The camera comes up on the monitor near Mrs. Landingham's desk; it's CNN showing scenes of rioting in Haiti. Jed purposefully strides out of his office and says something to her that sounds like: "Bob Cratchit?" She replies, "Oh, sir, surely you have better things to do than annoy me." Jed: "Never. You bought a new car?" She confirms this. "And you paid sticker price?" he asks. She starts to recite the rules she quoted to Charlie earlier, but Jed interrupts, telling her, "You need to read the next page, subsection B, paragraph four, Mammy Yokum." "Mammy Yokum"? She replies, "You know, I could beat you up anytime I want, sir." Jed: "Secret Service'd have you down like a calf at a rodeo." He puts on his glasses and reads: "The definition of 'gift' excludes opportunities and benefits, including favourable rates and commercial discounts, available to the public at large." She says she did look at the next page. "And?" he intones. She waggles a finger at him, saying, "I work next door to the Oval Office, sir. 'Caesar's wife must be above reproach.'" She probably wouldn't have made that particular remark if she knew the trouble Abby's in. Jed asks, "Is the reason you didn't tell me you were getting a new car...did you think I was gonna think it was an extravagance?" She looks slightly sheepish. Jed goes on, "You don't think I think you should have a new car? Dolores, have you ever had a new car?" I think this is the first time we've heard her first name (but if you really want to know, go use the fabulous new MBTV search engine and find out for yourself). She says she hasn't, and that her husband Henry would always go get a reliable second-hand car. Jed says, "How about you let me find out what you were supposed to pay and write you a cheque for the difference?" She replies, "Oh, no. Thank you, but I'm buying this car myself. This car is going to feel good." Hey, if she doesn't want it, I can use it. He asks if it's a nice one, as she puts on her coat. Mrs. Landingham: "It's a beauty. It's blue, it has air conditioning -- I told them I could just roll down the windows, but it comes with it anyway -- Consumer Reports rates it very high, it's very safe...and when you get inside, there's this..." Jed: "Smell?" She asks how he knew. Jed: "It's the smell of freedom...and the chemicals they treat the dashboard with." I'm glad he added that last part, or I would have had to. He asks her when she's picking it up; she says she's going to get it right now. He asks her to do him a favour, and come back to the White House afterward, because he'd like to talk to her about something. He instructs her to put the car in the driveway so that he can kick the tires. She asks why, as he's wandering back into the Oval Office. He calls out, "It's an expression, Fannie Mae! Go get your car." She grabs her purse and goes.
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