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In the billiard room, A.J.'s asking what's in Hartford. POTUS tells him about the Reynolds campaign. As he shoots a ball, he mutters, "Hartford. The insurance capital of the world. Have a good time, Syd." A.J. says Shepherd needs some rest, and that he's going to get Janie to clear this schedule for the weekend. Shepherd asks, "You handling me, A.J.?" A.J. says he's not, but that he will if Shepherd doesn't start taking his head out of his ass. Shepherd: "Excuse me?" A.J. says, "Lewis is right. Go after this guy." Shepherd sighs and asks A.J. whether Rumson has lied in the past seven weeks. A.J. seems confused by the question. Shepherd continues, "Other than not knowing the difference between Harvard and Stanford, has he said something that isn't true? Am I not a Commander-in-Chief who's never served in the military? Am I not opposed to a Constitutional amendment banning flag burning? Am I not an unmarried father who shared a bed with a liberal lobbyist down the hall from my twelve-year-old daughter?" A.J. asks, "And you think you're wrong?" POTUS replies, "I don't think you win elections by telling 59% of the people that they are." A.J. says they fight the fights they can win, the fights that need fighting. Shepherd asks, "Is the view pretty good from the cheap seats, A.J.?" A.J. begs his pardon. The Prez continues, "Because it occurs to me that in twenty-five years I've never seen your name on a ballot! Now why is that? Why are you always one step behind me?" A.J. replies, "Because if I hadn't, you'd be the most popular history professor at the University of Wisconsin." Burn! Shepherd's enraged; he throws his pool cue on to the table and shouts, "Fuck you!" As he puts on his jacket, he tells A.J., "Have Lewis put the final draft of the State of the Union on my desk in the morning." A.J. says, "Yes, sir." As the Prez gets to the door, he asks, "If Mary hadn't died...would we have won three years ago?" A.J. repeats, "Would we have won?" Shepherd continues, "If we'd had to go through a character debate three years ago, would we have won?" A.J. quietly says, "I don't know. But I would've liked that campaign. If my friend Andy Shepherd had shown up, I would have liked that campaign very much." Neither of them are looking at each other. POTUS leaves. Shepherd paces all over the White House, finally settling in the Oval Office. The next morning, Robin is fielding questions at a press briefing. One reporter asks, "Robin, will the President ever respond to Senator Rumson's question about being a member of the American Civil Liberties Union?" Before Robin gets to answer, POTUS unexpectedly bursts in, saying, "Yes, he will." Everyone stands as he walks to the podium. Y'all might want to go and get some snacks or sustenance now because I warn you, this is a long one. He can speechify to beat the band.