In the next scene, C.J. is fielding questions from reporters at a briefing. A woman is asking her whether there's any reason to believe White House staffers regularly use illegal drugs. C.J. patiently replies, "For those who didn't understand me the first nine times, we are looking into this." A man asks her whether she uses drugs. She answers that she doesn't, although if I had her job I bet I would be driven to substance use, between the "bitchy media," Danny, negotiating the intricacies of staff politics, and Danny. Did I mention Danny? A snippy little blonde starts to ask C.J. about the whole twenty-four hours that have passed since Lillienfield's allegations surfaced but C.J. cuts her off: "We've got over thirteen hundred people on the payroll, Chris. That's a lot of information to gather, and it's not like we were loaded with free time before. And let me just add, that as no one and nothing here has been subpoenaed, and as Mr. Lillienfield has offered nothing to support his very bizarre claim, we're not feeling a real need to get this done." Take that, Blondie. C.J. escapes any more stupid questions by ending the briefing. As she zooms out of the room, she says to an assistant, "Set fire to the room. Do it now." The staffer smiles and writes on her clipboard. How much does our girlfriend rock?
Naturally, who's right behind her like a desperate lawyer after an ambulance? Danny "If at first you don't succeed" Concannon's come to tell her she made a "bit of a blunder" back there. Is he, perhaps, referring to her failure to ram his press pass down his throat? Nope. He claims she's now challenged Lillienfield to present evidence, and wants to know if she really wanted to be the first one to use the word "subpoena." She starts to talk about the context in which she used the word but he contends it's the only word anybody is going to read in the media reports. C.J.: "I really don't need your tips, Danny." He asserts that she does but that's not why he's there. Why is he there? All together now: to ask her out yet again. This guy is a real glutton for rejection. He mentions there's a Knicks game on the next night, to which she sputters, "I don't have time to go to a basketball game!" Danny: "Neither do I. Which is why I thought we could watch it in your office, while I explain it to you in a patronizing manner, 'cause I know it's something women usually like." This gets a little smile out of C.J., but since her back is to Danny, he doesn't see it. She gives him a "thank you anyway," but he continues, "You understand I'll talk slow and explain it in a way a girl would appreciate?" But C.J.'s brushed him off and is leaving the area. Suddenly Josh is standing at the other end of the office and whispers, "Danny. You got a minute?" Danny looks off in the direction C.J. went, decides that's a lost cause, at least for the moment, and suggests that Josh walk him to his car.