So, we've met the main characters, and the next shot is one of those ultra-long continuous shots like in that Spice Girls video, only this time it's taking place in the White House, which would actually be a pretty cool set for a Spice Girls video, if you think about it. Anyway, the camera's following Leo around as he goes in and out of rooms and down hallways and stuff, and I must say the camera work is pretty impressive, not to mention the sets.
And before I go on, I'm going to say that I'm deliberately not going to describe what people are wearing, because the wardrobe is so damn boring, I think my eyeballs started to bleed. I mean, if everything I've heard about Washington is true, then the ubiquitous dark suits that everyone's sporting are spot-on, but still. So, unless I specifically state otherwise, you can assume that the person I'm discussing is wearing a navy suit. Or you can take a walk on the wild side and imagine that the suit is grey.
And another thing, let me just say that you couldn't pay me enough money to have these people's jobs. I need my sleep, dammit.
At one point in his trek, Leo encounters a youngish woman named Donna, who looks a lot like a blonde Shelley Duvall, which kind of freaks me out because Shelley Duvall is one of those people who make me feel weird just looking at them. Donna's all, "Is he in yet?" obviously referring to the President and being nosy, which Leo is deflecting, and it's clear that she's supposed to be the smart-and-sassy comic relief chick in this show, and all I can say is, at least she's not a redhead. In addition to being the White House's token sass-meister, Donna is also Josh's assistant.
Then Leo encounters Josh, and they're talking about a bunch of Cubans who are trying to smuggle themselves into the country in fishing boats, which Josh says is a charitable word for what they're travelling in, when a more accurate word is "rafts" or even "fruit baskets." Josh suggests that they report that there may be drug smuggling involved so that they can justify going out "to search them with guns and blankets." From this, we are to understand that Josh is a Caring Person. Then Leo upbraids Josh for going off on the Religious Right while on some political debate show that may or may not exist in real life. We're to understand that Josh has upset the delicate relationship the Prez has with religious fundamentalists by upsetting Reverend Al Caldwell, and his associates John Van Dyke and Mary Marsh.
Then Leo goes into the Oval Office, where he upsets the Prez's secretary by pointing out that "Your president is a klutz," which apparently is not an appropriate thing to say in the Oval Office. I note this for future reference. Leo heads back down the hall.