West Wing
The Crackpots And These Women

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The Crackpots And These Women

Mandy brings up the fund-raiser while the Prez pages through the Post. Toby nixes going to Posner's, "because twenty-four hours earlier the President is going to give a speech to the entertainment industry on violence in film and television." Sam mentions that he doesn't think the Prez should even give that speech. Toby says that the point is that Larry Posner's movies are incredibly violent. "So is The Godfather," offers Sam. "What you mean to say is Larry Posner's movies are incredibly bad." Toby, squeezing his hands together nervously, says that Posner's movies are excessively violent and dehumanizing, and concludes, "I don't see how we can denounce Hollywood on a Tuesday and cash their check on a Wednesday. How can we do that?" The Prez answers "'Cause it's Hollywood; who gives a damn?" See, that's funny, because it's Martin Sheen. Toby asks if they are giving this speech because they believe the entertainment industry needs to provide moral leadership, or "because nobody ever lost an election attacking Hollywood?" The Prez asks, very sincerely, "Why can't we do both?" He goes on to say, "It's not that Larry Posner's movies have gratuitous sex and gratuitous violence. It's that they suck. They're terrible. But people go to see them because they have gratuitous sex and gratuitous violence. Now, if we could just get people to stop going to see crappy movies, Posner would stop making them, I promise you." C.J. and I chuckle together. ["I think 'Larry Posner' is code for 'Jerry Bruckheimer,' and if it's not, it should be." -- Wing Chun] Toby suddenly pulls a one-eighty and says that if he was in the entertainment industry and someone started giving him "lists of things that were American and un-American, I'd start to think that this was sounding eerily familiar." The Prez looms into the camera and asks if he looks like Joe McCarthy. Toby says "Nobody ever looks like Joe McCarthy; that's how they get in the door in the first place." C.J. suggests that they've wandered off the topic a bit, and Leo ends the meeting.

Sam asks Josh if he's okay, but Josh brushes it off. Cathy, who I take it is Sam's secretary, tells Sam that she ate his doughnut, and then informs him that the UFO Bob mentioned is still out there. Sam heads into his office, and Josh closes the door behind them. Josh starts out by asking Sam if he's close with Cathy. Sam answers, "I haven't seen her naked, if that's what you're asking." I can't help noting that it is possible to have sex while dressed. Hmm. Josh asks Sam how he felt when they gave him "the card" and didn't give Cathy one. Sam doesn't know what he's talking about. When he realizes that Sam didn't get a card either, Josh stammers a bit and then leaves. Josh, why don't you talk to Leo about it? Leo knows you have a card, so you won't be making any faux pas with him.

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