Meanwhile, Simon Blye is shown into Leo's office. He and Leo exchange pleasantries and sit down on the couch. Josh, Sam, and Bruno summarize the Lillienfield/drug scare/subpoena saga. Simon tells Leo that Josh and Sam won't be able to make a deal with Bruno: "There's going to be a hearing, Leo, and it'll take months and it'll be awful. We're going to hear stories about booze, and pills, and God knows what you did. The President's got a budget to pass, he's got to get Mendoza confirmed, and in nine months he's got to get a Democratic Congress elected." Leo hesitates, and asks, "Did you come here to tell me you think I should resign?" Simon nods. Leo says that he's offered his resignation, but the Prez won't accept it. Simon sneers, "He's blinded by friendship, and he's being foolish, and you should point that out to him." Leo stares at Simon for a minute before finally saying, "I'm just taking a guess....Is there an op-ed piece coming out that I should know about?" Simon says yes, it'll be in tomorrow's issue of The Washington Post. Leo starts shaking his head slowly while Simon goes on to say, "I wanted to let you know as a courtesy since we've been friends for so long. I have a copy with me..." Leo says that he doesn't need to see it: "I know what it says. For the good of the party, for the good of the President, a leading Democrat comes out in the Post and calls for my resignation." While Simon desperately tries to interrupt, Leo sarcastically adds, "That probably won't get much attention, and it will definitely not distract from the President's agenda. I haven't seen you making the rounds on the Sunday morning talk shows in a while, Simon. I'm glad I could help out!" Suddenly Leo's voice sounds funny, as if this line was dubbed in later: "Where's your grave concern for country, party, and President, when you're out whoring for Atlantic Oil?" The closed captioning refers to Standard Oil. Is Standard Oil affiliated with GE or something? Anyway, when he finally gets a word in, Simon just says that he's insulted by the accusation. Leo, getting angrier by the second, snaps, "Well, God, I sure didn't mean to hurt your feelings!" Simon tries to say something else, but Leo suggests, "I think you should walk out of here, now. As a matter of fact, I think you should run!" Simon doesn't run, but he doesn't hesitate either. As he closes the door, Leo sighs, "Oh God."
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