West Wing
Bad Moon Rising

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Leo's in his office waiting for Jed, whom we can hear in the Oval Office saying, "I couldn't disagree more, Cal. As long as these people are funding their public school districts with property taxes, neither the value of the schools nor the value of their property is going to go up. It's a vicious circle. It's terrible and it has to be stopped." Leo puts on his jacket and walks toward the Oval Office as one member of Jed's audience asks, "So we're going to do something about it?" Jed: "I wouldn't go that far. Anything else?" Leo's entrance breaks up the meeting. Jed babbles a bit about the vicious circle going round and round, but Leo just says, "Let's go see him." Jed's less than enthused. "We really need to see him now?" Leo: "What better time?" Jed: "Well...later?" Leo's firm. As Jed walks and puts his jacket on with his trademark flip, he complains, "Five White House Counsels in two and a half years: Corcoran, Gates, Solomon, Tribby. Why can't I keep a head lawyer around here?" Note to nitpickers: the closed-captioning says "Cochran," not "Corcoran." Martin Sheen says something that sounds much more like "Corcoran," so I'm going with that, despite his tendency to pronounce things a little...differently, shall we say.

Jed and Leo start pedeconferencing their way to Oliver's office. Leo replies, "'Cause they all show up thinking they're going to be a counsellor to the President and you never let them in." Jed carps, "I don't like new people." Leo plays Exposition Fairy, replying, "Oliver Babish isn't a new person. You know each other, your kids know each other. You built hospitals together. He was Midwest Finance Chairman on the Campaign." Jed: "Never played chess, though, have we?" Leo admits that this is true. Jed: "See?" Leo accuses him of being scared of Babish. Jed replies, "Oh, like you're not." Leo claims he isn't: "Because we are both men of Chicago." I always thought Leo had a (lower middle-class, Irish) Bostonian background. ["Deborah's right." -- Wing Chun] Jed mildly asks, "What is it with people from Chicago, that they're so happy to have been born there? I meet so many people who can't wait to tell me they're from Chicago, and when I meet them, they're living anywhere but Chicago." Leo tells him he wouldn't understand. Jed complains that Babish looks down at him because he's not a lawyer. Actually, I think he looks down at you because he's Oliver Platt, and he's about six and a half feet tall. Jed continues explaining that he didn't go to law school, he went and got a PhD in Economics instead. Leo: "Your parents were very proud." Jed: "Yeah, and all that happened was I won a Nobel Prize and got elected President, so I guess that decision didn't really pay off. Should I run back and get my Nobel Prize?" Leo thinks that Babish knows Jed has one. ["Seriously, if I had a Nobel Prize I would make it into a hat and wear it around. Fortunately, I don't think I'm in the running to get one." -- Wing Chun]

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