There's a teaser before the commercial about what we're going to see coming up, because it's a documentary, get it? It really is. ["But if it were a PBS documentary, there wouldn't be throws to commercial. So that's just more stupidity." -- Wing Chun]
When we return, C.J. is behind her desk with the press "gaggle." Greg Brock asks C.J. why the FBI director is in the house, and C.J. says it's because he briefs the president twice a week. Which is false, so there goes C.J.'s whole "I don't mislead the press" thing. It's hard, giving up one's illusions. In an interview, C.J. admits to withholding information from time to time. But she can't lie, because the press is so "smart," and they'd catch her.
Next, Carol is interviewed about whether C.J. ever has to lie to the press, and she sheepishly says it's a hard question. (In that the answer to it is "yes.") She says that the press secretary has to "present what's best for the White House and what's best for the country." Brock, in an interview, says that he is always skeptical of whatever comes from C.J. He says that the public relies on him to question the White House, and in a free society, you can do that. It's thrilling, because I haven't seen that kind of stirring patriotism since I last visited a car dealership and was overwhelmed by all the flags.
Toby's interview. He says that "the truth is an elusive idea," but that "there is a time and place for when certain facts can be dispensed to the press and to the public." I suppose I'd be a poor sport to point out that the truth is "elusive" largely because people put themselves in charge of when "certain facts can be dispensed."
Now: Allison Janney home movies. Allison Janney on a roller coaster. Allison Janney on a sailboat. C.J. says her father gave her "a lot of drive." In other news, C.J.'s mother was "the communicator," and would understand her job. You know, so often, you only see these people when interesting things happen to them, but here, you get a rare glimpse at them when they have absolutely nothing to say. I, for one, am happy to have the opportunity.