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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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 »

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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: Could you possibly get us some dried leaves?
Donna Moss: Yeah, I'll just run out to the forest and be right back.
Donna Moss: [Donna leaves room]
Sam Seaborn: You know what?
Josh Lyman: You think she was being sarcastic?
Sam Seaborn: Yeah. I don't think she's getting the leaves.
Josh Lyman: You know what we could use?
Sam Seaborn: Newspaper.
Josh Lyman: See, this is what I'm talking about. This is teamwork.
Sam Seaborn: It really is.
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