says that's fine, but "just don't show off." POTUS claims he doesn't do that. (Well, he does occasionally, but I forgive him. ["I should think most Americans enjoy imagining having a President who's really smart." -- Wing Chun]) The next question is from a kid who wants to know the temperature on Mars; POTUS raises his hand and whines, "Oh, I know! Pick me! I know!" No, not really. Jed says, "Well, Stevie, if one of our expert panelists were here, they would tell you the average temperature on Mars ranges from fifteen degrees to minus one hundred and forty." C.J. can't wait to tell POTUS that he's wrong, and provides other figures: "It ranges from sixty to minus two hundred and twenty-five." Jed, smiling: "I converted it to Celsius in my head." Hee! C.J. gives up. Jed asks to see the intro, and starts reading it off the prompter: "Good morning, I'm speaking to you live from the West Wing of the White House. Today, we have a very unique opportunity to take part, live, in an extremely historic event whi...whoa, boy..." Sam waves and says, "How ya doin', Mr. President?" Jed wants to know who wrote the intro, which is Doofus's cue to step forward and introduce himself as Scott Tate. As Jed stands and shakes Scott's hand, he says, "Scott...'unique' means 'one of a kind.' Something can't be very unique." As this is one of my pet language peeves, I am so taking this as a personal shout-out and nothing anyone can say will stop me. He continues, "Nor can it be extremely historic." POTUS is my boyfriend. C.J. adds: "While we're at it, do we have to use the word 'live' twice in the first two sentences, like we just cracked the technology? We're also broadcasting in living colour, right?" Scott starts to get defensive, but before he's even got the chance, Jed indicates that Sam should get on the case with the intro. Jed tells Scott cheerfully, "He's going to make some changes." Scott asks anxiously, "You're going to clear them with me?" Sam: "I doubt it." Sam tells a flunky sitting nearby, "Write this." He launches into the following: "Good morning. Eleven months ago, a twelve-hundred-pound spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Eighteen hours ago...is it eighteen hours ago? We're on the air at noon Eastern." C.J. confirms this and he continues, "Eighteen hours ago it landed on the planet Mars. You, me, and sixty thousand of your fellow students across the country, along with astroscientists and engineers from the Jet Propulsion Lab in southern California, NASA Houston, and right here at the White House, are going to be the first to see what it sees, and to chronicle the extraordinary voyage of an unmanned ship called Galileo V." Jed smiles and cuffs C.J. gently on the arm, and gestures toward Sam: "He said it right." C.J. sighs, and the theme music surges. Does not Aaron Sorkin write the best openings on television?
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