Donna disappears into a doorway on Josh's left as C.J. appears to Josh's right. He starts to talk to her; she says she knows she walked right into it, and that there was no other direction to walk. "Please, just answer 'no' to this question: has the President considered it?" Josh says he hasn't; C.J.'s happy about that. Josh equivocates: "Not that I know of." C.J.'s irked; Josh says no again. Sam appears and says that POTUS should consider it. C.J. says Mitchell won't get a seat on Foreign Relations, and that there isn't a seat open. There's a lot of roundabout regarding the various musical chairs that could be played out on various committees which would in fact create an open seat on Foreign Relations. C.J. still doesn't think that means Mitchell will get it; Sam says he will because no one else is going to want it. Toby, who recently wandered up, says that's because there's no money in it; the Foreign Relations Committee has no control over any money, so there are no lobbyists and no fundraisers involved. C.J. cites the Constitution on the calling of lame-duck sessions, mentioning that "extraordinary circumstances" have to be involved. Josh asks, "It's a treaty that's vital to national and global security. What kind of extraordinary circumstances do you have in mind?" Sam thinks they have no chance of ratifying it with the new Congress, and adds that while he's never lived through a "massive nuclear explosion of radiation decimating all forms of life within a two hundred mile radius, [he's] seen pictures, and [he] couldn't agree with Josh more in his interpretation of the 'extraordinary circumstances' clause in the Constitution." Toby asks whether Leo's free now; Josh glances at a clock and says he will be in five minutes. C.J. insists that the people are gone, Congress has been adjourned, twelve of them were voted out of office, and that if POTUS calls a lame-duck session it's going to look like politics. Toby says that it is politics. C.J. asks what they're going to tell the twelve people who are out there looking for new jobs. Toby: "They may not be done with their old ones yet." C.J. goes off to her office. Josh looks in Toby's direction; fade to credits.
It's 10:15 AM. C.J., Toby, Josh, and Sam are all in the Oval Office with Leo and POTUS, bickering about the musical chairs on the various committees and the calling of a lame-duck session, in the guise of informing POTUS about what's going on. Jed listens to them all talking over one another and says, "It's like running the country with Barnum, Bailey, and his sister Sue." He asks Leo if it would be possible for just two of the staffers to speak at once. Toby gets the go-ahead. Toby says, "That was an hour-and-ten-minute meeting with Dick Rush, Ed, Marty Beach, and Henry Rodriguez. I've never seen both political and legislative liaisons so unanimous in a diagnosis." All those guys think he should call the session. Sam starts to jump in but Leo reprimands him. Toby further proposes that C.J. can tell the press that other countries are looking to the U.S. to ratify the treaty first, and the longer they wait to do so, the closer they get to having unstable countries like Pakistan develop a nuclear threat. Leo asks for arguments against the session. Sam says they might lose the vote, which would hang around their necks for two years. Josh adds that the Senate will be pissed off, which might stall confirmations. C.J. thinks that a Senator-elect announcing what committee he'd like to join doesn't fulfill the conditions the founders of the country had in mind for "extraordinary circumstances." Sam says that an extraordinary occasion is whatever POTUS says it is. Josh, Sam and C.J. all bicker vigorously about that while Leo looks uncomfortable and Jed bellows for Charlie, out in his cubicle. Charlie appears. "Could I have a couple of aspirin, or a weapon of some kind to kill people with?" Leo states that trying to get a hundred senators in a line is like "trying to get cats to walk in a parade," which makes me laugh. Leo suggests taking the temperature of the leadership on the lame-duck session, and getting a nose count, presumably on the votes they can count on. Toby tells C.J. to leak it to the press that the President is considering on calling the Senate back, and Leo adds that the source is big enough so that the media goes with it, but small enough that they're not tied to it. They all get up, and Leo asks what else. Josh says the State Department wants permission to change "rogue nations" to "states of concern." Leo: "Not now. What else?" Toby says, "Medicare coverage of clinical trials." Leo: "Not now. What else?" Sam says, "Fraud awareness for small business owners." Leo: "Not now. Anything else?" He tells the four of them to wait in his office. They troop off and Leo stays to speak with Jed, who asks when Konanov is getting there. Leo says that he'll be there in a few minutes, and confirms that he's not having any meetings with high-level officials. Leo says that Jed doesn't want to call this vote and lose; Jed says they could win and they have to see if it's doable. Leo goes into his office but before the Katzenjammer Kids can start babbling at him, he tells them there's going to be an editorial in the Post tomorrow: the President's time isn't being used efficiently, schedules are abandoned before lunch, the West Wing resembles a high school yearbook office, and Leo is compared to a substitute teacher. C.J. is incredulous and complains that that makes four such editorials in two weeks. Sam opines that that's ridiculous. Leo says it's not, based on the display he just saw in the Oval Office. Leo lays down a new law: if they need an answer from the President, they have to provide Leo with a summary not exceeding two pages and they have to have his initials on it before they go into the Oval Office. Holy bureaucracy, Batman. Josh objects that a two-page summary is going to cramp their style. Leo: "Your style could use a little cramping." They reluctantly accept this. I can't imagine that will last long. Leo tells Toby and Sam to take some meetings on the Hill. Toby's to concentrate on votes that can be loosened with Stenson gone, and Sam's to dangle "reservations" in front of them. C.J.'s to start the leak. He tells them if any of them see Vasily Konanov in the halls, to walk in the other direction.
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 difficul