We return to an exterior shot of the White House. In the real world, all of Pennsylvania Avenue would be thronged with people looking to see the parade, and the area in front of the White House would be dominated by the reviewing stand. But if they'd rather spend the money that it would have cost for all of that to give us Stockard Channing and thirty seconds of Rob Lowe, I don't mind. Inside the White House, Mallory is chatting with C.J. There's a little talk about Mallory's baby, which she describes as "all boy." Was she concerned that he might be an infant drag queen? C.J. tells Mallory that Sam is returning to work in the West Wing, and they gossip about him for a second. Mallory asks C.J. to pass her greetings on to Sam, but demurs when C.J. suggests that she do it herself. There are clearly still feelings of some kind floating around there. And then Mallory tells C.J. that she found something among Leo's possessions that should be given to Jed. Mallory has gift-wrapped it: a rectangular object about eight inches wide and long and about an inch deep. I wonder what it might be? C.J. wonders whether Mallory would like to give the package directly to Jed, but Mallory tells her, "It's a little sentimental." And that coldhearted Mallory just can't stand expressions of human emotion. And then Mallory prepares to leave. On the way out, she tells C.J., "Dad loved every moment he spent here."
In the Office of O, Debbie is nagging Jed about the schedule. He has less than fifty-five minutes to get dressed for his meeting with Santos and the inaugural ceremony. Jed is busily signing pardon warrants, but Toby's pardon has been set to the side of the pile he's working on. Debbie also reminds him that he still needs to write his note to the President-Elect. Jed hands the pile of warrants to her and tells her he's all done with them, and she asks about the one that's still sitting on his desk. Jed gets up from his desk and tells her, "I'm still on the fence." She reminds him that he only has until noon to take any official action, and he tells that her he wants to go for a final stroll around the West Wing. As Jed walks out the door, Debbie tells him, "Fifty-three minutes."