Danny asks Michael and Maddie to be his pretend children for an afternoon in exchange for something they want. Each child settles on a deal with Danny. Maddie negotiates payment and acting classes, and Michael negotiates for a PlayStation 3.
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.