Everybody has a favorite Christmas movie. In that same vein, I have a favorite Thanksgiving television episode. The West Wing season two episode “Shibboleth.” It has several great plots running through it, one involving Chinese refugees seeking religious asylum and the White House staff having to determine if they are “feigning faith” to get in, or if they are true believers. Another involves the Press Secretary, CJ Craig having to choose between two turkeys, one of whom will be pardoned by the president, the other will be eaten within days. Having spent time with both turkeys, she wants neither to two and implores the president to pardon a second turkey.
Here’s the discussion on faith:
Here’s the turkey:
The whole show is on Netflix if you’d like to enjoy it. Happy Thanksgiving.