After some commercials, we're at the White House at 8:46 on Tuesday morning. C.J. knocks on Sam's door and says, "Hey, Spanky." Spanky? Sam says, "Oh God, what'd I do?" She asks him to take a walk with her. She mentions that they're taking Josh off bypass now, and Sam says he's going to head to the hospital soon. C.J. tells him he did well on the morning shows. C.J. confesses that her real reason for not wanting to do them herself is that she can't remember what happened. She remembers walking out of the building, someone pushing her down, her necklace coming off, and a police car window exploding over her head. About this necklace thing: I think if I were in a crowd and someone opened fire on me, I probably wouldn't notice losing a necklace at the time even if it were the size of Mr. T's and Flavor Flav's combined. And I'm pretty sure whatever C.J. was wearing was considerably more delicate. So why all the fuss about the necklace? She says she's been doing her press briefings using notes from other people's accounts. C.J. says she knows what happened now from listening to him on the morning shows. Sam seems to be playing dumb and acts like he doesn't know what she's talking about. She tells him she thinks he has her necklace. Sam finally admits that he didn't want her to feel beholden to him. "I didn't want it to be like an episode of I Dream of Jeannie where now you've gotta save my life, and the time-space continuum with you following me around with coconut oil and hot towels." C.J.: "Coconut oil?" C.J. says she doesn't feel beholden to him, and wants her necklace. Sam objects, "Why not? I saved your life!" Sam gives her the necklace and she smiles gratefully. Sam says he'll be in his office. As he's walking away, C.J. asks if he was scared. Sam admits he was; C.J. says she was too. She says, "Thanks," again. You know, I hate to rag on Aaron Sorkin for such a great episode and God knows he doesn't give us much to complain about, but I really think I would have done this differently. I think it would have been better just to have Sam leave the necklace on her desk when she was out and for her just to wonder who pushed her down and who picked up her necklace, and just have this warm feeling knowing that the people around her are looking out for her. I just don't feel like the whole thing with Sam pushing her down and her eventually figuring it out has advanced the storyline or the characters in any significant way. Since the show is typically so excellent, I'm going to assume that there was stuff lost in editing the show down. I can't help feeling like Sorkin meant for there to be more to this subplot. Anyway, C.J. enters the press briefing room with its clamour and cameras flashing and begins to give an update.
Episode Report CardDeborah: A | 1101 USERS: B-
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