Air Force One. "Watershed Vector - Jet Route 60 / Casper, Wyoming." Toby and Sam are arguing. Toby says the speech is fine. C.J. sticks her head in and says, "You wanted me?" Sam tells her that she should tip the press off that they may float an education initiative. She says she just told them otherwise. Toby says they're not floating. Sam says they might float and they should give them a heads-up. C.J. replies, "Excuse me, I need to go look like an idiot." And that hat will definitely help you on that front. She leaves. Toby continues insisting they're not floating this initiative. He thinks it's pie-in-the-sky, not to mention patronizing, to have privileged Ivy Leaguers play teacher to America's most vulnerable children. Sam thinks the people taking advantage of the initiative won't be overprivileged. Toby wonders what the teacher's union might think of all this. Sam says that they'll have a hundred thousand new members. Toby says that all of them will leave after three years, which also means the kids will be abandoned too. Sam says they won't be abandoned, and asks, "Once you're in fifth grade, what do you care what your fourth-grade teacher's doing?" Sam keeps painting an optimistic picture. Toby wants to know where they're getting the money for all this. By way of response, Sam says, "I was really mortified that I froze up on that speech." Toby says Sam should have told him a few days ago. Sam acknowledges this.
At the White House, Donna is blathering on to Ainsley, who's trying to work. She's talking about being a flautist, and how she was the best in her row in high school. No doubt Wing will be thrilled to learn this factoid. ["God, so many shout-outs, my ears hurt! (That was, in itself, a Djb shout-out.)" -- Wing Chun] Donna wonders if she had pursued the flute professionally, whether she would be meeting interesting men. Er...whatever. Donna thinks, "Probably not." ["Maybe interesting gay men." -- Wing Chun] Ainsley volunteers that she played the trombone. Donna asks whether she met interesting men. Ainsley says that she did. Donna: "Is it a hard instrument to learn if I took it up now?" Josh bursts in and orders Ainsley to talk to him about the Full Faith and Credit clause. Donna gets out of the way. Ainsley explains that the clause means that states have to recognize the public acts and legal proceedings of other states; for example, if you're married in Maryland, it has to be recognized in Nebraska. Josh wants to know, "Then how is the Marriage Recognition Act not unconstitutional?" Ainsley says that it also says that Congress can prescribe the manner in which such matters are proved, which means that it can decide what being married means within the context of Article Four. Donna calls Josh to the phone to speak to Toby. Josh tells Toby he's going to tell POTUS to sign the damn thing. Josh asks about "his" mood and I don't know whether he means Sam or Jed. Toby's says he's frustrated. Josh says that when Sam goes off on a "thing," he expects Toby to rein him in: "He wants you to do it so he doesn't have to do it himself." Toby starts to ask Josh about his opinion of tuition incentives, but the captain announces that passengers need to take their seats because they're getting close to landing. Toby and Josh end their call there and Josh says he's going to talk to Leo. Donna has her coat on again, so I have to wonder once again, what on earth she needed to cut her date short for...just to come annoy Ainsley? Donna and Josh walk about, bidding goodnight to Ainsley. Donna asks if Josh knew Ainsley played the trombone. Josh says simply that he didn't. Donna says, "Tonight stunk, Josh." Josh says, "I'm sorry about that." Donna continues, "I didn't mean having to work, although that was a treat. I meant the guy." Josh asks who he was. Donna says he was a lobbyist with Travis West. Or maybe Travis-West, as the closed captioning claims. She says, "He was pretty full of himself, and without a lot of cause to be." Josh says, "An obnoxious insurance lobbyist? What were the odds?" Donna pokes Josh feebly and says, "It isn't funny, Josh." He mentions again that he has to go see Leo. As she walks away, she says she'll call him in the morning. She calls him on Saturday mornings? To wake him up? To chat? Lord knows. He tells her, "You looked really great in that dress tonight, Donna. You should buy it for yourself." Uncharacteristically, she doesn't say, "And you should give me a raise so I can afford it, dumbkopf." She just stares at him, hiding her lovestruckness pretty well. You just know that dress ain't going back to the store. She has a really good mixture of a wee smile and sadness on her face.
Leo's in his office on the speaker phone with POTUS. Leo suggests they hold the ship in Bahrain and test a sample of the oil to the U.S. Customs Lab in San Francisco. POTUS is contemptuous, saying they'll just sell off the oil in a friendly port: 780,000 metric tonnes of gas oil against a two-million-dollar fine for the oil company. Titles tell us "Bonneville - 3 Landing Route / Portland, Oregon." Jed carps that they're not providing much of a disincentive to evade U.S. sanctions. Josh arrives. Leo wants to know what else they can do. Jed thinks they should seize the ship, confiscate the cargo, sell the oil, and use the money to beef up anti-smuggling operations. Leo says, "You don't mean tonight? You mean in the future..." POTUS rubs his eyes. C.J. shows up to tell him they're landing. Jed sighs heavily and says, "Yeah. In the future." Josh wants to talk about the Marriage Recognition Act. Jed glumly says "Yeah..."