The camera rises from behind the desk in the Oval Office to rest on a meeting of officials and military types. Frink gripes about the blocking. I'm just glad we're done with last week's JerkyCam. Berryhill tells the group that Qumar has not yet responded to the attack: "I'm sure they're trying to shape an appropriate response, somewhere between a hunger strike and declaring war." Someone wishes them luck. Walken: "No writing yet on other Arab capitals?" Berryhill says it's early. Leo asks about the UN. Berryhill says that China's on board, but that Syria will need hand-holding. Fitz reports that the ground forces should be in place in about six hours. Leo: "Any casualties?" A helicopter was hit; six guys (including two pilots) are dead. Walken looks dismayed and asks Casper for an update. There's been no word from the kidnappers, but they've detained and interrogated fifty-one members of a mosque the suspects had been attending. Berryhill says that Saudi Arabia has agreed to help with the interrogation of the suspects' families in Saudi Arabia. Casper says that they can't do the interrogation themselves but will have someone present. Steve Atwood mutters, "Better they do it anyway." Berryhill: "Why is that, Mr. Atwood?" Steve: "They're not as squeamish." Oh, thank God for those bloodthirsty, brutal, inherently inhumane Arabs! Leo asks about the five sleepers. They've got nothing on them.
Nancy (the assistant, not the other one) knocks and says that Mr. Steinholtz is there. Everyone gets up and leaves except for Steve and Leo. Walken says that because deficit projections look bad, they're going to need a stimulus package. Leo quietly says, "Or revenue enhancements." Walken: "Significant tax cuts, reduction in discretionary spending..." Leo says nothing but doesn't look at Walken. Walken asks if there's something on his mind. Leo asks, "So now what?" Walken asks if he has a suggestion. Leo gently says, "This office isn't always about doing something. Most of the time it's about not doing something." Steve looks wary, and Walken asks Steve to give him and Leo a minute. Steve leaves. Walken asks, "What's your point?" Leo mentions Walken's meeting with Republicans without Democrats present. Walken wonders what they're being accused of. Leo: "You weren't elected to this office..." Walken: "Neither were you." Leo says that he (Leo) has a responsibility to President Bartlet and something else, but Walken interrupts: "Don't lecture me about the responsibilities of this office!" Leo: "Then start acting like you understand them!" Walken tells Leo that if he's uncomfortable as his Chief of Staff, he should recuse himself until Walken's gone. Leo: "Thank you, sir." He walks back to his office and closes the door firmly.