Best of the web: May 21, 2016by Fiona Rae
Actress Allison Janney appears as White House press secretary; and what cats get up to at night time.
THE COMEBACK: The wonderful Allison Janney revisited her previous life as White House press secretary CJ Cregg in The West Wing when she turned up unannounced at a White House press briefing recently. She joked about real White House press secretary Josh Earnest being out with a root canal, a reference to when CJ needed emergency dental work, and also that she would be performing The Jackal in her office at 5pm, which CJ had been known to do. She had a serious purpose being there, of course. For old times’ sake, here’s The Jackal.
CATS! Now that we have your attention, at last a scientific explanation for their weird behaviour. In this animated TED-Ed video, Ohio State University professor Tony Buffington explains that cats, like all of us, are just going with their evolutionary programming. We haven’t featured cats for a while, so here’s a video of what cats get up to at night. It’s just one long party, apparently.
SVOD HIGHLIGHT: What’s good in subscription video on demand. London Spy on Netflix is an achingly sad love story, a scary spy thriller and a comment on state overreach. Brilliant Ben Whishaw is the naive Londoner whose only superpower is his intuition.
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