So this rocking good party progresses as the staff actually plays party games except for Gary who plays chess against Lettie Mae, and Will, Jim and their surprisingly reedy tenors are singing Sunshine. Interesting choice. I know it has some (inadvertent?) Vietnam connections but I’m surprised Sorkin would pluck a song out of the early 70s and it wasn’t Heart of Gold. A sledgehammer title and an iconoclastic artist should ping every one of Sorkin’s self- important impulses. Or Peace Train since Cat Stevens is Muslim. This just came off like two douches with guitars.
Oh, god…Will’s holding up a bag of pot cookies and explaining to Neal and his girlfriend Kaley, WHO BROUGHT THEM, that he only wants them for medicinal reasons. She could not care less but Will still justifies why he wanted them. Ya know, when you’re AARP-aged and getting your blogger’s girlfriend to commit petty crimes on your behalf at a party with your boss, justifying yourself to the 20-something who scored the pot for you is the least of your worries.
Since no one else will blow smoke up his ass, Will’s doing it himself and trying to impress the kiddies by letting Neal and Kaley know that he’s such a medical marvel he’s totally unaffected by the booze, vicodin and two pot brownies that he’s already ingested. He says it all like he’s the nerd at the party who has a girlfriend, really. She just lives in Canada.
I’m an asshole.
The party continues on in its tedious way and Mackenzie gets all fluttery about someone named Mike Tapley emailing her that he’s “available if she wants to call him,” and asks Charlie if that’s how you “ask someone out.” He continues to mope around the party and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the call and not because Mackenzie is a moron. Then Kaley decides she needs to have Neal read her twitter update and learns from the Rock that we killed bin Laden. Except he says it all cryptic and stuff.
Jim, the guy who still has a fax machine, sneaks off to Will’s bedroom to watch a baseball game on his computer so Maggie can come in and pee all over him and mark him as her territory just in time for Lisa to call and plagiarize the Stones by trying to make “It’s a gas” happen without crediting them. Jim the musician pretends he doesn’t already know it from Jumping Jack Flashbecause he likes to have sex with her. This leads to proclamations of love (sorta) between them and Maggie’s big old moonface starts getting purple with rage because she’s the Sookie and Sookie will not be ignored.
I don’t remember approving this development.
Maggie goes off on a wobble and Jim indulges her and admits that he only said it because Lisa said it first. This only leads Maggie to demand that Jim break up with Lisa at the party, after getting off some cheap shots at Lisa’s expense, because Maggie’s a strident, mean and petty person and wants to punish her roommate. But Jim has bigger fish to fry. He, too, got the email from Mike Tapley that he’s available, but unlike Mackenzie he knows that Tapley’s a national security analyst so the email wasn’t asking for a date. Jim switches into producer mode and asks Maggie to do some follow up while Maggie remains in strident mode, telling Jim not to “take a tone” before calling him “American Gigolo” and why hasn’t she been fired yet?
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