As they keep walking, POTUS asks Charlie, of the people he's been greeting all along the way, if he's gotten any of the names right so far. Charlie: "No sir, but you came damn close on a couple of them." They arrive at the press briefing room where most of the usual suspects are waiting for him. Mandy's there, too. C.J. takes charge and tells POTUS that this is a rehearsal for a town hall meeting that will be broadcast live on (Product Placement Alert!) MSNBC, and that Carol's going to act as the moderator, and that Carol will be sitting to his right, which is camera left. She adds that he'll have a pitcher of water and a drinking glass. Before she can go any further, POTUS says, "And when I speak I should stand facing the audience, right? You know how I know this, C.J.? Because I've done it two or three hundred thousand times before." He walks past her, using a file folder to tap her on the shoulder in a friendly way. He asks Sam, "Hey Sam, why didn't Columbia land last night?" Sam doesn't know; Jed suggests that he go ask Toby. Sam inquires, "Why would Toby know?" Jed replies, "His brother's on that flight." Sam is surprised to learn that Toby's brother is a payload specialist. Jed gleefully explains, "He's up there with four red-bellied Japanese newts. He wants to see how a newt's inner ears, which are remarkably similar to human's, are influenced by the absence of gravity. You know what he calls them, C.J.?" C.J., who's sitting close by, says, "Astronewts." Jed continues, "One hundred percent correct." Sam runs off to find Toby and Jed gets back to the rehearsal. Mandy starts to ask Jed a question but he interrupts and says seriously to C.J., "You say I have a pitcher of water and a drinking glass. And the water gets into the glass how?" She just gives him a weary look and walks away.
Episode Report CardDeborah: A | 730 USERS: B-
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