As Sam leaves, he cites a statistic about respiratory illness and reminds them that he wants three sources. He asks Toby how his trip was; Toby sighs wearily and says it was fine. Sam tells Toby about POTUS accepting an invitation to speak at the GDC conference tomorrow night and launch CARE. Toby seems pretty unhappy about this and wants to know when this decision was made (last night) and why he wasn't involved (Sam assumed there was consensus). Toby's really annoyed that he was left out of the decision: "I have a damn telephone, Sam!" Sam tells him that the decision was made in a meeting attended by him, Carl Taub of the EPA, and somebody named Jane Ziskin. Sam tries to point out that Toby's been looking for an opportunity to launch this initiative, but Toby's still asking questions: "Leo wasn't there?" Sam still doesn't see what the problem is. Toby points out that there are a number of problems, and if Sam had gotten him on the phone, he could have told him about them. Problem number one: "We already blew off the AFL-CIO 'cause we told them the President was going to be in South America." Sam points out that the South America thing fell through. Toby says sarcastically, "Instead, he's speaking to labour's good friend, the environmental lobby. Also, he's the President of the United States. He's nobody's understudy! You've got him going out there like Joey Bishop." Sam acknowledges all that, but points out that POTUS was very enthusiastic. Toby says of course he was. Sam expands on this, saying he wasn't in there twisting his arm. Sam told POTUS the opportunity had come up and that he had enough notes to finish the speech in time. Jed asked a few questions, and said yes. Toby relents, saying, "All right, all right, all right." As Sam leaves, he assures Toby it's going to be a good speech. Just then Ginger comes in and Toby quietly tells her, "I need to see Leo."
Episode Report CardDeborah: A | 1288 USERS: B-
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