Previously on The West Wing: Sam had girl trouble, and lots of it; C.J. was kept out of the loop.
C.J. is accompanying POTUS as they walk along outside the White House on what seems to be, (given that it must be nearly December in TWWland, since I expect that the next ep is the Christmas episode) an exceptionally warm and sunny day, surrounded by much deciduous shrubbery and foliage. Neither of them is wearing a coat; C.J. is wearing a very spring-y banana-cream-coloured shift and matching knee-length jacket. Does the President have his own personal climate just outside the White House? I mean, not to belabour my problems with geography and so forth, but doesn't D.C. typically get some pretty unpleasant winter weather? Don't they actually get some kind of winter, at least? I miss Strega. She would know. ["I'm not Strega, but I believe you're right." -- Wing Chun] Anyway, they're walking along and POTUS is waxing rhapsodic about Galileo V, and how great NASA is at naming things. As proof, he cites Mercury, Apollo, Atlantis, the Sea of Tranquility, and the Ocean of Storms. Those are pretty good names. C.J. dutifully agrees. POTUS says that when he first heard the name Galileo V, it reminded him of the way people of his generation felt when they first heard of the "Yellow Submarine." I can't decide whether POTUS inhaled. I wouldn't think so. He remarks, "We really did all want to live in a yellow submarine." So maybe he did inhale. C.J.: "I can't believe they gave you people driver's licenses." She mentions that they're going to the Mars briefing rehearsal, and POTUS asks her to say the name. C.J. protests that she already said it. POTUS commands her to say it again, declaring that her imagination, "like a child, will explode with unrestrained possibilities for adventure." I think that should be "like a child's," since most of the kids I see aren't exactly "exploding with unrestrained possibilities for adventure." Most of them seem to be sitting around playing videogames and cultivating an unpleasant mixture of doughiness and aggression. Anyway, C.J. gamely complies, giving it rather more dramatic emphasis than it needs. POTUS tells her that she didn't say it right. C.J.: "I said it fine!" POTUS: "Say it again."
We cut from POTUS and C.J. to the briefing rehearsal. Sam's head pops up on one of the monitors, and he wants to know who wrote "this intro." Sigh. His hair's still long and blow-dried. Will no one heed my cry? There's a big, goofy, very cheesy Galileo V logo on the wall in the background.