Will comes into the same meeting room the next morning and greets the interns. He's got an armload of football shirts: "These are for you." He wants them to wear them. He says it will move things along, as he tosses a shirt to each woman. He asks if they've met his sister Elsie. They have. The four of them pull on the shirts with relatively good humour. He explains they have to write a bunch of remarks about the Democratic tax plan: "I need you all to help me take prepared remarks -- say, about the canning of catfish -- and make it about the tax plan." Canned catfish? Ew. He asks one Lauren, whom he addresses as "Number 60," what she's writing down. Oh no; he's not going to call them by the numbers on their shirts, is he? That shouldn't alienate them at all. She says she's writing down "canning of catfish." He says it's just an expression. Lauren says she's never heard it. Neither has Elsie. Will says he just made it up. Will starts calling on them by number, asking what a capital gain is and what the Republicans want and so on. He explains the Democratic plan and asks what the difference is between the two. Cassie: "They want to lower taxes and we want to raise them." Will wouldn't put it quite like that. Cassie says he just did: "Will, we're interns. Do you think we have any clue as to how to write a tax policy speech?" Will says, "Well, I'm sure you had to write in college, in the many, many government and poli sci and economics classes you took while attending...?" Cassie: "The London School of Ballet." Will: "What the hell are you doing here?" Oh, no you don't. I get to find out what Elsie's doing here first. Cassie says she's changing direction. The phone rings and it's Toby, saying they got off to a rough start last night. Will would like a chance to talk to Scott Holcomb. Toby tells him not to worry about the campaign. Will thinks Scott's blowing the work his team did in Orange County. Toby tells him not to worry about it. He asks how the remarks are going. Will says it's going great: "These guys are pros." He covers the mouthpiece to ask Elsie what she's doing. Elsie: "I'm erasing 'canning of catfish.'" Oy. Will says he's gotta go.
In the hotel room Toby's calling from, the Fab Four (Original Flavour) are sitting around eating breakfast and reading the papers. C.J. says there some nice shots of Sam and Jed but the one he's going to see a lot of is him kissing a "liberal, pregnant, unwed Congresswoman." Toby: "Kissing her where?" Sam doesn't say. Josh says that another paper's criticizing POTUS for campaigning at the same time he's sending troops overseas. Sam says another paper's featured what they term "insulting remarks" in their pull-out section. Toby: "They mind that he insulted the French?" That must be a first in American history. C.J.: "Or 'poncy hairdressers.' It's not clear." Sam says he also mentioned vouchers, and closing the 5, 55, and 405 didn't play well: "And because he was late, he couldn't see off a battalion leaving from Miramar; flights out of John Wayne were held on the ground, and of course, children crying at 'The Pirates of the Caribbean' and it's still 6:30 in the morning." C.J.: "So you'd rate the trip so far, what, B, B-minus?" Sam looks bummed. C.J.: "C-minus?" She promises him they'll get it together. Sam says he has no idea what makes him say it, but it's good to see them. He gets up to leave for his strategy breakfast. Josh asks if Sam wants him to come. Sam says that's okay. Toby tells him to let Josh come. Sam makes a general allusion to Josh and Scott Holcomb not getting along. C.J. says she thinks Scott's been making bad mistakes with Sam and that Josh has been right. Toby: "I know Josh has been right, and if you think that's easy for me to say..." Josh complains that Scott's been putting Sam with business. Sam says Scott says that's how a Democrat wins Orange County. Josh: "Has a Democrat ever won Orange County?" Sam: "No." Josh: "Then how would he know?" Sam says that's a fair point but the DNC wants Holcomb and that's where the money's coming from. He says he'll see them later and walks away a bit. Josh comes over to him and quietly says, "I wasn't trying to get under his skin. On the other hand, I didn't really care that I had, you know what I mean?" He adds that some polls have Sam within seven: "If you only lost by seven, that'd be huge, man." Sam looks slightly hurt and annoyed as he says, "I don't want to think like that yet." Way to support the team, Josh. Sam leaves as Josh says, "Good." Josh turns back to Toby and C.J. and asks, "Okay, where are we?" They say nothing but toss down the front pages of The New York World and the Washington Post, which have headlines about the lack of response from Democrats on the Republican tax plan.