A crop duster takes off as Cap's pickup speeds down the road. With them out here in the fields, I think Sorkin missed his chance to do a little parody of North by Northwest with Toby in Cary Grant's role. In the cab, Donna wonders if they're not taking Cathy away from some other obligation. Cathy says she loves driving clueless idiots from Washington around. No, she explains that it's on the way to her job anyway. Donna's surprised to learn that Cathy has a second job as a claims adjuster. I guess she didn't hear about the $6000 a year Cathy's family earns busting its hump farming. Cathy says it has benefits. Donna: "You get to meet people?" Cathy means health benefits. Donna says, "It covers your father." Cathy doesn't get a chance to answer, because the truck runs out of gas...er, soy diesel at that exact moment. She says, "You guys are gonna kill me." Donna: "Is it out of gas?" Cathy says there's a gas station about a thousand yards down the road. In the back, Josh wonders why they're slowing down. Cap's "uh oh" clues him in to the nature of the problem: "Are we out of gas?" Cap: "Diesel." Come on. I live out in the middle of nowhere and nobody who lives that far away from everything ever leaves home without sufficient fuel to get where they're going, even if that's just to the first gas station! You have to be, as folks say, "right stupid." If it's on the way to Cathy's job, she has to know how much fuel it takes to get there. I don't know, maybe I'm spoiled by the fact that Frink knows down to the ounce how far our fuel will take us, and keeps perfect track of our mileage, and that we always have an extra can of diesel in the trunk, but I still don't buy that any farmers or rural residents worth a damn would set out on a 110-mile journey without sufficient fuel. But it's all in the service of the plot, so let's move along.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B+ | 826 USERS: B-
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