After Leo and Hoynes leave, POTUS calls Charlie in for the next contestant on Win President Bartlet's Approval. Charlie escorts Donna in. First, Donna has to survive the trivia round. Bartlet tells Donna to explain to Josh that General Pulaski was a Polish general who fought the Russians and Prussians, then came to the colonies to command the U.S. Cavalry during the American Revolution. Donna promises to do so, and turns to leave, thinking that's the only reason why he called her in. Well, he is that weird. But it turns out that's not all. POTUS explains that Josh put together a memo about Molly Marillo, detailing that she used to have her students come over to her house on weekends during the '60s to read Twelfth Night, because the play had been banned by the superintendent for unknown reasons. He probably thought it encouraged too much freethinking and had veiled references opposing the Vietnam War. ["Some posters have mentioned on the forums that it was banned due to its portrayal of cross-dressing and technical homosexuality. The main thread of the play involves a young woman, Viola, who dresses as a boy; another character, Olivia, not knowing Viola is a woman in drag, falls in love with her. But, you know, it's a comedy, so everyone is unmasked by the end and it's hardly immoral or subversive. Anyway." -- Wing Chun] Donna is shocked that Josh wrote a memo for her. When did he find the time to do the research? I guess he didn't go back to the meeting after all. Jed further reads that Mrs. Marillo also came in two hours early to teach an AP English course that she developed herself because the school didn't offer it. If the school didn't offer the course officially, then did the students get college credit for the class, and if not, what's the point of that? Donna says that she was in one of those classes. Jed tells Donna that Mrs. Marillo sounds like a woman deserving of a presidential proclamation, but lets her down that he can't because it's too much like "inside baseball." Donna is very polite and understanding about it all.
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