Just outside the Oval Office, C.J. runs into Josh, who appears to have been waiting there for her. He asks how she's doing; she says, "I'm done, baby." She kind of jazzily struts over to him, gently snapping her fingers. Well, she recovered quickly. As she walks over, she rapidly announces all the things she's done: set up a meeting, did a briefing, pardoned the turkey, and went to the dentist. They walk together as Josh says, "So there are these two Indians in the lobby..." Before we go much further, let me just tell you, I made a little bet with myself when I found out that the title of this episode had changed from the originally publicized "The Butterball Hotline," to "The Indians in the Lobby." The bet was that we would hear the phrase "Indians in the lobby" repeated at least five times in this episode, per the trend lately on this show to repeat certain phrases and dialogue to an annoying degree. My final tally was five and half, not counting the title. The half was for a reference to "Indians sitting in the lobby." So I won the bet. I should have bet something good. Also, I might as well just get this out of the way, since I'm going to have to hear it over and over: I am one of those people who finds it annoying that we're still (how many centuries after Columbus?) referring to aboriginal North Americans as "Indians." I don't think it's simply a matter of the dreaded "political correctness" to refer to them as native peoples, aboriginal peoples, peoples of the First Nations, etc. It's more accurate, and it emphasizes the political, geographical, legal, and social bases for their land claims and efforts to rectify the numerous and egregious injustices done them by European explorers and settlers. Plus, since I'm married to an actual Indian, it's tiresome and annoying to have to use silly expressions like "East Indian" in order to accurately convey his ancestry when the topic comes up. It's more than a little ridiculous to have to qualify the descent of someone whose parents and ancestors for several generations are actually from India.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B- | 620 USERS: C+
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