POTUS and his entourage are walking along. Debbie's there. He calls her "Mrs. Hottentot." Hey, if he wants some silly-sounding names for her, how about Mrs. Flibbertigibbet? Mrs. Homunculus? Mrs. Didgeridoo? Mrs. Pentachlorophenol? Okay, I'll stop. Wait, isn't she a "Miss" or "Ms.," anyway? I have this vague recollection of her husband having run off. Am I totally imagining that? Probably. She tells him that Toby and Charlie are in the joint for giving a guy a tune-up. She more or less explains what happened as they walk toward the stage. They run into Josh, and Debbie wanders back to that nice suburb just outside of Mandyville, where she, Bonnie and Ginger are sharing an apartment. They hope to get their own show, soon. (It'll be called Making It!...the story of two young career women who hook up with a crusty older woman who was forced into and then back out of early retirement by adverse financial circumstances, and the wacky hijinx they get up to sharing an apartment...) Josh tells POTUS that Toby and Charlie are not going be a problem; C.J.'s taking care of it. Jed: "Really?" Josh admits that it's going to be a little bit of a problem. Jed gripes, "Every time we come to southern California we are absolutely the Clampetts!" And you're even named Jed. With a daughter named Ellie. And Abby calls you "Jethro." Weird. Josh leaps to another topic, namely his gripes with Scott Holcomb; he says that Scott's given up on Sam and is running his own agenda. Josh says he can't leave with the tax proposal coming out, but Toby can. Josh alleges that Will's put together a top-flight staff that can handle the paper for the week. Apparently, if "the paper" consists of the backup vocals to "Addicted to Love." Josh adds, "And I suppose it's worth mentioning that Toby probably can't leave the state anyway. Now, as the leader of this party..." POTUS says that you really don't want to shake up a campaign like this at this stage of the election calendar. Josh points out the way Sam's numbers are going, he's "amazed he's kept a veneer of sanity, much less..."
Just then, Sam comes storming toward them asking, "Are you crazy? Have you all lost your minds?" He says he just assumed the tax plan wasn't ready yet: "It's ready now, isn't it?" Josh admits it is. Sam: "You are missing news cycle, after news cycle, after news cycle. But you didn't announce, 'cause you didn't want to do it from Orange County!" Josh: "Would you?" Sam: "Yes! I say to hell with the election. There's a guy in St. Louis making $55,000 a year trying to send his kid to Notre Dame!" Off to the side, POTUS tells them that they need to keep their voices down a little. Yes, I guess you would know about that now, wouldn't you? Sam tells Josh, "If I'm going to lose, I'd like to lose doing something." In the background, Sam is being introduced as the next Representative from the California 47th, so he walks out onto the stage and waves. He tells the audience that POTUS is backstage and will be out in a minute. He mentions that POTUS is monitoring the situation in Kundu, adding, "But I wanted to say that yesterday the Republicans rolled out their tax plan. Do not let this President off the stage until he's told you his." Wow, way to screw yourself, Sam. But I admire your integrity. Always have. You do Lord Baden-Powell proud. Scott's arrived backstage and is standing next to POTUS as Sam says, "Send me to Congress, and mine will be the first 'yea' vote cast." Wild applause. Scott: "He didn't just say that. He did not just say that." POTUS asks Scott why he's putting Sam next to business. Scott says that Jed can read the numbers as well as anyone, and that Webb's going to win. But he doesn't see any point in burning the DNC's bridges. Jed tells Josh, "Tell Toby to take over the campaign." Scott walks away, saying, "You're going to get creamed." Josh makes a somewhat constipated face at Scott as the guy walks away.