C.J. stops by Fishboy's office to ask him something, and then confirms that they're off the record. Then she changes her mind about asking him. Fishboy starts talking about kissing again, and insists that he doesn't mind it. C.J. says there won't be any more kissing. I shout hallelujah. C.J. finally asks, "Is it possible that a father could be embarrassed about his son being gay, even after his son was murdered?" Fishboy tells her that it is. "Possible to the extent that he'd be disinclined to support a law that would impose stiffer penalties upon the perpetrators of hate crimes, including the ones who tied his seventeen-year-old son to a tree and threw rocks at his head?" Again, Fishboy says yes. Sad and baffled, C.J. says, "It eludes me." Fishboy asks if she's going to tell the press about Chad's golf game. She says she'll have the information on Friday. "You're gonna dump it in the Friday trash," Fishboy notes. C.J. says, "He's a C-level aide to the Vice-President, Danny. He's resigning. You want to run a special section?" Fishboy and C.J. say goodbye to each other a few times. C.J. tells Fishboy he should go. And he should. Fishboy points out that they're in his office. C.J. leaves. Without kissing Fishboy. Go C.J.! Be strong!
Josh and Sam sit across a conference table from Bruno and several other gray-haired white men in dark suits. Bruno seems eager to put them at ease. He says, "This isn't a trial. This isn't a deposition. You won't be sworn in. You're not on the record. There will be no record." He explains that some Congressmen want to hold hearings "to determine if there was any wrong-doing on the part of senior White House staffers in covering up Leo McGarry's past problems with alcohol and drugs." Bruno says he wants to keep that from happening, and then asks, in his casual, non-confrontational way, "What happened?"
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."