Josh is staring out his office window. Mandy knocks and tells him they're meeting with Mendoza, and she thinks she'll just go kill herself now. (Don't taunt us, Mandy.) He asks her if she really thinks Mendoza would be a bad justice; she responds that she thinks he'd make a great justice, but a lousy nominee. Josh can't see why, but she brings up his liberal rulings around same-sex marriage and free-speech issues. Mandy further claims that Mendoza is just not America's idea of a Supreme Court Justice, and runs down the various backgrounds of each candidate. Harrison, of course, was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, attending lots of expensive private schools; Mendoza, who went to public schools, became a cop and once he was shot on the job, attended night school to become an attorney, working his way up to Federal District Judge. Josh asserts that Mendoza is "brilliant, decisive, compassionate, and experienced." He thinks Mandy doesn't have enough faith in the American public, but she retorts that it's in the White House senior staff that she has no faith. She's worried about Mendoza's being a hard sell, and that if the Lillienfield stuff flies, she feels it could cripple them for a year or more. Josh feels that sooner or later they've got to win one of their political battles; why not make it a good one? Mandy: "I still hate you." Josh: "Whatever." Word.
Cut to Edward James Olmos/Roberto Mendoza coming down the hallway with a couple of aides. Margaret tells a junior staffer who he is, mainly for the audience's benefit. Cut to Harrison, pacing around in a room while Charlie babysits him. Harrison tells Charlie that his presence is unnecessary; Charlie responds that POTUS asked him to stay with him in case he needs anything. Charlie offers to stay outside if Harrison would prefer, which (no surprise) Harrison would. As Charlie's leaving to get Harrison some coffee, Mr. Silver Spoon says Charlie looks familiar and wonders if they've met before. Turns out that Charlie was a caddy for three summers at a golf course Harrison frequented; at this point, Harrison remembers his name. When Charlie leaves, Harrison stares in a way that gives me the creeps.
Back in the President's office, they're interviewing Mendoza. Sam asks about a note he has that says that Mendoza's rulings have been upheld more than any other district judge in the country; Mendoza replies that he guesses that's what comes of being right most of the time. POTUS laughs. Leo interrupts to ask to speak to POTUS (which I found strange; wouldn't Leo wait until an interview with a Supreme Court Justice candidate was finished?); Jed excuses himself into Leo's office. Leo tells the Prez he expects trouble from Lillienfield. Jed obviously knows all about Leo's past troubles with drugs; but he agrees with Josh about "getting through it."
Jed: Did you have a drink yesterday?
Leo: No, sir.
Jed: Are you going to have a drink today?
Leo: No, sir.
Jed: That's all you ever have to say to me.