...where Joey and her interpreter Kenny are waiting for him. Josh greets them without wasting any time on social graces and immediately leads them off to the space where Joey's been assigned a desk. Chasing after Josh, who took off pretty quickly, Joey calls out to him, "Hey! My flight was fine, thank you." Josh explains that, like many men who, in their emotional immaturity and arrested states of social development, confuse rudeness with coolness, he's trying not to let on how much he's into her by acting aloof and business-like. Plus, he's certain that sort of behaviour really turns on straightforward women like her. Oh, sorry. My bad. Actually, he gives her some jazz about how they're "in a mode here" and should just do business. He adds, "Plus, this is the White House. I wouldn't expect candy and flowers on your arrival." Naturally, at that moment Margaret shows up with flowers and a message of welcome and support from Leo. It's a basket of carnations, by the way, which are flowers I happen to hate (I find them cheap and cheeseball, and utterly lacking in charm). Joey pretends to be pleased with them and as she's thanking Margaret for them, Margaret pleasantly asks if she had a good flight. Heh. Josh abruptly orders Margaret to go back to her office. Josh finishes giving her the tour of her little workspace and then, because he's almost as slow a learner as Mandy (maybe that's why they were attracted in the first place) he makes some inane comment about how he knows "women like to personalize their desks with flowers and plants and hand lotion" but he prefers things to be professional. Joey, naturally a little incredulous, asks, "Your staff likes to decorate their desks with hand lotion?" Josh replies, "Some of them might, and I'm saying that we don't do that on my side of the building." You tell her, Josh. What a doof. He mentions that he has to go back to a meeting and then he'll brief her. She gives him a way more charming smile than he deserves and says okay. Following him out into the hall, where a number of people are within earshot, she calls out to him (via Kenny, who must love interpreting stuff like this), "I'm not sleeping with Al Kiefer anymore." Josh's shoulders are practically touching his earlobes as he stops short and beckons her to get over closer to him. People are gawking in the background. He then cuts loose with this piece of eloquence: "This is a place where solemn work is done. This is a place...this is a place...let me say this: this is not a place where one's personal things....where things among people...this is not a place...let's...this is a place where work is done and nothing else." With some barely concealed amusement, Joey replies, "You bet." As he takes off again, she calls out, "Nice suit."
Episode Report CardDeborah: A- | 832 USERS: C+
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