Back in the air. Titles inform us: "Checker Pass Vector - Jet Route 151/ Rapid City, South Dakota." So what? I don't know. C.J. checks with Carol to make sure she collected all the drafts of Sam's speech, which she did. Except for Danny's copy, which Danny wouldn't return. C.J. marches off to bust Danny's balls. She wants to know what his problem is, and he gives her a lot of guff about how there's no good reason why he should return it. She announces again to the cabin that she's guaranteeing no substantive changes. Danny says she doesn't have to guarantee him, because he's got his copy of the draft. She leans over and says, "I certainly hope we don't accidentally send your luggage to Belgium on the way back!" She stalks off as Danny calls after her, "Yeah, I wouldn't want to find out what it's like to be inconvenienced by the White House!" On her way out, C.J. tells the other reporter that the late flight was because of the budget meeting. Then it seems like C.J.'s thinking of telling them that there's something to be said for long night flights, but then thinks better of it and doesn't finish her thought.
In another part of the plane, Toby is reading the speech to POTUS, and citing the one-room schoolhouse in which Jed's grandmother began her teaching career. Jed corrects him, explaining that it was a two-room schoolhouse, and that the Italian stonecutters who were paying her to teach their kids English in the basement of the rectory built her another room as a thank-you gift. ["deborah! 'Stonecutters'? There is your shout-out!" -- Wing Chun] Toby says that they'll fix it. Jed says that he still hasn't heard the big idea yet; Toby says the speech is in pretty good shape. Jed asks, "What happened to a hundred thousand new teachers? No money?" Toby says that there aren't a hundred thousand new teachers and that they can't make people be teachers. Jed says they can provide incentives; Toby says that in certain districts there are tax incentives, but Jed interrupts and says it's not doing the trick. Sam paces around, and looks over Charlie's work, where Charlie has just written something. Sam asks what that means. Charlie says he was just scribbling. Sam says, "You wrote down, 'send them to college.'" Charlie insists that it doesn't mean anything, but Sam persists. Charlie says that it's like circling horses in the paper but not placing the bet. Jed jumps up and says, "Tuition incentives! Talk, Charlie." Charlie replies, "Mr. President, if this was an idea, somebody would have had it already." POTUS says that he finds fault with that formula. Charlie hesitates and says, "The government will send you to college or law school or medical school if you spend three years in the armed forces when you graduate. Why not..." Sam completes the thought: "College tuition for anyone and everyone who wants to go to college in exchange for they teach [sic] in a public school we send them to for three years." Jed asks why they can't float that idea. Toby'd like to know how they'd pay for it. Jed brushes that off. Toby'd like to follow up on that, though, and right now. Jed tells them to kick this idea around and says that he'll be in his study. As he leaves, he says, "It's an incredible sky tonight." The captain updates us on weather and altitude as we go to commercial.
Matt and Josh are walking through the White House as Josh cites polling statistics on opinions on what gay people should receive in terms of benefits. He also mentions that they haven't talked about the Fourteenth Amendment yet, and says, "I would think that a strict interpretation of the Equal Protection Clause would dictate that homophobia can't be made into a law." Matt says it's for the court to decide, but he thinks they'll uphold it. They keep arguing and Matt says, "Look, this is going to be a law, whether the President vetoes or not. They have the votes in the Senate to override." Josh replies, "Senate's not in session. The President can stick this in his pants pocket and it's vetoed." Matt points out that it will come back in January and they'll have to live through it twice, and lose both times. He tells Josh to "ask [him] the question." Josh says fervently, "He compared homosexuality to kleptomania and sex addiction, Matt! The Majority Leader, the leader of your own party!" Matt responds, "He was wrong and I told him so." Josh says, "For crying out loud!" Matt barks, "Ask me the question, Josh!" Josh bursts out, "How can you be a member of this party?" Matt tells him, "You been holding that in for way too long, man." Josh adds, "This party that says that who you are is against the law." Matt says that he never understood why all the gun-control people don't join the NRA. The NRA has two million members, and if gun-control advocates brought three million people to the next meeting and called a vote, they could pass a gun-control resolution. Josh says, "It's a heck of a strategy, Matt. I'll bring that up at a meeting." Matt explains that he agrees with ninety-five percent of the Republican platform, and that his whole life is not about being a homosexual. This seems a somewhat new idea for Josh. He doesn't say anything for a minute, and tells Matt, "Thanks for coming by." Matt smiles and thanks him for the beer. Out in the lobby, a couple of guys rush up to Matt and ask how it went; Matt says, "He'll sign it." He will? I didn't necessarily get that from that meeting. The guy who asked him how it went seems happy and says, "I can tell MacDougal?" Matt says yes. As the Republicans leave, the first guy puts his arm around Matt and says, "Good job, Congressman!" Matt testily tells him, "Take your hand off my shoulder, Congressman." He hustles out ahead of his cronies. Josh happens to be walking by and sees all this.