Synopsis by Josh Ralske
This episode flashes back to July 2003, where we find Charles Perla, a well-known architectural consultant, working with James Carville and Mary Matalin on the design of their new Bergstrom Lowell offices. "Will this make people pay us a bigger fee?" Carville wants to know. He later refers to the design people as "bandits," but Matalin points out that they're going to be spending a lot of time in the office. Maggie (Mary McCormack) has a lunch date with Gail Lucas (Talia Balsam), and after getting past her initial reservations, makes plans to go away with her for the weekend. Tommy (John Slattery) has a marriage counseling session, after which he meets his father (Robert Prosky) for lunch. Dad introduces him to his new young fiancée, Anna (Jennice Fuentes) -- the "woman in red" of whom Tommy will later have mysterious visions. The two discuss their engagement, and Tommy's father asks him for a sizeable loan. Francisco (Roger G. Smith) meets with an apparently housebound Bergstrom (Elliott Gould) in New York. Bergstrom seems very depressed, and at one point Francisco tells him, "I'm sorry about your wife." They also discuss the recent shooting of a city councilman in the council chambers, and Bergstrom says the incident "reflects the human situation."