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Will Bailey (Character)
from "The West Wing" (1999)

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"The West Wing: Inauguration: Part 1 (#4.14)" (2003)
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Bryce Lilly: Are you rewriting the section?
Will Bailey: Yes, sir.
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Bryce Lilly: Dramatically?
Will Bailey: Well, I like to think I have a certain flair.

Will Bailey: You and Leo McGarry and Josh are his senior counselors. And it's not like he doesn't already want to go there.
Toby Ziegler: This language proposes a new doctrine for the use of force. That we use force whenever we see an injustice we want to correct. Like Mother Teresa with first strike capabilities.

President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet: Why is a Kundunese life worth less to me than an American life?
Will Bailey: I don't know, sir, but it is.

Toby Ziegler: I throw a rubber ball against the window; that means you come to me. As my frustration level grows, so does the velocity of the ball against the window.
Will Bailey: Don't you ever worry about the window breaking?
Toby Ziegler: During moments of peak frustration: when the Speaker of the House threatened to repeal the 16th Amendment, a couple of Yankee games, and when Congress censured my boss... but it's always held up, that window; that window is a game-day player.


"The West Wing: Inauguration: Part 2 - Over There (#4.15)" (2003)
Will Bailey: I heard once - I don't know if this is true - I heard once that you convinced the President to let you rewrite a section of the State of the Union with less than twenty-four hours to go. It was the second year and everybody was a Republican, whether they were or not, and people at the DNC had convinced him to include the line, 'The era of big government is over.' And you couldn't live with it. Because government should be a place where people come together and no one gets left behind. An instrument of good. And that's exactly what we heard in the State of the Union the next night.
Toby Ziegler: [scoffs] There were maybe four people in the room when I had that conversation.
Will Bailey: Well, if I'd have been one of them, I would have repeated it to everyone I met.

Josh Lyman: It's good cop, bad cop. I'm the good cop. The four of you are the bad cop. Will, what are you?
Will: The bad cop.
Josh Lyman: Danny, what are you?
Danny Concannon: The bad cop.
Josh Lyman: Toby, what are you?
Toby Ziegler: Hurry up.
Josh Lyman: Charlie, who are you?
Charlie Young: I love Zoey and I must have her back.
Josh Lyman: The bad cop, that's right.
Will: [to Charlie] That's great news about Zoey. I didn't meet her but I bet she's nice.
Charlie Young: Not really, but my love for her knows no bounds.
Danny Concannon: Charlie, aren't you cold without a coat?
Charlie Young: I took off my coat to show my love for Zoey.
Danny Concannon: Wow.
Charlie Young: I'd take off my shirt too, but it's inappropriate with a tuxedo.
Danny Concannon: Not if we were at Chippendale's.

President Josiah Bartlet: There's a promise that I ask everyone who works here to make: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Do you know why?
Will Bailey: Because it's the only thing that ever has.


"The West Wing: Game On (#4.6)" (2002)
Will Bailey: [Will's first line] It's good to see you - I'll be with you in just a second. Darren and Sharon, where are you? All right, this is good, but don't ever use the words "waiting period."

Will Bailey: Several members of my family worked for NATO.
Sam Seaborn: You're not by any chance Thomas Bailey's grandson.
Will Bailey: I'm his son. I'm the youngest one.
Sam Seaborn: Wow. That had to be an interesting career day. "Hello, I'm Will's father, and I'm Supreme Commander NATO Allied Forces." Bet not a lot of people took your lunch money.
Will Bailey: No.

Will Bailey: I thought he was going to have to fall all over himself trying to be genial.
Sam Seaborn: So did we, but then we were convinced by polling that he was going to be seen as arrogant no matter what performance he gave in the debate, and then that morning at 3:10 my phone rings and it's Toby Ziegler. And he says 'Don't you get it? It's a gift that they're irreversibly convinced that he's arrogant, because now he can be.' If your guy is seen that way you might as well knock some bodies down with it.


"The West Wing: The California 47th (#4.16)" (2003)
Will Bailey: That isn't a staff, Toby. Those are the Robert Palmer girls.

Toby Ziegler: Charlie and I got arrested.
Will Bailey: Yeah, I saw it on the news.
Toby Ziegler: It made the news out there?
Will Bailey: A Jewish guy won a bar fight; it's news everywhere.


"The West Wing: Evidence of Things Not Seen (#4.20)" (2003)
President Josiah Bartlet: [after the white house has been fired on] Will, how many fingers am I holding up?
Will Bailey: Who's Will, sir?

Toby Ziegler: And they're sending in a team of lawyers to look into it?
Will Bailey: Yeah, but we're scrappy.


"The West Wing: Jefferson Lives (#5.3)" (2003)
Will Bailey: Diane Frost is a serious name.
Josh Lyman: Diane is a serious loon of the left.
Toby Ziegler: I love Diane Frost. I'd marry Diane Frost if I were a member of her stated sexual preference, but Diane is the definition of unelectable.


"The West Wing: Running Mates (#7.10)" (2006)
Will Bailey: Can you brief me on this Kazakhstan situation? The press is starting to ask me more questions than I have answers.
Kate Harper: Sure. What do you want to know?
Will Bailey: Has a deal been structured to keep Chinese troops on their side of the border?
Kate Harper: That's classified.
Will Bailey: So if there was a deal, the details would be...?
Kate Harper: Also classified, if there were details
Will Bailey: If there was a deal, which is...
Kate Harper: Classified!
Will Bailey: As you said. Have elections been rescheduled?
Kate Harper: In Kazakhstan?
Will Bailey: That's our subject.
Kate Harper: Also classified, although for the life of me I can't imagine why.
Will Bailey: You're enjoying this, aren't you?
Kate Harper: Not really, no.
Will Bailey: Have the parties agreed to U.N. monitors in this election that may or may not be rescheduled?
Kate Harper: Classified.
Will Bailey: You're just playing with me now!
Kate Harper: Honestly, I'm not.
Will Bailey: Is the subject of monitors being discussed? It's in the papers it is.
Kate Harper: They didn't hear it from us.
Will Bailey: So, it's being considered... debated, negotiated... anywhere, by anyone?
Kate Harper: I'm so sorry.
Will Bailey: It makes you feel powerful. "I am woman, hear me withhold."
Kate Harper: It's not like that.


"The West Wing: Tomorrow (#7.22)" (2006)
[after the inauguration, Bartlet's staff is getting ready to leave the West Wing]
Charlie Young: What about see a movie?
Will Bailey: It's two o'clock in the afternoon.
Charlie Young: Got anything better to do?
Kate Harper: No, I guess, we don't.
Will Bailey: Is there a movie theater around here?
Charlie Young: I have no idea.


"The West Wing: Holy Night (#4.11)" (2002)
Charlie Young: [after Will fumbles badly on meeting the President for the first time] You know what? I've seen worse.
Will Bailey: Really?
Charlie Young: Well, no.


"The West Wing: Han (#5.4)" (2003)
Toby Ziegler: In a triumph of the middling, a nod to mediocrity, and with gorge rising, it gives me great nausea to announce Robert Russell - Bingo Bob, himself - as your new Vice President.
Will Bailey: This lapdog of the mining interests is as dull as he is unremarkable...
Toby Ziegler: ...as lackluster as he is soporific. This reversion to the mean...
Will Bailey: ...this rebuke to the exemplary...
Toby Ziegler: ...gives hope to the millions unfavored by the exceptional... Bob Russell: not the worst, not the best, just what we're stuck with.


"The West Wing: Internal Displacement (#7.11)" (2006)
C.J. Cregg: [Will enters C.J.'s office] You, I need. Come here.
Will Bailey: What's wrong?
C.J. Cregg: Close the door.
Will Bailey: I didn't do it.
C.J. Cregg: Close the door.
Will Bailey: Toby did it.
C.J. Cregg: Shut up.


"The West Wing: 7A WF 83429 (#5.1)" (2003)
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Danny Concannon is doing a story alleging we assassinated Abdul Sheriff.
Glenallen Walken: How are his sources?
Leo McGarry: He's got it.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: He's looking for a comment
Glenallen Walken: I suppose throwing him in leg irons and locking him in the basement of the Capitol wouldn't do any good.
Leo McGarry: We shouldn't comment, sir, not while Zoey Bartlett is missing.
Steve Atwood: No, we need to get out in front of it, release it before it breaks in the Post.
Toby Ziegler: Release what? That we violated The Neutrality Act to covertly assassinate an official of a friendly government?
Steve Atwood: He must not have been too friendly if you decided to shoot him.
Will Bailey: Sir, acknowledging the assassination destroys a century's worth of progress towards international law.
Steve Atwood: You guys didn't think about that before you did it?
Josh Lyman: It wasn't supposed to become public.
Steve Atwood: Yeah well you tried that before. How did it work out on MS?


"The West Wing: A Good Day (#6.17)" (2005)
Kate Harper: [to the Canadian Ambassador] Ambassador, listen carefully. An hour ago, I reviewed the United States contingency plan to invade your country.
Will Bailey: There's a contingency plan...
Kate Harper: [Interrupting Will] 1789, amended in 1815. The calligraphy is beautiful. And if one more deal is floated in this room, I'm gonna ask DoD to reactive it.


"The West Wing: Privateers (#4.18)" (2003)
Charlie Young: Zoey's being inducted into the DAR, and there's a reception. And Jean-Paul thinks it's unnatural. And he's the son of a Count.
Will Bailey: Oh, who isn't.


"The West Wing: Red Haven's on Fire (#4.17)" (2003)
Toby Ziegler: [Toby in California] Charlie and I got arrested.
Will Bailey: [Will in Washington] Yeah, I saw it on the news.
Toby Ziegler: It made the news out there?
Will Bailey: A Jewish guy won a bar fight-- it's news everywhere.