Sam goes out toward what I'll just guess is the West Wing's foyer, and greets someone named Tom. Tom introduces his wife, Sarah. Apparently Tom's an old friend, since Sam says, "You got married!" Tom allows that they've also got a baby on the way. Sam asks Sarah, "Is it his?" Everyone laughs, but if I were Sarah, I wouldn't be too pleased with either Sam or Tom right now. As they head back to Sam's office, Sam tells Sarah, "Tom and I had a contracts professor at Duke who couldn't stand me." Then Sam interrupts the reminiscence to ask if they've ever been to the White House before. They haven't, and Sarah says that they were hoping for a tour. As the stroll along, Sam gestures, "That's my office over there, and the President works in that round room over there, and nobody else really matters." Okay, can I just interrupt here to mention that a cricket has taken up residence in the stairwell of my apartment building? The stairwell provides some great acoustics for that cricket. It sounds like there are ten thousand of them chirping outside my door. I am going to go insane soon. Just wanted you to know.
Anyway, Sam leads them into the Mural Room, and identifies it as such. Sarah asks, "Can you tell us anything about it?" Sam replies, "It's called the Mural Room...have a seat." They do, and Sam says that he's talking to them because the Democratic Campaign Committee asked him to. Sam mentions that man who was going to run for Grant Samuels' seat isn't going to now. He says, "Tom, you are a phenomenally attractive Democratic candidate for that district." Then he uses a baseball metaphor, the point of which is that women are the swing vote in Tom's district. "Specifically, young mothers, among whom the number one issue is crime." He goes over Tom's résumé, and mentions that he's a successful prosecutor in the DA's office. "You're active in local politics. You are personable. You are articulate and energetic. You are married and you are having a baby." Sarah pipes up, curious about the fact that Sam seemed surprised to hear she was pregnant, but is now acting as if he already knew. Sam explains, "There's very little information about your husband that I don't have. Tell your mom happy birthday for me." Sarah looks bewildered, but not as creeped out as I would be right about now. Sam pledges, "Tom, you will have the full weight of the Democratic National Committee, the Congressional Campaign Committee, the minority leader, whom we hope to make the majority leader, and the President of the United States. What do you say? You want to run for Congress?" Tom asks how much time he has to think about it. Sam says, "Five minutes. I'll be outside."