Over a shot of Washington at night, we hear the voice of news anchor Mark Gottfried stating that tonight's State of the Union address contained 8,747 words, that it was second in length only to Bartlet's inaugural address, and that it was seventy-five minutes longer than Washington's first address to Congress. We see Mark on a television monitor, and then we see Officer Jack Sloan watching the broadcast. C.J. hustles in and asks Sloan if he'd be willing to go on television tomorrow. He seems mildly interested in the fact that the Capital Beat news team knew how many words there were in the speech. C.J. says, "About 8700?" Sloan says yeah. C.J. repeats her question about his appearing on TV. He thinks he'd really rather go home. C.J. explains that it's going to be part of the news cycle whether he goes home or not. Sloan wants to know how she knows that; she says it's roughly the same way she knew the number of words in the speech: "I have some experience at this." He asks what will happen. She explains that he'll do a very quick satellite interview, and basically outlines the questions and supplies his answers: "'What was it like being at the State of the Union? Did you meet the President?' 'It was thrill and an honour.' 'Talk about your act of heroism that brought you to the attention of the White House.' 'Well, I wouldn't really call it heroism, but...' 'Now I understand you've had some trouble back in the early eighties.' 'I'm glad I have a chance to talk about that...' And you tell your story just like you told it to me." He asks whether he should wear his uniform. She tells him to wear a jacket and tie. C.J., seeing he's basically acquiesced, calls Carol and tells her to see that Officer Sloan gets back to his hotel.
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