Back in the President's private study, Jed's built a fire and is poking it a bit as Stanley says, "Well, that takes care of lifestyle factors. What about environmental factors?" Jed replies, "Like what?" Stanley suggests: "Too much light in the room?" The members of the "More Light!" Brigade (the same people who are always wondering if it's just a media myth that GE owns NBC) double over laughing. I think we can rule that out. Extremes in room temperature? Jed says no, but I think you might want to check the microclimate around Abby now and then. Stanley then confirms that it's not noise in the room preventing Jed from sleeping. Stanley asks how much sleep Jed normally gets; Jed states that it's four or five hours. And that's probably on a good night. Stanley says they've covered physical, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Stanley says, "That leaves us with..." Jed deduces: "Psychological factors." Stanley agrees. Jed: "What were the odds?" Indeed. Did we really need all that preamble to get to this point? Couldn't all that have been ruled out with about ninety seconds of dialogue, if any, and couldn't the time have been used to get to the stuff about his father and his desperate need for approval and his murky and questionable motives for running again? Well, something to ponder during the commercials.
Episode Report CardDeborah: F | 598 USERS: C+
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