K Street: Week 2 (2003)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama, Political Drama, Prime-Time Drama [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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James Carville joins Francisco Dupré (Roger G. Smith) at a Branford Marsalis concert. After the show, Marsalis discusses recent changes in the music business and the impact of Internet downloading, inspiring Carville to pitch the firm's services to the RIAA. Mary Matalin and the others decide it's a decent idea, and Dupré causes a stir when he leaves the room for a moment, and comes back to say he's set up a pitch meeting with the head of the RIAA. Now they have to come up with a PR campaign that could help curb music downloading. Friction erupts when Tommy (John Slattery) and a preoccupied Maggie (Mary McCormack) sit down with Francisco to discuss tactics. Maggie tells Tommy she needs to know who Francisco is. She refers to him as a "passive-aggressive whispering freak," and the two discuss having someone outside the firm investigate him. Maggie speaks with Senator Orrin Hatch about the downloading issue, and he mentions talking to Mary Bono about it, prompting Maggie to pitch TV producer Tamara Haddad a show on the issue. Haddad says she'll do it if Maggie can guarantee Bono's participation. Haddad also mentions hearing "on the street" that someone from the firm (namely Francisco) had a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Prince Bandar. Maggie files that information away and confronts a tight-lipped Francisco about it later. The firm hires a public opinion research firm to do a focus group on the issue of Internet downloading, and learns that the public doesn't see it as a serious crime. Maggie has a hostile run-in with a woman named Gail (Talia Balsam), and Tommy sporadically sees a mysterious woman in red (Jennice Fuentes) who vanishes as quickly as she appears. Representatives Mary Bono and David Dreier and Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz appear in the episode as themselves.