Over in the Press Room, some rap music is playing and everyone is cheering C.J. on. Toby is cruising around the room, puffing away on a big fat cigar. Sadly, I must now inform you all that Toby can no longer be my boyfriend, as I cannot endure tobacco smoke. I knew Richard Schiff smoked the stogies, but I was hoping Toby didn't. Strega, Wing, he's all yours. ["Sold!" -- Strega] ["D'oh! That's what I get for not editing this before Strega saw it. I hate cigar smoke too, but I can make exceptions." -- Wing Chun] C.J. is doing a very funny job of lip-synching to the song, "The Jackal" which is about a "fat black cat" with a "Ph.D in street strife." You get the idea. The routine is punctuated by Allison Janney's great laugh, which I know I have mentioned before, but it bears repeating. Allison Janney has a fantastic laugh, and I'd trade a kidney for it. She's bringing down the house. Josh ambles over to Toby and starts to tell him about the Breckenridge problem, which only serves to annoy Toby. "You're talking to me during 'The Jackal'? Never talk to me during 'The Jackal.'" Josh gets the message and goes back to mildly grooving to the music. We get to see a bit more of C.J., and then Sam arrives, and mentions to Leo that Mallory read his position paper. Leo wonders aloud about how Mallory got the paper, and Sam indicates that he knows Leo gave it to her. Leo tells Sam, "I don't mind you dating my only daughter but you can't expect me not to have some fun along the way." Sam protests that he and Mallory haven't even actually been on a date yet. Leo says with a straight face, "Well, you hang in there, son,." and then goes back to smiling at C.J.'s performance. Toby blows smoke rings, serving only to further gross me out. We get a shot of Sam doing some feeble white-boy hip-hop gesturing. I'm thinking it's a good thing this Breckenridge dude isn't at this party. Everyone applauds and cheers as C.J. finishes up with another laugh.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B+ | 665 USERS: C+
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