The shot changes to Josh watching C.J. on the television in his office, as one reporter asks whether the President is "declaring war on Congress." Josh mutters to himself, "Say it's a police action." C.J. responds that the President is not empowered to declare war, but he is in fact obligated to nominate federal agency directors, concluding, "I call it more of a police action." Josh chuckles to himself, saying, "How about that?" Donna comes in and announces that Toby wants Josh in his office; Josh wants to know what Toby wants, and Donna says it's about polling. Josh asks if Toby's bringing in Al Kiefer; Donna tells him to ask Toby. Josh wants to know why Donna can't tell him; she says it's because he's going there now and she's busy. He says, "Fine," and leaves in a bit of a huff. Donna chases after him and says that Toby's bringing in Kiefer. Josh wants to know if that's what Donna was afraid to tell him; she claims she wasn't afraid. Then she tells him that Kiefer wants to bring in a California expert, and Josh realizes she's talking about Joey Lucas. Josh acts cool and says it's no big deal, but of course it is. Josh and Donna blather for a bit about how he's a pro, and it's no big deal. As Josh enters the secretarial area outside Toby and Sam's offices, one of the secretaries (I think it's Ginger, but I can only hear her and not see her) says, "Rambo!" Josh responds, "You talkin' to me?" She continues, "Nice phone call!" Josh puts his hands up in the air in one of those sports-victory-like gestures of which I have no intuitive understanding, and announces to the room at large, "That's how we do things in New England, my friends!" One of the other secretaries (Bonnie, I think; I have a lot of trouble keeping the minor secretaries straight) says, "In Indiana, we're not allowed to talk like that." Ginger says, "In New Jersey, we encourage it." Josh goes into Sam's office, where Toby is standing over Sam as Sam types on his laptop. Toby asks Josh to hang on, while he comments on Sam's writing. "Good...that's good...okay...Sam?" Sam says, "Yeah?" Toby inquires, "You're going to come to a verb soon, right, Sam?" Sam, a little testily, says, "You know what this is called?" Toby: "Bad writing?" Sam: "Imagery." Toby replies, "Well, you say potato." Suddenly I'm extra-glad Toby doesn't stand over me while I write these recaps. ["Guess I don't need to mention my reaction to that idea." -- Strega] Toby tells Josh it's a big polling week and he's bringing in Kiefer. Josh points out that Toby's done a complete turnaround on Kiefer, but Toby disagrees, saying he still doesn't want Kiefer advising the President, he just wants Kiefer to bring them numbers. Josh argues that "advising people is what pollsters do." Toby says, "He'll do what I tell him to do." Josh lets it go, and mentions the issue of English as the national language. They know it's the first thing the opposition will fire at them as payback for the FEC nominations. Toby states that they "need Hispanics," and asks Josh if he knows what state has a large Hispanic population. Josh: "I wanna say Maine, but uh..." Sam smirks at Josh as Toby says, "California." Josh replies, "Damn, I was only off by a continent." Toby says Josh's name a little bit reproachfully and Josh insists, "It's fine! Bring her out here." Toby's a little skeptical but Josh maintains, "This isn't a 'thing.'" He says he only met her twice. Sam, who's looking extra-nerdy because he's got his tux jacket off and is wearing just a white shirt and a black bow tie, with his glasses on, points out, "Yeah, but one of those times she broke your heart! You know, the way women can do. The way they take your heart, and they throw it on the floor, and then they stomp on it in their big high heels." Issues, much, Sam? He continues, "She's a very beautiful and interesting woman, Josh. I can see how a lot of guys would go for her." He pauses, and then says, "You know, there's nothing at all I'm saying now of any value so I think the thing to do is, I should just keep writing." As Josh leaves, he says, "We had a good night." Toby agrees, and Josh adds, "C.J.'s doing good in there." We get a shot from above Toby's right shoulder, as he looks down at Sam's writing and says, "Any time you want to use punctuation, that'd be fine."
Episode Report CardDeborah: A- | 832 USERS: C+
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