Donna hands Josh her six-page report on English as the national language, saying, "I gave you some good stuff on James Madison --" Josh interrupts, "James Madison? I didn't ask for a damn social studies paper!" Donna takes offense, "Look at the memo, I gave you what you asked for. Don't snap at me!" She starts to stomp off, whining, "What's wrong with everyone today?" Because it's all about Donna, folks, and don't you forget it. Josh finally apologizes, explaining, "I wasn't snapping at you. I didn't realize that you also gave me the stuff I asked for. I thought it was just... I thought you just gave me James Madison." Donna sniffs that the Madison information will help him. Josh finally makes it to the sanctuary of his office, only to discover Mandy lurking inside. She wants to know what the Madison stuff is about, so Josh explains about the FEC appointments and the threats of retaliation. A lot of this episode consists of various staff members telling each other things we already know. Mandy, whose hair is incredibly poofy, says that the Prez won't look good fighting against English as the national language. Josh responds, "I've been working here fourteen months, Mandy; tell me what else I should know." Mandy, slow to take a hint, decides to repeat her point in more detail: "You take an opposition to a flag burning amendment, school prayer, and gays in the military, you pile on 'no' to English as the national language, and they will paint a picture." The Bartlet administration is opposed to gays in the military? I'm confused. Josh is still uninterested in Mandy's advice, so she finally says, her voice quivering, "I'm just saying, it's my job to tell you that." Josh notes, "Today really isn't the best day for you to tell me what your job is." Mandy grumbles, "I wrote an op memo, Josh. You and I have written twenty of them." He asks, "You never heard of a burn bag?" Mandy says, "They got it off my hard disk." Who are "They?" If it's a vast right-wing conspiracy, I quit. Josh asks if Mandy knows who has it, and when she says she doesn't, he says, "Then there's not much you can do for us today." ["How does she know 'they' got it off her hard disk if she doesn't know who has it in the first place? She probably gave at least one copy to Lloyd Russell, and God knows who else." - deborah] Since she hasn't had her fill of abuse yet, Mandy goes back to complaining that the Prez shouldn't take a stand against English as the national language. Josh tells her, "Don't worry about it, it's not gonna happen. The President's not gonna nominate who he wants to the FEC." "Why not?" Mandy asks. Josh pauses for a moment, and finally answers, "Because that's not what we do." Mandy finally, blessedly, leaves.
Episode Report CardStrega: B | 800 USERS: C+
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