Commander in Chief: First... Do No Harm
Oh. My. God. Couldn't they have at least come up with some funny First Gentlemen putdowns for the fake late-night talk show? Pricked his finger on a rose thorn? Secretary of Making Breakfast? Oh, come on. That's not the tiniest bit funny. And certainly not worth fighting over in the school yard. It's major cliché time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this week. And I'm sorry to say the only part I liked about this episode were the firings. Oh, the firings, and the excellent shot of Geena Davis in that black pantsuit as she watches her husband and daughter drive off for trick-or-treating fun. It's the best outfit she's worn (and that grey flannel thing? who are these costume people? that suit looked like pajamas. ick).
We had two excellent firings today, both rather predictable, both for behavior so sorry, so ludicrously insubordinate, well - it was a little insulting to women in general.
The press secretary (yeah, the one I lurve) is upstaged by her assistant, the guy she used to respect. He clearly never respected her and goes on a poorly-played drunk rampage (in which he doesn't seem even the slightest bit drunk, more like, I have to get through this childish insult scene so I can collect my final paycheck). He pulls the "Hah-vahd" card. He pulls the "I'm a man and therefore I'm better than you" card. He finally pulls the sexual insult card, at which point I must admit I would have been far less pulled-together than was the press secretary. She fires him, simply, then reminds him she went to Princeton. He didn't know that after working with her forever? What-ever. I would have fired him when he butted in during the press conference. Highly unprofessional, not to mention dangerous.
The other firing, of the woman who's out to torture the terrorist, is also coming from a mile away. Umm, I know this is partisan and all, but who goes into meetings with the President - among all her friends and during a national crisis - and whines about what a terrible job she's doing? She acted the way I'd expect, well, one of my former employees at the direct mail company to have acted. One of my 19-year-old employees, that is. Not someone who's in a position requiring extreme security clearances and vetting by Congress. I can't believe Mac waits until the end of the show to fire her. She was so terribly patronizing - not a smart career move, hon.
There was a lot of patronization going on this week. For instance, the deliciously evil Nathan Templeton was not delicious or satisfyingly evil this week. He was only a patronizing bastard. "Good girl," he says to his female staffers. The way he simpers at the president - barf. Hate him! And not in that most excellent villainous way - no, this week I just hate him.
Finally? Enough with the resume-dropping. "I've done over 200
interrogations," says Mac. If anything's unpresidential, it's that. I
understand the need for setup, but couldn't someone else have mentioned
her interrogation background? I respect her already. I like her. And I still like this show. But this episode... enough with the clichés.