Ginger comes though a door. She seems kind of...casually dressed for work. Maybe it's the weekend? No, we know it's Monday. She's wearing a tank top and a tight vest with tiny cap sleeves. It just seems...not conservative enough for this office. Anyway. She sees Sam -- who's looking very fetching in a black sweater (Rob Lowe can really wear the heck out of V-neck and crew-neck sweaters) -- and runs up to him, saying, "Whoa, whoa, you're not supposed to be here!" Well...what a line to attach to Rob Lowe's first appearance in Season Four. For those of you who've just been released from cryogenic comas, the word is that he's leaving the show this year, probably around mid-March. Many efforts have been mounted to convince everyone involved not to go through with this, but he seems pretty determined and insists that he's had it made clear to him that there is no future for his character on the show. If you want to read more about this (much, much, much, much more) read the thread about him in Staff section of the forums. Sam starts to make excuses, and Ginger says, "The orders were very strict." Leo, coming down the hall, sees Sam and commands, "Hey! Go home!" Yikes. I know this was probably written before the whole contract negotiation came to a head, but it just seems particularly painful somehow, since Lowe seems both truly sad and yet absolutely firm about leaving. Sam says he is. Leo catches up with him and says he hasn't had a day off since the convention (which one?), and that he's been up for the past two nights, and Leo doesn't want a zombie. That's right. He wants Fitz. Leo cites all the recent achievements: the energy book's done, the Midwest poll is out, etc.: "Pawn off the surrogate movements and get a few hours' sleep." Sam says he just came to check on the Southern governors: "Somebody's gotta be watching the politics." Leo assures him that somebody is: "The White House Office of Political Affairs." Sam asks, "Where is he?" Leo says he's about to go on at Fort Bristol. Sam mentions the Dow's down 270. Leo: "Go to sleep." Sam tells him to talk to the hand. No, he just says, "I'm not fighting with you." He goes into his office.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B+ | 826 USERS: B-
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