Josh points out that the CWA is the reason Bartlet was elected, which is probably a bit of a stretch, and Jed reminds him that the CWA would certainly be no better off with a Republican who would support free trade and be even worse about it. Jed tells one of his usual dry-ass historical anecdotes about a great ruler who brought everyone down to the sea and commanded that the tide roll out, just so that people would understand that he couldn't do everything. Jed points out that presidents can't really make the economy do this or that, which is totally true and not said nearly often enough. Leo walks in behind Josh, and Jed says, "It's a lie. What we really owe that union is the truth." Josh goes back to his discomfort with the notion that they've been telling people free trade creates good jobs. Jed insists that it will, but that "it's not that simple." Josh looks miserable. Leo says he'll set up a call with Parsons. Unhappily, Josh gets up and leaves, as Jed comments that "it would be nice to roll back that tide." I would just point out that I said several episodes back that one of the three stories this show has is "Jed Learns That His Task Is Grave And Often Overwhelming," and that little parable would fit perfectly in any of the many, many episodes in which that has served as the theme. I'm telling you, I'm optimistic that if the show hangs around long enough, it's going to come up with a fourth plot. I mean, there are often three in an individual episode. Only having three total does require them to do a fair amount of repeating.
Episode Report CardMiss Alli: C | 730 USERS: B-
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