Out in the hall, Sam asks Charlie to look at his speech. He doesn't want to show it to Toby yet. "Would you mind reading it for me and then hitting me in the head with a fairway wood?" And yes, I know that's a baseball bat. You don't need to email me about it. Ha! Gotcha. I know it's actually a cricket bat. Kidding. Golf, all right? Sam walks off, and we follow him toward his office, where he runs into a woman he greets as Janet. "Or Jeanette, as I sometimes like to call you." He pronounces it the French way. She replies, "Sometimes I like to call you 'cupcake,' is that okay?" Sam: "Totally!" I think it would be more fun to call him Shmuley, myself, but whatever. Let's compromise on SchmutzyPants. She wants to talk about the tuition-deductibility thing. He asks whether she had a leadership briefing. She says she did, and that she's so happy, she swears she could dance in a musical. Sam says that'd be a tough ticket to get. Janet thinks it's wonderful, and assumes it has to have been Sam's idea. Sam says that Josh and Toby came up with it, but that he can see how she'd think otherwise: "It does have the flavour of me, the insouciance." He says he has to line up validators. That's apparently why she's there. "You are the third-ranking non-male member of the minority on Ways and Means." Wow, that and what, ten dollars will get you a mochachocolattayaya at some coffee chain? Sam says that economists will say it's good policy and college presidents will talk about shrinking financial-aid budgets. Janet wants to know where Sam wants her. He says, "Sunday mornings. I'll make you a book. Congratulations, Jeanette." They get up, and she says she'll do her best. He says her best is very good. Janet mentions that she just heard Horton Wilde is in the hospital with a heart attack. Sam doesn't know who Horton Wilde is, so he talks about Thornton Wilder. Janet says she's talking about California. Sam: "'Cause if Thornton Wilder had a heart attack, that'd be remarkable news." She explains that Wilde is the Democrat running in the 47th, and she can believe Sam doesn't know who he is. Sam: "Has a Democrat won the California 47th in the last hundred years?" Janet: "No." Sam: "That's how." Janet suggests that, maybe, when the Democrats are in power, if they paid a little more attention... Sam: "To Orange County? What kind?" Janet: "Knowing the candidate's name, say." She says this was Wilde's fourth heart attack. Sam thinks for a second and asks, "The Democrats have nominated someone who's had three heart attacks?" Janet says yes. Sam: "And you think I don't care enough about...what kind of signal does this send to...I have to talk...No, this isn't going to be a part of my life." Janet says, "Wow, you just did a whole thing all by yourself." At the moment I can't remember where it's from, but I'm sure I've recapped this line before. Sam says he does that. Janet thanks him and leaves.
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