In an office in the West Wing, Will, Kate, and Charlie are watching the news coverage of the ceremony. There's a brief image of Vinick in the crowd of dignitaries.
Santos and Helen are reunited somewhere in the Capitol as they prepare to make their entrance. She chides him again about not wearing an overcoat, claiming it will be pretty cold. They joke about the length of his speech, and Helen asks Santos not to turn into another William Henry Harrison by giving a speech so long that he'll get sick from the cold and die. Santos claims to be much more vigorous than the decrepit sixty-eight-year old WHH, and notes that he's wearing long underwear, as well. They walk through the rotunda of the Capitol with a Marine honor guard on either side of them.
C.J. packs up some papers in her office while the news coverage continues. We see Jed and Abbey take their seats on the podium. Margaret enters and hands C.J. a folder, telling her that it just came from Jed's office and needs to go to the pardon attorney right away. I guess it makes sense that they would need the pardons to be in the appropriate hands by noon, so there's no doubt that they were signed when the signer still had the power to grant clemency. C.J. opens the folder and sees that it's Toby's pardon. At first, she is completely inscrutable. Then she looks at the images of Jed on the news and the tiniest smile creeps onto her face.
Helen and Santos are just about to make their entrance. She tells him that she hopes a particular high-school rival named Janet is watching the ceremony on television. Jed tells her, "Guess what? You win." Because as we all know, a woman's value is determined solely by her husband's success. Helen notes that in addition to beating her out in the tryouts for the swim team, Janet also stole Helen's prom date. Santos suggests calling it a tie. Helen: "Nah. I'm pretty sure she had to put out so Don would take her." They laugh, and then look into each other's eyes. And then Helen is announced. She tells him, "No turning back now," kisses him, and walks onto the podium. And then Santos is announced and follows her.
We see and hear little snippets of the ceremony, sometimes watching directly and sometimes watching on the televisions that other characters are watching. There's a prayer from a Cardinal, and then Keb Mo sings "America The Beautiful." We see Josh and Donna sitting together on the podium. There's Annabeth. And then we get an inexplicable close-up of this puffy, pasty-faced guy. My God, I think he's an assassin there to kill Santos! Or, he's Aaron Sorkin. One or the other.