Out in the hall, Sam complains that he can't unleash his full potential in a two-page summary. Toby says that he's going to meet with Fox and Fowler, which sounds like the name of an English pub or a textile company or something, and that Sam's going to the Hill. Toby thinks he can get Fox and Fowler to loosen up some votes, if he can ever get them to order lunch off the damn menu, and complains he's never seen grown men order lunch the way these two do. Toby thinks that it's not out of the realm of possibility that Sam's meeting gets them eight votes. Josh says that if their bosses want to speak to POTUS, he's sitting by the phone. Toby emphasizes to Sam that it's not an unimportant meeting. Sam adds that he also has to take a twenty-two page position memo and summarize it into two pages and it has to be done today. Josh tells him he has staff for that, and to get Ainsley to do it. First of all, Ainsley is not on Sam's staff. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Second, would a lawyer in the White Counsel's office, even a lowly new Republican hire with suspect loyalties, be summarizing position papers for a speechwriter? I think not. Come on. This was a weak way to draw Ainsley into this subplot. Anyway, Sam complains that if he asks her for help, he's going to have to endure nine different jokes. Toby tells him to get over it. Toby tells Sam he's just to drop the word "reservations" on the Hill; he doesn't have to leave the meeting with a win. As each of them split for their offices, Toby adds, "Let's be able to end this day by telling the President that he's in striking distance and he should seriously consider the session. Let's be able to do that." He asks where C.J. is; Josh says she's looking for a reporter to leak the story to. That should be difficult.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B- | 758 USERS: C+
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