo explains, "Angela had the thing wired, and Haffley tried to roll us. It was a mugging." Will replies, "But it's also a negotiation. You don't shoot a duck for quacking." That depends. Am I trying to sleep? The camera starts following C.J. instead of Josh as Leo asks Will, "Are you speaking for the Vice-President?" Will: "The quacking thing kind of gives it away, doesn't it?" C.J. enters the War Room -- that's the White House War Room, remember, which is the Democrats and the Bartlet Administration, in case you got confused or nodded off or something -- and says, "Help." Leo tells her not to go out there again until morning. C.J.: "Okay, but the enemy's advancing and you better give me more than a squirt gun before the sun comes up." Will says, "We need some coffee. Anybody know where we can get coffee?" Toby points out that the Mess is closed. C.J. tells Will that Starbucks is closed, and suggests that he try someplace called Swing's or Swain's or something. Will trots off. C.J. mentions some big state dinner in honour of the British Prime Minister's upcoming visit. It's not for four days, but obviously it requires a fair bit of work and planning in advance. Leo says that Josh can handle it. Toby says that they can put together a strategy, but that there's not much else they can do until a deal's signed. Angela says to Leo, "You have to talk the President down off the ledge tonight. If I go back and hammer out a deal at two percent, he has to sign it." Leo says nothing; he just looks pained. I guess it would be painful to have aliens inhabiting your body. What the hell happened to the Leo McGarry who used to be the power behind the Presidency?
Leo goes to the Residence and finds Jed absorbed in the game. Jed invites him to sit. Leo asks the score. Jed: "Doesn't matter. The game is won or lost in the last five minutes." Leo: "So the Irish are down." Jed shoots Leo a look. Leo carefully says, "Sir, I've got Angela running the War Room, but we don't have a lot of support, inside or outside the building." Jed keeps eating, his eyes glued to the game. Leo says that Angela feels she can get a deal at 2%. Jed calmly says, "I took his Vice-President. I dropped my stimulus package, my college tuition tax credit, and now we're haggling not over the budget, but how much to cut from last year's...." Leo says, "It's a bad deal. A bad week. A bad year. But our approval's in the thirties and we're outta allies on the Hill." Leo urges Jed just to make a deal at 2% tonight so they can get past this budget cycle and get back on message: "Be bold at the State of the Union, take back Congress...." Jed complains about how his team is playing. Leo can see he's not getting anywhere. Leo says, "It's not always enough to be right, sir." Actually, it hardly ever seems to be enough. Gosh, it's just like Oprah's always saying: "Do you want to be right, or do you want to have peace?" Why do I have to choose? Jed just looks at Leo. Leo stares back. Jed goes on eating. Boy, I guess if you don't know what to have characters say, you should just have them exchange lots of significant glances and looks. Pretty soon the "talkiest damn show on television" (tm me) will just be mime. Then again, if you've got nothing interesting or intelligent to say, it's just as well to shut it. Jed goes back to watching the game.