Leo is drumming his fingers on his desk and looking around his office for something heavy he could use to club Ainsley over the head and get her to stop talking. Ainsley is explaining that her entire family tree is made up entirely of Republicans, and that she herself was a Young Republican. Leo heavily says, "Even if you hadn't already told me all of this, you know, many, many times, I would know it anyway, 'cause I have this FBI file." Poor, poor Leo. Naturally, this just gives Ainsley a new subject to latch on to, since she's surprised to hear that she has an FBI file. She finally declares, "I loathe almost everything you believe in." She stands up, and Leo asks where she's going. She explains that she's just standing up, "which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world." Leo says, "Well, you go, girl," which is funny, yet weird. Headed for her grand finale, Ainsley says, "I find this administration [to be] smug and patronizing, and under the impression that those who disagree with them are less than they are, and with [sic] colder hearts." When Leo disagrees, Ainsley asks, "How many people on your staff assumed that I was ambitious, mean, and stupid?" She's clearly an egomaniac, at least, if she thinks Leo would know or care what each member of the staff thinks of her. Also, is being called "ambitious" really insulting? Anyway, Leo says that no one on the staff thinks of her that way. He pauses, and adds, "C.J. Cregg thinks you kill your pets. You don't do that, do you?" Ainsley says that she doesn't, and that she doesn't actually have any pets, and that comes dangerously close to setting her off on another stream of consciousness, but she pulls herself out at the last moment. Leo asks if she wants to work in the White House. "Oh, only since I was two," she says, and then asks, "It has to be this White House?" Leo explains, "The President likes smart people who disagree with him. He wants to hear from you. The President's asking you to serve, and everything else is crap." He tells her to think about it and come back at 6:00 the next day and give him her decision. As he shows her out, he discovers that Margaret is still lurking by the door. Margaret, if you're gonna eavesdrop, at least have the sense to leave when the conversation is clearly drawing to a close.
Episode Report CardStrega: B- | 431 USERS: C+
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