Toby's at lunch with a couple of guys who are ordering lunch with a level of fussiness that you can tell makes Toby want to punch them. These would be Fox and Fowler. No idea which is which. Fussbudget #2 states that he doesn't want his squash soup puréed with cream or butter: "In fact, does it even have to be puréed?" "Fellas," Toby says, "it's puréed squash. If it's not puréed, it's just squash." Fussbudget #2 finally finishes his order. Toby orders a New York steak and ginger ale; when the waiter tries to ask how he'd like his meat done, she doesn't even get the words out before Toby says, "Just cook it." That accomplished, they turn to the business at hand. Fox and Fowler ask whether the rumours they're hearing are true. They mention that their boss and everybody's bosses are all off fishing in the Florida Keys, or skiing in Jackson Hole, or whatever. Toby echoes my sentiments: "It'd really tear the President up inside to bring them back, but I want to talk about if he should." Fussbudget #1 says their boss will vote no. They say that it's because of the voters in their state. Toby says that 82\% of voters want the Test Ban Treaty. The Brothers Fussbudget insist that's not true in their state. Toby rants about the 82\% of voters who want it, in addition to the 150 nations who want it, which include Russia, China, France, Great Britain ("four countries you don't often see on the same side of the ball"). Fussbudget #1 says, "Fine, I'll get North Korea, India, and Pakistan aboard and we'll have a ball game." They ask if he's checked his backyard. Long story short, they inform him that he doesn't have the votes he thinks he has; they've lost someone. It's news to Toby, but they won't tell him who changed his or her mind, they just tell him to make his calls. The waiter comes back to clarify the Fussbudgets' order, and Toby leaves the table without saying anything.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B- | 758 USERS: C+
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