Abby arrives in the First Bedroom, where Jed is waiting for her, reading Poultry Fixings for the Presidential Soul. She's still in her wheelchair. A Secret Service guy is pushing the wheelchair. Abby says, "You summoned me?" Jed says he's sorry about that, and that he's also sorry about the fact that they're going to have to change plans. He tells her that they're going to have dinner at the White House, and that he's got Charlie calling everyone. I'll bet René will be real jazzed about that. Jed explains that he's seen some staggering polling information indicating that people are looking for steadiness, a father figure, and that they like it when he's in the White House. Abby asks, "You can't be a father figure at Camp David?" Jed guesses not. Abby says, "This is ridiculous. You can't change plans on people on the eleventh hour." Jed says it's no problem. Abby insists that it is, because when he's in the White House, all kinds of employees have to be there, and now they can't go home. Jed, blasé: "It's their job!" Abby: "It's Thanksgiving!" Jed says he's got polling numbers. Abby says, "Which say Camp David is fine." He slams his book shut with a boom, tears his glasses off, sits up, and cries, "J'accuse!" Abby: "Oh, brother." Jed: "J'accuse, mon petit fromage!" As he stands up, Abby says, "You speak four languages: how come none of them is French?" He insists that nothing's wrong with his French. Abby: "You just called me your 'little cheese!'" Jed defensively says, "That's right!" Abby says, "They came to me. They said, 'What do you think about having Thanksgiving at Camp David instead of New Hampshire?' They told me why. I said, 'Fine.'" Jed asks what part she's leaving out now. Abby: "The part where I lied to you." Jed: "Yes!" He hisses the "S." Abby says, "Yes, I do that sometimes. Sometimes I don't want to go fifteen rounds on Bess Truman and what constitutes a farm! On your behalf, I have responded to polling information telling me what I should wear, and what I should say, to say nothing of the fact that I have been subpoenaed to answer questions before Congress on how I secretly kept you alive! So explain to me now how what I did was out of line." Jed gently says, "You know what? It was." Abby says, "I know." How is it that her transgressions always seems to come off worse than his? Jed sits down next to her. He mentions that the ingredients for stuffing have to be cooked before they're put in the turkey: "And you're not gonna know whether I did or not." Abby responds, "I'll do what I always do with anything you cook. I'll wait for the girls to eat it first." Jed says, "Me too." Neither of them are quite smiling, but at least they don't look annoyed with each other.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B- | 620 USERS: C+
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