West Wing
In This White House

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In This White House

As he heads back to the Oval Office, the Prez tells an undoubtedly fascinated Leo about dwarf wheat, which has a shorter stalk so that the weight of the grains don't pull it down. "Was it a hybrid?" Leo asks. The Prez hates not knowing answers, so he snaps, "What am I, Farmer Bob? It was wheat, and there was more than there used to be." He again insists that they should hire Ainsley. Leo says he won't, "'cause this is one of those things you're excited about after breakfast, that you forget you told me to do by lunch." The Prez disagrees, and says, "As hard as you might try, the Republican Party isn't going anywhere." Leo says, "They could all end up moving to Vancouver." He adds, "Being in power means everybody else can take a seat for four years." Charlie walks in and brings the Prez his coffee. The Prez tells Charlie that he wants to hire a conservative Republican, and asks, "Do you think I should do it?" Charlie looks at Leo for a moment and answers, "Absolutely, Mr. President. 'Cause I'm told that theirs is the party of inclusion." Bwah ha ha! Leo points out, "Charlie just made a joke to you in the Oval Office. That's how bad an idea it is." He goes on to say that "it's not an uninteresting notion, let's just do it in a more high-profile place. Put a Republican in the cabinet." The Prez takes his glasses off and says, "We might do that, Leo. A hundred million Republicans; we might hire as many as two of them. But for now, hire this girl." Leo asks what he should hire her for, and the Prez suggests putting her in the White House Counsel's Office. Next, Leo asks, "What if she doesn't want to work here?" The Prez instructs Leo to appeal to her sense of duty. He adds, "Smooth it over with the staff. Really, I don't want to hear from them." Leo notes that Ainsley could do his job, and the Prez agrees. As Leo exits, the Prez addresses Charlie: "When they close the book on me and you, it will say that at this moment you were not there for me, and for that, obviously, there'll be some kind of punishment." Charlie smiles, "Well, you could sing Puccini for me again, Mr. President. We'll call it even." And the final score is Charlie 1, Bartlet 0.

I think it's safe to assume that when Aaron Sorkin's at home, he wears sports clothes and hangs out with close friends who frequently drop in uninvited to use his television. That certainly seems to be how all of his characters behave when they're not at work. So, Ainsley's at home, wearing a baseball-uniform shirt and fussing with her caller ID while her friends watch the highlights of Capital Beat on her VCR. Ainsley asks if they know how to "work" caller ID. Don't you just plug it in? Stock female friend tells her to figure it out, "because Bruce's friend is gonna call you." Well, all she really has to do is answer the phone when that happens; the caller ID isn't going to make a difference. Ainsley says that she doesn't need an agent. Her friend disagrees, "You're gonna be a star." Bruce (I'm assuming) adds, "You're gonna get a lot of work ripping these people to shreds, and lookin' good doing it." "That's an actual job now?" Ainsley wonders. Ainsley has apparently been living in a cave for the past twenty years. The phone rings. Ainsley looks at her instructions and says, "I push this button..." and does so. Did she find this thing in somebody's trash? You have to push a button to make it work every time? She looks at the display and reads, "202-456-1414." The woman asks if it's the agent, and Ainsley says sadly, "It's the White House." She knows this because the White House has the only number in the United States that doesn't start with a 555 prefix. During the commercials, feel free to call that number and say hi. It won't go in your FBI file. Not that you have one. I'm just kidding. Maybe.

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