Josh arrives at Santos's office. As he waits in the reception area, he hears Santos debating caps on punitive damages with a couple of aides. Santos seems to be arguing both sides, and all at once he calls out to Josh and involves him in the debate. In all of this, there's a head-to-toe shot of Jimmy Smits in profile, and I have to say, the man is still looking mighty fine. I'm taking book on how many episodes it will be before we get a scene set in the locker room of the Congressional gym. I'm praying it won't be long. However, I do have to comment on Smits's accent. The character is supposed to be from Houston (where I used to live), and every once in a while I hear a touch of Texas in his speech. But at least 90\% of the time he sounds exactly like he did on NYPD Blue. It's distracting. Josh just jumps in and asks him why he's not running. Santos chides him for not making small talk: "You're not going to ask me about my kids?" Josh: "How are your kids?" Santos: "They don't recognize me. 'Who's that man hugging mommy?'" Josh asks him how he can walk away, and who will work for a patients' bill of rights if he leaves. Santos tells Josh that when he was Mayor of Houston, they opened eight neighborhood health clinics that see two hundred patients a day, and that he wants to go back and open twenty more: "That's not a health-care agenda, Josh. That's health care." Josh hints that Santos is planning to run for governor, and he denies it. Santos tells him that while Josh loves the political fight, Santos himself can't stand it. Josh accuses Santos of hurting the party: "We don't have a lot of bench strength in Texas." Au contraire, mon frère. Houston itself is a very Democratic city, and I can only assume that Santos is elected from one of the safe Democratic congressional districts that includes much of the city proper. I mean, any city that sends Sheila Jackson Lee to Congress is not going to send a Republican there any time soon. Santos leaves, calling out to an aide to get Josh a copy of the talking points on the patients' bill of rights. Josh has hearts in his eyes. There should be violins playing in the background. I think that as much as everyone wants Josh and Donna to get together, it's too late -- he has a new love now.
Episode Report CardLTG: A | 655 USERS: B-
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