Sam comes into his office in casual attire to meet two women who thank him for coming to meet with them on a Sunday. Their names are Jane and Muriel, but we don't find that out until later, and we don't find out which is which. So now we have the female counterparts to Ed and Larry. They have an environment-related legislative idea that they want Sam to bring to Bruno and Leo. They suggest that the president announce an $8 billion, twenty-year plan to restore the waterways and bolster the wildlife population of the Everglades. Sam balks at the price tag, but Jane and Muriel have plan for that, too: eliminate the federal subsidy to one of Florida's biggest polluters, the sugar industry. Jane or Muriel insists that it's "great for us, bad for Ritchie, and puts Florida back into play." I get the first two but not the third. When you eliminate pork, you don't normally win the hearts of the citizens who were financially benefiting from it. Muriel or Jane insists that Ritchie would then have to spend time and money campaigning in his own state. If she says so. Sam doesn't think it's a good idea, either, and tells them that he's not going to take it to Bruno. When pressed for an explanation, he explains that sugar growers are big Ritchie supporters, and that it will look like they're trying to tax their opponents. Jane and Muriel try to argue the finer points but Sam walks off. I'm not a fan of subsidies for big business, but if I had to pay $5.00 for my Zingers, I'm not sure what I'd do. Sugar must remain cheap. I still have a few teeth left!
Josh rushes into the White House to greet Congressman Pintero and apologize for his tardiness. He escorts Pintero into his office, greeting Donna along the way. Donna's on her way out to buy "prairie gear." Whatever. Not funny. Pintero, it turns out, is a certified exposition catalyst. He tells Josh that he looks frazzled, triggering a cavalcade of information about Bartlet's planned trip to New York to see Plantagenets on Parade. It turns out that Governor Ritchie is going to attend as well, which turns the whole thing political, and they have to decide what to do.
Transition into a discussion of the real reason behind Pintero's visit: he's there to let Josh know that they have the votes to get the Working Toward Independence Act out of committee. Josh is surprised, and asks how they managed that. Pintero explains that the president has to agree to a compromise. Josh starts to say that they can't cave on child care, but Pintero interrupts that they're actually going to get an additional billion for child care. However, they have to agree to $300 million more for "marriage incentives," and raise the work requirements to thirty-eight hours per week. Josh isn't happy with the idea of the compromise. He says "marriage incentives are terrible," but Pintero insists that it's the only way to move the bill forward. Josh resigns himself to the idiocy of the additions, and says he'll talk to the others about it.