If I were a better TV Clubber Classic (TV Club Classicker?), I would use today's entry to kick off a seven-part series on the deadly sins as expressed by NewsRadio. But since it's just me, I'll settle for devoting this post to Vanity and hoping that somehow the other deadly sins will come up before Season 3 is over.
Why else would Bill join a gym other than his vanity? I'll grant you that this motivation is never spelled out in "Trainer," but since the alternative is the cynical view that Bill joins a gym so that guest star Ben Stiller can have something to do, you'll forgive me for preferring my version. Then there's Mr. James' desire not to embarrass himself in front of President Clinton by using the wrong fork -- or worse. ("I've cut millions off of deals by eating baked beans with my hands," he asserts to explain the origins of his bad table manners.) And Dave's vanity -- okay, his desire not to be branded as a spy by the neighborhood five-year-olds or the newsroom staff -- leads him to hide his Canadian origins.