Review of Inauguration, Part 1

Written by Toniann

I always have trouble spelling inauguration.

  • I'm a little unclear on how many Inaugural Balls there are, and the whole "different states" thing. And I've been Google searching about it for the past fifteen minutes, and it's a case of "too much information, and not what I need". Does it change for each president? Or are there always eight?

  • I was just getting into the spirit of the party -- ready to take Leo's advice and go get some punch and maybe some cheese -- and then we had to flash back for the rest of the episode! What a tease. We didn't even get to see Abbey's dress. Just kidding. I thought it was a great episode, actually. Except that two-parters frustrate the heck out of me.

  • Won't you stick around Will Bailey? I've kind of warmed to the guy, which I imagine is the idea. This was a good episode for him, and despite his belief that he's only going to be working for the White House for four more days or so, I think it's pretty likely he'll be sticking around a lot longer. And that's okay. Plus, with him, we get Elsie Snuffin -- "I'm not comfortable, but I don't know if it's because of the name." Go Winnie.

  • I think my favorite moment of this episode was when Toby explained the "rubber ball" technique to Will. Because when you've got a system that works that well, you keep it.

  • Let me just say that as a librarian and archivist, I thought the whole Bible subplot was funny, but I can't speak for the rest of the audience. I've got a number of Bibles as big as the Jonathan Edwards one in our collection and, yeah, they're really too darn heavy for Abbey to hold up. I'm also a little sympathetic about the Bartlet Bible needing climate control for storage, but if you can't take it out for a spin every once in awhile, where's the fun in that?

  • Mr. Cravenly. Snicker.

  • I'm not sure what's going on with CJ and Danny, but I'm enjoying it, that's for sure.

  • What *is* that French guy's name? Jean Pierre? Jean Claude? Jean Paul? Really? Oy vay. I'm with Charlie on that one. Nice bit with him and Josh ("Are we gonna be together on this?") as Josh continues obsessing about Donna and her love life.

  • Donna. Well, we've got about half the story -- I think I can see where it's leading but -- we might as well wait for next week & see. Having said that, I think that in this episode, Josh's jealousy about Jack Reese (and there's really no other word for it) got in the way of him talking it out more with Donna. In other words, this situation is obviously headed for disaster, and someone needed to head Donna off at the pass, and Josh is the obvious choice but he's got too much conflicting stuff going on about her (and Jack Reese's bladder discipline) to do it. But we'll see.

  • If the Chief Justice starts writing memos and rulings in haiku, then they should get worried. Otherwise, I think it's sort of quirky and educational. :)

  • Who's the Gilbert & Sullivan fan on this shindig of a show, huh? Though this reference (which was Bartlet saying to Will, about his father Tom Bailey, "He was the very model of a modern Major General", which is from "Pirates of Penzance") in particular reminds me more of the scene in "Star Trek: Insurrection" than anything else.

    "Has Toby been taking his pants off again?"

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