Vinick and Sheila are in the back of his limo. After a few seconds of silence, Sheila asks what the President wanted. Vinick just shakes his head -- either because he's still too upset to discuss it, or because it's too classified to discuss with her. She gives him a throat lozenge, and then tells him that they need to discuss his meeting with Hodder. Sheila: "He's a weasel, and I don't like that woman, but they're right. A little campaign shake-up might create enough of a diversion to get us past San Andreo." Vinick defends Bruno, and tells her that firing him won't really do any good, adding, "But if you want to do it, do it." Sheila: "I'm not talking about Bruno. Bruno doesn't have the viability to be a viable scapegoat. I'm the public face of your campaign staff. You want this to work, it's gotta be me." Damn, I was just starting to like her. Vinick thinks firing her is a stupid idea, but she is more stubborn than he is. She starts to tell him what he needs to do, in terms of mending his bridges with the Republican base. He tries to interrupt her, but she essentially tells him to shut up. He can still talk to her on the phone all he wants, but she tells him, "Hire Jane Braun. And once we get a 51% strategy in place, Bob and Bruno can execute it." Vinick thinks Sheila's plan is too drastic, but Sheila points out that the evangelical right loves Jane, and that she'll be able to "whip them up into a door-knocking, pavement-pounding presence." He gets that she's serious, and asks her if he should expect a letter of resignation in the morning. Sheila: "It's already in your briefcase." Along with some tissues, cough drops, and a ham sandwich with the crusts cut off (just in case he gets a little peckish). The limo has stopped. Sheila clears her throat and, with tears just under the surface, gives him instructions for the event she's dropping him off at. And she reminds him to call Jane as soon as he gets home. He gets out of the car, and stands there forelornly as it drives off. There's some cheering in the background. And aide offers him a coat. Vinick has to ask him to repeat himself, and then turns down the offer. Some music starts up. It's Billie Holiday, singing "Body And Soul." (You can hear a sample here.) It plays throughout the rest of the episode.
The Santos campaign crew is sitting in a bar or restaurant at their hotel. I think it's supposed to be outdoors, but I really doubt it, since it was pretty cold in the last scene and everybody is still in or around D.C. Bram is regaling them with more stories about the "Santos for President" panty girls (whom Ronna refers to as "the butt brigade"). Ronna groks that Bram got a phone number from one of the butt girls, and he will neither confirm nor deny it. Donna, while still listening to the chatter, reaches into her bag and pulls out a small envelope. Josh walks up and joins them, sitting opposite Donna. They fill him on Bram's escapades, and Josh tells him, "That's impressive, really. Brings honor to the family." Edie (whom we haven't seen in quite a while) talks about locking Bono up in the Secret Service van if he shows up. Josh and Donna exchange looks, without either one actually catching the other's eye. And then Donna places her little envelope on top of the table, which is conveniently lit from below. The light reveals the outline of a key in the envelope (which has the name of a hotel on it -- the Capitol Grand, not the Marriott. Bram's fired). She subtly slides the envelope across the table to Josh, looks him in the eye, and tells everyone that she's turning in. Josh watches her walk away -- she's stopped by a wellwisher along the way, so we see her in profile shaking hands. Josh prepares to get up -- I'm pretty sure he was reaching for the key. But just then, Ronna sees the key and says, "Oh, she forgot her key." She calls out for Donna, but she's already gone. Josh, with a catch in his voice, tries to intervene to get the key, but Edie's already grabbed it from Ronna, noting that her room is right next to Donna's so it will be easier for her to return the key. Edie runs off, and catches up with Donna as Donna walks through a door, still in sight of Josh. He looks pretty heartbroken. Donna looks back through the glass door, and then turns and walks away.