After some commercials, Toby enters Josh's office. Josh says, "Okay, what I need people to do is knock." Toby says he did. Josh wants him to wait for a response. Toby wants to know why he should do that. Josh says, "Because I coulda been relaxing by standing behind that door." Toby, mystified: "All right." They start pedeconferencing. Toby wants to talk about the GDC speech; Josh quickly points out that he didn't think it was a good idea, and said so. Toby thinks that doesn't seem to have helped, and complains that they can't be at the beck and call of the environment. Josh suggests they could try insulting them. Toby says yes; Josh says he's kidding. Toby says he's not. Josh says, "We were invited." Toby doesn't care. Josh asks him what he has. Toby's issue is that environmental terrorists burned down a ski resort and the GDC didn't comment. Josh asks why they burned down the resort; Toby replies, "To save the lynx." Josh: "The links? Environmental terrorists burned down a ski resort to save a golf course?" Toby clarifies that a lynx is an animal. ["Heh. The joke kind of loses something written out in print." -- Wing Chun] Josh indicates that Sam will have strong objections. Toby knows. Josh wants to know if Toby wants him to talk to Leo; Toby says he'll speak to him, but he wants Josh to speak to C.J. He tells Josh that the Will Rogers Dinner is going to ask Cornelius Sykes to host. Josh can't believe it. Josh says cryptically, "He didn't laugh at the joke." Toby says, "Talk to C.J." As Josh turns to go, Toby asks, "Why do you relax by standing behind a door?" Josh explains, "I'm not standing behind the door, I'm standing with my back straight against the wall so I..." Toby interrupts, "I don't care," and walks off. Next year for Chanukah, I'm getting Toby a copy of How To Win Friends and Influence People. His people skills really do need a bit of work.
Leo's on the phone in his office with someone named Keith, arguing. "I can't tell him that. I can't tell him nine out of ten things went right. He's gonna say, 'Yeah, but we didn't hit anything.'" He ends his call as Toby comes in. He tells Toby they ran an NMD test that morning, and were successful on nine out of ten criteria. Toby says, "We missed?" Leo confirms this; Toby asks by how much. Leo kind of hedges, saying once you miss, it doesn't matter by how much. He finally tells Toby, "A hundred and thirty-seven miles." Toby mentions the GDC speech; Leo points out he wasn't in the meeting. Toby wants to know how it happened; Leo insists it just happened fast. Sam pitched it and POTUS wanted to do it. Toby wants to know how Leo could have not been in that meeting. Leo replies, "'Cause I'm trying to get the President to warm up to a missile shield that's supposed to save humanity and there is a limit to the number of rooms I can be in at once! You want to file a complaint?" Toby does not. He says, "Here's what I think..." Leo supplies, "Screw the environmental lobby?" Toby's irritated: "Did I say that? Did I say 'Screw the environmental lobby'?" No, but you wanted to. He keeps going off on Leo for a moment until Leo apologizes. Toby continues, "There's an extent to which we've got to screw the environmental lobby." I knew it. "A clear and public demonstration that the President's not beholden to them is not a bad idea right now." Leo inquires, "You think he should walk into their ballroom and smack 'em around?" Toby: "I really do, for thirty seconds, out of a forty-minute address announcing an initiative they love." Leo asks how he thinks they'll feel about the thirty seconds. Toby replies, "Not that good, but that's the point. We don't have to move to our right if there's an opportunity to spank the people to our left." Leo wonders if there's anything in particular for which to "spank 'em." Toby announces, "Failing to publicly admonish acts of eco-terrorism." Leo says the GDC doesn't do that; Toby points out they've failed to publicly admonish those who do. He tells Leo about the ski-resort incident; Leo's not entirely sure what a lynx is. Come on, people, I don't think a lynx is all that arcane an animal, is it? Not like a zebu, say. ["I agree." -- Wing Chun] Toby's erudite explanation: "I don't know, I think it's like a possum or something." How did these people all score like, nine thousand on their SATs? Leo agrees and tells Toby to instruct Sam to find a place for it. Toby doesn't want it in the advance text, though, and doesn't want to deal with Sam and his "fourteen objections" for what should just be a drop-in. Leo says he'll talk to the President. Leo asks if there's anything else. Toby says, "A hundred and thirty-seven miles? Is that a lot?" Leo says yeah. Toby says okay and leaves.