The camera cuts to Toby's secretary on the phone, trying to put someone off who wants to speak to Toby or Sam or somebody. When C.J. rushes by, the secretary (Kathy, I think her name is) covers the mouthpiece and asks C.J., "Why is no one available to speak on the phone?" C.J.: "I don't know, they're planning my surprise party." C.J. goes to the door of Toby's office where he and Sam are discussing the adjectives to describe the Syrian attack in the President's speech. They've got "unprovoked" and "cold-blooded" but Toby wants a third adjective. C.J. stops at Toby's door and calls his name. He says, "Quickly." She says, "The AGM 84E SLAM." I haven't got the faintest idea what she's talking about, but Toby hollers, "Kathy! Sam cut the paragraph ten minutes ago!" As Kathy whizzes past the door, she says, "It's coming out on the redline!" C.J. repeats her question and Toby says, "Stand-off Land Attack Missile. Distinguish it from the AGM 84D, or harpoon, which is an anti-ship missile." C.J. thanks him and leaves. Toby and Sam are back to their adjectives and Sam offers "unwarranted." Toby's satisfied with "unprovoked," "unwarranted," and "cold-blooded." Sam jumps up and starts to run out, and naturally Toby wants to know where he's going. Sam begs for two seconds and goes running after C.J. He says, "I'm sorry about before." C.J.: "Yeah." Sam: "I'm just really very fond of her, is all." We can only see the side of C.J.'s face so it's hard to tell how relenting her expression is, but her tone has some forgiveness in it. She tells Sam, "Go back to work," and he gives kind of a slight smile and says, "Right." C.J. trucks off toward her office but is buttonholed by a group of reporters. One guy asks her what all the hubbub is about. C.J. feigns ignorance and the guy presses her, "Come on, C.J. Fitzwallace was in Leo's office." C.J.'s glib: "Admiral Fitzwallace is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Leo McGarry is White House Chief of Staff. I'm your host, C.J. Let's play our game." The reporters are undeterred and ask, "Is it happening?" C.J.: "No." "Would you know if it was?" C.J. pleads, "Guys..." "Then why all the activity" C.J. cracks, "Menudo's in the building. I gotta go." She leaves and walks toward the door of her office, where Danny Concannon is waiting for her. She's clearly less than thrilled to see him, and figures he's there to get a scoop on the possible military strike. In fact, he's there to tip her off to the fact that he knows Sam Seaborn has been "going around with a three-thousand-dollar-a-night call girl." She doesn't say anything, but puts her hand to her forehead. He tells her to ask him inside her office, which she does.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B+ | 766 USERS: B-
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