Shout-out to Gustave's mother, just because.
Situation Room. Funkmaster Funky Fitz and Masta Killa J are being briefed by a General Wendall (via videoconference) on the military incursion of Kundu. General Wendall tells them the details of various vehicles and personnel. Suddenly, he's interrupted and has to take a phone call. Jed makes impatient comments while waiting for Wendall to finish with his call. Is this the Sit Room or the Snit Room? Mos Def Con (Leo, remember?) asks him to take it easy. Jed, not willing to take it easy: "Is he placing a bet?" Triple F: "Are we allowed to do that? And can I make a quick phone call before the 101st Air Assault..." Wendall comes back and tells them that the 82nd has just completed its takeover of Bitanga Airport. Everyone in the Sit Room applauds. Fitz gives Wendall the instruction to clear the airport for the 101st and stand by for a coded command. Jed thanks everybody, and he and Leo leave.
Jed and Leo pedeconference all the way back to the Oval Office -- and it's a long way -- as Leo tells him that was impressive. Jed: "Me?" Leo, laughing: "No, them." Jed's a little huffy about that, and Leo has to try to backpedal and explain that he wasn't saying that he doesn't think Jed can be impressive in this situation. Jed: "I could tell by the way you laughed in my face at the suggestion that I was." Leo tells him that the wheels-up has been changed to 6:00 PM because the DCCC arranged an event in Brentwood. Jed gripes, saying he told Sam about money and endorsements from outside the district and wants to know why he's going to Brentwood. Leo says it's for the same reason Willy Sutton robbed banks. Leo says that Joey (don't get excited; she's not in this ep) says Sam's anywhere from five to eight points down and his favorability is below fifty: "They're making it about values." Jed says that clean air and the right to privacy are values. Leo also says that the OMB wants a few more hours for revenue calculations, but that they're saying it's going to be today for sure. Man, the paint job on the panel molding in the stairway they're ascending is fantastic. Really nicely detailed. Jed complains, "Deficit-neutral. We've had fourteen meetings." Leo says they understand: "Ways and Means Democrats, then the NEC briefing on scoring." Jed wants to know what's wrong with booze and a comfortable pickup. Leo gives him a bumfuzzled look and Jed explains his joke: "Scoring." Leo says he knows what he meant: "What are you, from the Ozarks?" All over the Ozarks offended sons of the soil are logging onto AOL and inundating Sorkin with emails of complaint. That should be a new experience for him. Jed wants to know if they're going to have a tax plan or if he'll be stuck in NEC scoring hell for the rest of his term. Leo blathers about a meeting, something to do with salmon -- maybe they're naming a fish after Sam, or something (Sam N. Seaborn, get it?) and Jed complains that last week there was a banana embargo: "Is Congress opening a restaurant?" Leo says there's no reason Jed can't relax a bit in California. Jed: "Aren't there quite a few reasons?" Leo says there are.