Synopsis by Josh Ralske
Maggie (Mary McCormack) is having researchers look into Francisco's (Roger G. Smith) background. Tommy (John Slattery) shows up at the office to find Amnesty International protestors outside the building. They object to the firm's account with the Council for Mideast Progress, a Saudi Arabian group, because of the Saudis' treatment of women. James Carville, Mary Matalin, Maggie, Tommy, and Francisco meet to discuss a course of action. Francisco suggests they back away from their relationship with the group, but Matalin insists that the Saudis are trying to reform. Carville later repeats this line to Senator Barbara Boxer, who counters that Bergstrom Lowell is reducing pressure on the Saudis to reform by "trying to paint a pretty picture." Amnesty International Executive Director William F. Schulz threatens to stage protests at the offices of other firm clients. Weekly Standard editor William Kristol calls Matalin to warn her that his sources say the Council is connected to "the more terrorist-friendly parts of the Saudi royal family." Matalin doesn't believe it, and sets about trying to quash rumors, in part by talking to columnist Joe Klein. Maggie gets an unwelcome visit from a man who warns her to stop calling Gail, while Tommy continues to have visions of a mysterious woman in red (Jennice Fuentes). Francisco continues to be at odds with Maggie, but finds a way to stay in Matalin's and Carville's good graces. This episode also features appearances by Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Chuck Hagel.