C.J. is talking to a different boring DJ, who calls himself "Gary with a G." C.J. extricates herself from learning more about Gary, and introduces the Prez. Everyone (well, almost everyone, as we shall see) stands as the Prez strolls in. He charmingly says, "I wish I could spend more than a few minutes with you, but the polls don't close in the east for another hour, and there are plenty of election results left to falsify." Everyone chuckles. The Prez continues his prepared remarks, and stumbles as he notices Jenna Jacobs sitting in the crowd. He tries to regroup, but gives up and address her directly. First, he asks what her credentials are. Although she calls herself "Doctor Jacobs," she actually has a Ph.D in English literature. Hey, don't go slamming the English majors there, Prez! He says, "I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination." Let's just cut to the chase. Aaron Sorkin has seen fit to turn that e-mail spam mocking Dr. Laura into five minutes of dialogue. Not that Dr. Laura doesn't deserve mocking, but I'm having a hard time describing a conversation that I read in an e-mail several months ago as if it's fresh and new. Basically, the Prez notes that the Bible has a great many rules which we find laughable today, and suggests that less literal interpretations might be more productive. He concludes, "One last thing. While you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the ignorant tight-ass club, in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits." Dr. Jenna finally stands up. Props to Martin Sheen (like he needs it) for selling something that one-sided and manipulative. Thumbs down to Sorkin for touching on a lot of important issues in this episode and then taking the easy way out instead of really exploring them. The Prez calls over his shoulder to Toby and says, "That's how I beat him." He exits. Toby follows. Sam walks up to Dr. Jenna, who has a blue crab pin on her jacket, and says, "I'm just...gonna take that crab puff." Suiting the deed to the word, he snatches the hors d'oeuvre from her plate, and follows the Prez out the door.
Episode Report CardStrega: B | 490 USERS: B-
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