Jed then shouts over to Charlie by the door that Jed has been tapping his finger on his desk for over a minute now. Charlie looks worried that Jed truly has gone over the edge now. Jed explains that he had been trying to give Charlie a cue to give Jed a cue that there was a call. Maybe Jed should stop trying to be so damned clever all the time. Anyway, Jed answers a line on the speakerphone and asks for whom the person is holding. Of course, it's Molly Marillo, holding to speak to Donna. She has no idea that she was just talking to POTUS. Donna rushes over to talk to her. They chat. Mrs. Marillo hasn't heard from Donna in years. Donna had heard that Mrs. Marillo was retiring at the end of the year. Donna says she wanted to tell her...something...but she stumbles over the words and can't spit it out. Jed whispers at her to tell Mrs. Marillo where she is. Donna blurts out, "I'm in the Oval Office with the president of the United States, and it's because of you." There's a long pause. Maybe Mrs. Marillo thinks Donna's actually a nut case calling from an asylum. "What a thing to say!" Mrs. Marillo finally responds. "We're all so proud of you!" Jed, of course, has to horn in and introduce himself to ask some questions. "When you taught Beowulf, did you make the kids read it in the original Middle English, or did you use a translation?" Mrs. Marillo responds, "Actually, it was originally in Old English, you poor, pretentious excuse for an 'education president.' And I'm not voting for you again because now I have to pay $1,000 in taxes because of your 'rebate' that turned out to be a great, big lie." Okay, she doesn't, but only because she probably thinks it's bad manners to correct the president. She explains that she uses a translation. Bartlet calls that the "James Bond version," which seems appropriate given that he's wrong in both cases. He asks her what she's going to do with her retirement. She explains that she's going to travel with her husband. He encourages her to stay away from Elk Horn for a little while, and settles down for a chat about Twelfth Night.
Episode Report CardShack: A- | 789 USERS: C+
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