Josh enters Leo's office for the post-Hoynes meeting. Leo tells him that Hoynes is on board, and that he did a good job. Then Leo asks, "Josh, did you happen to say to him that if Scott Hotchkiss comes back alive, there'll be a ten-point bump?" Josh admits he did. Better bend over, Josh, because your boss is about to tear you a new one. Leo's pretty angry. "I gotta tell you, if the President ever heard about that, he'd be out of his skin." Over Josh's feeble objections, Leo says, "Don't do that! Not even in private! The guy's been blown out of the sky! He could be seriously injured. For sure he's in an Iraqi desert with no water. He's got to keep radio silence, 'cause we're not the only ones looking for him, and if they get to him first, and all he gives them is name, rank and serial number, they're going to beat him, Josh. They're gonna torture him. This is to say nothing of eighty guys in a helicopter who are gonna get shot if they're picked up underneath the radar." Josh has become increasingly ashen as Leo keeps talking. Josh says, "You're right." Leo acknowledges that the President's been joking around all day, but adds, "He's been living and dying with every hour of this and he'd be really offended if he knew you were discussing a political upside. And I gotta tell you, Josh, as a guy who flew planes in a war, I was really offended, too." Josh is as pale as I think we've ever seen him on this show. Josh says, "Yes, sir." Leo then tells him he did good today, but there's a way to "be a person." Josh apologizes very sincerely, and Leo tells him his apology's accepted, and makes a gesture by spreading his hands out as if to say, "There ya go, everything's great again." Josh leans forward to hug Leo, and Leo intercepts that by saying, "What are you doing?" Josh looks slightly stunned and says that it looked like Leo wanted to hug him. With his trademark subtle smirk, Leo says, "Oh man, did you read that wrong." Josh takes this in and says, "Okay." He starts to leave and then Leo mentions Sam's signal. Leo thinks it will be days before they know anything about the pilot, but Josh thinks it might not be. Leo asks what the signal is; Josh demonstrates. Leo looks mystified and says it looks like a hip-hop gesture. Josh claims it looks like a plane taking off; Leo disagrees. Josh says it means something good has happened; he then demonstrates the opposite gesture, indicating that something bad has happened. Leo, tired of it already, wanders back to his desk and remarks that he's got it. Josh says, "It's not like you have to be a cryptographer..." Leo says, "I've got it." Josh then pauses and says, "I really do apologize." Leo thanks him.
Episode Report CardDeborah: A | 730 USERS: B-
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