The West Wing (1999–2006)
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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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Josh and Sam try to light a fire in a White House fireplace only to find that it is only decorative when they set the fire alarms off. In January 2009, life imitated art when the Obama administration's new Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter R. Orszag, tried to light a fire in a fireplace in his office that filled other office suites with smoke and set the fire alarms off. See more »


In "Six Meetings Before Lunch" there is a fire in a fireplace in the Mural Room. Yet in "The Leadership Breakfast" Sam and Josh try to light a fire in the same fireplace which has had the flue welded shut for 100 years. See more »


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