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The Leadership Breakfast 

Toby wants to use a bipartisan breakfast to discuss real issues instead of making it a staged event; Sam floats the idea of moving the press room across the street; Leo wants Josh to apologize to a columnist on his behalf; Leo and Toby realize they need to start thinking about reelection.

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A bipartisan breakfast is being carefully staged to avoid any chance of conflict, so Toby strikes a deal with the majority leader's new Chief of Staff to get a discussion of real issues on the agenda. Sam thinks working conditions can be improved moving the press room across the street, but C.J. thinks it's a bad idea. Leo asks Josh to apologize to an important columnist on his behalf after making an embarrassing comment. Maneuvers by political opponents prompt Toby and Leo to begin thinking about reelection sooner than they expected. Written by Murray Chapman

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10 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Staffer Larry (William Duffy) and Staffer Ed (Peter James Smith) appeared in the pilot episode where they were noted as Congressional Liason #1 and #2. William Duffy was first credited as Bill Duffy. See more »

Goofs

Charlie hands President Bartlet some remarks which Sam produced for the breakfast. President Bartlet reads aloud (with approval) from the text: "We spend so much time demonizing the other side, treating our opponents as if they were threatening strangers with whom we share nothing in common." Neither Bartlet nor Sam would have let a redundancy like "share nothing in common" into the text of a Presidential address. See more »

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Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: [walking by Sam and Josh] Fred and Ethel, would you follow me, please?
Josh Lyman: [looks at Sam] She's talking about us.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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