Lord John sarcastically wonders why Iran would want the U.S. to stop spying on its nuclear facilities. He says that they shot down the spy planes because they want to continue building nuclear weapons. He says that they are a rogue nation on the verge of becoming a rogue nuclear power, and that while he by no means wishes to trivialize the loss of life that occurred, this can be seen as an opportunity. C.J. asks whether the BPM is going to use this as an excuse to bomb the Iranian nuclear plants. Lord John says, "Heavens no," and that the BPM will likely demand a formal apology or, rather, "elegiac groveling" from Iran. Jed basically says, "Fat chance." Lord John says, "Well, then, we will be forced. To take. Appropriate. Measures." Thems is fighting words! Lord John asks if there will be mimosas with breakfast. Mmm. Mimosas.
Toby is running the press conference, and refuses to speculate about Britain's position or the President's reaction. When he gives his line about how the White House has been working with the British since early this morning, Annabeth, who is watching the whole thing on TV, reacts. Someone asks when they can get the initial tick tock. Toby tells the reporters that the President is scheduled to address the nation at 6:00, and that they should tune in.
Annabeth corners Toby when he exits, and gives him a chocolate heart for Valentine's Day. She asks him what the tick tock is, and he explains that it's a minute-by-minute accounting of the President's actions, which the press often asks for during a crisis. And also, a reference to Wicked, which makes me wish that it was Kristin Chenoweth who fell through that trap door. She gets on my last nerve. ["Also? Republican." -- Wing Chun] In any case, Annabeth is suspicious about the "White House" language, and knows the President wasn't on the case in the wee hours. Toby takes a bite of his chocolate heart, and Annabeth says that she's got one for his "special someone." When he says, "Excuse me?," she starts singing about Bhutan in spring. Toby, with a full mouth, says something about the beauty queen. And it's rude to speak with your mouth full, even when you're calling after a munchkin.
Toby enters the room where Doc Brown is lecturing the Belarussians about the Electoral College. They seem confused. Yeah, join the rest of us. Toby says he thinks that maybe they should push beyond American-style government, and move on to equally boring talks about a Parliamentary system. Yakov Smirnoff says that the Belarussian President needs broad powers, like the American President. Toby notes that since the Belarussians have had a history of brutal dictatorship, this might not be the best idea. Doc Brown says that he doesn't entirely agree, and Toby notes that half the faculty at Yale Law describes the American Presidential system as one of this country's most dangerous exports, responsible for wreaking havoc around the globe, and that it is a recipe for constitutional breakdown. Doc Brown seems excited for a vibrant discussion. Toby smiles. Hey! He can smile!