After the commercials, it's 9:25 PM, and Toby and C.J. are arriving back at the White House. Toby's saying, "You know, after slavery and voting rights, if the occasional Caucasian loses a promotion..." I love the sound of the phrase "Occasional Caucasian." There should be a magazine called that. Wouldn't you buy that? I totally would. C.J. suggests they're going to have to agree to disagree. Toby: "I don't like doing that." Hee! My Toby. He runs into Ginger and asks if she's "got it"; as she hands him a paper, C.J. inquires, "You phoned ahead for research?" He replies, "Sure. This is Washington on the need for a national university." C.J. pleads that she's tired; Toby claims it's brief. C.J.: "Toby, please."
C.J. and Toby reach C.J.'s office, and Toby starts reading; "'In the general juvenile period of life, when friendships are formed and habits established that will stick by one, the youth from different parts of the United States would be assembled together, and would, by degree, discover that there was not just cause for those jealousies and prejudices which one part of the Union imbided against one another.'" C.J. says, "He said, 'We banished discrimination from our laws, now let's banish discrimination from our minds and hearts.'" Toby: "Who?" C.J. says the President said it, in Iowa, and repeats it. Because you weren't paying attention, were you? I bet you're the same person who always changes the channel in the most dramatic last five minutes of the show, too. She asks how affirmative action is doing what POTUS proposed. Toby says he's talking about college admissions. C.J. snaps, "I'm talking about my father!" Toby, a little startled, asks, "Why?" C.J. responds, "'Cause he's not doing fine. He forgets things." She pauses. "He forgets things!" Toby softly says that he's not young anymore. C.J. says she's not talking about dates and phone numbers. Toby knows. C.J.: "He forgets what's going on. He thought this was the general election today...and then he snaps back in, but...And I...I think sometimes that if he'd...lived...the life he wanted to...." Her voice breaks and she's close to tears. I understand her feeling, but I still think it's a stretch to connect any aging-related memory loss and confusion, or possible onset of Alzheimer's, to job-related disappointments and unfairness, perceived or otherwise. Maybe that's just me. She sits down. "And he's gotta watch me bopping around on Air Force One...."
Suddenly, Sam comes strolling in, saying "Hey! Welcome back!" And the mood in the room shifts subtly, putting C.J.'s discussion gently aside, accepting Sam's energy, and going in a slightly different direction. And it was handled very smoothly by these three actors. Nice work. C.J. asks, "Sam, have you ever seen the butter cow at the 4-H convention?" Sam, enthusiastically: "I have! And the butter Last Supper with the butter?" C.J. manages a smile, pleased that Sam appreciates such a mind-blowing vortex of art and material. Sam mentions the meeting with Bob the Kook, and explains what the guy suspects: "He thinks the government is keeping alien bodies at the Bullion Depository at Fort Knox." He thinks for a moment and wonders aloud, "What are we keeping in the Bullion Depository at Fort Knox?" Toby looks at C.J., who waits just the right amount of time before asking, "Soup?" Toby smiles on the inside, and even a little bit on the outside. And thinks about how much he loves C.J. No, don't even try to tell me he's not. Sam -- always a little bit in danger of slipping over to the Funnel People side of things -- says, "Seriously. There used to be 8500 metric tonnes of gold there; now most of it's been moved out. What's there now?" Toby, seriously: "I wouldn't ask a lot of questions, Sam." Sam chuckles nervously, asking, "What do you mean?" Toby kind of winks and says, "Don't worry about it." Sam: "Okay, I'm going back to my office." And that's where you'll be until the next crank, kook, or crackpot comes along. Buh-bye! Toby looks at C.J. and says after a moment, "Call him." She nods. Toby gets up and leaves, pausing at the door. He briefly considers confessing his undying love for C.J., but then decides against it.