The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 11

The Leadership Breakfast (10 Jan. 2001)

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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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Leo asks Josh to "go to Ben and Sally's for dinner tonight" which presumably refers to Ben Bradlee, former Executive Editor of the Washington Post and his wife Sally Quinn, an author and journalist. See more »

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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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Josh Lyman: How's this for a phrase? "You can lay down in front of the train or you can get on board."
Sam Seaborn: That's a really bad phrase.
Josh Lyman: Is it better if it's "You can get on board the train or you can lay down in front of it"?
Sam Seaborn: No. It's really bad either way.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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