Amy walks down the hall to Josh's office, walks in, and sits down. Josh is typing away, and takes note of her arrival, but doesn't say anything. She waits in vain for him to show her the kind of empathy in which she herself is so resplendent, finally commenting, "'Gee Amy, looks like you've had a tough day. Why don't you tell me all about it while I give you a foot massage?'" Ugh, again with her feet. Josh shoves his keyboard drawer in, pushes his chair back, and says, "Okay, let's talk about the fish. You don't understand this building." Amy: "Not being an architect or a steamfitter." You know what? Maybe not so much for you with the metaphors. Josh isn't kidding around: "I'm talking about a code, an ethos you don't understand. Amy: "Josh, I was just...." He brings up the story in the Post, saying: "All those anecdotes, all those quotes came from you." Amy: "Happy birthday." I can't tell if she planned it for his birthday, or is just making a smart remark now that she can see he's not happy about it. Josh: "We don't glorify ourselves! How is the President going to feel when I've got better press than him [sic]? How's every punk Congressional staffer going to feel when I'm taking victory laps the week after losing a key vote?" Amy: "They'll feel like you're not going to lose the next one." Josh: "We don't advertise! It's not the code." Amy asks, "It's not the code to look strong to your constituents, to build yourself up so...." Josh: "The only constituency that matters in this building is the constituency of one: the guy in the round room, and that's who [sic] I work for." Amy stands up, complaining as she walks out, "I came here to be work on issues, not to be part of a messianic cult." Josh says, "You serve the issues by serving the man." Amy turns around and says, "Well, I'm pretty sure 'the man' just revoked my parking privileges!" Josh asks what she's talking about. She says she's pretty sure she was just fired by POTUS for doing her job. She seems close to crying. Josh: "HHS appropriations." Amy nods, "Sort of." Josh advises her to go and apologize. Amy: "I've got a constituency of one, too, Josh, but it's me." Josh and Amy both notice that Donna's appeared at the door, looking uncomfortable and sheepish. Josh gets up and walks out to talk to Donna, asking Amy to hang on for a second.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B | 685 USERS: C+
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