We fade back to POTUS playing with his cigarette and Leo asking, "So what happens?" Nancy explains, "Basically, we think we can get St. Jacques to fracture Bazan's army." Leo: "So if we invade..." Nancy: "It becomes peacekeeping." Leo looks at Jed. Jed says, "Okay, send Fitzwallace down. Anything else?" Nancy: "No, sir." The meeting breaks up and Jed tucks the cigarette in his breast pocket as he exits.
Charlie catches up with Jed in the hallway. Jed says, "They've been in there forty-eight hours. The guy's been President of his country for two days. He's spent them both at gunpoint." Charlie gives "yes sir"s at all the appropriate points. Jed asks Charlie what he knows about the storm that's moving in from Florida to South Carolina. Charlie says it's supposed to be bad. Jed says it's a tropical storm. Charlie, "Yes, sir." Jed: "No, I mean it's been designated a tropical storm. That means it has a surface wind speed of something." Charlie: "Yes, sir." Jed wonders, "Isn't it strange to have a tropical storm in May?" Charlie's not sure. Jed cuts through the communications area and everyone stands, as Jed continues saying that he's pretty sure there's a season for tropical storms, and that this isn't it. Charlie says that he can have someone find out. Jed says it's not a big deal, but that he's sure it's strange. Charlie reminds him that the motorcade will leave for the National Cathedral in an hour. Jed mentions that the Washington Monument could be laid down on its side in the Cathedral. Charlie knew that. Jed, soberly: "We should try it." Charlie points out that Jed only has two meetings between now and then. He asks whether there's anything else he needs. Jed walks into the Oval Office, leaving Charlie at his desk: "I need pallbearers." The scene closes on a shot of Mrs. Landingham's unattended desk. While I'm thinking of it, can I just mention how great all the technical work on this show has been? Usually the recaps are all about the directing, the acting and especially the writing. But the sound, lighting, set design, camera, and editing people on this show kick ass too, and deserve serious props. Hell, I bet the craft service people are even the crème de la crème. I just didn't want to let this whole season go by without mentioning this. I'm sure I don't point it out often enough.