Next we're at Toby's synagogue. It's a very lovely temple, too. The rabbi is beginning his sermon, aking reference to Passover being on the horizon, and Jews gathering for seder meals, singing songs and reciting the traditional Passover questions. Toby's pager starts beeping like crazy, and it's a pretty loud one, too. I have trouble believing that Toby wouldn't turn the thing off, or to a vibrating setting, during a religious service, but for dramatic purposes I can see why they wanted to create a disruption. Toby grapples with the pager for a few seconds before managing to turn it off and look at it, all the while getting some stink-eye from other worshippers. He leaves his seat as the rabbi is telling his congregants that the Haggadah (the narrative, read at Passover, that details the story of Israeli enslavement under, and escape from, Egyptian rule) reminds them that "violence begets violence...vengeance is not Jewish." Toby goes to the entryway and phones Sam. He's annoyed to have been disturbed during the service and wants to know what Sam wants. Sam asks if his rabbi is giving a sermon on capital punishment. Toby's puzzled but holds the phone on his shoulder for a moment and listens as the rabbi states that no matter how strong the desire for retribution, that Jews are commanded to relocate their humanity, and he reiterates, "Vengeance is not Jewish." Toby wants to know how Sam knew that. Sam says that he'll explain when Toby gets over there. Toby wants to know why he has to come to the White House; Sam tells him that the appeal was denied. Toby says he's on his way. Just as Toby's hanging up his phone, and the rabbi is saying the word "quietly," he leans ever so slightly on a stack of folding metal chairs and knocks them all down with a tremendous clatter. Poor Toby.
Suddenly we get a bit of hangover-cam as someone zooms into Josh's office; he's got his head down on his desk and he's still wearing the hipwaders and an undershirt. He looks up, completely bewildered, to see an angry-looking woman (Marlee Matlin) gesticulating vigorously and a man at her side, barking, "Are you the unmitigated jackass who has the DNC choking off funding for the O'Dwyer campaign in the California 46th?" Josh asks, "What in God's name is happening right now?" The man says, "I'm Joey Lucas." Josh asks the man, "You're Joey Lucas?" The woman signs to the man and he says, "No, I'm Joey Lucas." This doesn't help Josh, who pleads, "Help me, 'cause I...I don't..." The man makes a sign-language gesture to the woman which I will take to mean, "This guy's baked," and the woman says, in her own voice now, thoroughly exasperated, "You idiot! I'm. Joey. Lucas!" Suddenly Josh gets it, and introduces himself. He's still trying to wrap his mind around things, and Joey, with her interpreter's help, asks Josh what he was expecting. Josh is too addled for anything but the truth and says, "A man." She points out the obvious -- that she's a woman -- and starts in about how she has three sources, two at the DNC...but before she can continue, Josh stands up and she looks at the Gorton-gear and the coffee-stained undershirt, says in her own voice again, "What the hell are you wearing?" Josh sputters something about spilling stuff on his clothes and suggests they all take a deep breath for a second while he tries to remember where he is right now. He walks closer to Joey and she asks if he's drunk. Josh: "I have a very delicate system." Hee! She tells him she's "totally serious about this" and that she's trying to get a guy elected to Congress and wants to know why the White House is screwing around with her. Josh's stupor is palpable and I must hand it to Brad Whitford. Just then Donna shows up with his dry cleaning and Josh says, "Thank God." Josh makes some introductions and then excuses himself to change his clothes. Joey holds her nose as Josh brushes past her and he promises to be right back. Josh complains about how long it took Donna to get back. As Josh nips into what looks like a coffee room or something (unless they put bulletin boards in the washrooms at the White House), Donna tells him he needs to go see Sam, because the appeal was denied. Josh tells Donna to make sure his visitors are okay, as it may take him a few minutes to go see Sam Actually, in his present state, I think it may take him a few minutes just to get the hipwaders off.