Donna shouts for Josh, and then asks Cathy, "Did they burn the hamburger?" Cathy says, "I told them well-done," and Donna explains, "He likes it beyond well-done; he likes it burnt." Josh pops in and immediately asks, "Did they burn the hamburger?" Donna says that they did, whereupon Josh asks, "Did you check?" "I am not checking your food!" Donna says, and for once I sympathize with her. Josh goes on to say, "I like it where if you dropped it on the floor, it would break." Desperate to change the subject, Donna asks, "What's 'Take Out the Trash Day?'" Josh says, "Any stories we have to give to the press that we're not wild about, we give them all in a lump on Friday." Hey, Ken Olin directed this episode! ["And he directed Freaks and Geeks last week! The man gets around!" -- Wing Chun] Donna asks why they don't spread out all the bad stories. Josh spells out the obvious: If the stories are all released the same day, coverage will be divided among them. Donna asks why they do this on Fridays. "Because no one reads the paper on Saturday," Josh explains.
Sam steps into Toby's office with this conversational starter: "There's a town in Alabama that wants to abolish all laws except the Ten Commandments." Toby already knows, because Toby knows everything. Sam says, "Some of those Commandments are going to be pretty hard to enforce." Toby seems uninterested in this topic, and asks what Sam wants. Sam says that he's been asked to comment on a story that will be in tomorrow's Georgetown Hoya. That's Georgetown University's newspaper, which I guess might be common knowledge, but I wouldn't know that if I didn't leave near D.C., so consider this your educational tidbit for the day. And before you ask, no one knows what the hell a "Hoya" is. Sam explains that "A sociology professor has been teaching what the paper, at any rate, feels is racist stuff. Too much funding for Head Start, welfare mothers, and --" When Toby wonders why this is a White House issue, Sam explains that Zoey is in the class. Toby summarizes, "The President's daughter got an idiot sociology teacher, and we've gotta..." Sam says he'll talk to Zoey. Toby turns back to his laptop, but then realizes Sam is still lurking in the doorway.
Toby: What else?
Sam: Coveting thy neighbor's wife, for example. How are you gonna enforce that one?
Sam: We never have our chats anymore, Toby.
Toby: What chats?
Sam: Our late night chats!
Toby: Did we ever do that?