I followed every twist and turn of The West Wing, but sometimes this show confuses me. Questions from Sunday’s episode:
What made Doug change his mind about his mother running for President? When he leaked it to Berg, he said the family couldn’t take another run and that Berg should leak the story before she announced, thus killing Elaine’s chances. But last night, he said his dream was to be Chief of Staff and he was begging Berg not to run the story because it would kill Elaine’s chances!
When did Georgia catch on to Elaine’s plan? Last time we saw her (and we were reminded in the “Last time on Political Animals” recap), she was fighting about a story on DC busing. Instead, she gets an interview with Ann and ambushes her into admitting Elaine is running.
I don’t get the Chinese sub plot (no pun intended). We get three scenes with Elaine and Garcetti:
Elaine: You should save the Chinese sailors.
Garcetti: Look into it.
Elaine: The Chinese won’t save them, so we should do it.
Elaine: I’m going to resign and run against you. But first, I want you to save the Chinese sailors and get all the credit here at home while dishonoring the Chinese after they specifically told us not to.
Garcetti: OK. I should fire you on the spot, but instead, I’m going to give in to your demands and get all the credit right before you announce your resignation, which will seem to come out of nowhere to the public, since now we’re working together on saving the sailors.
All right, that last bit was editorializing. Still, does anyone have any insight into this? I honestly don’t understand either character’s motives in that last scene.