Millie says, "She worships you, Mr. President." Jed replies, "She's mad at me." Millie: "Well, you're mad at her." Jed admits, "Yes, I am. I was running for President. Where the hell was she?" Millie claims that Ellie was with them. Jed says, "Not like Zoey and Liz. She's always belonged to Abby." Millie tells him, "You frightened her." Jed's insulted: "No, I didn't!" Millie nods firmly and says, "Sir..." He asks, "How did I frighten her?" Millie's getting exasperated: "Jed! Look where you're standing!" He protests, "I was elected two years ago! She's twenty-four years old!" ["Okay, Nina Siemaszko is so totally not twenty-four years old that it's ludicrous. But never mind." -- Wing Chun] Millie points out, "You've been the king of whatever room you've walked into her entire life." This seems to be news to Jed. He complains, "It never seemed to intimidate Zoey or Liz." Millie argues, "Well, kids are different! They're not the same. You'd be amazed -- you'd be stunned at how soon they understand they're not their father's favourite." Now Jed really takes umbrage. He insists that's not true; she tries to make him admit that it is. He says, "No, no, no. I will bear with the nonsense of the Christian right and the Hollywood left and the AFL-CIO and the AARP and the Cannabis Society and Japan, but I will not stand and allow someone to tell me that I love one of my children less than the others." He paces some more and then asks again, "She's frightened of me?" Millie sighs and replies, "She ain't the only one." He says, "I wanted to be so mad at her...I heard the news and my first thought...my God, King Lear is a good play. 'My father won't fire the Surgeon General. He would never do that.' I wanted to be so mad at her, but the truth is...it's the nicest thing she's ever said about me." Millie says, "Well...goodnight, sir." He says goodnight to her, kind of absently. As she nears the door, he says, "Hey, Doc." She stops: "Sir?" He tells her, "I don't accept." She's confused: "I'm sorry, sir?" He states, "I don't accept your resignation." Millie says she appreciates that, but Leo's right: "This shouldn't stop you from doing the bigger things." Jed tells her, "These are the bigger things. I don't accept your resignation. You work for me. You go when I tell you to." He hands her the envelope with a stern look. She takes it and tells him, "You're an excellent role model, Mr. President." He's at the door, saying, "Yes, I know." She calls out to him on the patio, "So you're back!" He says, "Yes, indeed."
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