As Josh and Sam try to escape through a side door, the Prez spots them and follows them out for a quick chat. "What time are you going up to the Hill?" he asks. Josh tells him they're leaving at noon. The Prez says, "I want to preempt a hearing. I don't want it. I don't want it for Leo. I don't want it for his family. I don't want it for us. They know that, and they're gonna play Let's Make a Deal. Don't take anything off the table until you've talked to me, you understand?" They do. The Prez adds, "Unless a war breaks out, I'll be spending much of my day talking about bananas." He goes back inside and asks Leo if he's going to meet with someone named Simon Blye later. "How did you know that?" Leo wonders. The Prez says, "I broke into your secret schedule compartment and took infrared photos with my compact camera." Then he admits that Margaret told him. Incidentally, the President appears to have a collection of snow globes or glass paperweights on his desk. ["Hey, so does my dad! He could be President!" -- Wing Chun] Or maybe they're Orbs of Thessaly, or Soul Hunter globes. Your guess is as good as mine. Leo says that Simon is a good friend. "No, he's not," the Prez insists. "He's been a good friend to me," Leo says. The Prez gets Confucian and tells Leo, "It isn't hard to like a guy when he's doing well. The measure of a man is, how does he behave when things are otherwise?" Leo says he needed some advice. "That you couldn't get from me? Or Toby, or Josh, or Sam, or C.J.?" the Prez asks. Notice a name that isn't on that list? Starts with "M," ends with "-andy"? Leo strokes the Prez's ego, saying that his counsel "is valued above all else. I just meant [that] I can use all the help I can get." The Prez tells Leo that he puts too much faith in people. Not that this will become a plot point later, or anything. It'll become TWO plot points.
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