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West Wing Wednesday: The State Dinner

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Season 1 Episode 7: The State Dinner

what went down:
- potential that we'll actually see the first lady? and she'll be wearing manolo blahniks? yes please. 
- hurricane Sara is heading for the greater Georgia area, people are going on strike, a farmhouse in Idaho has some crazy cult action going down and will be taken by force soon but mostly people are interested in the buckle on the first lady's manolos. oh and also the state dinner is for the President of Indonesia. 
- the strike is over two-tier hiring. the staff is split over the fairness of the issue. 
- Mandy takes the lead on the Idaho standoff. we all cringe because we hate Mandy and she'll probably eff it up.
- Toby and Sam have to work together on the toast. Toby has a chip on his shoulder about it. 
- secret plans are going down with Toby and Josh. i'm interested because i think Josh is fabulous. 
- Leo tightens the reins on some negotiations. 
- Mandy discovers that the raid thing in Idaho is going to be PR disaster because the US sold the illegal weapon in question. she remains headstrong and insists she knows best. i'm not convinced because i hate her. 
- Sam is more concerned with how the prosty is dressed than the fact that he's with a prosty in broad daylight and some cheesy college cafe. but i can't blame him because she's wearing a denim jacket and pink sunglasses on her head. also, i predict she'll be someone's date for the state dinner. 
- potus takes Mandy's idea for getting the crazies out of the house in Idaho. 
- YOU GUYS. Charlie's family is missing in GA from the hurricane. :( (edit: this is not resolved in the episode)
- Mandy looks like a turd in a wig in that gaudy evening dress. all the dudes look fabulous. so does CJ.
- there's some translation issues and it's a huge oversight. i have a sincerely hard time believing that the state department would overlook the fact that there is no Indonesian language OR that the Indo-Pres wouldn't bring his own. 
- mrs. potus looks kinda white trashy. that being said, she seems to have her shit together and is aware of the happenings around the white house. 
- I WAS RIGHT about the prosty. lisa: 1 surprises: 0
- the hurricane is heading right for a cluster of ships off of a battle carrier fleet - 12,000 dudes or so. CJ and Leo decide to go to the party. 
- Mandy's idea tanked because the crazies shot the negotiator because they are CRAZY. as my husband would say, no doi. let's make that lisa: 2 surprises 0
- potus wants to talk to the battle carrier fleet and about the negotiator who was shot. but he has to go back to the party because he's the potus and all. anyway it's obviously weighing on his heart.
- Toby got TOLD from the statesman of Indonesia and was reminded that America systematically killed Native Americans so we have no room to talk re: genocide. point taken. 
- mrs. potus knows what the potus is up to and why. she later supports and encourages him while bringing him back down to earth. i kinda like her.
- Sam offers to pay prosty 10k to go home with him instead of the dude she came with. it was pathetic and sad. 
- potus goes to talk to someone from the fleet. JOSH AND MANDY ARE SNUGGLING IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM and i hate it so very much it's all i can look at until the camera zooms in far enough. and then the potus stays on the line the whole time with the fleet boy who is dying. it made me tear up a bit. 

what it means:
- we hear you loud and clear that The People only ever like to hear about FASHION and not about boring real news. 
- CJ is going to have a new romance and i'm so excited about it.
- Toby needs to let Sam write the speeches. particularly around being friendly.
- first lady knows the potus pretty well, so we may as well use her words as truth whenever they're spoken. 
- potus continues to have a big heart and the best of intentions. 

what i thought:
- i hate Josh's assistant. while i obviously don't approve of the Indonesians beheading of sorcerers (LOVE YOU RON WEASLEY), i don't like her chattering on and on about it. she's super obnoxious. also, Donna says later (after she EFFS UP HUGE) that Josh should remember all the things she does right. which is NOTHING so i hope she gets canned soon. 
- Mandy is jonesing on Josh something hard. i dislike it a lot. 
- "i can't figure out how someone like him can win an election. then i remember that we usually rig the election." - potus/the voice of truth
- Toby writes on legal pad. Sam writes on an apple laptop. thanks, Mr. Sorkin, for reminding us that Toby = old school and Sam = new age and they need each other for balance. 
- CJ and Danny (press dude) flirting was adorable. 
- as mrs. potus said, Jed (potus) is a man with a big brain, a kind heart, and an ego the size of Montana. i am loving him so so so sooooo much.
- closing shot is Leo. who even knows. 

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

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