Josh and Santos walk into Santos's office, talking about Attorney General possibilities. Josh seems to know what Santos is talking about, but also manages to seem like he's not paying any attention, despite the correct responses coming out of his mouth. Santos asks him how the White House staffing is going, and Josh mumbles a bit. Man, he looks like shit. Josh asks Santos how the Kazakhstan situation is going. "It's a mess," Santos replies, somewhat angrily. "It's a mess. And they're depositing it on our doorstep." Josh just tells Santos that there's nothing they can do until he's in office. Ronna comes in to tell Josh that Donna is there. After Josh leaves, Santos asks Ronna to set up a call with Goodwin: "And then there's one other international call that I want to return. President Lian." Ronna is taken aback, and tells Santos that China's not one of the G8s. "I'm aware," he replies, with no humor in his voice at all. She tells him, "Right away, sir." He looks stern, and sighs.
C.J. is taking Josh on a tour of sorts, and tells him that they "put out a directive that White House personnel be as helpful as possible to the Santos team." Josh asks her lightly, "No desk drawers super-glued shut?" "That was an urban legend," she maintains. Josh is having none of it: "First day? I needed a crowbar." She assures him, "Well, none of that." She's smiling, and they both seem to enjoy seeing each other. Josh tells C.J. that the President-Elect wants to move into "Blair House," and she lets him know that Margaret will make the arrangements. C.J. tells Josh that most of this will be easy: "I mean, it's not like you don't know your way around this place." But she offers that any of his staff can come "hang out with their counterparts for a couple of hours."
C.J. keeps talking as she and Josh enter her office, while he looks around. She calls him out on mentally rearranging the furniture already. It's nice to see C.J. in her office during daylight hours, which I didn't consciously realize was unusual until I wondered what room they'd just walked into that looked so light and airy. They sit down and discuss tickets to the inauguration. Josh wants more, but C.J. finally agrees only to some, and so he tries to tell her that the "future trumps the past." She continues, going over all of the logistics, including my favorite plan: "Should one of the three-hundred-eighty-nine horses keel over, there'll be a team of veterinarians and a forklift standing by." "'Forklift'?" Josh asks. "Which should be a lovely sight for the children in the crowd." C.J. can deliver that line with just the right amount of delight. Josh adds, "We should have the Supreme Court in clown makeup in case we have to send them in." Best. Inauguration. Ever.