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.
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.