Margaret brings Colonel Chase in to see Leo. He says, "Mark, tell me we didn't hit anything." The Colonel confirms that the F-18s shot over the bow and that they've boarded, but the crew threw the log and the registry overboard. Leo seems pretty upset about this. Mark adds that they threw the ship's manifest overboard, too. Leo asks, "How do these people think this is going to end? What is their best-case scenario?" Mark says, "I just go where you point me." He goes off to brief Fitzwallace, and Leo thanks him. Leo asks Margaret to get a couple of big shots on the phone, and to be able to speak to POTUS during his next free minute.
Back in the air, POTUS is meeting with somebody and having a not entirely clear discussion about subways and money and how pavement's going to win this particular battle, whatever it is. C.J. knocks on the door and the young guy who's an aide to the guy POTUS is talking to suppresses a smirk at her chapeau. She gives him a dirty look. As the meeting with the guy, who's named Steve, breaks up, he and his aide leave. Steve says to C.J., "Nice hat!" She thanks him. Apropos of nothing, POTUS says, "Ernesto Perez Balladeros, former President of Panama. You know where he went to school? Notre Dame." C.J. replies, "Yes, sir, also Joe Garagiola." Jed asks, "Was that a crack?" C.J. says, "No, sir. I understand you'd like to hear the song now." As they walk along, Jed says he would, but that the Tokyo exchange just opened and he needs to gauge the impact of Pacific Rim banking reforms -- a subject he says Economics scholars could take years studying, but that he will take twenty minutes to decipher. I get the impression that he'd rather have thirty or forty hours to talk about the topic. C.J. asks why the flight was scheduled to leave so late, which allows POTUS to wax rhapsodic to her, Toby, and Sam about long night flights. He blathers on about how they cease to be earthbound and burdened with practicality. Sam volunteers that it offers them the chance to "be poets." Sam complains that Toby doesn't want to use the phrase "permanent revolution," although, if you ask me, that idea'd scare most Americans even if they didn't know its origin. Jed tells Toby that Mao took a lot of long plane flights. He tells Toby to look out the window and asks whether there's anything more romantic than that. C.J. ventures, "And...that's why we left at 9:05?" POTUS admits they left when they did because they thought his budget meeting would run late: "But wouldn't it have been great if that was the reason?" Sam miserably answers, "Yes." Jed asks Toby, "You don't like 'permanent revolution'?" Toby replies, "It's a nifty phrase, but I think if we call for a permanent revolution, people are, you know, going to expect one." Charlie answers the phone and tells him Leo's on the phone. Jed sighs heavily and mutters, "Aw, Leo. Just take the damn boat." And it's time for some more commercials.