Bob tries to stop this tired routine. (Yes, tired: even though Jane's barely been on the campaign, they can't have any other conversation than a variation of this one.) Bruno just looks on like a mischievous little lass. Jane resorts to pleading the one thing she cares about -- that Vinick should not to go to San Andreo. Instead, Jane urges him to go to his hometown of Santa Paula. (Hey, that's near where I grew up! In high school, that's where everyone wanted to take their driver's test because, short of running over a small child, anyone at all would pass the test on the first try. Sadly, I've heard that they buckled down a bit on this in the past few years and that you might need some actual skill now.) Vinick stands tall, insisting that he needs to face the problem head-on, and pretty much shuts Jane down. He dismisses her: "We'll talk about Florida tomorrow night. If you're right, then they'll be chasing me out of California by then." Everyone but Bruno files out of the room.
Ignoring small talk, Vinick asks Bruno if he's crazy. Bruno's reply is, "It's been a tough couple of weeks." Nice answer; I guess that means yes to the crazy? Vinick, still struggling with his one good hand, clarifies that it's been a nightmare, and as he's mumbling, Bruno jumps in to say that this race would have gotten close no matter what happened. Vinick just laments the numbers, saying that, before the accident, they "had this thing locked." "Still do," Bruno replies quietly, picking up the briefcase. Vinick is eating grapes -- a food he can actually handle -- and retorts that Bruno now sounds crazy. Bruno sets down the briefcase, and Vinick leaves the room, remarking that it isn't his. Bruno replies that he knows, and that it belongs to Santos. Understandably, Vinick goes about his puttering, not believing Bruno for a second. There's a bit of back and forth until finally, Vinick asks, "That's really Matt Santos's briefcase?" This after Bruno has admitted to opening it up to find out its owner. Immediately, Vinick says, "I don't want to know anything more about this. I want to be able to say I had nothing to do with this. I didn't know anything about it." He can't believe Bruno stole the briefcase, but Bruno protests that he found it, rather than having stolen it, but Vinick points out that Bruno didn't give it back. I think there's something funny there in those semantics, but my brain is too fried from how BORING THIS EPISODE HAS BEEN to come up with anything. Bruno's smart, and playing this without saying much. Vinick comes to realize that the reason Bruno must still have it is that he found something in it, but Bruno only counters that Vinick didn't want to know. Well, that's usually a ploy when dealing with a kindergartener, but equally effective this time. The struggle plays across Vinick's face, and Bruno tells him, "It can make you President."