Sunday 11:57 PM. It's snowing. POTUS is in his office, staring out his window, holding his rosary and fingering it in what appears to be an absent-minded way. There is a montage of black-and-white images superimposed: A man strapped down; the faces of people associated with carrying out the execution; an elderly woman also holding a rosary. Charlie interrupts this reverie and brings in Father Cavanaugh, played by Karl Malden. Jed embraces the priest and excuses Charlie. Father Cavanaugh apologizes for being unable to get there any sooner, and asks to be shown around the room. He's disappointed that there's no red phone with a direct line to the Kremlin, and that all Jed does is tell someone to get the Kremlin on the phone. Father Cavanaugh confesses he doesn't know how to address POTUS: Would he prefer "Jed" or "Mr. President"? POTUS explains that he prefers Mr. President, but not because it's an ego boost; rather, it helps him to make the difficult decisions that he must make in that room if he thinks of himself as representing the office, not the man.
Episode Report CardDeborah: D | 753 USERS: B
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