Danny Concannon: [to C.J] I want you to do what you want to do - take the job at the White House. I just want you to talk to me about it. I want us to talk about what it will mean and we'll make it work. I want us to talk like we're gonna figure it out together. I want us to talk... because I like the sound of your voice. I just want to talk.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Is it on page 600?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Where is it?
Herb: There isn't any.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: What do you mean there isn't any?
Fred: There's no...
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: The president said he wanted deficit reduction worked into this budget. I said it should be 50%. Was that not clear?
Herb: We thought it was along the lines of, "I'd like a pony".
Fred: Nobody actually expects to get the pony.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: I want the pony.
Danny Concannon: [to C.J] At some point you have to choose to have a relationship. We're not 25 any more. At our age you can't date a little and screw a little and wait around to see if you get sentimental at Christmas. You have to decide you're gonna make another person a part of your life - a partner.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: You make it sound like I'm trying to avoid you.
Danny Concannon: I didn't say that.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: I don't make booty calls.
Danny Concannon: You don't make any calls, kind of how it works out.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: What?
Danny Concannon: You're elusive, part of the draw.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: What made you think you should be making decisions about my career?
Danny Concannon: One, I'm not trying to make them, I'm trying to be part of a conversation about them and two, if we don't have that kind of relationship, what kind do we have?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: I don't... I don't want to answer that question right now. We agreed to discuss this after the inauguration.
Danny Concannon: Not if you're working for Matt Santos we're not.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: You know what -
Danny Concannon: First hundred days, agenda settings, first State of the Union, "talk to me after we release the budget," summit at Tashkent. What else?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: I don't have time for this right now.
Danny Concannon: Yes you do. I called Margaret before I came by, I'm not a moron. I called and you have twenty minutes. Hell you have an hour. You're not the busiest girl in America. That's not your life anymore.... Look, I'm not trying to turn you into Doris Day. I know if we have a future together, I'd be Mr. C.J. Cregg, that's fine. But you don't even see me in the picture do you?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: I missed the window. That's what's going on here. I... missed the window to figure out... how to do this.
Danny Concannon: How to...?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Share my life with another person, how to be a partner or whatever condescending way you put it this afternoon.
Danny Concannon: Oh, I wasn't trying -
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: I don't know how to do it. Maybe at one point I did, maybe I never did, but it's over now. It's too late. This and skiing. It's too late, it's not going to happen.
Danny Concannon: C.J...
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: You said yourself, it's not an accident that this hasn't come together. This is who I am. I'm good at my job, Danny, I'm good at working, I'm not good at this.
Danny Concannon: You're right, you suck at it. You're going to need a tremendous amount of training.
Danny Concannon: We're going to get good at new things.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: You don't know that.
Danny Concannon: I do.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Don't make it sound like it's nothing.
Danny Concannon: You didn't miss it.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: What if I did?
Danny Concannon: You didn't miss it.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: What if we can't...
Danny Concannon: We'll figure it out. All of it. You can be scared. That's okay. But you're not going to walk away from me because you're scared. I'm not that scary.