Josh is in Leo's office. Leo's telling him that every time one of the tests fails, Congressional Democrats jump on it as a reason to kill the program. Josh asserts that Leo is not going to turn Jed around on the missile shield. Leo realizes that won't happen anytime soon, but believes as long as the money continues to be available for the program, then he's okay. Margaret comes in to tell him there's someone there to see him. Leo asks who. From the hallway, we hear someone shout, "Gerald!" Leo mutters, "Oh, God." Enter Lord Marbury. "Gerald, old friend!" They shake hands and Leo says, "Good to see you...Ambassador." Marbury's handkerchief is hanging so far out of his pocket he looks in danger of losing it. Maybe that's the way all the kids are wearing 'em now, I don't know. I'm sure it symbolizes his devil-may-care nature. ["Or drunkenness." -- Wing Chun] Marbury says to Leo, "It's as if the gods themselves insist that we be not long apart, you and I." Leo, humourlessly: "They do seem to strongly insist upon that, yes." Marbury: "Your assistant Margaret is looking positively buxom." She is? Of all the secretaries and assistants in the place, the only one of whom that would be less true is Mrs. L. Leo thanks him and says he'll tell her. From outside the office, we hear Margaret's voice: "Thank you." Marbury calls out, "Oh, yes! Well done." Marbury then introduces the woman accompanying him as his aide, Caprice. Um. That's quite a name if you're not, say, a backup dancer for Jennifer Lopez. ["Or a car." -- Wing Chun] The other day I was in a store and was waited on by somebody with the name Princess. I wonder if her parents appreciate the incongruity of "Princess" wearing a polyester uniform and waiting on other people? I'm just wondering. ["I recall from my early '90s Sassys that one of Prince's backup singers named her sons 'Sir' and 'President.' Those poor boys." -- Wing Chun] Anyway, Marbury shakes Josh's hand and says, "God bless you, Josh. The prayers of a million were answered." Only a million? I'm pretty sure there are more than that in The Harem alone, and I know they were all praying desperately for Josh's recovery. Josh thanks him. Marbury then loudly announces, "I have come. I am Lord John Marbury, along with my aide, Caprice, and I am hereby presenting my credentials, in the fervent hope..." Leo interrupts and explains that they do that later with POTUS. Marbury hands his letter from Queen Elizabeth back to Caprice. Leo swallows every last bit of pride and says, "I will tell you, though, that I personally welcome you and I look forward to our partnership. I know we've had our differences in the past, but I think you know I respect you. I congratulate you on this auspicious occasion. And as a matter of fact, the timing of your arrival couldn't be better." Josh interjects that Leo's trying to convince POTUS to give the NMD more time. Leo adds, "And you're an expert in the field, and I hope I can count on your support." Marbury replies, "You may hope for it, but you'll not have it." Leo wants to know why not. Marbury explains, "Because the NMD is an absurdly wasteful military boondoggle that will never produce a working missile. It violates any number of elements of the ABM Treaty, and any argument you make in its defense will surely be moronic." Josh says, "Ah...détente." Marbury says, "I'm sorry, Gerald." Leo says, "We're going to have this out." Marbury replies, "Excellent!" Leo suggests, "Let's go get you knighted or whatever the hell it is we do."
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