Josh comes out of Santos's office, even more riled up than when he went in, if that's possible. He commands Otto to set up the meeting between Santos and Bartlet, and calls Lou in to see him, all with the pen back in his mouth. Lou asks how he is, and gets a bland "You know." She's not having it, and tells him in a bored voice, "You love it, you live for it, you were born to do it. I'm the same way. Everybody tells me to get a life, although I don't know why. I find life to be terribly overrated. It's actually quite boring when it's not disappointing. Say what you will about what we do, but boring it is not." Part of me wants to say that someone is protesting a wee bit too much, but on the other hand? I can kind of believe that this is what she lives for. Josh points out how much more money Lou will make now that her guy won, and we can all see where this is leading when he tells her that nothing else will compare. Lou's fine with that, since she'll be raking in the bucks, but Josh tells her she doesn't care about money. "Not as such," she clarifies. "As what?" asks Josh. Lou's clearly thought this out, and tells him, "Scorekeeping. Quantitative evidence that I'm smarter than you." There's a slight pause. "Not you..." she amends. "Who?" he asks. "Everybody else," she offers. Hmm, not a bad little theory, there. Josh, convinced that she'd like this life even more if she thought about it, offers her Communications Director, but Lou declines. Josh goes into frantic selling mode, trying to convince her actually to do good, rather than just promising to do good on any given campaign. Josh plays on the fact that this job would also not be boring for her, and finally promises that she won't have a life, which actually is a little bit sweet, in a very twisted way. A bit wistfully, Lou says, "That's true. Look at you..." Josh finally has the wherewithal to look a bit insulted. Or maybe it's just that he realizes that between everyone's perception of his non-life and Donna's ultimatum, he might want to get on the ball. Lou goes on about work, but Josh finally seems to be thinking about other things that might matter, too, and doesn't seem to hear her.
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