In the Office of O, Jed is just getting off the phone with the Prime Minister of North Anonymous about seeing him in Brussels. Josh walks in, still looking at notes and acting like he has forty things on his mind, most of which he has mentally filed under "Things I Really Need To Complain About Today." Jed congratulates him on doing such a good job of wrapping up the agreement. Leo tells Jed, as Josh stands looking confused, that Josh did a bang-up job, and resembled a mix of a couple of belligerent dog breeds and a door-to-door salesman. Wow, is that a...compliment? "You are a dog and a scam artist!" Anyway, Jed tells Josh to start working on getting the deal through Congress, and Josh says he's meeting with the speaker, and expects to hear that they gave too much to labor in the side agreements. Leo says that they've got things in the deal that will get Democratic votes as well as Republican ones. "Sell it right, and we'll squeak through," he says. In the background, Charlie brings Jed something to sign, and I hope you're enjoying your glimpse of Charlie, because this scene is all you're getting. Charlie is turning into the Alfred Hitchcock of the show, where you have to be on your toes so that you can tell your friends that you spotted him walking down the street with a dog on a leash in the background of one of the scenes.
C.J. comes in just then and updates Jed on his interview schedule in advance of the Brussels signing. She works on warming him up, asking how he plans to counter the argument that free trade ultimately exports jobs, and Jed basically dismisses that concern. Yeah, nobody really cares about that anyway. Josh offers Jed some talking points, but Jed says that he's an economist himself, and doesn't need any educating. Charlie cautiously points out that Jed's comments about economics can be a little bit... "Polysyllabic?" Jed asks. "Academic," C.J. offers. "I was going to go with 'incomprehensible,'" Leo grouches. Jed, as if trying to prove their point, launches into a discussion of a concept called "creative destruction," and the eyes around the room all roll in frustration, since this is exactly what they're talking about. Josh tries to convince Jed just to go with the "better and higher-paying jobs" mantra. "Anybody have any crayons so I can color in my PhD?" Jed asks in his usual insufferable fashion. Indeed, everyone who doesn't understand a lecture on economics that's conducted on a graduate level might as well be writing in crayon. Oh, ordinary people are so tiresome, aren't they, Mr. President? If only we lived in a world flooded by people with graduate degrees, things would be so much more pleasant. And all of the people cast out of work by the trade agreement could be put to work making tasseled loafers.