Leo and Jed are rushing off to the meeting. On his way out Jed announces to Mrs. Landingham that he's watching a sporting event from start to finish tonight. Mrs. Landingham replies, "And when Sacramento State and the University of the Pacific get together, it's usually a barn-burner, sir." Jed tells her that she's not going to spoil his good time. She says, "Oh, sir, I think we both know from experience, that's not true." Jed concedes her point; she reminds him he needed to be in his car ten minutes ago. He asks, "Do you see me walking out the door?" She responds, "No, I see you standing and arguing with a senior citizen." Mrs. L is certainly one of the more entertaining senior citizens on television. As they walk out, Leo tells Jed that on the way to the meeting, he'd like him to look over some notes Sam made about Cuba and about farm loans. POTUS has one more stop to make and hands Leo his briefcase, promising to meet him at the car in one second. Jed goes over to Toby's office, where Toby is staring out the window, lost in thought. He doesn't even hear Jed calling his name at the door at first. Toby apologizes, and Jed says, "You can't see them. They're over Australia now." Jed says he'd just been speaking with the Mission Commander and tells Toby about the various remedial actions they're taking to fix the problems on the shuttle. Toby looks even more hang-dog than usual, if that's possible. Jed advises Toby, "When we're done tonight, you should take the next flight out to Edwards Air Force Base, meet the thing when it lands, stop being a horse's ass and talk to your brother." It must be a real joy to be called a horse's ass by the President, particularly when you're already depressed. As Jed leaves, Toby says carefully, "Mr. President, I appreciate your trying to be a comfort, and I appreciate that you have some... understanding of the situation with my brother, but the thing was supposed to land nineteen hours ago. Obviously, there's a problem. It's space travel and I don't believe any problem is minor." Jed says casually, "The shuttle flies itself, Toby." Toby replies, "No, it doesn't." Jed finally relents, saying, "No. It doesn't." Hey, that would probably be why shuttle crew need years of education and training. He leaves, as Toby begins packing up to go to the town hall meeting.
Finally we're back in either Rosslyn or Arlington at the town hall meeting. (For the record, there's absolutely no sign that Donna or Mandy were in attendance, although it doesn't mean they can't show up as being there in the fall season opener. Since Mandy helped prep POTUS for the meeting, it's certainly plausible that she might have been there. And Bonnie and Carol were both there, so it's not impossible that Donna might also have come along. Sorkin's left that door open for himself by not specifying their whereabouts.) The entire scene from the beginning is more or less replayed with some small variations, up until the point where Gina sees the shooters, so you can just go back and read my second paragraph now if you want to relive it. The best part of this is that we get to see C.J. cuff Danny upside the head twice. Can't get enough of that. One of the changes is that this time, much earlier on, we see the kid in the grey baseball cap looking up at a window on the second floor of the Newseum. There's at least one person in the room, back-lit by a red exit sign. That doesn't seem like the most inconspicuous place for would-be assassins.