Review of Guns not Butter

Written by Toniann

  • I never really got the gist of the title.

  • Is Rob Lowe gone from the main titles? For some reason, I thought we'd see Sam Seaborn once more, I don't know, maybe when he won his election.

  • For an opening sequence, Josh's scene was kind of a dud. I mean, it certainly didn't compare to the time he and Sam started a fire in the White House and Charlie had to wake up the president. The quip about Harding's mistress (I think it was Harding) getting pregnant in the Republican cloakroom was funny, but that's about it.

  • Commercial break: as we all know, I'm easily amused, but that "It's fun to eat at 4:30 PM" Diet Dr. Pepper commercial cracked me up.

  • Jean Paul, Jean Claude, whatever his name is, he's pretty obnoxious. He always ignores the president, huh? I can see why Bartlet doesn't like him. I don't like him. And I don't think he's *that* handsome.

  • While we're on the subject, I thought that Charlie & the president had a nice episode. I liked that Charlie had a minor screw up and obviously felt bad about it, but knew he could tell Bartlet the truth and that he would understand. I also liked the joking about his breakup with Zoey. And obviously I'm on Charlie's side too, but I gotta tell you, I've never known a girl who got back together with the guy her father liked instead of the guy she wanted. It tends to have a negative effect, that parental approval thing.

  • You know who else had a good episode: Donna. She really did do good work. That envelope trick at the airport, that was nice. And the staking out in the kitchen thing. Plus everything she said to Josh. Mostly, though, I just liked what she said to that other assistant, Ellen, about how her boss has never asked her to hide him from something. That was classy. But I have to confess, what I really want to know is when exactly Josh asked her to dress up as a German cocktail waitress. Is there film on that?

  • And I can't help mentioning Bartlet's thing to Josh: "You want to be the guy the guy counts on." Talk about a very apt description.

  • I kind of figured that the president wouldn't be doing that open-air, out-in-the-sunlight without a canopy thing anymore, but I guess not.

  • That Hoebuck guy looked distractingly like the guy who played Bill Scully on the X-Files. On the other hand, this isn't the first time I've thought some secondary character looked like the guy who played Bill Scully -- I thought it about the lawyer who knew Sam and was trying to get the guy a presidential pardon from being executed -- I can't remember the name of the episode. The one where Toby goes to temple and the guy's talked to his rabbi. Anyhow, it probably wasn't him, it's just that generic military-type guy look.

  • Speaking of, where's Christian Slater?

  • I never thought of them as the Temptations before, but somehow, it worked. Why is Josh "Maxine", by the way?

  • Well, if the First Lady got me drunk and took me shopping, I'd probably end up agreeing to a photo-op with a goat too, so I'm not going to hold it against Claudia Jean. Besides, that group shot at the end was worth it.

    "It's a photo op with a cow, Sir. It's not a sit-down."

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