The results from the debate are in and...both candidates did well. Santos is up four points, while Vinick is up only two, so it's still a victory. Santos is making a campaign stop in Los Angeles the next day to speak at an African-American church when the news comes in that a twelve-year-old African-American boy has just been shot and killed by a Latino police officer after brandishing a plastic machine gun. This sends everyone on the campaign into crisis mode as they try to figure out how to address the issue and not take sides or offend the titular undecideds. Santos gets so frustrated that his staff is bickering when he's already feeling uncomfortable about being asked to speak on behalf of every Latino, ever, and throws out his planned speech and just says what is in his heart -- which earns him the respect of the congregation and a hand-holding from his wife. Josh decides to visit Toby, who ends up being extremely hostile; they fight, and Josh storms out as Toby all but dares him to ever try to visit again. The next day, Josh does, in fact, come back, and they finally discuss the campaign and Toby's opinion that Santos will not win since Josh had to convince him to run in the first place, which means he must not want it badly enough to handle the job. Josh decides the real issue is that Toby doesn't believe Josh can succeed in running the campaign, but hey, at least they're talking. And finally, C.J. comes into work for "an hour" to do Ellie a favor and meet with her about wedding details. She winds up with Kate in the middle of a very messy possible China-Russia nuclear standoff over Kazakhstan, they figure out that Ellie is pregnant, and Will proves that he's a better Press Secretary than wedding planner when he winds up making the groom nearly have an anxiety attack and the bride cry.
Previously: Bartlet fired Toby; C.J. and Kate explained that the Russians would benefit most from Issatov's death; Santos challenged Vinick to a debate; and then there was the debate itself -- I'm cringing again at just a few seconds of it: Santos is wearing "liberal" as a badge of honor. (But not selling the line very convincingly.)
Lou is looking at her...cell phone? Blackberry? Really, it looks like a Gameboy to me. She's calling results through a door to Santos: 46% of voters have a more favorable opinion of him now, CNN/USA Today poll and Newsweek both call it a tie. It's 5:45 AM in Denver, fifty-three days before the election. As Lou speaks, a hair dryer comes on, and Lou and Edie express some disgust at Helen's unhelpfulness. Helen then hurriedly runs out of the room, much to their surprise. Edie: "He's running the hair dryer." Lou glances away from her portable poll-results holder: "Kinda wish you didn't know." Santos calls out, forcing Lou to yell the results once again, this time over the buzz of the dryer. Santos is now only seven points down. Helen tells him, "You're a rock star, sweetheart!," but runs around the room, distracted. Santos has gone up four points while Vinick has gone up only two. Helen asks how that can be, and Lou explains that now they're both pulling from undecideds, so the campaign needs to be happy with going up "more."
Edie then hands Santos a schedule, which he doesn't even glance at, calling Lou and Edie to deliver them a talking-to as Bram comes in to let everyone know that the bus is ready. Lou asks Santos if he knows what his average SMT was this week. (And what is it at all, I wonder?) Santos takes it all as a joke, accusing Bram of rounding up the number Lou's going to give him because Bram's "got money riding on it." "Ninety-two minutes," Lou interrupts him. He protests, "It's a lie!" Helen saves us all, asking what it all even means. Edie: "Santos Mean Time." It turns out he is consistently horrifically late, and Helen expresses surprise. Shouldn't she know this about her husband already? I had a boyfriend who ran late, and as much as I tried (and failed) to get us places on time, I just knew I was fighting a losing battle. I cannot believe that this is news to Helen. There's cutesy "it's not my fault" banter, and Lou is still staring at her Gameboy, finally telling Santos to look at the schedule and see if he "thinks it's something [he] can commit to." Edie has Santos initial the schedule, at which point he actually looks at it and wonders what "CS" means; he's told it stands for "change shirt." "Every two hours?" he squeaks. "It's for the sweating," Helen informs him as he walks by. "There's [sic] too many women in this room," Santos says, exasperated, as every guy has gone through when he gets surrounded by all of his girlfriends and given personal grooming/dating/lifestyle tips.