West Wing
War Crimes

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Deborah: B | 1 USERS: B+
In For A Penny, In For A Pound

Charlie, Jed, and Abby have arrived at the Oval Office now. Abby carries on, "'Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church, and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in...' something." I'm guessing she's more or less paraphrasing throughout this scene, because I just checked more than six versions of Ephesians 5 and can't find this exact combination of words. Jed supplies, "'In splendour.' And I have no problem with Ephesians. And any time you want me to cleanse you with the washing of water, you know I'm up for it." I take it these two have patched things up sufficiently. Abby asks, "Then what is your problem?" Jed bursts out, "Hackery! This guy was a hack! He had a captive audience and the way I know that is that I tried to tunnel out of there several times. He had an audience and he didn't know what to do with it."

Jed and Abby walk out onto the portico. Charlie follows. Abby asks, "You want him to sing 'Volare'?" Jed says it couldn't have hurt: "Words! Words, when spoken out loud for the sake of performance, are music." I feel a lecture about oratory coming on. "They have rhythm and pitch and timbre and volume. These are the properties of music, and music has the ability to find us and move us and lift us up in ways that literal meaning can't. Do you see?" Yup, there it is. Abby accuses him, "You are an oratorical snob." Jed: "Yes, I am, and God loves me for it." Abby says, "You said He was sending you to hell." Jed replies: "For other stuff. Not for this. You can't just trot out Ephesians -- which he blew, by the way. It has nothing to do with husbands and wives. It's all of us. St. Paul begins the passage, 'Be subject to one another out of reverence to Christ.' Be subject to one another. In this day and age of twenty-four-hour cable crap devoted to feeding the voyeuristic gluttony of the American public hooked on a bad soap opera that's passing itself off as important...don't you think you might be able to find some relevance in Verse 21?" Is his gripe with Abby or the priest? "How do we end the cycle? 'Be subject to one another.'" Abby: "So. This is about you." Jed's all, "No, it's not about me. Well, yes, it is about me, but tomorrow it'll be about somebody else. We'll watch Larry King and see who. All hacks off the stage right now! That's a national security order." Frankly, while I like some of the gist of Ephesians 5, and I do believe I understand the chapter, I don't see its particular relevance to Jed's situation, or to the problem of the American public's voyeuristic gluttony. Abby announces that she's going to go take a bath and "turn on Sinatra." George Bur-- I mean, "Jed" says, "How does Mrs. Sinatra feel about that?" Well, since she's a widow, she probably isn't too concerned. Gracie says, "Peace be with you." Jed starts singing. I kid you not. "You make me egg foo yung...You make me feel there are songs to be sung..."

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