Jed finally walks out into the secretarial area, C.J. on his heels complaining that she asked for one priority. Jed says, "It's a big country, Arnold," referring to the name of the reporter she's pretending to be. He bellows, "Debbie! Where the hell, first of all, are you, and where are my..." She comes zooming in off the portico, swaddled in a big red wrap, holding his glasses and saying he left them in the mansion. She hands them to him and admonishes him, "The Ipswich clams in Chesapeake Bay can hear you bellowing right now." Jed puts on his hoitiest, toitiest tone and declares, "Ipswich clams don't come from Chesapeake Bay, they come from Ipswich!" Debbie: "Not anymore." Jed wanders out into the hall, saying, "Have her beheaded for my birthday!" My God, it must be exhausting to work around someone like this. ["At least we know she's medicated." -- Wing Chun]
Jed runs into Toby in the hall, and they greet each other. Toby says he'll be asked how he feels about housing starts going down. Jed says he doesn't care, as long as he keeps this one. C.J. calls out, "'Sir, GDP growth is strong...'" Jed: "You bet your ass it is. Which, by the way, I can pat anytime I want now." I'm loving how obnoxious this is! Except for the part, where, you know, I'm totally not. And to think I passed over the 2002 Victoria's Secret Cavalcade of Boobs and Asses for this. Well, come to think of it, there's probably almost as much boobery and assery per minute in this show. These ones are full of hot air instead of silicone, though. Jed lectures the mass of staff which has accreted to him as he keeps zooming through the hallways: "The voters have spoken. Lowest inflation in twenty years. Housing starts are cyclical, which is the thing." He asks Leo what he's got. Leo says there's going to be a lot of flooding in Missouri. Jed asks if FEMA's on the ground. FEMA is. Leo adds that he's got the Swiss Ambassador in his office but doesn't know why. He stops Jed and says, "Sir, you and I enjoy your funny jokes, but Idaho, you know, not so much." He asks Jed to take it easy with the press. Jed: "I know my people." Leo: "Yeah, sometimes it's hard to believe I'm one of them. Good luck." Jed thanks him and enters the Briefing Room. Everybody stands, and cameras flash like crazy.
Leo returns to his office, flanked by Charlie, who goes off his separate way. Aw, are you disappointed that Charlie never gets much in the way of dialogue or storylines? Just you wait. There's some exciting fish-related dialogue later. Margaret hands Leo a note and reminds him that the guy in his office is Ambassador von Rutte.