C.J., Andrew, and Rickie walk toward her press conference, and she tries to get a final answer on how Holed-Up Guy's name is pronounced. And then we get more of Sheffield, who talks about how sometimes, he watches press secretaries on television, and "it all comes back," and he's really glad it's not him. I have a feeling that's how Deborah felt when she watched this very episode. In fact, I know it was, because she told me. Sigh. C.J. takes questions about Shaw Island, and now, of course, she handles it blandly and competently, including the issue of the dog, and whether that means the agents fired the first shot. As phones in the room start to ring in the middle of a question (they don't make you turn your cell phone off?), Carol hands C.J. a note, and she scuffles away from the microphone, apologizing as she does. The reporters, it turns out, are getting the same information she is, which is that the FBI has a guy currently doing a briefing, in which he is breaking the news that one of the Holed-Up Children was injured during the initial confrontation, and Holed-Up Guy is allowing an ambulance to come and pick the child up. C.J. looks stunned, and is unprepared for the avalanche of questions that logically follows the FBI briefing, which she and the press have watched together on a monitor adjacent to the press room. C.J. ditches the press and runs straight to Donna, who tells her that Josh (I guess) isn't available, because he's in with Leo. At Leo's, Margaret in turn tells C.J. that they're in with Jed. Her clip plays again: "The breakneck pace we live at, the twenty-four-hour news cycle, is this good for the country? Is it inescapable? How do we reflect? Get perspective?" Is that clip so enlightening at this point in the tale that you'd need to underscore it by running it again? I vote "no," but of course, I'm barely watching, because I'm folding origami cranes. She runs to the Office of O, where she has an exchange with Charlie that I can't make out any of, and the upshot is that she can't go into the meeting, so Charlie closes the door in her face. She paces in Debbieville for a moment, then leaves. Toby interviews that this is called a "closed hold," where somebody or other isn't allowed to know something for some reason. Apparently, it's not uncommon for this to zzzzzzz -- oh, sorry. Apparently, it's not uncommon for this to happen from time to zzzzzzzz -- damn! Blah blah blah, Toby claims it's happened to everybody. There. I got through it. That's what happens when I run out of distractions. The origami had me in a really Zen place.
Episode Report CardMiss Alli: F | 1023 USERS: B-
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