The next shot is C.J. arriving in a cab at her place, which is a pretty damn fabulous-looking place with a lovely pool. She notices an unfamiliar car in the driveway. She's carrying a box of her stuff and calls out as she goes through the gate to the pool area. "Hello?" Toby's voice says, "Hey, C.J." He's sitting on the far side of the pool and she can't see him because she isn't wearing her glasses or contacts. As she walks toward him, peering and guessing at his voice, she says, "Toby? What the hell are you..." Just then she walks too close to the edge of the pool and falls sideways into it. Okay, I saw that coming a mile away but it was still funny anyway. Toby states helpfully, "C.J., you fell into the pool, there." She yells that she can't see. He asks if she wants a hand. She tells him to shut up. As she flounders a bit, she says, "Avert your eyes." Toby's like, what? She explains that she's going to be get out of the pool in wet clingy clothes and repeats her request for Toby to avert his eyes. Toby finds this hugely amusing and chuckles heartily, "C.J., I really didn't come here..." She barks, "Avert your eyes!" Toby obligingly turns around. C.J. climbs out and tries to arrange herself but gives up and says, "Oh, turn around." As she slaps her drenched self up the steps to the pool house for a towel, Toby explains that he called her at work and was told she'd been fired. He asks, "Were you stealing things?" She glares and tells him about Roger dropping from third most powerful person in Hollywood to ninth. Toby says, "Does he still make the playoffs, or is the cutoff line..." C.J. says they (meaning Hollywood types) take it seriously. Toby tells her that Jed Bartlet is impressed with her for the work she did for "that girl's group with the stupid name." C.J. thinks and then and asks, "EMILY's List?" EMILY stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast ("it helps raise the dough"). It's an organization that helps raise money for pro-choice Democratic women candidates. C.J. seems annoyed with Toby's apparent ignorance or apathy and repeats the group's name, slogan and purpose a couple of time until Toby insists, "I really do get it." Toby tells her Bartlet is impressed and wants to bring her on as press secretary. C.J. looks at Toby carefully and asks, "He's never heard of me, has he?" Toby: "No." He admits that he was sent to get her by Leo McGarry. She seems impressed that McGarry wants her. She asks how much the position pays. Toby asks how much she was making before. She replies quickly, "Five hundred and fifty thousand a year." Toby: "This pays six hundred dollars a week." C.J.: "So this is less." Toby: "Yes." She asks whether Leo knows that she's never worked on a national campaign. Toby says, "Yes. It's graduation day." She wonders if Toby really thinks she can do this. He looks kind of embarrassed and says, "Yeah." I will cry big huge bitter tears if these two never get together. They have a ton of chemistry. C.J.: "Is Jed Bartlet a good man?" Toby averts his eyes (hee!) and says "yeah" quietly. C.J., reproachfully: "Toby..." He looks her right in the eye and says, "Yes." She suggests, as she starts walking toward the pool again, that they go in the house so she can change her clothes and they can talk about it. (Or you guys could just start planning your wedding. I'm just saying.) Toby warns her that she's walking in the wrong direction.
Episode Report CardDeborah: A | 1109 USERS: B-
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