Josh enters his office where Will's hanging around, saying that VPOTUS's speech to the Detroit Economic Club wasn't half bad. Will wants to talk about Russell's "presentation problem." Josh: "People agree with everything Russell says...." Will: "Until he says it." Josh says that the greatest sin in politics is to be bad on television. Which will explain a huge amount of what's wrong with politics, right there. Will wonders if Josh and Toby ever had presentation problems with POTUS. Josh: "First campaign, every speech was an eighteen-point plan for something or other." Will wonders what they did. Josh: "Gave him an eighteen-point plan to make his speeches snappier." Will: "Russell's instinct is to make fun of his blandness, salt his speeches with self-deprecating jokes." Josh: "Such as?" Will: "'Bob Russell is so dull, his Secret Service code name is Bob Russell.'" Josh smirks and says that's not bad. Will: "'Bob Russell's an inspiration to the millions of Americans who suffer from Dutch Elm disease.'" Josh says if he uses that, he's going to have a Sierra Club problem. Will: "That's where we used it." Josh says, "The problem is, telling people you're dull just removes all doubt. Russell needs to confound expectations, do something to really shock the party faithful." Frink suggests: "Be found in panties." I don't think that will do it, myself. Josh: "And I may have something...about Gaines...." Will asks if Toby met with Gaines this morning. Apparently some Wall Street Journal reporter named Polk asked Will about it, and he said he had no idea: "For once in my life, I was telling the truth." Josh, seemingly attempting to sound knowledgeable: "Yeah, uh, that meeting was...let me get back to you about Russell." Will leaves.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B- | 539 USERS: C+
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