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.
In the Vatican meeting, Andrew is chatting with a bunch of guys I guess are Vatican reps of some sort. Over the footage, C.J. voices over that it's hard not to "make everything lethal" when there's such a crisis environment. Andrew gets into a little scuffle with one of the guys over the Vatican's interest in having Jed's audience with the Pope be public. "What does that involve?" Andrew asks. "Shots of the president kissing his ring?" Vatican Guy asks if Andrew is uncomfortable with the request. "Is the Pope Catholic?" says Andrew. Good grief, NEXT! But C.J., who has been watching from the doorway, goes to fetch Andrew and take him to the woodshed. In private, Andrew starts to protest that the Pope will get after Jed about birth control and such, and C.J. tells him no, he screwed up, and he'll have to apologize. If Jed doesn't want it public, it won't be, and if he does, "that's a headache way over your pay grade." Way to drive it home to the guy that he's a peon, C.J. Eh, respect is highly overrated in bosses. As we watch Andrew apologize, C.J. says that it's about "grace under fire" and other worn-out dreck, which she refers to as "war metaphors." Because apparently, she doesn't know the phrase "hoary old clichés."