After some commercials, C.J. is fielding a press briefing. The reporters are all talking and shouting at once. One of them has the most unbelievably strident voice I think I've ever heard on a woman. C.J. says that Drs. Keller and Jarvis will be available for a debriefing in a few hours. Danny asks whether there's been any discussion of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment. C.J. says there hasn't. Danny naturally wants to know why not. C.J. reiterates that the President's wounds are fairly superficial, and that he's expected to make a "full and speedy recovery." Danny, to no one's very great surprise, looks unsatisfied with that, but lets it go. Another reporter asks whether there's any information on the identity of the shooters. The reporter says that AP is reporting that two bodies were brought out of the office building, and that there's a massive manhunt underway for a third accomplice. C.J. insists that she doesn't have anything on that for them. Another obnoxious reporter asks whether C.J. can tell them why the AP knows more than she does. Buddy, I know you've got your little deadlines and so forth, but cut the woman some slack, hmm? She was just shot at. C.J. replies, "I don't believe they do know more than I do, I just think they're willing to tell you more than I am." Another reporter, Arthur, points out that previous administrations had the President enter and exit public buildings under a tent or canopy, and wants to know why that precaution is not followed for Bartlet, or why it wasn't in this case, at least. She replies that it's policy not to comment on protection procedures. Arthur continues badgering her: "Is there anything you know, is there anything you can tell us?" C.J. pauses oddly and says she'll be back in ninety minutes for another briefing, and adds that she hopes they'll know more then. C.J. and Carol leave the press briefing room and C.J. wants to know what that was all about: "'Since you can't seem to give us answers...'" Carol, in an odd non-sequitur, says to C.J., "You scratched your neck," which is apparently the universal sign to reporters meaning, "Please savage me with your hostile questions." C.J. says that she lost her necklace and that it must have come off when somebody pushed her down. Suddenly Danny's caught up behind them and Carol goes back to her cubicle. Danny wants to know who is in charge, if the Twenty-Fifth Amendment hasn't been invoked. C.J. recites blandly, "The Vice-President, the Secretary of State, the National Security Advisor, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the White House Chief of Staff..." Danny complains, "You just named six people...who's in charge?" C.J. says, "The Canadiens." Danny doesn't find this funny. C.J. says, "You understand I'm talking about the hockey team?" She asks Danny to give her a little time and walks away.
Episode Report CardDeborah: A | 1422 USERS: B
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