Josh sits up in bed to toss some exposition Donna's way. He tells Donna that he's sending her to Bismarck, North Dakota, to represent the White House at a DNC platform meeting. Donna first thinks she's being punished, but Josh assures her she isn't. He explains that North Dakota wants a plank eliminating "North" from their name. A plank? They want the Democratic Party to take a position on their state's name? I can see it now: "We believe that all law enforcement agencies in America should adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward racial profiling. Also, North Dakota should just be called 'Dakota.'" Donna is going to read a statement on behalf of the White House to show that they care, even though they really don't. Josh wanders into the kitchen to grab some coffee and asks Donna why she's at the office. She's putting together information for Josh's meeting later today with Congressman Rick Pintero. Oops. Josh forgot he has a meeting with him. There's some stupid, unfunny business with Donna whining about how cold and isolated Bismarck is and jokes from Josh about taking sled dogs to get there. Donna was born in northern Minnesota and nearly got drafted into Canada or whatever. She knows what it's like up there, so this is annoying rather than amusing. Josh tells her he'll be in as soon as he gets dressed, and hangs up.
Amy, meanwhile has slipped into some jeans and a black tank top and is sitting on a kitchen counter, singing into her mug of coffee, trying way too hard to be cute. Amy and Josh had made plans to spend their Sunday together, but Josh has to cancel due to the Pintero meeting. He couches it in feminist terms, explaining that they're hammering out a welfare reform bill: "Poor women are counting on me." Amy: "All women count on you, Josh. We find you godlike." That sounds like a shout-out. But I guess they've forgotten that all of Josh's most devoted fans hate him now. Josh blathers something about having bought Amy's birthday present. I mention it only because it might become relevant to continuity at some point. Amy asks, "Why have I been dancing?" as Josh walks away. I hate people who feel the need to draw attention to their own cutesy behavior.
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!