Amy's working in her office when suddenly, without warning, POTUS arrives. She stands up and says, nervously, "Mr. President." Yeah, where's all that "principal's office" bravado now? Jed gestures for Amy to sit, but she doesn't. Jed says they're doing pretty well on violence prevention: "They were going to gut it. First Lady really turned it around." Amy stumbles over her words: "I hope you don't...we probably should have run it through, um, Legislative Affairs...." You mean, like you would have if you understood how to do your job? You mean, like Josh told you to? Jed: "Nah, I'm not going to have Abby jump through hoops." Amy: "You know, intimate partner violence affects more people than breast cancer [does]." Jed: "How many calls today?" Amy: "Sir?" Jed: "The First Lady -- how many calls did she make to members of the Subcommittee today?" Amy's mental wheels spin in the muck and she says nothing. Jed continues: "No calls. She's hiking in the White Mountains. She made no calls. You made them." Amy emits a little sound and then says, "It's a cause she believes in...." Jed: "Don't tell me what she believes." Amy: "I'm telling the Congress...this isn't...." Jed: "My wife is not a budget appropriation. She's not a line. Don't put words in her mouth. Don't treat her like she's your blank chequebook." Jed turns to go, and Amy, looking tearful, takes off her glasses and says, "Due respect, sir, it's what she'd want." Yeah, that wasn't a good idea. Jed turns and says with authority, "She has to be here to want things!" He adds, "And you don't have to be here at all." Amy's taken aback. She always seems like the sort of person who would throw rocks at a window and yet be surprised when it breaks. Has she no foresight, no ability to imagine that actions have consequences? Also: man, I'm sure it's not fun to have your ass chewed by Bartlet, but I'd be more upset that Martin Sheen had talked to me that way than Jed Bartlet. But as a viewer, I usually enjoy it when Jed's mad. Martin Sheen sure can bring the pissitude.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B | 685 USERS: C+
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