Back at the Cold War, Part II: Protocol Boogaloo, Nikolai agrees the press conference can be moved to nine o'clock; Sam thanks him. Nikolai whispers briefly to George, apparently searching for the appropriate word, and then states that it can be moved to the Hall of Mirrors. Sam corrects him: "Flags." Nikolai says they need something from him. They want POTUS to be wearing an overcoat during his arrival and all outdoor photo ops. Sam: "Coat?" Nikolai insists he must wear a coat and gloves; scarves and earmuffs are "permissible but optional." Sam says this is because Chigorin wants to wear a coat and doesn't want to look like a wimp. Nikolai points out, "It is freezing too cold in Reykjavik. It is freezing too cold in Helsinki. It is freezing too cold in Gstaad. Why must every American President bound out of an automobile like as at a yacht club, while in com..." He struggles for the word, which George supplies, "...comparison, our leader looks like...I don't even know what word is." Sam suggests, "Frumpy?" Nikolai: "I don't know what 'frumpy' is, but onomatopoetically, sounds right." Actually, I think the word is "onomatopoeically," not "onomatopoetically," but it's an understandable error. Anyway, if it's "freezing too cold," wouldn't Bartlet have the sense God gave a chigger, and know enough to wear a coat on his own? Sam replies, "It's hard not to like a guy who doesn't know 'frumpy,' but knows 'onomatopoeia.'" Sam says he'll speak to POTUS about the coat, and stands up, saying they'll meet again tomorrow on final details. Sam leaves, and George turns to Nikolai, asking, "What is 'onomato-'...?" Nikolai: "Sounds like, sounds like."
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