The guy on Mary Kay's left says they just need to line up a doctor and funding. Good grief. They're going to do that in the next ten minutes? Leo: "Go around the room." The guy next to the first suit -- who's wearing a military uniform; both he and First Suit appear to be of Southeast Asian or Middle Eastern origin -- says, "If it leaks, you've got the clerics." Leo: "But it sends a message to the reformists." First Suit says, "Thank you. At a time when they're breaking 70\% in local elections." Military Uniform counters, "If you're looking for ways to temper support to the Shi'ites, I don't recommend..." First Suit: "A benevolent power must make sure..." Military Uniform: "Please, this is not the time." Everyone else just listens uncomfortably to their bickering. Second Suit says, "Let's not forget about the Shehab program and whatshisname and the transport corridors along the Silk Route." Jed: "How old is he?" Second Suit: "I'm sorry?" Jed wants to know how old the Ayatollah's son is. He's fifteen. Jed tells Military Uniform: "The Shi'ites, Lanny. That's what you want me to take back to my thoracic-surgeon wife?" Because it's all about Jed's personal life, and whether he's going to get any, I guess. Jed lays down the law: "Get this boy in Pre-Op. Somebody tell the Swiss to stop standing in the damn doorway with a mouse in their mouth." Thanks for loading me up with that image. Jed stands up, saying, "If they're coming in, come in." First Suit says Jed won't regret it: "It won't leak." Jed: "No, 'cause we're all in a secure room except for the Ayatollah's staff, a Swissair pilot, and four hundred other people." Seriously. How can they possibly expect to keep this quiet? Leo asks Second Suit: "Lanny, is this gonna leak?" Lanny replies, "Well..." Leo: "I feel better already." Jed strides out with Leo, saying, "Mr. Finch and Mrs. Wilberforce. There's nothing wrong with my memory. Though those are stupid names, and there's something wrong with my kids." Like the fact that they've obviously been abducted by aliens and replaced with body doubles for occasional scenes on this show? Again, can we get Mulder in here?
Josh is loitering in a magnificent high-ceilinged hallway, waiting for Triplehorn (played by Geoffrey Pierson, best known to me as Grace Kelly's good-for-not-much ex-husband on Grace Under Fire). He looks pretty good here. He's got a bit of a Paul Newman-ish vibe. Triplehorn comes out and they start walking. I half-expect Josh to wipe out on the shiny floor, like he did in "The Stackhouse Filibuster." Ah, Season Two. Good times, eh? Sigh. [Sound of crickets chirping.] Josh says that, now that Senate's out of session, they should think about putting a ping-pong table out in the hall. Triplehorn thinks not. Josh is trying to lighten the mood, and says he's kidding. Triplehorn: "You'd be surprised what people think." Josh: "Just from reading the AP wire." Triplehorn stops and says he thinks Josh knows what that's about. Josh: "Yeah, you're running for President." Triplehorn: "We hold elections in this country, not coronations." Somebody better tell Generalissimo Grand Poobah. Josh isn't saying any different. Triplehorn complains that he's talked to two dozen of their precinct captains in Iowa and New Hampshire, and nearly every one of them is locked up. They're standing in a doorway with the most gorgeous metalwork, by the way. What, you expect me not to notice the sets even when I'm half asleep? Oh, you underestimate me. Josh is stunned to hear that he's recruiting precinct captains four years in advance. Triplehorn says Hoynes is using the White House to lock up the primaries: "Hoynes doesn't inherit this. I'm not going to see the party dragged to the middle."