Vinick walks into Transition HQ, where the receptionist seems to be putting every caller on hold and never actually taking the calls. She interrupts her rudeness to tell Vinick that Barry is on a call and will be with him soon. There are a couple of extras who give little surprised looks when they see Vinick there. With some dismay, he takes off his coat to wait. He sees Barry sitting in an office just as someone closes the door. So then he opens his cell phone and dials his own office, where Sheila answers. He tells her that it was a terrible idea for him to meet with Santos, and then tells her to keep speaking to him so he can pretend he's still a busy and important man. He asks about his schedule for the next day, and she tells him he has a haircut at 10. And nothing else for the rest of the year. Barry comes out of his office, and Vinick just starts pretending to be having an important conversation about his busy, busy schedule. He's a much better liar than Amy. Barry says hello to him, and they exchange mutual pleasantries about the great campaigns they ran. And then Barry tells Vinick that Santos had to ditch their meeting to go look at schools with Helen. Rude!
Barry leads Vinick into Santos's personal office and tells him that Santos won't be long and that he wants Vinick to wait there. Ronna brams Barry away to speak to a real Senator. Vinick is left alone in the office. He stands there and takes in everything that would have been his had he won. And then we just brood on out to a commercial break.
Santos motorcade. In the back of a limo, Helen asks Santos, "Do you think St. Albans was a little, you know, stuffy?" I was going to try to fit in some funny story about Saint Alban, but it turns out kind of a righteous dude (what with helping a fugitive flee persecution, taking the fugitive's place, and receiving the fugitive's punishment). Santos agrees with her, and agrees again when she describes "Bancroft" as being more down-to-earth. (St. Albans, by the way, is a real D.C. prep school, while Bancroft is actually the name of a D.C. public elementary school). Santos is not being very chatty with Helen, and she wonders what kind of bug he has up his butt. He's not comfortable with the idea of spending $25,000 for a year of elementary school. Helen thinks about it for a second, and they both laugh at how ridiculous it is. Helen asks the driver where the next school is, and Santos tells her that they only had time for two that day. She's not pleased, so Santos calls his own office and tells Vinick that he'll need to reschedule. Vinick lies and claims that he's really busy, but agrees to have his staff (i.e., Annie or Sheila) try to find another time.