Mac and Kelly are watching the news footage of Becca being harassed as she heads into school. As Kelly asks if she wants her to do anything, Mac storms down the hall and into the press room, Kelly running behind her and looking like this is a Very Bad Idea. Mac gathers everyone around, and goes "OTR." A bitchy female reporter jumps in and asks about San Pasquale, but Kelly cuts her off, and Mac goes on to tell them in no uncertain terms to lay off her kids. This is all well and good, but if she's smart enough to be POTUS, doesn't she also realize that telling the White House beat reporters to back off her kids is going to do nothing at all for the hordes of reporters across the rest of the city and country that want to follow the new First Family? I think we've just upped that count of dumb moments in this week's episode.
Kelly's now with Jim, and she's livid. Apparently, she had no idea about the San Pasquale situation, and was blindsided with that question in the press room. She's doing a great job growing into her Press Secretary role, but she has got to do something about her hair. I'm all for not sticking to old, stodgy, standard navy suits and whatnot, but she just looks unprofessional with the long, lank hair. And with that, I officially have become my mother. I'm going to go find some kids to tell them to turn down that "music." She bitches to Jim, rightly, that she can't walk into the press room and be hit with murdered drug enforcement agents. And I'm sorry, but I have the BEST mental picture of someone hiding behind the door with a dead body and whacking her with it as she rounds the corner. Jim hisses that it was classified, but Kelly rightly points out, "It's obviously not that classified!" They come upon some sort of outdoor conference. Jim apologizes and Kelly accepts, pointing out she needs to know these things if she's going to do her job. All of a sudden, they realize that they're having this conversation as Grace Bridges addresses a crowd. That's my favorite TV trick of all time -- the Sphere of Soundproof Space. If you walk ten feet away and talk to someone, no one else will be able to hear you! It's the perfect place for those conspiratorial conversations! Jim's completely ticked off as Kelly points out, "She's definitely raised the bar on squatting." NoraBot shows some emotion as she comes to Jim almost about to cry: "You have to help me. I don't know what to do with him." I'm torn between wanting her to learn how to adapt, and wanting Rod to get a grip and understand that his role is changing.