As Toby departs, there's a bit more turbulence. He goes back to his seat next to C.J., who asks what happened. Toby just shoots her a look; she knows. C.J. says, "They say something in the primary that forces us to the left so that we have to..." Toby interjects, "Is that how it works?" She says yes. Toby: "Tell me more, Obi-Wan." Hey! What kind of shout-out is that? Maybe not one at all. It would be so great if someone, particularly C.J., would call him Toby-Wan. Ah, maybe some other time. Toby thinks that since Jed's going to a college campus, it'd be a pretty good time to address the issue of affirmative action in admissions. C.J. says, "Yeah," in a slightly edgy way. Toby, getting that C.J. is peeved about something, finally asks, "What?" She says, "Your father didn't need affirmative action and neither did mine, and they were both children of immigrants." Um.... Toby asserts, "Your father needed the GI Bill, and so did mine." C.J., pre-emptively acknowledging her atypical attitude, says she's the wrong Democrat to talk to about this. Toby asks why. She hesitates and says, "'Cause...after my father fought in Korea, he became what this government begs every college graduate to become. He became a teacher, and he raised a family on a teacher's salary and he paid his taxes, and always crossed at the green. And any time there was an opportunity for career advancement, it took him an extra five years because invariably there was a less-qualified black woman in the picture, so...instead of retiring as superintendent of the Ohio Valley Union Free School District, he retired head of the math department at William Henry Harrison Junior High."
Episode Report CardDeborah: B | 750 USERS: B-
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