He would never do that.'" He hands her the paper; she takes it without looking at it and tosses it on the coffee table. She sits there looking down, her long hair obscuring her face. This is not lost on Jed, who complains, "Eleanor, when you put your head down, your hair falls in your face, and I can't see your face and I can't hear what you're saying. Now look at me, and talk to me!" She brings her head up and says, "Yes. The quote is accurate." Jed bursts, "What the hell are you doing talking to a reporter? I have set up monumental, unprecedented, unbreakable rules about my children and the press! I have gotten White House reporters transferred to Yemen for approaching Zoey and Elizabeth! It is the law!" He's pretty worked up; she says nothing but looks sad. He paces a bit and then says, first taking it down a notch, "Well, I'm sure before you gave the quote you cleared it with the Communications Office. I'm sure you went over the exact wording with C.J. Cregg, and coordinated with White House strategy so that the timing was right in the news cycle. I'm certain you consulted the appropriate party leadership because you're a pretty knowledgeable operative having spent so much time with me. Ellie..." Throughout all this Ellie is struggling to check her impulse to put her head down, and eventually loses. She starts to say, "Dad, she was, she was doing..." Jed orders her to pick her head up. Ellie says, "She was doing exactly what she is supposed to do. I'm sorry, she was asked a question and she said what she knew to be true. And when you start firing doctors for that, you've crossed a line somewhere." Jed replies, "There is politics involved in this, Ellie, and you knew it would make me unhappy, and that's why you did it, and that's cheap." You should see some of the scary freeze-frames I'm getting of Martin Sheen's facial expressions as he delivers this harangue. Yikes. Ellie: "I didn't do it to make you unhappy, Dad." He retorts, "Well, you sure didn't do it to make me happy!" She stands up. "I don't know how to make you happy, Dad. For that, you got to talk to Zoey or Liz." Ouch. ["Djb yelled 'middle child' at this point." -- Wing Chun] Jed looks pretty mad, but doesn't have a comeback for that, and suggests that they drop it. He walks behind his desk and says, "Mom gets back first thing in the morning, and we're running a movie tonight, if you want to stay over." She says, "I can stay over if you want me to." He says, "Yeah, thanks." She looks discouraged and walks out, or tries to, but is confronted by the many doors to his office. She turns around and gestures helplessly: "I go out...?" He indicates the correct door, but refrains from adding something to the effect of "you'd know that if you ever visited us. Zoey knows which door to use." But you know he's thinking it. She leaves, and Charlie sticks his head in to tell Jed that the Labour Secretary is waiting to see him. Jed says okay, but then asks Charlie to give him a minute. Jed stuffs his hands in his pockets and stands looking out the window behind his chair as we go to commercial.
Episode Report CardDeborah: A+ | 811 USERS: B-
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