Cut to Josh at his desk, reading the paper and bitching to Donna about the Mets. He blathers on with a lot of Monday-morning shortstopping or whatever the baseball metaphor should be. She makes sympathetic noises and asks if he wants to see the wires. He rants some more. Donna: "It makes me nutsy." She tells him the wires are as follows: the latest on the Iowa standoff; final recommendations from the debate commission; and Writchie's comments to the AMA, which just ended. Josh asks for the AMA document, and Donna reminds him that he has a meeting with senior staff. Josh stands and dons his jacket, waxing on about how there comes a day when every man realizes he's never going to become a major-league ball player. Donna: "And you're just having that day today?" Josh is. He adds some more baseball yatter. Josh starts reading the AMA proceedings and trails off. Donna: "What is it?" Josh: "I know how Writchie's going to win this election." He walks off to his meeting.
Friday morning. Press briefing. C.J.'s been asked a question about the upcoming Red Mass. She says it's at 10:00 at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. She adds: "Which is also what they called my dorm room at college." I dunno, I have trouble imagining a savvy Press Secretary saying something like that. I have trouble imagining a male Press Secretary saying anything like that either. But I'm sure that's just me. I don't think that a press briefing should double as a standup routine. She takes a question from Katie, who wants to know when C.J. anticipates the debate issue being settled. I think Katie should get a storyline. All she ever gets to do is ask questions. I'm sure she has hopes, dreams, fears, loves...oh, whatever. C.J. says that the President thinks the more debates, the merrier. So far Writchie's trying to bargain Bartlet down from five debates to two; they're waiting for the Commission to make its recommendation. Katie also wants to know what they would consider a debate win for the President. C.J.: "At this point, participating in one would be a victory." Another reporter asks the same question again. C.J. answers, "Two hundred and seventy electoral votes." The reporter presses her, but C.J. just sidesteps and ends the briefing.
Out in the hall, C.J. runs into Sam and announces, "I know how Writchie's gonna win this election." Sam does too, but he wants to hear her way. C.J.: "Overcoming perversely low expectations. What's your way?" Sam: "By getting the President to run the Stackhouse campaign." She asks what happened. Sam says he's taking her to the meeting.