The Democratic White House is at odds with a Republican Congress that is looking to run the table. President Bartlet is arriving to agree to a continuing resolution on budget negotiations. The White House and Congress previously agreed to a 1% cut, but the new Speaker of the House changes the terms last-minute and gives President Bartlet an ultimatum.
Mrs. Landingham believes that the President's poor sense of humor contributed to campaign losses in Texas. President Bartlet explains that it is a logical fallacy: just because they lost Texas after a hat joke, it doesn't necessarily mean that the joke resulted in their campaign loss.
The President helps Senator Stackhouse with his filibuster to ruin the print deadline. He calls up other senators that would support Senator Stackhouse so that he can take a break from holding the floor by yielding for a question.
During some after hours games, President Bartlet asks his cabinet some questions about the English language and grammar. He challenges them to name all 14 of the punctuation marks in standard English grammar and list all of the words in the language that begin with "dw."
Leo asks Josh about his day with Stanley, a psychotherapist. He uses a metaphor to describe Josh's PTSD situation and states that he'd like to help him. After Josh leaves the office, the carolers trigger Josh's PTSD.