Josh walks into his office, where Donna is going over some files. She tells him about Leo's heart. He takes something from one of the drawers in the credenza behind his desk. He walks over to Donna with a small box in his hand. She says, "What's this?" Josh: "A pen." Donna: "Am I having a bar mitzvah?" It's a pen from the signing of the peace agreement, the one that the Prime Minister used to write the 'h' in his name. "I tried to get the z but the Israeli ambassador beat me to it." Donna: "I didn't have anything to do with the peace agreement." Josh: "Let's just say you were a blood donor. I want to stop taking those for granted." She thanks him. Oh, for crying out loud, just tell her you love her, you dope! Sorry, I just couldn't keep it in any longer. Donna notices that the Treasury Secretary is being interviewed on television. Josh suggests that she's just spinning the peace deal, and then mutters that they should really "loop her in" on the tax cut. "Loop her in"? I hope nobody in our government actually says that. He turns up the volume just in time to hear the Treasury Secretary take a question on tax cuts. She says that she can guarantee that the President would not support a tax cut on top of the cost of peacekeeping. Josh runs out of the office.
Josh runs into Toby in the hall. They each saw what the Treasury Secretary just did. C.J. runs up to them and says, "When I suggested a Treasury estimate, I guess I assumed we told the Treasury Secretary, head of all federal tax policy, what in Alexander Hamilton's name we were doing!" Toby shakes his head no: "Good assumption, though." C.J. leaves to call the Secretary's press office to try to straighten out the mess. Toby tells Josh that the tax bill has become more expensive because he had to agree to give some tax benefit to pork producers. But Josh just promised Congressman Gay that he would not support any amendments at all. Again, they have a fight over the fact that they were not supposed to agree to any specifics. If this scene had a finger-poke in the eye and a big slap, it would be indistinguishable from classic Three Stooges. Toby points out that this wouldn't have happened if they had run things using a decision-making tree. Josh: "With you at the top?" Toby: "No, with you at the top." Josh is surprised to hear that. So am I, given Toby's statement earlier that he was willing to have them run everything through him. Toby tells Josh that he went to see the President earlier to suggest that Josh be given the job, but that Jed was not interested. Toby tells Josh that he's been trying for two days to hold his meeting on homelessness and mental health. Josh tells him that it's a great idea, and Toby admits that it came from Leo: "He didn't want to let the urgent crowd out the important." Josh: "It's getting harder to tell the difference." Toby: "Well, somebody ought to try."