Toby walks with Leo, saying that Josh might not be wrong on this. Leo replies: "We did this to ourselves. Now we have to live with it." Toby: "They're bombing Qumar?" Leo: "We're bombing Qumar." Leo asks about the speeches, and says he doesn't want Jed to know, if Zoey turns up alive, that Leo ever asked Toby to do the second one. Toby understands: "Hell, if I could even figure out how to write it..." He asks Leo how Jed's doing. Leo says, "Not too good." Toby: "He know if there's anything..." Leo: "He knows." Leo takes off.
Toby wanders over to Will's office and stands there. Will looks up, and then looks at the TV in a way that sorta says, "Hey, now we're supposed to look at the TV." Toby asks what they're seeing. Apparently, Congress is meeting outside to pray for Zoey. Toby wants to discuss the speeches. Will reads from Toby's: "'Today we affirm this solemn truth: America is the strongest force for freedom the world has ever...'" Frink and I have a little snorting fit. Will: "So strong, you can trigger a constitutional crisis by dosing the First Daughter's vodka gimlet." Toby: "Give it back." Will continues: "'Anyone who dares to invade the sanctity of America's house will be caught, prosecuted, and punished with all of America's might.' Meaning what, exactly? We're going to bomb their prison cells? You're treating Zoey like an abstraction. It needs to be a man, humbly supplicating himself..." Toby: "'Supplicating'? He's not going to stand in front of the cameras and rub gravel through his hair!" No? That would be more compelling than a lot of this episode. ["Yeah, but Carnivàle fulfilled TV's quota for gravelly hair." -- Wing Chun] Toby says they need a tone of defiant leadership: "What's the alternative? Admitting he was off licking his wounds but now he's ready to come back and take the nuclear launch codes?" Will hands him his speech. Toby reads just a bit but he looks pissed right away: "'I thank the Lord that Zoey is back in her mother's arms, yet our nation still grieves.'" Will says it's a new and difficult time and that we have to acknowledge our mortality. Toby: "'I know that I am not alone in thinking how fragile is the safety and security we take for granted.' You're leading with failure. What kind of message is that?" He tosses the speech down on the desk with disgust and heads for his office. At the door, he says, "If we go two lines without using the phrase 'unimaginably large military arsenal,' we're out of our minds." Will asks, "You want me to start on the second one?" Toby hollers as he enters his office, "You're already doing it!" The door slams.