Whoa! Slow down there one minute. First of all: I recognize that C.J.'s got a personal stake in this, but is this really her considered view? This woman who worked for EMILY's List? Second: while I'm sure that in some cases, in order to fill quotas, less-qualified people of colour have no doubt received positions or promotions over more qualified white candidates, isn't it rather disingenuous to insist that's always the case? Even in the single instance of her father's career, I doubt she knows for a fact that every time he didn't get promoted or advanced, it was to the advantage of a less qualified black woman. Whose word has she got for that, anyway: her father's? We don't know whether he was a paragon of anti-racist sentiment and behaviour. Perhaps he even had his own limitations that dictated that he would not rise to the level of superintendent, whether there'd been any black female candidates or not. Again, I understand it's her dad, but let's not be totally irrational. And why specify black women? No black men were ever the beneficiaries of AA? No Asian or Hispanic or Native American men or women, perhaps? On the other hand...people hold inconsistent and irrational views all the time, so it's not entirely implausible that C.J. really feels this way. And I bet she wouldn't say this to just anyone, but she obviously trusts Toby with it. Because they love each other. (I'm trying not to turn into one of the scary 'shipper people, but I feel my grasp on reality is becoming more tenuous....) Toby takes this in and, perhaps wisely, decides not to make a big thing out of it with her. He asks how her father is these days. She thinks for a moment and says that he's fine. They go back to their work.
Josh comes into Leo's office, saying that he and Billy got cut off. Leo knows. Two other suits are there, saying that the cell phone battery died and has to be recharged. The protestors have to use a solar recharger, and that will take a few hours. Darn sun. Is that the best that big old gasbag can do? Well, as it turns out, they have to wait for the weather to clear. Seriously, though: they can't get another phone to Billy? Seems...unlikely. It's pretty dark in Leo's office, and the way this whole episode is shot, there's a lot of murky camerawork and obstructed shots and odd angles and tighter framing than usual. The taller of the two suits tells Josh that the next time he talks to Billy, they want him to "stand a little tougher." With his hand on the doorknob, Josh tells him, "Then you get on the phone with him. This isn't a hostage situation; it's a legitimate protest." Suit #1 starts to say something, but Josh interjects, "You're free to arrest them or shoot them, but we won't, because it's bad politics." As opposed to merely immoral and unethical. He continues, "Let's just remember what the thing is here..." Suit #2 -- who I think might be Mickey, the Secretary of State (but the camerawork is so weird we never really get a look at either of the suits) -- says, "This is not the time for people to be protesting." Yeah, it's horrible when protests inconvenience the government. Hate that. As Leo listens with a stony expression, Josh declares, "Puerto Rico lived under Spain for four centuries; under the U.S. for one. In 500 years, it hasn't determined its own destiny for five minutes. They're using depleted uranium shells, napalm, cluster bombs...Vieques has a cancer rate 25\% higher than the rest of Puerto Rico! When is the time to be protesting? Tell me! I'll tell them. They'll do it!" Leo quietly says: "We'll need you in a few hours." Josh knows he had better not say any more, and thanks them as he leaves.