"For how long?" Josh asks. "After the midterms," Bruno answers. Sam helpfully points out that they're almost a year away. "You want the White House to put it in a drawer for a year? Why?" Josh asks. Bruno says, "I don't want the debate. Nobody does. Nobody wants to support it, nobody wants to oppose it. Nobody wants the debate, not 'til after the midterms." Josh, still puzzling this out, confirms that if they do this, there won't be any hearings. Sam says the Prez won't go for the deal. Josh blusters: "The hearings aren't going to turn up anything. We're not frightened enough to suppress --" Bruno points out, "It doesn't matter what the hell the hearing turns up. It's a hearing. This one is drugs, so it's sexy. This is Geraldo's dream come true. So don't get up with me, okay?" "Get up with me"? Bruno adds, "I am throwing you a rope -- something I'd like the two of you to remember the next time you're mouthing off on Face the Nation [that] you can't get anything done, 'cause House Republicans are vindictive." Bruno, who has gone from being Mr. Rogers to Mr. Wilson in the blink of an eye, growls, "This is what happens [when] you put teenagers in the White House. You guys screwed this up from the beginning!" He declares that they should have let the White House Counsel's Office do the investigation, and that Josh came close to perjury in his deposition. He winds up by saying, "I'd like to hold hearings into the two of you being stupid! But I don't have that kind of time." Heh. Bruno and his aides leave so that Josh and Sam can call the Prez.
A young woman with an extremely grating voice tells Toby and C.J., "Your argument isn't with us. We watch PBS. We like PBS. But we also work for Congressmen who have constituencies that want to know why the federal government is subsidizing television for rich people." Toby calmly points out that PBS is not television for rich people: "One quarter of the PBS audience is in households with incomes lower than twenty thousand a year. Blacks comprise eleven percent of the public television audience, and blacks comprise eleven percent of the commercial TV audience." He gives some more demographic information as C.J. leaves the room. A secretary tells her that "they" are here, and C.J. asks the secretary to get Mandy. When asked where Mandy is, C.J. says, "She's in the Oval Office, having what must be a very comfortable audience with the President."
Cut to the Prez, who reads, "The majority of young people move from kissing to more intimate sexual behaviors during their teenage years. More than fifty percent engage in petting behavior." He interrupts himself to ask Mandy if that means what he thinks it means. He reads on, "By the age of fourteen, more than twenty-five percent have touched a girl's...I won't say that word." He reads ahead silently and says, "Not gonna say that." Looking at the next page, he finds another word he won't be uttering. Mrs. L. enters and tells Mandy that the Lydells are waiting in the mural room. Mandy excuses herself. Mrs. L. looks at the Prez and asks if he'd like to share what the report says. He responds, "With you? No." Mrs. L. folds her arms and asks why not. "Because I'd rather not be in therapy for the rest of my life," he answers. As she leaves, the Prez crosses out another word in the report.