Seth doesn't find it funny, though. "Oh, you think this is a joke? You think I won't publicly condemn a member of my party?" Toby calmly points out, "The President's not a member of your party. He's the leader of your party. And if you think demonizing people who are trying to govern responsibly is the way to protect our liberal base, then, speaking as a liberal, go to bed, would you, please?" Gillette pauses a moment and then accuses him, "You're running to the right on the environment." Toby says, "We admonished environmental terrorism." Seth: "Please." Toby: "You're in favour of it?" Seth replies, "It was a cheap shot, and you lost a lot of friends that night." Toby says that they made more friends than they lost. Gillette continues rambling on, "and then you go on TV this morning with this ridiculous defense of a cop who kicked the crap out of a black kid 'cause you guys don't want to admit you screwed up in the vetting, and he never should have been invited in the first place!" He pauses a moment. "Seniors, environmentalists, African-Americans...you tell me which you think has a greater chance of happening: my reform bill getting passed, or the President getting re-elected without the three groups I just named?" Toby says, "You just named three groups that will never desert the President." Gillette: "Not unless I run a third-party candidate, no. Oh, those eighteen votes are looking a lot bigger now, aren't they, you patronizing son of a bitch?" He drops his fork and wipes his mouth with his napkin. Toby's completely unruffled; he's hardly blinked. Toby doesn't say anything for a bit and then he mentions, "I was just thinking about this cartoon I once saw. A bunch of tiny fish are swimming through the leaves of a plant, but then one of the fish realizes, it's not a plant, it's the tentacles of a predator, and the fish says, 'With friends like this, who needs anemones?'" Gillette looks at Toby with a mixture of puzzlement and hostility. Toby signs the cheque for breakfast and states, "Come at us from the left, and I'm gonna own your ass." Gillette says nothing as Toby grabs his coat and leaves.
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