"The Poet Laureate"
Episode Airdate 03/27/02
"I think you've gone around the bend."
You know how you're
a Type-A personality? Yes, you…with the cell phone, PDA, pager, family,
recreational activities, business affairs, personal affairs, drug habit,
etc. Do you ever have a slow day? One of those days when all cylinders
aren't firing? When you come into work, instead of initiating a corporate
raid, firing the accounting and marketing department, demanding more
stock options, having lunch with politicos, and calling your "special
friend" to say that your 2:30 and 4:30 "meetings" have to be rescheduled,
you decide instead to just write three plot lines instead of seven for
this weeks television show that you write, direct, produce, and created.
I know the feeling.
Sometimes I get out of bed at 11am instead of 10am and I don't go to
Taco Bell until 2pm or 3pm just because I feel a little lazy.
I like to call
this show a breather. There wasn't so much going on that you didn't
have time to catch your breath. But it was a nice change of pace. A
little kooky, a little wacky, a little politic-y.
The West Wing has
brought us terrific cameos from delightfully well-placed actors. John
Larroquette as the White House Counsel wielding a baseball bat followed
by the even better Oliver Platt as his replacement (BRING BACK MORE
BANTER BETWEEN HIM AND THE FIRST LADY!) come immediately to mind.
This week was no
exception. Laura Dern as a folksy, left-winger Poet laureate…wow, what
a perfectly harmonious character placement. Unfortunately, her character
and storyline suffered from a day when Sorkin wasn't at his best. She
wasn't developed well and her story went nowhere. Coming in all idealistic
with dreams of being the savior of the anti-landmine treaty, yet we
had no idea where she came from, who she was, nor what had created her
passions. Yes, we got some clue to her land mine fetish late in the
episode, but it was pedantic and expected.
We also never found
out what drove Toby so madly head over heels for her in such a school-boyish
way. Big missed opportunity there for developing Toby's character and
for creating a potentially interesting recurring character in the form
of an artistic voice and a love interest for Baldy.
That however was
the only sore point of the episode.
Can I please say
this now…PLEASE? WE GOT TO SEE AINSLEY! She came in from her shortened
vacation, still dragging her luggage (with big red hearts on it), and
she was perfectly flippant and whiney. Then later in the episode, she
had that wonderfully flattering plum colored suit on and her long blond
hair was soooo beautiful as it flowed around her body. That hair….mmmm.
Her shower drain is so lucky.
Sam, always the
wordsmith, referred to Ainsley as being "…slightly to the left of the
Kaiser." Okay, she's conservative, but what's so great about her, and
what makes me love her so much, is that she's independently conservative.
She doesn't even pander to her own party. She has personal feelings
and convictions that aren't based on any platform and she's both willing
and able to back them up with truth and dignity. She stands out conservatively.
I like that. I wish more people could say why they believe what they
are told they think they should believe.
Oh, and when did
she get a new office? She's not in the basement anymore. Did I miss
something several episodes back? Damned TiVo. (all opinions expressed
are those of the author and not necessarily those of the editor who
would gladly pander for a free TiVo. - Derek)
I'm not even going
to talk about Josh and Donna sparing over the nutballs on LemonLymon.com
except to note that the "dictatorial leader who wears a mu-mu and chain
smokes parliament cigarettes" sounds remarkably like one of my editors
(Michael Goodson). (That one is not opinion, that's fact. - Derek)
The last line.
Where CJ confronts
the POTUS about whether he knew the green light was on or not?
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