I make little press secretaries out of modeling clay and pound them flat with my fist.
FNG says that the press corps sat around as the Shaw Island thing developed, because there was a lull in the action and no information being provided. As Carol answers a question about whether Agent Casper is briefing C.J., C.J. interviews that "there's an inherent aspect of spin" to her job, because it's like debate -- "you don't argue for the other side." She insists that it's not a "cover-up" just because you don't "advertise your vulnerabilities." I would say that totally depends, no? If you're the only one who knows about something, say, criminal that your administration has done, failing to "advertise" it is most definitely a cover-up. We watch C.J. reprimand Carol for letting people wander around or something, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me since Agent Casper was announced, but...whatever. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now, so I think I need to learn to let things slide.
If you can believe this we now have to listen to the "stymie reporters, mislead the public" clip for the THIRD time. The THIRD TIME. And it really wasn't ever interesting. And then we have to hear the "articulate the message" clip for the THIRD time. In her office, C.J. watches the monitor intently as the Shaw Island thing develops. "You waiting for something?" Documentary Guy asks her. "You wanted to see my day; this is my day," she answers. Yep. Hearing herself say the same thing eight times. That's her day.
Outside C.J.'s office, Carol stops Rickie and tells him that a reporter just told her that Rickie went on the record and commented. He says he didn't. He says he was rescheduling an appointment for C.J., not saying anything on the record. Carol snots that his job is just to say "no comment." Is Carol Rickie's boss? Because she doesn't seem like she is, in which case she should take it to C.J., not boss Rickie around. Anyway, she's pulled aside to receive the information that Mrs. Holed-Up Guy isn't Yemeni-American, she's from Detroit. Carol wants to know if that information is out yet, and the guy doesn't think so. Suddenly, Rickie points out that "they're moving," and when everybody looks up, they see on the monitors that the ambulance is preparing to pick up the injured Holed-Up Kid, and the EMTs are walking the stretcher toward the Holed-Up Cabin. As they approach the cabin, one of the news guys reports "an explosion or a flash" that results in a puff of smoke coming up from the trees. There are also reports of gunfire. Agents are storming the cabin. Chaos ensues. The press throws questions at C.J. as she runs by. Flicker-Vision continues, just showing the smoke plume for long and boring seconds. I start looking on my bookshelves for a really good, interesting book I could use to hit myself over the head until I'm unconscious.