Mandy's still breathing down Toby's neck about the bear. Toby: "A panda bear to replace Dim Sum." Mandy: "Lum Lum." Toby: "You mean Hsing-Hsing?" Mandy: "Hsing-Hsing! That was his name." Wasn't the bear a she when Mandy was yapping to Josh about it? Whatever. Mandy starts to rattle on about how the Chinese gave the bear to the U.S. during the Nixon administration, which Toby knows, of course, and then Hsing-Hsing got lonely, so they sent a mate for the bear, and Mandy thinks that other bear's name was Ping. Toby corrects her; it was Ling. Then he thinks it may have been Ping. ["It was Ling-Ling, for the record." -- Strega] Anyway, Ping/Ling dies, and Hsing-Hsing mourns. Mandy: "For Hsing-Hsing, it seemed like the time was unendurable." Toby: "I know exactly how he felt." Mandy's oblivious, however, and continues rattling on about how Hsing-Hsing died earlier this year. She thinks it would be a good signal regarding how serious they are about their relationship with China if they asked them for another bear. Toby: "I think it would be a good idea, as a symbol, to signal that China is serious about a relationship with us, if they stopped running over their citizens with tanks." Toby still totally rocks, but I just can't overlook the cigars. He tells her to call the embassy and have them send over "a damn bear"; he doesn't get why this is a problem. Mandy points out that pandas are very rare and they only exist in China. Toby says they only need one; Mandy says they need two, because otherwise the first one will get lonely. Mandy adds that China's not inclined to give the U.S. gifts right now. Toby: "Then get us two regular bears, a bucket of black paint, a bucket of white paint, bam bam, next case." This made me laugh harder than anything in the whole episode. Mandy: "It's hard to believe the wildlife lobby was nervous about you." Toby: "I know, I'm Mr. Wildlife." She starts to say something else, but Toby yells "Mandy!" and she shuts up. He pauses for a bit before finally asking her why she thought he'd be interested in this. She tells him Josh sent her to him. Toby's mildly amused by this, and tells Mandy he's impressed with how much she's grown, because there was a time when, if she got played by Josh like this, she'd want to get back at him right away, and it's good to see her rise above that. She doesn't see how she's been played, but Toby explains that Josh used her to have some fun with him because Josh got saddled with the Breckenridge problem. Mandy's upset: "He played me?" Toby: "Like a two-dollar banjo." Mandy asks Toby to help her cause Josh pain. Toby thinks about this and agrees.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B+ | 658 USERS: C+
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