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.
Arnie walks into a coffee joint and stands in a lengthy line of Washingtonians getting their midday fix. The barista bizarrely announces the name of the person to whom he is handing the drink. It's bizarre, because the same guy appears to be taking orders and handing out the drinks. Why does he need to learn their names if they're just going to stand there while he gets the coffee ready for them? When Arnie gets to the front of the line, he asks for "the coffee of the day," and the barista asks, "Tall, grande, or venti?" Arnie's confused, until the guy clarifies that he's talking about size, and then he covers by asking for whatever's largest. And then the barista asks for his name. He starts to say "Senator Vinick," but thinks better of it after one syllable and calls himself "Arnie." The barista announces, "Venti coffee of the day for Ernie." I really wouldn't mind an episode that's about Vinick's feelings after losing and his reentry into society, but this kind of "old man doesn't know about modern coffee" shit is just predictable and boring.
Helen and Santos walk out of a school. She tells him, "I wouldn't send our kids to that school if they paid us." Santos: "I didn't see a single kid smiling in there." I think they should just send the kids to Milford Academy. Santos suggests that they look at public schools, and Helen expresses concern over the quality of said schools. But Santos is optimistic, thinking that "there's gotta be some good public schools in the District." Helen's cell phone rings -- it turns out that she's late for her appointment with the White House decorator. Santos raises the idea of public school again, and Helen asks him, "Do you know any Congressmen who send their kids to D.C. public schools? What's this about, honey? You afraid they're gonna get spoiled going to a rich kids' school?" Santos comments how that might be the case. Helen: "You think having one maid pick up their socks and another pick up their underwear is not going to spoil them? Going to a fancy private school is going to be the most normal thing about them." Santos doesn't disagree, but also doesn't respond. Still, Helen agrees to look at a public school with him.