And now, we see C.J.'s interview clip again: "I see my job as making sure the press and, through them, the public is well-informed. I tell them the truth. [pause] That's my goal." That's the third clip that's been shown twice, and sure enough, it says basically the same thing as the other two. Is six times enough on that sentiment?
Teasers about the past creating "a new crisis." And then...oh, blessed commercials.
We return to news coverage (Flicker-Vision!) of Shaw Island, where everyone is talking about the shooting of the family dog. C.J. watches old tape of herself doing the Casey Creek press conferences, and while Josh notes how young she looks, she can only wonder how old she's going to look by the same time tomorrow. Josh then apologizes for not telling her about the dog, although it "wasn't for comment anyway." Okay, now we're watching Josh and C.J. through the window of her office AND another window, the nearer of which has the news coverage reflected in it, so the entire shot is flickering. Swat, swat, swat, goes the flyswatter against my forehead. Josh and C.J. chat about her frustration that they didn't brief her fully, and Josh says that the director "was adamant." As C.J. leaves to go to the "podium," Josh distractedly tells her that Leo wanted him to pass something along, but C.J. cuts him off, saying, "I know my line." As she leaves, Josh calls out, "I think you look better now," and she agrees.
Press room. FNG explains that whatever the "storms," the daily press briefing remains a "centerpiece." Now, a long interview with "Herb Morris," another alleged ex-press guy, follows, in which he tells old stories about how it used to be in the press corps, which register right around "coma-inducing" on the Rip-Roaring Tales Of The Olden Days Fascination Scale. He reveals really exciting things like the fact that there didn't used to be a press room, so they hung out in the lobby. He must be joking. The lobby? Incredible! How did I not learn that in a history class somewhere? You'd think someone would have told me! Notebooks, blah dee blah. And sometimes, if nothing was going on, the press secretary would come out and tell them there was nothing to report and they could go home. "That couldn't happen now," he says sadly. Poor Herb. He has seen much in his life as an imaginary reporter.
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.