After the commercials, the Secret Service agents in charge of Zoey's safety are having a meeting. There sure are a lot of them. If I remember the head Secret Service guy's name right, it's Ron Something. I see the closed captioning refers to him as Butterfield, but I'm not typing that if I don't have to. Damn you Aaron Sorkin, with your fondness for long names! Let's go with "Ron." Ron is in charge of the meeting, and he's running down the status of various nutcases and crackpots who've threatened the Zoey's safety or committed other crimes, such as the guy who threatened to blow up the Smithsonian unless Zoey met him for a drink. ["They probably didn't take that one too seriously, since the Smithsonian consists of sixteen buildings, the National Zoo, and various affiliates." -- Strega] Ron mentions that they're adding some hate groups to the list: The Aryan White Resistance, The Christian Defence League, The World Church of the Creator, and Central New York White Pride. I wonder briefly if this list is casually referred to amongst agents as the "Dangerous Dumbasses" list; if it's not, it should be. ["Fun fact: In college I was friends with someone who'd gotten death threads from Matt Hale, now leader of the WCOTC." -- Strega] One of the agents, Mike, mentions that the Office of Protective Research has indicated that the most recent letters have been signed off with the slogan "Fourteen words." Ron asks if anyone can tell him what those fourteen words are; Gina knows, of course. You can just tell she was a total browner in school. It's "We must secure the existence of white people and a future for white children." As slogans go, that's both appallingly stupid and uninspiring. Gina goes on to mention that two death threats were received earlier that week, one against Zoey and one against Charlie. They were made with letters cut from a magazine which has been identified as Resistance magazine. Ron interjects that the magazine is aimed at recruiting younger people. Gina continues, indicating that the letters received repeatedly refer to the phrase "Following the voice of blood." (I predict we will hear that phrase again before season's end.) Ron seems puzzled and Gina explains that it's the name of the first record by a band called Graveland, apparently quite popular with the skinheads. Gina concludes by saying that she's fairly convinced that they should be looking for two fifteen-year-old boys. Ron agrees. Ron directs everyone to "hit the pictures" and see who looks familiar from the rope lines: "Remember, it could be anyone." As the meeting breaks up, C.J. arrives to speak to Gina about the frat party. Gina, however, is absolutely firm about the fact that she can't discuss the behaviour of her protectee. C.J.'s a little puzzled at Gina's unco-operative stance and explains that Zoey's not in trouble. Gina indicates that she's sorry, but she can't help C.J. because she won't be able to protect Zoey if Zoey feels like she has to do things behind Gina's back. C.J. accepts this and starts to leave; Gina adds that the thing with the reporter was fast and physical, and mentions that Zoey's nineteen years old and thought her father was in trouble. C.J. appreciates that and apologizes for asking Gina to overstep her bounds. As C.J.'s leaving, Gina asks if she wouldn't like to stay and have some coffee while she looks at pictures of teenage Nazis. There's an invitation that's hard to refuse.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B+ | 658 USERS: C+
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