But it's too late, because here comes C.J. to open a can of whoop-ass, jump down from the top ropes, and give Josh the People's Elbow. She strides in and tells Josh that somebody from the federal pages of The Washington Post has called Carol to confirm that Josh posted on a message board that the White House could order a GAO report of anything it wants. Josh -- realizing that he's about to be in big, big trouble -- meekly adds the part about "without threatening the separation of powers." C.J.'s not biting. She's incredulous that Josh is posting on a website. He explains to her that the site is a crazy place: "It's got this dictatorial leader who I'm sure wears a muumuu and chain-smokes Parliaments." C.J. angrily interrupts him to ask him what he was doing there in the first place. He explains that it was called LemonLyman.com. C.J. reminds him that dealing with the public is her field and goes on to trash the website, pointing out that all the people involved are crazy. She gives this huge speech comparing it to the plot of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, with the moderator in the role of Nurse Ratched and Josh in the role of McMurphy, and though Allison Janney's delivery is wonderful, I'm not going to justify the gross overgeneralization of web communities with a full recap. She concludes by telling Josh that she's going to assign an intern to check the site every day to make sure Josh never posts again, and promises that, if he does, "[she'll] shove a motherboard so far up [his] ass..." Josh tries to point out that he outranks C.J. She shouts, "SO FAR UP YOUR ASS!" Josh is cowed. C.J. calms down and asks him if he's ready for the press conference. He is. They head out.
Today's lesson: people who post on websites are crazy. Yeah, plenty are, and God knows I certainly feel that way sometimes, but the level of generalization is ridiculous compared to the level of detail we find in other plots on this show (accurate or not). And you may or may not decide to be offended by it. But whether or not you do, keep in mind here that the point of this storyline was not about Josh getting in over his head and getting into trouble. The storyline was about Josh embarrassing and demeaning himself by talking to people who are wholly incapable of being reasonable. In other words, Aaron Sorkin is not laughing with you.