Speaking of ravenous hyenas, a different bunch of reporters is screaming questions at Brock as he and his lawyers walk out of the courthouse, presumably on his way to prison. C.J. is watching this on the television in her office. Toby enters, and she tells him that she needs Scheduling and Advance. He wonders why, and she tells him about the moronic idea to plant the table with little flags for the bill signing. It turns out it was Toby's idea. He thinks that while the White House is being investigated, it won't hurt to grab onto little patriotic symbols like that.
On the campaign jet, Louise walks up to Josh and tells him that she's decided she beat him in those three prior campaigns because he was unwilling "to pound [his] candidates." That's not what I've heard. She thinks Josh makes things too personal. Josh tells her, "It's different when you build the candidate from nothing, when you're the person he looks to for more than just shock therapy." And then Bram...you know. Josh and Louise both start walking toward Santos's private room, but Bram (fighting every instinct he has) tells Louise that she has to stay in the scene, because Santos only wants Josh.
Josh enters and tells Santos that he appreciates what he said about the President. He also tells him that he thinks Santos should do the Reserve drill. Santos tells him to look out the window. Josh looks out and knows instantly that they are over the Rocky Mountains. This, to me, is the least believable thing that happened in this episode. Who can identify mountains that clearly from a plane, without some idea as to where the plane is actually located? Nobody, that's who. Josh realizes that Santos must have ordered the pilot to turn around (leading me to conclude that the plane had already flown over the Rockies some time ago on the way to California). Santos tells Josh that they're going to Fort Worth -- he contacted the Reserve Corps and arranged to do this drill immediately: "I didn't have so much as a high-school diploma in my gene pool. That commission's why I'm on this plane. I'm not giving it up." Josh thinks Santos's move is genius, because it gets the great imagery of him in uniform and flying a fighter plane out of the way before the press has time to dig into his history of rescheduling his Reserve duty. Santos tells Josh to clear the schedule for a few days. And maybe tell the press pool that they've been kidnapped. Josh apologizes for Louise's comments earlier (although I'm not sure which ones) -- Josh thinks her ideas should come through Josh. But Santos disagrees. He thinks Louise should be at the table, along with a bunch of other people. Josh points out that one person still needs to be in charge, and starts to say something about the first Bartlet campaign (presumably that Leo filled that role), but Santos interrupts him: "Jed Bartlet was in charge." Santos says that Josh and Louise were both right about different things, and that Santos needs to hear what everybody has to say so that he can decide what to do. Bram enters. I've decided that Bram, like Dualla, deserves his own verb. So from now on, "to bram" will mean to enter a scene just to pull someone out of it. So, Bram brams. And Santos tells Josh that he intends to beat Vinick in all three of Josh's boxes.