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
Did You Know?
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
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
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg
[walking by Sam and Josh
Fred and Ethel, would you follow me, please?
[looks at Sam
She's talking about us.
West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more