Leo walks over to the Residence, past Charlie, who's just hanging around. They don't say anything to each other.
The next scene is Leo sitting at a small dining table as Jed paces, saying, "We started this, Leo." Leo says it's not about Shareef. Jed: "You're right, it's not. It's about our allowing situations in these countries to develop in the first place." Leo says he's not going to allow Jed to do this. Jed states, "We choose the order and certainty of petty despots over the uncertainty and chaos of developing democracies." Leo: "Shareef ordered the slaughter of innocent women and children. He wasn't a nationalist or a fledgling democrat; he was a cold-blooded murderer." Unlike someone who orders an assassination? Sorry, I'm real vague on the difference. Jed: "Six more American boys are dead." Leo: "And that doesn't make you angry?" Jed turns and bellows, "Of course that makes me angry!" Leo looks surprised. Jed: "'The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral. Returning violence with violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.'" Out loud I say, "Thank you." Leo nods like a pupil being tutored and says, "Dr. King." Frink mutters: "Clearly some kind of commie." Could the source of the quotation have been identified in any more blunt a fashion? Why did it have to be identified at all? Jed: "I'm part of that darkness now, Leo. When did that happen?" Leo: "Dr. King wasn't wrong. He just didn't have your job." See, right there, the author of those words was identified without having to bludgeon us with it. Why is the other line necessary at all? It's not. ["John Wells really thinks we're all developmentally delayed, is all." -- Wing Chun]
Monday, 3:00 PM. Hour 39. Ryan the Swimtern (tm hughster) is hanging around Josh's office while Josh attempts to work. Blah blah Harvardcakes. Donna ascertains that Ryan is the great-great-grandson of Franklin Pierce (who apparently had no descendants, but whatever). C.J. comes in to say that Atwood gave a quote to the Times. Josh reads it, gets mad, and takes off. As Donna runs after him asking what Atwood said, Swimtern follows them, asking if Josh knows Skip So-And-So and Chip Privileged III and a bunch of other swells who also went to Harvard. Josh does not. Josh arrives in the bullpen and asks where Toby is; someone says he went to the Mess. Josh is in gear again as Ryan keeps blithering about squash and whatnot. Whenever I think I can't be less interested, someone adds sports to the mix and achieves exactly that result. As they keep barrelling through the halls, Josh relates that he was more into the newspaper than sports. Swimtern figures as much. They go on and on in an unfunny fashion and just as Swimtern's asking if they always walk this fast, he trips and falls. It's not funny and it's not surprising and as much of a knob as he is, it's not even gratifying. It's just weak and gratuitous and fails to even elicit a reflexive laugh. ["I laughed, but I'm four." -- Wing Chun] Josh's answer to Swimtern's question: "Yes." He picks himself up and they keep going. Josh takes charge and starts asking where Ryan spent his time on campus: "The Spee? Hasty Pudding?" He concludes that Swimtern was probably one of the drunken frat-boy types who harassed Josh on his way to the library on Friday nights. ["NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERD!" -- Wing Chun] They finally find Toby, and Josh shows his the quotation. Toby says to Josh, "You and me." Though it sounds to me more like he asks, "You or me?" But the closed captioning says the former. I'm struggling to care, here.