Carol informs C.J. that the guy from the Argentine Embassy has arrived. C.J. tells Carol to see if he has anything they can announce. She breezily informs C.J. that she'll want to ask him herself. She walks out as Felipe Hartmano (tm Gustave) walks in, looking extremely polished and handsome, and says hello. It's very hard to suppress the impulse to tell her to run. Speaking of 24, don't you think Allison Janney and Kiefer Sutherland would be a hot couple? C.J. doesn't look up but keeps flipping through her papers, blithering about shooting fish in a barrel and "cabbage import penetration talks" while Felipe waits quietly and patiently. She finally looks up and notices how suave and stylin' he is and loses her train of thought. He says, "There is no agreement. There is only mutual respect." She further blithers a response, having gone into shyly flirtatious mode. Felipe asks, "Do you like cabbage?" Frink: "'Only when I eat it off your stomach.'" She grins and shrugs: "Not so much, really." But she could obviously be convinced. She adds, "On occasion...I see the appeal." Felipe nods, like a man who knows a lot of secrets about cabbage. C.J., all smiles: "Been a while since I've tried it, actually." Felipe says, "You are a...a woman." C.J.: "And no news there, either, though at this point I'm willing to go with it." I would love to see the press briefing where C.J. announces that she is a biological woman. ["Well, she is really tall...." -- Wing Chun] I suspect that this is supposed to make us think that Felipe assumed that "C.J. Cregg" must be a man. They just stare and smile at each other until Carol tells C.J. that the press is waiting in the briefing room. C.J.reaches out to thank Felipe and shake his hand, and he finally introduces himself as "Carlos Carrio." He kisses C.J.'s hand instead of shaking it. He thanks her and leaves. C.J. says quietly to herself: "Thank you...for whatever it was that was." Carol comes in and snaps her fingers to interrupt C.J.'s reverie: "How come you wanted all that press guidance on ethanol?" C.J. snaps to and says it's because she's about to get hammered on Social Security. She hustles to the briefing, telling Carol, "If I tug on my left ear, create a diversion."
Episode Report CardDeborah: B- | 539 USERS: C+
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