Leo turns to Toby to find out what he needs. Toby says that Jed needs to call the Archbishop to tell him Jed's not coming to the play. They discuss what reason they might give to get the president out of it. Josh realizes that his fight with Amy might actually help them here. He suggests moving the vote on the welfare bill to the day they're supposed to attend the play. Then they can claim that have to "work the votes" and can't get up to New York. It also has the added benefit of giving Amy less time to organize and try to kill the bill. Leo agrees. He also tells Toby to consider giving Sam an encouraging word or two to cheer him up. Toby doesn't think Sam wants to be patronized, and wants Sam to be mad about his mistake: "Is there anybody you'd rather have as your blood enemy less than Sam?" Well, Shareef, for starters. And I don't recall seeing Sam's retributive side, so whatever. Leo jokes that though Sam made a big mistake, he was amused at how Sam went into it at full speed: "Bam. Like there's a Sam Seaborn-shaped hole in the wall." Does that make Log Kabin Kevin the Roadrunner, then?
POTUS interrupts the discussion to tell Leo that "they" have some information for them. The rest of the staff is being kept completely out of the loop on the Shareef issue. I wonder if the public even knows that a terrorist attack against California was barely thwarted, and if not, how angry it's going to get when it finds out.
Leo and POTUS head down to the situation room. Jed asks whether they've solved the diplomatic immunity problem. It turns out that doesn't even matter anymore because the evidence is tainted. It seems that the Chechnyan prisoner who gave them all the information about Shareef only did so following prolonged abuse from Russian soldiers. His testimony would be inadmissible. Jed mutters something about finding a "less aggressive" way of dealing with Shareef, says they'll cancel his trip, but then admits, "Well, that's the ball game." This episode, by the way, is rife with baseball metaphors. I wonder if they pass a memo around to all the Democrats explaining what sort of symbolism to use for the week. And that reminds me that during the Carter administration, Garry Trudeau used to mock them in Doonesbury for all their metaphor-speak by developing the Department of Symbolism. Anyway, Jed leaves, frustrated. Leo stands, looking thoughtful for a few seconds. Then he turns to look at Fitzwallace as we fade to commercials.