The West Wing: Season 5, Episode 12

Slow News Day (4 Feb. 2004)

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Toby awakens at 3 a.m. with an idea of how to save the social security program for future generations, leading him to meet in secret with the president and volunteer to "touch the third rail" of American politics. Toby meets with influential Republican senator Gaines about putting aside partisanship in the interest of preserving the critical safety net, and he gets a favorable response, but someone who saw them together leaks the meeting to the press. Toby also gets Dem. senator Brainerd on board with assurances that both sides need to compromise and that the Republican agreed. Elsewhere, Josh tries to help boost the new v.p.'s profile and bland image by having him comically attack the same senator for his weak fundraising efforts. By day's end, both Gaines and Brainerd have publicly withdrawn from Toby's previously secret plan and publicly refused to consider the compromises they'd initially offered. The president angrily orders Toby to fix what he's broken, in response to which Toby... Written by meebly

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The DVD containing this episode contains three deleted scenes from an excised story line concerning Donna and Ryan's efforts to get new policy announcements from the policy staff. The scenes were removed so that the episode would come in under the required length, but the episode still contains a few references to the plot line. See more »

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The building labeled as the Russell Senate Office Building is actually the Postal Square Building, three blocks north. See more »

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Toby Ziegler: I don't know what you're talking about.
Steve Gaines: Either you're lying, or the left hand doesn't know what the far-left hand is doing!
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References Kojak (1973) See more »

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