Out in the hall, Donna tells Josh that some people would consider this guy handsome. She doesn't, because Josh is the only one she thinks is handsome. No, really. Josh: "Uh huh." But she says that, for the sake of appearances, she'd pretend she thought this guy was handsome, if Josh hired him. What? Who cares? She continues, "Of course, all along, it'd be a lie, 'cause of how handsome you are...and powerful." Donna fixes him with a slightly seductive gaze. I think I might be sick. If it weren't for the incredibly wearisome theme of UST between these two, this sort of banter might be amusing, but as it is, all I've got to say is, shit or get off the pot. Josh: "Your sense of humour is a bit of a high-wire act, isn't it? You're really trying to thread the needle." Donna tells himthat he doesn't even get half of it. He goes into the meeting.
Josh greets the guy -- who is played by Matthew Perry -- as "Hector." Except Donna's given Josh the wrong file. This is Joe Quincy. Donna's rushing back with the right file just as Josh comes to find her. There's some more nonsense about the guy being handsome. Josh closes the door on Donna. He goes back to Joe, and there's some tortured conversation about whether he prefers "Joe" or "Joseph." Matthew Perry is much less Chandler-y than I was afraid he would be, which is good...but he almost goes to the other extreme, and is kind of...blah in his attempts to rein in the sitcom actor. Josh blathers about Ainsley, and how he thinks they need to find another attractive woman with an unusual name, and here's Joe, a man, named...Joe. I'll bet Matthew Perry is wondering about now if he can possibly talk the other five into yet another season of Friends if this is what he has to look forward to. He's also wondering if maybe he'd be more likely to get this job as Miss Chanandeler Bong. Joe blinks at Josh politely; Josh finally recognizes that his rambling is both boring and pointless. He goes over Joe's credentials: he has a joint JD-MBA from Cal. He worked for the New York City Department of Transportation, defending the city against civil claims, in order to get trial experience. Then he worked as Associate Counsel at Treasury, then the Solicitor General's office. I can't help wondering if it's worth detailing all this. The guy's on the show for two episodes. As with most new characters -- especially, for some reason, people in the Counsel's office (Ainsley, Babish, Tribbey) -- we have no idea whether to invest any energy in them. Are they here to stay, or is it just a whistle-stop en route to Mandyville? Joe lost his job when the new SG was appointed. Josh is surprised they haven't met. Leo knocks to pull Josh out. Josh reminds Joe that he needs to sign the questionnaire that's part of the job application.