Back at the White House, Charlie and Leo are pedeconferencing. Charlie says he doesn't understand: "A member of the Ukrainian parliament can just kind of show up?" Leo says it happens. He had an appointment to speak with someone, but not the President. Charlie opines that the guy's crazy. Leo starts to argue this but then says, "Nah, he's just...yeah, he's crazy, but he's our kind of crazy, so..." Charlie mentions that "the girl's not bad-looking." Leo tells him to go to work. Charlie asks, "Think she knows how to kill me?" And that would be a turn-on after being shot at by a bunch of neo-Nazis because...? I'm at a loss. That seemed a really tasteless thing to have Charlie say. What. Ever. Leo says, "Yes," as Charlie disappears and Leo winds his way through the halls. He's a sitting duck for Donna and her OSHA agenda. She comes up and starts to chat him up. "That's a very nice suit." He thanks her. She asks if it's new. Leo: "No, what's on your mind?" Donna launches into her pitch; Leo tells her they can't afford it: "It costs eighteen billion dollars, Donna. Type slower!" He leaves her them dumbfounded as C.J. intercepts him. She wants to talk about the State Department's recommendations for new vocabulary. He wants to know if it's the two-minute pitch or the ten-minute pitch. She says it's the two-minute; he says, "Go!" She hesitates and says, "Okay, now you threw me off my game." He says impatiently, "C.J...." She replies, "No, I'm nervous now...I feel like if I run over, you're going to have the orchestra play me off." He starts walking again, saying, "I'm gettin' older over here, C.J.!" She says the State Department wants them to change "rogue nations" to "states of concern." She thinks it's fine and enumerates a bunch of good reasons for them to do so. Leo asks if there's any downside. C.J.: "I'll feel stupid." Leo: "I can live with that." C.J.: "You certainly have so far." Why should C.J. feel stupid? Stupid for what? Did she come up with "rogue nations?" I have no idea. Leo tells her to talk to POTUS at the end of the day, because Danny Concannon wants access for a three-part feature on Bartlet. C.J. laughs and says, "No!" Leo doesn't understand her reluctance. She reminds him that the editorial staff of his paper jumped up and down on his head yesterday (I thought that was coming out tomorrow? ["She did say tomorrow's would be the fourth in two weeks, so it's possible" -- Wing Chun]) and last Thursday and so on and so forth. She says, "That's why everybody's walking around with a stopwatch. He gets no milk and cookies." He tells her to talk to POTUS at the end of the day. She stomps mildly into her office and tosses her file on the coffee table.
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