US Poet Laureate
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This episode is mainly about Bartlet's little conversation with an
anchor women from a Phillidephia News station. They are discussing being coming
an independent country for fuel, to stop drilling in the Middle East. It is
being discussed that they should tap Alaska, but they can't because it
drastically effects the ecosystem. After the interview Bartlet makes a comment
about Governor Ritchie. All hell breaks lose from this. The press is continuosly
bringing up this issue time and time again, which CJ handles excellently. The
rest of the staff is in safe-mode defending the President, saying it was an
honest mistake. The staff starts to realize that this is turning out to benefit
them, everyone is wondering "is Governor Ritchie smart enough to be
The show opens to Jed Bartlet being interviewed by Sunrise
Cincinati, Toby is with him along with the
camera crew. He is discusing
being an independent fuel country with morning talk shows. He moves
Philadelphia were he does another interview. He finishes, and like the first
interviews, he talks to the
anchor at the end of the interview off the air.
So far every anchor asks him about canidate Ritchie. This
woman says the
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Anchor Women: "You read the book?" (Ritchie's
Bartlet: "I'll read it when he does."
Anchor Women: "What's your
read on him so far?"
Bartlet: "I don't know, Leslie. I think we might
be talking about
a .22 calibre mind in a .357 magnum world."
Bartlet to Toby:"Who's
Toby: "You were hot."
Toby: "When you just said
that. You were hot. You were on the B-roll."
Elsewhere, Josh is obssed
with a newly discovered website devoted to himself, LemonLyman.com. He at first
thinks it's interesting that these people have taken an interest with politics
and wants to correct someone who posted to the site. He has Donna post a
message. Donna jokes: "and what Josh doesn't know is that some of these people
haven't taken there medicine." It begins to get out of hand, and was posted in
the Washington Post that he was posting on the site.
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assigning an intern from the press office to that website. There going to check
it every night
before they go home. If they discover you've been there, I'm
going to shove a mother board so far up your
"Technically I out-rank you."
CJ: "So far up your ass!"
Toby has a
meeting with newly named US Poet Laureate, Tabbitha Fortis. We know that Toby
has a crush on her, with his affixation with his tie before meeting
Toby: "Excuse me?" (Donna leaves) "Is this tie alright?"
Toby: "Does this necktie go with the jacket?"
Josh: "God, I
don't know Toby. Is it red of is it green?"
Toby: "Congradulations, you are
the hundreth person to make that joke."
He brings her back to his office
to discus anti-personal land mines. Toby says that we need the land mines
and uses the North Korean/South Korean border as an example. She says they
disagree, but Toby reminds her that there is a party in her honour and she can't
oppose this with the President in the room at a party hosted by the White House.
She says it's too bad they can't have the party.
CJ is still
trying to divert the press, and clear the Bartlet "mistake" from the press room.
She spends three days diverting this issue.
Leo is in the
Oval waiting for Bartlet, he is occupying himself with the glass balls on
Jed arrives and apolligizes for being late. They are
discussing the morning "incident".
(Charlie comes in to inform them CJ
is starting the briefing)
They wonder out into the reception area to watch
Leo: "Seriously the GOP's lining up a bunch of people for
Bartlet: "Calling me impolite?"
Leo: "I guess so. Anyway,
we have about 150 democrats ready to rebut. You have any special
Bartlet: "I don't know. I guess the biggest names."
You know what we'd do if were smart? We wouldn't send anybody.. We'd look so
not showing up. Let them whine by themselves."
Reporter 1: "CJ
was the president saying that Governor Ritchie isn't up to being the job of the
CJ: "The President didn't realize the camera was hot and he said
something he shouldn't have said. Something we all do from time to
Bartlet goes back into his office and we fade
out looking at the TV broadcasting CJ briefing.
back up to CJ's briefing in the pressroom. They are still discussing the Ritchie
However it's the next day. CJ is answering questions if the President
will or will not apologize. Then
a reporter brings up an interesting
question, that got a great answer from CJ. The reporter asks if
that several News stations are trying to get Ritchie's college transcript. She
says she doesn't.
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Reporter: "I guess my question is: Does the President feel college
transcripts are an accurate barometer
of a person's fitness to hold a high
CJ: "I've never asked him. But my guess is the President
feel's that a person's college transcript is an
accurate barometer of how a
person did in college."
CJ: "For the record: the president
graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with
a major in
American Studies and a Minor in Theology. He recieved a masters and a Doctorate
London School of Economics and an Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters
from Dartmouth University
were he was a tenured professor. I myself attend
Cal Berkley, go bears. Thank you very much I'll see you later."
see Sam watching CJ on a TV outside the briefing room. CJ joins him and they
once again discuss the "issue". Sam leaves with.
Sam: "By the way
my Princeton Tigers could whip your Cal Bears any day of the week."
Sam: "Logarithms, possibly."
Reporter: "CJ can
you tell us unvarnished if the President called Ritchie stupid?"
CJ: "Oh my
God, day three!"
This reminded me once again why I would never what
that job. CJ calls this unspinnable.
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The show finishes
with a brilliant scene with CJ and Bartlet.
Bartlet: "CJ?..I've been meaning
to tell you. You did really well this week with the open mike thing."
Bartlet: "Didn't turn out too bad."
CJ: "No, sir, it didn't
turn out too bad at all. In fact, the whole country's talking about
Ritchie's smart enough to be president. You didn't take a hit cause
it was an accident. You
know it occurs to me that even your choice of
language was interesting 'a .22 calibre mind in
a .357 magnum world.' That's
unusal for you, a gun metaphor. Toby mentioned to me that
when each interview
was over all the interviewers wanted to talk to you about Ritchie
took a pass each time. Until Phillidelphia. Mr. President, is it possible
saw that the green light was on?"
(Bartlet doesn't answer and
proceeds to the podium)
CJ: "That was Old School. Go knock'em dead."
This was an excellent episode. I suggest you watch it.