Presidential motorcade: sirens, lights, security up the wazoo. Jed's in the back of a limo with Charlie, and complaining about the concert. He wants to know what the orchestra's playing, and for how long. Charlie tells him that it's billed as an "Evening of Modern Music." Jed calls out for the driver to turn the car around. Charlie elaborates, mentioning that the ninety-piece orchestra includes anvils and castanets. Jed, louder this time: "Turn the car around!" Charlie opines that modern music is cool. Jed replies, "Modern music sucks. Anything written after 1860 sucks." ["What about 'Yellow Submarine'?" -- Wing Chun] Jed continues commenting as Charlie names various pieces of music by Barber ("Sucks.") Stravinsky ("Sucks.") and Schoenberg ("Totally blows!"). Charlie continues, "After intermission they'll be performing the world premiere of a piece..." Jed interrupts, "Played on teapots and gefilte fish..." Charlie finishes, "...by a new Icelandic composer." Charlie mentions that he was told that this composer got so nervous when he heard POTUS was coming that he was rewriting the piece up until 6:00 PM. I wonder when the orchestra will have time to learn that. Jed says, "If he wants more time, I'm happy to take a rain cheque." Charlie asks, "I thought you liked classical music." Jed says, "I do, but this is not classical music. It is not classical music if the guy finished writing it this afternoon." They arrive at the Kennedy Center and drive into the President's secret underground entrance. Well, I guess it's not particularly secret. But it sure isn't the open-air policy that prevailed prior to the shooting. POTUS, Charlie and the various security guys catch up with C.J. and POTUS says, "A broader theme." C.J. says that she and Sam will be talking about it. POTUS complains that he doesn't get that many opportunities to talk to kids. C.J. says that, at some point, she's going to have to pull the plug in order to give people enough notice. POTUS understands that, but wants to let everybody work on the problem for a while. As they walk into the freight elevator, Jed asks where Sam is. C.J. indicates that he's inside hiding from Mallory. POTUS asks why, and C.J. wonders whether Jed really wants to know. His answer: "Not at all."
Episode Report CardDeborah: A- | 804 USERS: C+
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