West Wing
Inauguration, Part I

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A Thoroughly Unimportant Country

POTUS runs into Josh, who tells him, "It's leaked." POTUS wants to know how much. Josh says they know there's a restatement of foreign objectives, and that committee chairmen haven't been consulted, and that a lot changed overnight. Jed says they'll find out all about it in forty-one minutes. But you won't, because this is a two-part episode, so don't get any big ideas. Jed says he has a problem. Josh: "Well, you're about to propose the most massive shift in foreign policy since the Marshall Plan and it's going to be wildly unpopular." Jed: "All right: two problems." Jed explains that he doesn't have a Bible because he kept changing his mind all week about which one to use, and then he picked one but there was some problem with the New York Freemasons, which he doesn't have time to explain. Jed says Charlie's off somewhere hunting up a Bible. Josh says there's nothing saying he has to be sworn in on a Bible: "You can be sworn in on a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue." What's the oath for that: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the right of Americans to purchase and salivate over glossy magazines featuring Heidi Klum and her girls in tiny scraps of spandex"? Jed wonders if Josh thinks that's a good idea. Josh doesn't. Except he totally does and he's just afraid to tell Jed. Josh says he'll go find Charlie. He tells Jed, "We're right next to you, sir. Knock 'em all down." Jed: "Thank you, son." Man, that is some hideous green and gold paint scheme on the walls in here. No doubt it's correct for the period or something, but it is godawful to look at.

Josh runs into Leo, who says, "Nice suit." Josh asks Leo what happened to Jack Reese. You remember Sparky, right? Donna's gomer du jour? He's in this episode more than anybody...except not. Leo explains that he was asked to provide a Force Depletion Report regarding Kundu for POTUS on the QT. And Hutchinson found out, for which Leo takes the blame. But he adds, "Which doesn't excuse..." Josh says he doesn't excuse it. Leo: "I don't know how she could do that, I really don't...I mean, I don't want to talk about it now, but do you suppose her timing could have been any worse?" Josh says he told her that in no uncertain terms. Well, we have to be talking about Donna. What'd she do now? Leo's going to be telling her, too. Josh says she knows. Leo's happy to hear it. Josh says she's not here and he doesn't think she's coming. He says he'll find out where Charlie is.

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