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Suddenly POTUS gets excited about something he sees out the window. "Look! Look! There it is! Carmen's House of Flowers! Hey, Coop, we gotta stop." He wants to get Sydney some flowers. Robin and Lewis are puzzled. POTUS explains to the youngsters that that's what men do when they break a date. Robin authoritatively states, "That's not what men do. I know no men who do that." (Can't you just hear C.J. delivering that line, too?) POTUS tells Agent Cooper that he's going to hop out at the flower shop. Agent Cooper is hesitant. Lewis says that the President is not hopping out and that Lewis will get the flowers on POTUS's behalf. POTUS objects that it wouldn't be personal. Lewis advises a security sweep: "We don't know who's in there." POTUS wonders, "You think there's a florist in there planning an assassination on the off-chance that I might be stopping by?" Lewis does, in fact, think it's possible. The next shot is POTUS busting into the shop and trying to get the attention of the clerk, who's on the phone chatting with a friend. She says she'll be right with him and turns back to her call. POTUS says, "Hey, I don't know if you're the one I talked to on the phone...Virginia, dogwood, the President...does any of this ring a bell....?" The clerk faints onto the floor. Which I find just a bit much, but whatever. He says, "Same girl. She remembered me." At some big political soirée, Bob Rumson is once again at a podium, in front of an American flag even larger than his mouth and ego combined. He states to the huge, enthusiastic crowd: "I'm glad to see that the President has a girlfriend! Never mind she's the hired gun of an ultra-liberal political action committee. Never mind that the President takes the Fifth anytime a reporter has the temerity to ask him a question about a woman in a position to exert enormous influence over a huge range of issues. Never mind that this woman's idea of how to unwind at the end of a tough day is to get together with her ACLU pals and set American flags on fire!" Watching this elsewhere on television, Robin says to herself, and more or less to Lewis, "No reaction from the White House." They appear to be in a lavish hotel suite. Shepherd's on the phone telling Sydney that there's no need to dignify any of this with a response. Sydney wonders what Lewis and Robin think. He says, "Brutus and Cassius? They want me to get into a character debate and mix it up." Sydney tells him that Lewis and Robin are very smart. Shepherd tells Robin and Lewis, "Sydney says you guys are really stupid." She of course shouts that she never did. To Brutus and Cassius, he adds, "She's questioning your loyalty." Lewis cracks, "Hell, I question it all the time." With his eyes on the TV, the Prez announces, "Wait a second, here comes my favorite part." Rumson says, "My name is Bob Rumson, and I'm running for President." Shepherd tells Sydney, "Sure glad he cleared that up, because that crowd was getting ready to buy some Amway products." Sydney and Shepherd talk about polling numbers for a moment, and then he asks her what she's doing this weekend. She says she was going to bring some work home. He seems to have gotten the strike threat under control and Lucy's going to be away for the weekend, so he suggests they throw a key party and invite all the swingingest politicos in Washington. No, of course he doesn't. He invites her to Camp David for the weekend. Naturally, she accepts.