Carol tells C.J. she's on Nanny Nanny Boo Boo tomorrow. C.J.: "I'm gonna carve him into McNuggets." She's apparently doing a seven-minute spot during the noon segment, and will be back by 1 to meet Ben. She tells Carol, "Ask Media Affairs to do a background on Reid's questioning style and a list of recurring topics." Wouldn't she have already pretty much sussed out the former by watching the guy even for a few minutes? It's not like these jackass pundits have all that many tricks up their sleeves. Carol, in her self-appointed role as yenta, informs C.J. that Ben's being transferred to Washington and is looking for advice on where to live. I personally think Katie kicked Ben to the curb and cleared out the bank accounts -- and now Ben's looking for a couch to surf, with possible extracurricular privileges. Or maybe Katie just got a restraining order. Either way, I'm not cottoning to the guy all that much; he doesn't seem to know how to take no for an answer. Abby arrives and gets drawn into Carol's little world of meddlesome matchmaking. Carol informs Abby that Ben is a ranger who works with at-risk kids. Abby approves indifferently. Carol finally buggers off, and Abby advises C.J. that she's going to start volunteering at the Washington Free Clinic. C.J.'s concerned to hear that Abby's practicing medicine again. Abby says she'll just be helping a bit: "I won't be doing any heart transplants." C.J. asks if she's licenced to practice medicine again. Abby reminds her, "I voluntarily chose to stop practicing, C.J. And now I'm choosing to give a few underprivileged toddlers vaccinations. I never said I was hanging up my stethoscope for good."
Josh returns and tells Donna to find out if Leo's available, and to see if Senator Canton's around. Donna asks if it's for a call or a face-to-face. Will's right behind them, and he says that Canton's in Seattle for the NAACP convention. Donna leaves, and Will asks what Josh needs Canton for. Josh wants a Democrat to run interference with Hunt. Will thinks they should give the aWendtment a second look -- that it might not be such a bad thing. Josh: "For the floor-wax industry, maybe." Will says that working families are struggling and need their help. Josh: "You already auditioning one-liners for New Hampshire?" Swimtern comes and basically echoes Will. Swimtern cites a study showing a relationship between kids in day care and increases in violent behaviour, hyperactivity, and lack of discipline. Josh: "You're saying Jeffrey Dahmer's only problem was day care?" Yeah, that's what I got from that. Yeesh. Swimtern says they're always harping about the root causes of crime and violence. Josh says he works for the federal government and he's never heard of this supposedly major study of Wendt's. Will: "Well, maybe that's because all TV news programs are produced by mothers who dump their kids in day care." That should win the show some fans. ["Also, maybe those increases are due to other environmental causes that coincide with the increase of mothers working outside the home and thus using day care -- causes such as videogames kids play, shows kids watch, and sugary foods kids eat. But what do I know? I'm just a violent, hyperactive, undisciplined child of day care." -- Wing Chun] Josh: "I think we need more women in the work force specifically to keep you two out." Heh.