West Wing
The Crackpots And These Women

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The Crackpots And These Women

Josh enters the kitchen and sneaks up on Zoey, who is stirring the chili. They exchange jokes so that we understand that they've known each other for a while. Charlie enters, and Josh introduces him to Zoey. When Charlie says, "Pleased to meet you, ma'am," Josh points out, "This is a girl, Charlie, you don't have to call her ma'am." Charlie apologizes, and seems flustered. Will romance bloom between these two adorable kids? Charlie says he was sent in to make sure that Zoey didn't add any cumin to the chili. Zoey makes Charlie taste the chili, and Charlie suggests that it needs oregano. "Let's get to work," says Zoey.

C.J. is asking Leo and the Prez if they can build schools and protect wildlife. Leo asks, "Pluie really got to you, huh?" Josh joins the group as C.J. leaves. The Prez then tells Josh, "Nothing makes me feel quite so good as the sight of colleagues enjoying each other outside work." My impression that for politicos in D.C., there is no such thing as "outside work," but we'll let the Prez have his little illusions. Then Leo says, "We can't get over these women." The Prez says that C.J. is "like a 50s movie star," which is wrong, because she's more like a 40s movie star, which is much cooler.

Leo points out Mandy, arguing with Toby, and says "Mandy's already won her battle with the President, the game's over. But she's not done. She wants Toby." Again with the sexual innuendo? If Toby sleeps with Mandy, I'll cry. ["If Toby sleeps with C.J., though, that's okay." -- Wing Chun] The Prez mentions that Mrs. Landingham "lost two sons in Vietnam. What would make her want to serve her country is beyond me." As they move on to discussing the secretaries, Josh interrupts to clear his conscience. He says, "I serve at the pleasure of the President, and it's a great privilege." Then he takes out the NSC card and says, "I can't keep this. I think it's a white flag of surrender. I want to be a comfort to my friends in tragedy, and I want to be able to celebrate with them in triumph. And for all the times in between, I just want to be able to look them in the eye." He turns back to the party, and the Prez wraps an arm around his shoulder in an approving gesture.

Charlie and Zoey signal the Prez, who asks for everyone's attention. He says that the chili is ready and that "since I told you [that] you would enjoy it, I am reasonably certain that you will." Chuckles all around, except from Toby. The Prez mentions that Zoey will be starting school in Georgetown, "prior to medical school and a life of celibacy." Josh comments, "Yeah, right!" The Prez pledges to provide a college education for anyone who wants it. Applause. Then the Prez turns to the meetings the staff had that day. "You all start out so cynical, but it never fails, by the end of the day there's always one or two converts." As C.J. laughs, the Prez suggests she'll be up all night writing a position paper about wildlife protection. The Prez says he doesn't mind paying for the highway, "It's the segregation. The ACLU is going to file a petition on behalf of some reindeer, and then we're all screwed." The Prez turns to Sam, and tells him that the mysterious UFO Bob mentioned was just an old Soviet satellite falling into the atmosphere. As "Ave Maria" starts up in the background, The Prez concludes by asking, "What will be the next thing that challenges us, Toby? That makes us go farther and work harder? Do you know that when smallpox was eradicated it was considered the single greatest humanitarian achievement of the twentieth century? Surely we can do it again, as we did in a time when our eyes looked toward the heavens, and with outstretched fingers, we touched the face of god." With a final toast to friends, absent and present, the show ends.

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