C.J. is in the briefing room, giving a...briefing. She's just going over the schedule of the activities at Camp David. She also starts going over the menu, which includes Maryland crabcakes. That's just lovely. Why don't they also serve some ham and some cheeseburgers. And drench everything with a lovely burgundy sauce while they're at it. Unless they're serving Maryland genuine imitation "crabcakes." That would be acceptable. Otherwise, I either have to believe the people who produce this show are stupid, or that the producers want me to believe that the White House staff is stupid. Can you guess which one I think is more likely?
Camp David. Groups of people are sitting around different tables, carrying on discussions, while waiters deliver beverages. The camera pans over to a group of sofas and easy chairs near a large fireplace, where Toby, Josh, Will, the Israeli PM, the Israeli Defense Minister, and the Palestinian PM discuss possible post-withdrawal security arrangements. The talks seems to be going nowhere, as the Palestinian PM insists that Palestinian sovereignty is meaningless if Israeli troops remain in the territories, and the Israeli Defense Minister insists that Israel must be allowed to keep troops in the territories to protect itself.
In some other room at Camp David, Farad is sitting at a conference table and discussing Palestinians who lost their homes in 1948. Ambassador Nechayev insists that those Palestinians were not expelled, but that they left of their own accord. After some shouting back and forth, Kate interrupts to try to get the parties to focus on current problems rather than historical grievances. Farad asks if there is room in Israel for one million Russian Jews, why there isn't room for Palestinians who wish to return home? Commercials.
A title tells us that we are on Day Three. C.J. is briefing the press on the schedule, which includes the fact that Jed and Abbey will be joining the Israeli delegation for a Shabbat dinner, at the invitation of the Israeli PM.
Cut to an overhead shot of a basketball going through a hoop. Jed, Toby, Will, and Josh are playing basketball while they talk through some of the issues that have come up in the summit. Abbey and Kate are sitting on a bench to the side while the boys play, occasionally sticking an oar into the conversation. I know it's pretty consistent with this show's general sexism to have the men play while the women watch, but in fairness I have to point out that Mary McCormack was seven months pregnant when they filmed this scene. I have to allow for the possibility that it was her choice not to run around on a basketball court with these sweaty behemoths. As they go through the issues, it's clear that the Israelis and Palestinians are still pretty far apart on just about everything. As they wrap up the game, Jed tells them to work for any small point of agreement they can find so that they can start building on it. As everyone else leaves the court, Josh asks Jed if there's anything else he can do to help. Jed tells him to work with Toby and Will: "I think they need some positive reinforcement." Josh asks Jed, "Sir, should we be here?" I'm not sure if he's asking if the U.S. should be there, or if he's wondering whether this important bit of diplomacy might not be better handled by, oh, say, the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, the National Security Adviser, or any of the myriad trained diplomats on the payroll of the U.S. government. Because I'm right there with him on that second question. Jed doesn't seem to want to discuss it, however. He just tells Josh that he's glad he's back. Josh leaves, and Abbey asks, "Jed, where's Leo?"