Jed asks, "It's not good for a person to keep setting goals?" Stanley says, "It probably is, but it's tricky for someone who's still trying to get his father to stop hitting him." Jed's reply: "Well, I'm told that most men lead lives of quiet desperation." Stanley points out that Jed isn't most people, and that he's destined for other things. Jed allows, "I have abilities." Stanley acknowledges that now he has the opportunity to use them. Jed thinks he has. Stanley brings up the Lincoln Bedroom, and says, "This is a hell of a curve you get graded on now." Jed gives him a look. "Lincoln freed the slaves and won the Civil War. 'Thank you. Next! And what will you be singing for us today, Mr. Bartlet?' 'Well, we've had six straight quarters of economic growth.'" Jed says, "That's not easy." Stanley: "Okay." Jed repeats his statement. Stanley: "I believe you." Jed thinks he's made tough choices. Stanley: "I think Lincoln did what he thought was right, even though it meant losing half the country. I think you don't do what you think is right if it means losing Michigan's electoral votes." Jed's wondering to himself just when it became "Piss on POTUS" Week. Jed says evenly, "You don't know anything." Stanley says he'll be the first to admit that. Jed: "I'm not trying to get my father to like me." Stanley replies, "Good. 'Cause it's never, never gonna happen." He pauses briefly and says, "Look, we're done for the night." He gets up and starts to leave. Jed's all, "What?" Stanley states, "We've been here for two hours, it was a double session, we're done for the night." The whole thing is very reminiscent of the ending of Josh's session with Stanley, only without the drama. Jed has a stronger fallback than Josh's "I haven't told you my dreams yet!" He says, "Stanley, I hate to put it this way, but I'm me, and you're you, and we're done when I say we're done." Stanley begs to differ: "No. I think you could use some assistance right now, sir. Use me, don't use me, but all I can offer you is this: I'll be the only person -- in the world -- other than your family, who doesn't care that you're the President. Our time is up." Stanley leaves. Jed is left to ruminate on all this. He gets up, takes another cigarette from the box on the table -- which happens to rest in front of a picture of his father -- and he walks to the window and watches the rain as he smokes.
Episode Report CardDeborah: F | 604 USERS: C+
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