Situation Room. A meeting commences, and a general tells Jed that they are proposing moving an additional 90,000 ground troops into Kazakhstan, on top of the 9,000 already present. Jed asks how many support troops they would need, and Kate tells him it would be 40,000. The general uses some fancy graphics to explain the plan. C.J. wonders how long this will take, and when she hears it will be eight weeks, points out that they don't have that kind of time. The plan is to bring 12,000 troops in immediately, and to bring in more as they are able to. Jed starts asking very specific questions about where the troops will come from and how they'll arrive. And then he asks, "What will they wear?" Everyone is dumsquizzled. Slowly, Hutchinson tells him that they pretty much still wear the brown and green uniforms they've been wearing for a while. Jed clarifies that he's asking about outerwear, and Hutchinson still seems confused. Jed gives a very lengthy and fact-filled speech to the effect that they are about to send tens of thousands of American troops to a very cold part of the world right before the winter. He continues, "As opposed to the Russians, who do this a lot, Americans haven't fought a war in the cold for quite some time. I would like to know what kind of coats you plan to put on our troops." Personally, I think Daniel Vosovic's little white coat from the Project Runway finale was quite fetching. Jed sends the generals off to get more specific information, ending the meeting. When they're alone, C.J. tells Jed that the Central Command has suggested enforcing a no-fly zone between the two armies in order to keep them from bombing each other. Jed still seems to be grappling with the size of the military commitment they'll be making. C.J. points out that it could turn out to be a long-term commitment as well. Jed tells her to bring Santos and Vinick to the White House so that he can brief them. And this is all such a contrast to one of the first times we saw Jed in the Sit Room, when he was both entirely uncertain about what was going on and completely willing to throw American soldiers into a conflict. Commercials.
Josh, Donna, and Ronna pedeconference at some outdoor rally. We can hear Santos speaking in the background. The high points of the conversation are that they are not addressing the nuclear accident or energy in their speeches, and that Democratic officials who had been avoiding Santos are now clamoring to be with him. And now let's talk about Donna's coat. Okay, in the center, from the lapels on down, it's grey. And then, on either side of the grey, there are two broad purple bands running straight down from her shoulders. And then there are two pink bands that run from the tips of her shoulders down the side of the coat. But the arms are purple again. And there's a bright orange belt across the back. When I look at it, all I can think of is spumoni. And then Bram joins them and tells them that Bono called. Ronna and Donna both squee like...well, like Patrick Dempsey fans. It turns out that Bono would like to have dinner with Santos in New York. Donna: "Do it!" Bram points out that they're not going to New York. Ronna: "Change the schedule!" Ronna's getting a little overheated, and her voice is approaching helium country as she asks if Bram spoke to Bono. It turns out he spoke to someone named "Phil." Probably not Phil Collins. Josh tells Bram to invite Bono to join them in San Diego.