Back in C.J.'s office, Rickie tells C.J. that he pulled records from "Casey Creek" for her, and she mutters back that the FBI thinks that there will be cameras at Shaw Island shortly, and she's predicting aerial coverage in twenty minutes. As they stroll purposefully down the hallway, she tells him, "Hey, poker face. When it breaks, try to look surprised." He smiles back at her. FNG announces that, twenty-three minutes after C.J.'s prediction, the first aerial coverage of the Shaw Island incident showed up. We move around the bustling press room, where Brock, among others, is working the phones. Do you think I would look good with pigtails? Because I'm looking at a Wizard of Oz poster on my wall and wondering whether I should wear pigtails or, in the alternative, more dresses with aprons attached to them.
Now, C.J. repeats: "There's a misconception that I'm here to stymie reporters, or to mislead the public, to spin or even hide the truth. When in fact, any good press secretary aims to do just the opposite." So now that's two clips that have been heard twice -- what's more, it's two clips that have been heard twice each that say essentially the same thing. So C.J. has now reiterated four times that she tries to tell the truth, despite the perception to the contrary. Now, C.J. runs into another reporter who asks if she has a comment on the dog. This is one of the stupidest parts of the whole thing, as the camera guy appears to be across a couple of rooms from C.J., and while I might believe she's got a microphone on, the other guy obviously wouldn't, and he sounds just as clear as she does. Somehow I don't think Documentary Guy would be allowed to wander the halls with a boom microphone on a forty-foot telescoping pole. Anyway, C.J. doesn't know what the reporter means about the dog, and he tells her that apparently, the Holed-Up Family Dog has been shot by an FBI agent. "Is this going to be another Casey Creek?" he asks her. "Off the record?" she says. "I hope not." If the dog did get out of the episode at this point, he would be the luckiest of us.
Now, FNG gives us the long back story of Casey Creek, and if you know the story of Ruby Ridge, you can basically just understand that it's that. FBI mishandles standoff, wife of suspect is shot, president is dogged by investigations. According to the documentary, this event "haunted the new president's first term." Apparently it didn't haunt the first term all that incessantly, considering that we've never heard of it, despite having seen most of Jed's first term. We watch vintage news footage of the FBI director testifying before Congress, some newscaster saying he isn't cooperating, and then we go to a press conference in which C.J. has horrible-looking permed hair, because apparently C.J. was a complete frump up until the day the show started tracking her. Speaking of which, do you think I would look good in a yellow plastic floppy hat? Because I also have a poster from Singin' In The Rain. Oh, but C.J....right, anyway, she mishandles the Casey Creek press briefing, stumbling and misspeaking and looking so nervous that you'd think she'd never spoken in public before. Furthermore, I'm aware that they think the constant flicker when they show old TV footage looks "authentic" because of the refresh rate and all that yakkety-yak, but I've never seen a documentary that shows that flicker every time it shows old TV footage, which makes sense, considering that watching it is like being hit with a flyswatter three times per second. It feels like a good third of this episode includes Flicker-Vision in at least part of the frame, and it would create a real headache for me if I didn't already have one from the writing, acting, and camera work.