In wherever the Santoses are staying, Santos is asking Helen what she thinks of the homes. She uses a lot of "incredible"s to describe them, and reports that she and Donna are seeing more today, sure to be "more incredible." Helen seems bewildered, though, and tells Santos, "The thing I find most incredible is this notion that this is what the American people want and expect of us." "What?" he asks. "To spend the next two and a half months in some rich mucky-muck's loaner mansion, a place he can afford to make available because, evidently, he has some place just as, or even more, swell to decamp to while he bestows upon us this largesse." Again -- typed? Shrewish. Delivery? Much more bewildered-slash-overwhelmed. Santos tells Helen he'll "have [his] staff look into alternatives." "'Staff'?" she asks with a small shudder and embarrassed smile. "Or if you'd prefer, my minions," Santos adds. That's how I refer to my own minions, personally. Helen helps Santos to put on his jacket, commenting on how weird it will be. They have some banter as she mentions, "Donna 'ma'am'ed me," and tells him that he gets much cooler names. There's some Commander-in-Chief dirty talk, where she tells him she was thinking that they could have some quick "shock and awe." Santos replies, "After fifteen years, I'd be shocked if you were awed." I love when the two of them get along good-naturedly. He leaves, and she swats at his sweet, sweet derrière.
Ronna comes into the room, asking, "Did the Congressman find his glove?" Bram's there and tells her carefully, "Uh, no...but the President-Elect did." Ronna's miffed at herself for making the mistake again, and, as she's deep into self-flagellation, has the crap scared right out of her as Josh bursts through his office door. He coughs and sniffles, mentioning that he got in around 6 or 6:15. As Josh throws back a handful of Tums, he says that the travel threw him off an hour. Ronna guesses that this means he's usually in around 7; Josh corrects her that it's usually around 5. Otto is ordered to schedule a meeting with someone named Graden, and Otto actually begins to stare at the ceiling, not hiding the fact that he's trying to figure out who that is. Josh moves over, chewing like a cow, and snottily informs him, "This doesn't reflect well on your hopes for advancement." This triggers Otto's memory, and he spits out who Graden is, but you can tell that Josh doesn't care at all. Ronna and Bram watch him surreptitiously out of the corners of their eyes, with an air of embarrassment.