C.J.'s office. A newsguy is saying that NASA expects the astronauts to return from the space station within four or five days. Margaret tells C.J. that Josh is on the line, "again." Margaret told him to speak to Toby, but that he insisted on speaking with C.J. C.J. sends Margaret to find Toby, and then stands up, takes a deep breath, and takes the call: "Joshua, for the love of my sanity, please talk to Toby, my liaison to the campaign...." Josh cuts her off, accusing the White House of undermining the Santos campaign. C.J. points out that it was a legal decision, but that doesn't stop Josh from yelling. C.J. tells him that Jed wanted to take politics out of the investigation -- if that's the goal, Josh thinks they should have appointed a special prosecutor. He goes on to say, "And while you're at it, find me a campaign liaison who's not out to screw me with my pants on." Toby has entered C.J.'s office, and he says there's no way they would want a special prosecutor mucking around through everything the White House has done over the last seven years. You know, not every special prosecutor is Kenneth Starr -- some of them actually stick to the specific issues they were appointed to investigate. Josh begs them to take politics out of the investigation (which is what C.J. said they were trying to do), and Toby accuses Josh of putting politics into it. Josh: "Right now, I am the only thing between Matt Santos and the megaphone with which he is going to trash his own party's White House." And then he hangs up on them.
Josh pedeconferences with some unnamed staffers, giving them instructions about fairly minor details. Ned tells Josh that the New York Post wants to know if they canceled the foreign-policy lunch to keep Santos from having to answer questions about the leak story. Josh responds, "Tell them no, not everything is a conspiracy." Ned: "But you turned the town hall into a reverse town hall because?" Josh: "Certain things are a conspiracy." Josh tells Ned to come up with some "sexier" economic policy to discuss at the reverse town hall. Ned asks what he means by "sexier," and Josh suggests targeted tax credits, indexed to inflation. Ned: "When was the last time you went on a date?" Heh. Josh tells him he doesn't want to talk about it. Because the campaign has enough difficulties without stories of the forbidden love between candidate and campaign manager. With Bram on the road, Joey fills in for him, telling Josh that the media consultants are waiting for him. Josh looks put out, telling her, "I'm running a national campaign here." Joey, in her own voice, tells him, "By yourself." He points out that they never realistically expected to win the nomination, so they weren't prepared to pull the campaign together so quickly. He tells her that he delegates plenty of things, and she asks him to name one. He tells her that he never would have chosen the paint color for the walls. And then Joey starts nagging him to hire some heavyweights. She suggests Bruno, but Josh thinks that would just mean spending half the budget on "Italian loafers and mini-bar tabs." Joey is not giving up, pointing out that he doesn't have a political director, a chief speechwriter, or a communications director. And then some young guy named Bill introduces himself. Josh tells Bill to follow him. Joey tells Josh that some of the more than three hundred people he's hired must be capable of doing real work, but Josh calls them "kids": "Not a single one of these non-shavers would challenge my assumptions, stand up to me in a meeting...." And then Otto walks up to Josh and tells him he wants to try something different with something or other Josh gave him. Josh practically bites his head off: "Just do it the way I asked." Gosh, it's hard for me to believe that nobody would want to contradict him.