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There is a laundry list of things I need to do, the least being watching the West Wing episode "The Women of Qumar" (season 3, episode 9). But I was reading West Wing quotes on wikiquote and I think I finally found the place where I last watched.

But now that I'm watching, I definitely remember watching this episode.

Mary Louise Parker is absolutely amazing.


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Feb. 1st, 2006 09:30 am (UTC)
I fucking LOVE The Women of Qumar episode. It's the one where CJ totally freaks out, in that cool classy way, when one of the reporters asks her an opinion question, right? In the press room? And she fuckin' kicks his ass hardcore? Dude. (Also: If you can't self-promote, self-pity whine to a friend, who'd be happy to give you a laundry list of the blush-inducing reasons why we know you'd be perfect to be a boss.)
Feb. 1st, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
No, she doesn't freak out in the press room, but she talks to the WWII Veterans and compares Cambodia to the Nazis, and then later, before she goes to meet the press, she has the following exchange with Nancy (that always chokes me up):

C.J.: How about instead of suggesting that we sell the guns to them, suggesting that we shoot
the guns at them? And by the way, not to change the subject, but how are we supposed to
have any moral credibility when we talk about gun control and making sure that guns don't
get in the hands of the wrong people? God, Nancy! What the hell are we defining as the
right people?
C.J.: The point is that Apartheid was an East Hampton clambake compared to what we laughingly refer
to as the life these women lead. And if we had sold M1-A1s to South Africa fifteen years ago,
you'd have set the building on fire. Thank God we never needed to refuel in Johannesburg!
NANCY: It's a big world, C.J. And everybody has guns, and I'm doing the best I can.
C.J." They're beating the women, Nancy.
Feb. 1st, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)

If you could actually give me a few reasons why I would be a good site director, I would appreciate it. I wrote my letter, but it sucks terribly.
Feb. 1st, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
A. I remember the episode, now that you mention it. There was another time though damn it where one of the press core guys was like And how do you feel?, and CJ was like, ::kicks their asses with caustic truthful sarcasm::.

B. Site Director stuff: You deal well with parents, you're good at planning and strategies, you're always on time / early, you know how to talk to children and other staff people, you're funny but you still can exert authority, you can come up with ways to waste time or amuse children even when it's raining. You lay down the laws and can lead a group without making anyone feel inferior, and you are always open to suggestions for how to make something better. You take on responsibility well and you're glad to share it, but you won't push off your responsibilities onto someone else out of laziness. Need more? ;)
Feb. 2nd, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
You're thinking of "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" (I think).

CJ: Outraged? I'm barely surprised. This is a country where women aren't allowed to drive a car. They're not allowed to be in the company of any man other than a close relative. They're required to adhere to a dress code that would make a Maryknoll nun look like Malibu Barbie. They beheaded a hundred and twenty-one people last year for robbery, rape, and drug trafficking. They have no free press, no elected government, no political parties. And the Royal Family allows the Religious Police to travel in groups of six carrying nightsticks and they freely and publicly beat women. But 'Brutus is an honorable man.' Seventeen schoolgirls were forced to burn alive because they weren't wearing the proper clothing. Am I outraged? No... That is Saudi Arabia, our partners in peace.

And thank you so much! I'm definitely revising my letter to the Park District to include...probably all of that. I didn't have anything other than being able to communicate with children and keeping staff motivated. I just dragged it out for a while...it's pathetic. You rock, I love you.
Feb. 2nd, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
Eureka! That is in indeed the rant to which I was referring! (Did you see my proper sentence structure? All for you, babe, all for you.) One of my favorite episodes is "Isaac and Ishmael" from Season 3.

Glad to help out with the Park District thing. That is what friends are for, after all.
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