When Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) attends a college fraternity party in which one of her friends is busted for using illegal drugs, C.J. (Allison Janney) struggles to keep the embarrassing story out of the press while the White House staff celebrates the confirmation of their nominee, Judge Mendoza (Edward James Olmos, not seen), for the Supreme Court. An uncomfortable Josh (Bradley Whitford) is assigned to talk with the administration’s controversial nominee (Carl Lumbly) for assistant attorney general for civil rights who advocates that African-Americans receive financial reparations for slavery. Elsewhere, Sam (Rob Lowe) crosses swords with Mallory (Allison Smith) over the issue of private school vouchers while Mandy (Moira Kelly) lobbies to secure two new pandas for the National Zoo.
THE WEST WING 'SIX MEETINGS BEFORE LUNCH' WRITTEN BY: AARON SORKIN DIRECTED BY: CLARK JOHNSON TEASER FADE IN: INT. THE MURAL ROOM - NIGHT THURSDAY, 9:45 P.M. Bonnie is holding a champagne bottle, and a lot of other staffers are gathered around a T.V. listening to Mendoza's confirmation vote. T.V. [VO] Senator Crossfield. CROSSFIELD [VO] Yea. T.V. [VO] Senator Crossfield votes yea. BONNIE Congratulations everybody. Congratulations. Line up. Only one drink per person. Who's driving? People come to her with glasses. Crystal. Toby walks in. TOBY Put it down! Put it down! Put it down! BONNIE Toby... TOBY No champagne. BONNIE We're just getting ready to... TOBY Put it down. Everyone in this room let me have your attention, please. The law of our land mandates that Presidential appointees be confirmed by a majority of the Senate. A majority being half plus one for a total of what, Ginger? GINGER 51. TOBY 51 yea votes is what we see on the screen before a drop of wine is swallowed! Because there's a little thing called what, Bonnie? BONNIE Tempting fate? TOBY 'Tempting fate' is what it's called. [starts collecting champagne glasses from everyone] In the three months this man has been on my radar screen, I have aged 48 years. This is my day of jubilee and I will not have it screwed up by what, Bonnie? BONNIE By tempting fate. TOBY By tempting fate! These things take patience. These things take skill. These things take luck. In the 15 months we've been in office, what kind of luck have we had, Ginger? GINGER Bad luck. TOBY What kind of luck? GINGER Very bad luck. TOBY We've had very bad luck. [beat] Where's Josh? CUT TO: INT. JOSH'S OFFICE - NIGHT Donna is rushing into his office. DONNA Josh! JOSH Yeah. DONNA We got to go. They're already 19 yea votes. Donna gets to his office. Josh is standing and holding up a note. JOSH What's this message about I've got to talk to Mandy about a banana bar? Is that what this says? DONNA Panda bear. JOSH 'Panda bear?' DONNA Yes. JOSH [walks around and shows her the note] That's a 'd'? DONNA Yeah. JOSH And that's an 'e'? DONNA Yeah. JOSH All right, you know what would be helpful? If you could just show me where one word ends and the next one begins. DONNA We have to go. JOSH She wants to talk to me about a panda bear? They walk out into JOSH'S BULLPEN AREA. DONNA Yes. JOSH You're sure you got the message right? DONNA Have I ever gotten a message wrong? JOSH No. DONNA Then maybe the benefit of the doubt might not be monumentally out of line. JOSH A panda's what I think it is, right? DONNA Yes. JOSH Little Australian thing, eats bark off a koala tree? DONNA That's a koala bear I believe you're describing. JOSH The panda's the other one... DONNA How can you not know the difference between a panda bear and a koala bear? They go into the NORTHWEST LOBBY. They stop because a photographer is taking a picture of someone. JOSH You know, for someone who hasn't quite mastered the alphabet... Mallory enters the White House and walks up to them. MALLORY Josh! Josh and Donna start walking again. DONNA My penmanship is distinctive. JOSH Your penmanship is illegible. Hey, Mal. MALLORY Where's Sam? JOSH He's going to be watching the Mendoza vote. MALLORY Can you believe him? JOSH Sam? MALLORY Yeah. JOSH Can I believe him? MALLORY Yeah. They cut the corner into a HALLWAY. JOSH No. MALLORY You think you know a guy... JOSH Yeah. MALLORY You don't know what I'm talking about, do you? JOSH No. MALLORY Okay. JOSH Okay. Josh, Donna and Mallory walk into THE MURAL ROOM. Toby is tense watching T.V. The staffers are sitting around. No longer in the party mood, just in wait. JOSH Toby! TOBY Joshua. JOSH How about some champagne? CROWD No... JOSH What the hell? TOBY Ginger? GINGER Tempting fate. JOSH Okay. [to Donna] Go grab Leo. DONNA It's distinctive penmanship style, Josh. JOSH Go. DONNA Not unlike Salvador Dali. JOSH Please get Leo. CUT TO: INT. LEO'S OFFICE - NIGHT Leo is on the phone. Margaret taps on the door. LEO [into phone] I can't believe you're talking like this. MARGARET Leo? LEO [into phone] It's a book jacket, Sydney. It's a dust cover. MARGARET [walks to the desk] Leo? LEO [into phone] We're really going to make a federal case out of a book jacket? I mean we're literally going to make a federal case out of this? MARGARET Donna says it's time. LEO [still into phone] Sydney, I'm going to bring him up here and talk to him, but I got to say... we're about a minute and a half from closing what wasn't the easiest confirmation process in American history, so you'll understand if I'm not giddy as a schoolgirl about the thought of running once again into the warm embrace of the Senate Judiciary Committee. MARGARET Leo... LEO Goodbye. Leo hangs up. He walks out with Margaret into the HALLWAY. MARGARET What was that? LEO An appointment to a Justice post favors reparations to African-Americans. MARGARET What for? LEO Capturing their ancestors and keeping them as slaves. MARGARET What kind of reparations? LEO Money. They walk inside THE MURAL ROOM. The crowd is yelling to a 'nay' vote for Mendoza on the television. CROWD Boo! JOSH Loser! Margaret hurries to sit with a friend. Mallory hugs Leo at the door. The next vote is a 'yea.' CROWD Yeah! [claps] SAM [walks in] Toby! TOBY Not yet. SAM Our day of jubilee. TOBY Not yet. Mallory was standing behind him, and pops him on the shoulder. MALLORY Sam. SAM [spins around] It's my day of jubilee. MALLORY I despise you and everything you stand for. SAM All right, the day was a little bit better a few seconds ago, but that's all right. MALLORY How could you write that position paper? SAM Which position paper? MALLORY Don't play dumb with me. SAM No, honestly I am dumb. Most of the time I'm playing smart. MALLORY Sam, the position paper... SAM Mallory, you can't be thinking about ruining my day of jubilee by yelling at me about school vouchers. MALLORY I was strongly considering it, yes. SAM Mallory... JOSH 50! Here we go, baby! LEO Sam. Toby. You're about to put a guy on the Supreme Court. The crowd is silent. T.V. [VO] Senator Rindell. RINDELL [VO] Yea. Massive cheering. Even Toby, who was holding a bottle of champagne in his lap, smiles and puts up his hands in victory. SAM Toby? How about now? Toby opens the bottle, the champagne foams up and all over his lap as he stands. SMASH CUT TO: MAIN TITLES. END TEASER * * * ACT ONE FADE IN: INT. THE MURAL ROOM - NIGHT THURSDAY, 11:30 P.M. After the celebration, Josh is sprawled on a chair by the fireplace. Donna is on the couch. JOSH I don't understand. Salvador Dali had distinctive penmanship? DONNA Yes. JOSH How was it distinctive? DONNA Well, for one thing, he wrote in Spanish. JOSH He was Spanish. DONNA Which would account for his distinctive penmanship. LEO [walks up] Excuse me. Am I interrupting something important? JOSH I can't even begin to tell you how you're not. LEO [giggles] [to Donna] Would you mind if I have a... DONNA [gets up and picks up her shoes] I'll go see if people are having fun in the other room. [leaves] JOSH What's up? LEO Our nominee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. JOSH It's going to sail? LEO No, it's not. JOSH Jeff Breckenridge? LEO Stadler has a problem with him. JOSH What's his problem? LEO He supports slavery reparations. JOSH Since when? LEO Whenever. JOSH I mean... was there a thing? [stands] LEO Two sentences on the back dust jacket of a book that's coming out called The Unpaid Debt. JOSH That's it? LEO Stadler's unhappy. JOSH Cause of a thing he wrote on a dust cover? LEO I've been singing that song for the last three hours. So talk to him tomorrow, would you? JOSH Stadler? LEO Breckenridge. JOSH I'm not the guy for this. LEO Yeah, you are. We hear the crowd from the other room. LEO What the hell is that? JOSH C.J.'s going to do 'The Jackal.' LEO Oh, where she lip synchs to the thing? JOSH Yeah. LEO [smiles] I love that. JOSH Toby's better for this. Look at the job he did on the Mendoza confirmation. LEO Toby's barely alive as a result of the Mendoza confirmation. This one's you. Let's go watch 'The Jackal.' Leo walks, Josh follows into the HALLWAY. JOSH Leo... LEO Yes. JOSH I'm a white guy from Connecticut. LEO We've met, Josh. JOSH I'm saying, isn't this kind of a delicate subject for me to get into with a black civil rights lawyer from Athens, Georgia? LEO Remember, you're also Jewish. JOSH Then he's sure to love me. LEO Yeah. They meet up with Cathy, walking down the hall. LEO Cathy! Where's Sam? CATHY In his office, fighting with your daughter. LEO Tell him to come to the Press Room. He's not going to want to miss 'The Jackal.' CUT TO: INT. SAM'S OFFICE - NIGHT Mallory and Sam are in his office and having a discussion. SAM It was a position paper. MALLORY And your position is that school vouchers are a good idea? SAM How did you get this paper? MALLORY I'm related to your boss. SAM Your father gave you my position paper? MALLORY Yes. SAM See. I think he's trying to drive a wedge between us. MALLORY It worked. SAM Look... Knock on the door. CATHY Sam. SAM Yes? CATHY C.J.'s doing 'The Jackal.' SAM I'll be right there. MALLORY I thought we had something going on, Sam. SAM We do. MALLORY And yet you haven't told me that you favor school vouchers? SAM I... first of all, hang on. We haven't been on a date yet. MALLORY I'm saying... SAM And what kind of dates have you had that you're amazed this hasn't come up? MALLORY I'm a public school teacher. SAM Seriously. The other guys. They order drinks and they say, "Before we go any further, I'd like you to know my position on school vouchers?" MALLORY Are you going to have a serious discussion with me about this? SAM No. MALLORY No? SAM No. Because you know why? Because I am off duty. Toby and I have spent the last three months putting a guy on the bench. The sun has set and I have earned my government salary and then some. I'm done working. And we haven't been out on a date and that's supposed to be tonight. Now we're going to go in there and watch C.J. do 'The Jackal.' And believe me, if you haven't seen C.J. do 'The Jackal,' then you haven't seen Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done. We're going to watch C.J. do 'The Jackal' and then we're going to get a late dinner, after which I may or may not kiss you good night. 'Cause there is something going on between us, Mallory. But frankly, I don't think you're doing a very good job on your part, so I've decided to take over. MALLORY You're taking over? SAM Yes. Let's go. MALLORY Not much chance. SAM I didn't think so, but you got to give me credit for trying. MALLORY Good night there, Skipper. [leaves] SAM Apparently you don't have to give me credit for trying. CUT TO: INT. PRESS ROOM - NIGHT The crowd is thick to watch. Toby pushes a button on the radio. The jazz plays. Toby is smiling. C.J. is in the middle of the room, and the crowd encourages her to begin. C.J. pantomimes and lip synchs to 'The Jackal.' C.J. 'He was fat black cat cool like a Friday afternoon martini, chillin' at a quarter after five. Twist of lime. Coke on the side. The brother loved the high life. Had a PhD in Street Strife. They called him the Jackal... The Jackal.' The crowd loves it. The singer laughs, with a great deep voice. Josh claps and makes his way toward Toby, who's smoking a cigar. JOSH There's a little speed bump with Jeff Breckenridge. Leo gave it to me because he thinks you're burned out after Mendoza. I said I thought that was ridiculous. What do you think? TOBY [long pause] Are you talking to me... during 'The Jackal?' JOSH I was just... Toby actually bops up and down! He is one giddy man, smiling, a giggle in his voice. TOBY Never talk to me during 'The Jackal.' JOSH Sure. Toby blows smoke rings. C.J. 'He was big Mack daddy super black stylin' a diamonds in the back Cadillac. Fur lined boards. White walled wheels. Cruise control. Built for speed. Chrome on everything. And the stereophonic speakers. But he really didn't need them. When they called him... The Jackal.' The crowd claps. Leo is watching with a smile on his face as Sam walks to him. SAM Hey. LEO Hey. SAM So Mallory read my position paper on school vouchers. LEO Really? SAM Yeah. LEO How do you suppose she got a hold of that? SAM Well, as it turns out, you gave it to her. LEO Hmmm. School vouchers is a serious subject with Mallory. SAM Yeah, thanks for the heads up. LEO I don't mind you dating my only daughter, but you can't expect me not to have some fun along the way. SAM Mallory and I haven't actually been on a date yet. LEO Well, you hang in there, son. C.J. 'Fly boy was in the buttermilk hard. Livin' fast. Livin' large. Six foot four and not an ounce of fat. When women ask, "Is you a proud cat?" He'd say, "Oh, dear. I'm more than that. I'm the roanest of the roan. And in case you hadn't known... They call me The Jackal. The Jackal... The Jackal.' The crowd applauds as the jazz fades. CUT TO: INT. C.J.'S OFFICE - NIGHT C.J. is at her desk, humming, back to the door as Danny walks in. He sees her move her hips to a song. DANNY You did 'The Jackal?' C.J. What are you doing here so late? DANNY I missed 'The Jackal?' C.J. I was on fire tonight. DANNY Congratulations on Mendoza, that's got to feel good. C.J. It does. [takes a gulp of champagne] DANNY So I'm home. By myself. Listening to my police scanner. C.J. You have a police scanner? DANNY Yes, I do. C.J. Danny, you were like, President of your high school audio-visual club, weren't you? DANNY I was, in fact, not President of the AV Club. I was vice-President. Bobby Pfeiffer was President, and that's something I don't like to talk about. C.J. Why'd you come down? DANNY Josh said to come by for a drink. C.J. puts on her scarf. She's going home. C.J. You should have gotten here earlier. DANNY I would have, except I was home listening to my police scanner. C.J. What happened? DANNY David Arbor was arrested outside a frat party. He's going to be charged with felony possession and possible intent to distribute. C.J. Is there any chance David Arbor is not the son of Bob Arbor? DANNY There's not any chance of that. No. Plus one other thing... C.J. One, there's one other thing? DANNY Yeah. C.J. What? DANNY Zoey was at the frat party. C.J. Well, at least I know what I'll be doing when I come into work tomorrow. [starts to take off her coat] DANNY Speaking of tomorrow, when you start handing out information, please remember I came down here at one in the morning to tell you this when there was no earthly reason that I had to, and also that you're secretly in love with me. C.J. Make sure you remind my office. DANNY You could do 'The Jackal' for me. Right here, right now. She flips his scarf over his shoulder and rubs his arm. C.J. Go home. DANNY Okay. Danny exits. C.J. picks up the phone. FADE OUT. END ACT ONE * * * ACT TWO FADE IN: INT. HALLWAY - DAY C.J. and Carol are walking and talking. C.J. Do this... I'm honestly not sure the President even knows. CAROL I'm honestly not sure the President even knows. C.J. Yeah, you know why? Because it's such a non-story it hasn't come up yet today. Say it now. CAROL I'm honestly not sure the President even knows. C.J. The kid's father's a major Democratic fundraiser. CAROL And I'm sure the President would offer him his best wishes and support during what must be a troubling time. C.J. The President's daughter was at a party where there was a drug bust. They go inside C.J.'S OFFICE. CAROL Zoey left the party well before the incident. C.J. Has the President had any reaction at all? CAROL I'm honestly not sure the President even knows. C.J. There it is. Carol leaves. Mandy comes from the other door. MANDY Hey, C.J. C.J. It's a non-story. MANDY Let's keep it that way. Mandy taps on Josh's open office door. She walks inside JOSH'S OFFICE. Josh is sitting with his feet on his desk. JOSH Hey. MANDY Did you get my message? JOSH Yeah, you didn't want to talk to me about banana bars by any chance, did you? MANDY Panda bears. JOSH Donna has stylish penmanship. MANDY I think we should get a panda bear. JOSH You say that now, but I'm the one who's going to end up feeding him and walking him. MANDY You guys have gotten something more than 3000 letters in the last ten days, wanting to know when we're getting a new bear for the National Zoo? JOSH What happened to the old bear? MANDY Lum-Lum? JOSH Okay. MANDY She died two weeks ago. JOSH Did I kill her? MANDY No. JOSH Then what are you talking to me for? MANDY 3,000 letters in 10 days. JOSH Did I write any of them? MANDY No. JOSH Then once again... MANDY Who should I be talking to? JOSH About getting a new panda bear? MANDY Yes. JOSH To replace Lum-Lum? MANDY Yes. JOSH Toby. You should be talking to Toby. Donna walks in with files. Lots of files, and sets them on the chair in front of Josh's desk. She hands him the top one. DONNA This is most of it. JOSH Thanks. Donna leaves. MANDY Toby? JOSH Yeah. Toby can help you out. MANDY What's all this? JOSH I have to tell a black civil rights lawyer why I don't owe him any money. MANDY Good luck. JOSH Thanks. CUT TO: INT. COLLEGE CAFETERIA - DAY Zoey and her friends are practicing French at a table. GIRLS Nous habite. ZOEY Ils habitons. GIRLS Ils habitons. ZOEY Je travaille. GIRLS Je travaille. ZOEY Tu travaille. GIRLS Tu travaille. ZOEY Nous travaillons. GIRLS Nous travaillons. Two agents, Mike and Gina, are around. MIKE ...at the Southwest entrance. GINA How many? MIKE About a dozen. GINA Have someone bring the car around back. Mike goes. Gina goes to Zoey's table where she's there with friends, one of which is STACY. ZOEY What time is it? GIRL 12:30. ZOEY I have to go. GIRL Are we doing French in Kelly's room tonight? ZOEY Yeah, about 10. GIRL Okay. Zoey and Stacy start to leave. GINA Zoey. This way, we're going out back. ZOEY What's out front? GINA There's a reporter out there. STACY They're not supposed to come on campus. GINA Campus security's on its way. ZOEY [to Stacy] Can I ask you a question? What is up with Marjorie's hair? STACY Yes, I know! I didn't want to say anything back at the table. [They both giggle.] ZOEY [to Gina] Gina, listen to this... we've been falling asleep listening to our French tapes. GINA I remember them well. ZOEY Are you ready? ZOEY and STACY Michelle, Anne, Vous travaillez? Ah. Non. Nous regardons le television. Porquois? They walk into the KITCHEN. Gina is ahead and a reporter, EDGAR DRUMM, runs in view. EDGAR DRUMM Zoey! Gina knocks him back to the freezer. DRUMM Hey! GINA I'm Special Agent Gina Toscano of the U.S. Secret Service, what's your name? DRUMM Edgar Drumm of the Charleston Citizen. I have a question for Miss Bartlet. GINA She doesn't answer questions here. DRUMM Yeah. Zoey. Gina turns around and Mike is there. GINA Mike, take her to the car. DRUMM Zoey, what do you think it says about the country that the President's daughter is partying with drug dealers? ZOEY What the hell? STACY Can you believe it? DRUMM What do you think it says about the country? STACY David Arbor isn't a drug dealer. GINA Stacy... DRUMM Yeah, why'd you go to the party, Zoey? ZOEY [was heading off, but spins around] I was invited. I didn't even know David Arbor was going to be there. GINA Guys! I want you in the car now. The girls and Mike walk to the car. STACY You're a real jackass, you know that? Drumm laughs. He got a quote. He takes out his notebook. GINA Don't ever do that again. DRUMM I have to say if this is how the Secret Service behaves in the Bartlet Administration, it's a sad state of affairs. GINA We're all going to have to learn to live with your disappointment. [smiles pleasantly and then heads off] CUT TO: INT. COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE - DAY Sam comes out of his office with papers. Cathy is at her desk. SAM This draft is done. The office staff turns and applauds. SAM This draft is done, and it's done on schedule. On schedule is going to be my middle name from now on. Seriously. I'm having it legally changed. CATHY What was it before? SAM Norman. CATHY Okay. SAM Speaking of schedules, Cathy. CATHY [looks on Sam's appointment book] At noon you're on the Hill with Brennan and Landis, 3:00 with the East Asia team, 4:00 with Medicare, 4:30 with the President, 6:00 with the advance team. SAM The noon meeting with Brennan and Landis on the Hill? CATHY Yeah? SAM Let's see if we can cancel it. CATHY Why? SAM I don't want to go. CATHY That's not a good enough reason. SAM I really don't want to go. CATHY You're going. SAM Okay. [heads back to his office] CATHY And you've got Mallory at eleven. SAM [turns] What? CATHY You've got Mallory at eleven. Right now. SAM What do you mean I've got Mallory? CATHY Your appointment with Mallory. SAM What appointment with Mallory? MALLORY [appears] I decided to see you during your business hours. SAM Mallory. MALLORY Hello. SAM Why aren't you in school? MALLORY No school today. SAM You made an appointment? MALLORY I didn't want to take advantage of the fact that we're dating. SAM We're not dating. MALLORY That's kinda sad for you, isn't it? SAM You made an appointment? MALLORY All nice and business like. SAM Well, isn't that adorable? Come in. Mallory goes into his office. Ssam looks in disbelief at Cathy, then goes in and shuts the door. CUT TO: INT. JOSH'S OFFICE - DAY Donna goes to announce his appointment. DONNA Josh? JOSH Is he here? DONNA Yeah. JOSH Send him in. DONNA Mr. Breckenridge? Josh straightens his desk, then JEFF BRECKENRIDGE comes in. JEFF BRECKENRIDGE Thank you. JOSH Jeff, I'm Josh Lyman. JEFF Jeff Breckenridge. They shake hands. Josh motions for him to sit. JOSH Good to meet you. Help yourself to a chair. Can Donna get you anything? JEFF No, thank you. I'm fine. [sits] JOSH You were a second year summer intern at Debevoise and Plimpton when my father was a partner there. [sits] JEFF Your father was a partner at Debevoise and Plimpton? JOSH Yeah. JEFF Your father's Noah Lyman? JOSH Yeah. JEFF I met him. He's a wonderful man. How is he? JOSH He died. JEFF I'm sorry. When? JOSH The night of the Illinois primary. JEFF I'm sorry. JOSH Thanks. Listen. I just got this handed to me last night, so I'm not as up to speed as I'd like. JEFF A couple of Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have a problem with me. JOSH Stadler. JEFF Also probably Wachtel and Tellison. JOSH Probably. JEFF Any specific problem or they just don't like me on spec? JOSH No. [laughs a little] There's a book coming out by Otis Hastings called The Unpaid Debt. Hastings' position is that African Americans are owed monetary reparations for slavery. JEFF Yes. JOSH You're quoted on the back jacket. JEFF Yes. JOSH looks at the book on his desk. JOSH You wrote, "Otis Hastings is a unique and extraordinary historian. This book should be read by everyone and burned into the minds of white America." JEFF Yes. JOSH Just to start, you weren't misquoted... right? JEFF No. JOSH Okay. And I'm assuming that if asked by the Committee, you'll say that you favor reparations? JEFF If asked, I'll tell the Committee that my father's fathers were kidnapped outside a village called Wimbabwa, brought to New Guinea, sold to a slave trader from Boston and bought by a plantation owner in Wadsworth, South Carolina, where they worked... for no wages. JOSH And you're looking for back pay? JEFF Yes. JOSH Just out of curiosity... did you have a figure in mind? JEFF Dr. Harold Washington, who's chief economist at the Manchester Institute, calculated the number of slaves held, multiplied it by the number of hours worked, multiplied that by the market value of manual labor and came up with a very conservative figure. JOSH What is it? JEFF 1.7 trillion dollars. Josh was taking a sip of coffee that he's now having a hard time swallowing. JOSH Okay. Listen, this is probably a better discussion to have in the abstract, don't you think? JEFF No. JOSH What do you mean? JEFF I mean someone owes me and my friends 1.7 trillion dollars. FADE OUT. END ACT TWO * * * ACT THREE FADE IN: INT. C.J.'S OFFICE - DAY C.J.'s working on the laptop on her desk and there's a knock on the door. C.J. Yeah. CAROL [enters] Charlie's here. She opens the door further and we see Charlie in the hall. He walks in. C.J. Yes indeed. Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, Chaz. CHARLIE I hear you burned the place down last night. C.J. 'The Jackal?' CHARLIE Yeah. C.J. I can bring it. What's up? CHARLIE Zoey called. C.J. What'd she do? CHARLIE She had a little run-in on campus with a reporter named Edgar Drumm who writes for a newspaper called the Charleston Citizen. C.J. Edgar Drumm isn't a reporter. He's a professional Bartlet baiter, and the Charleston Citizen isn't a newspaper, it's fund-raising newsletter for the radical right. What'd he ask her? CHARLIE He asked her if the President's daughter should be partying with drug dealers. C.J. Did she talk to him? CHARLIE Gina put her in the car. The thing she wanted me to ask you about was this... David Arbor's a good friend and she really loves him a lot and he's not a drug dealer and she wanted to see what you could do about nipping that in the bud. C.J. I can talk to a couple of people. CHARLIE The guy doesn't sell drugs. He just buys them, takes them and gets unconscious. Zoey and her friends are trying to help him. In fact, Zoey was bringing him back the car keys she confiscated from him last week. C.J. [calls] Carol!? CHARLIE The guy drives a Porsche. CAROL [comes to the door] Yeah. C.J. Tell Danny I'm coming to see him. CAROL Sure. C.J. I drove my boyfriend's Porsche once. CHARLIE How'd it go? C.J. Backed it into a pond. CHARLIE Lost your driving privileges? C.J. And the boyfriend. CHARLIE It's a good car, though. C.J. Yeah. Charlie leaves, and C.J. goes back to typing. CUT TO: INT. NORTHWEST LOBBY - DAY Toby walks down the hall, meets up with Margaret. MARGARET Hey, Toby. TOBY Hey there, Margaret. MARGARET Are you okay? TOBY Yeah. Why wouldn't I be okay? MARGARET You don't usually say, "Hey there, Margaret." TOBY [giggles] What do I usually say? MARGARET You usually growl something inaudible. TOBY Not today. MARGARET I see. TOBY You, on the other hand, should turn that frown upside down. MARGARET I'm sorry? TOBY Let your smile be your umbrella, Margaret. MARGARET Okay, now you're scaring the crap out of me, Toby. Margaret walks off. Toby walks and sings. TOBY [singing] Gray skies are going to clear up... Hi Bobby. Put on a happy face. Hi Janet. A lot of people in the hallway are confused by him. CUT TO: INT. SAM'S OFFICE - DAY Mallory and Sam are in the middle of a deep discussion. MALLORY Tax dollars should go to public schools, not aiding the shipment of students to private schools, many of which are religious. And by the way, I don't know how you're getting around the separation of Church and State on that one. SAM We have people on the payroll who are experts at obfuscating the Constitution. MALLORY So I've noticed. SAM Anything else? MALLORY Oh, yes. [pulls out her list from his position paper] SAM We've been here for an hour, Mallory. MALLORY School vouchers provide help for only a few students. SAM We're offering a solution for that. MALLORY You're offering a lifeboat to the select few for whom vouchers will make any kind of difference. SAM Mallory, everything that you're saying makes sense. I just think that the state of urban schools is such that if you can save even one kid... MALLORY [stands] You can save more than one kid. SAM Tell me how. MALLORY By asking Congress to approve, not just a little, but a lot more money for public education. Sam laughs. MALLORY What? SAM [stands] Public education has been a public policy disaster for 40 years. Having spent around four trillion dollars on public schools since 1965, the result has been a steady and inexorable decline in every measurable standard of student performance, to say nothing of health and safety. But don't worry about it, because the U.S. House of Representatives is on the case. I feel better already. MALLORY [beat] Wow. SAM What? MALLORY For a guy who's trying to date me, that was pretty snotty. SAM Well, hang on. These are office hours. If I'd know I was working on that I would have had a whole different attitude. CATHY [comes in] Sam... SAM Thank God. CATHY The meeting on the Hill? SAM The meeting on the Hill. I'd love to keep talking, Mal, but I have this meeting on the Hill. CATHY I canceled it. SAM Why? CATHY You asked me to. SAM Yes, I did. Cathy leaves. CUT TO: INT. PRESS ROOM - DAY Danny is typing at his desk. C.J. walks to him. C.J. Danny? DANNY Yes. C.J. You hear anything about Edgar Drumm talking to Zoey? DANNY You know what you never do? C.J. What? DANNY You never tell me you like my suspenders. C.J. Danny. DANNY I'm just saying... C.J. Edgar Drumm. DANNY He asked her if the President's daughter should be partying with drug dealers. C.J. That's what I heard. [gets up to walk away] DANNY She said she didn't know Arbor was going to be there. C.J. [turns around] What? DANNY It's Edgar Drumm, C.J. No one... C.J. Danny? DANNY It's Edgar Drumm. No one... C.J. Yeah. DANNY What? C.J. Nothing. DANNY What? C.J. Nothing. Those really are nice suspenders. C.J. leaves. CUT TO: INT. JOSH'S OFFICE - DAY Josh and Jeff are still in their meeting. JEFF Special Field Order Number 15. JOSH What? [sits back at his desk with another cup of coffee] JEFF I'm saying slavery reparations aren't anything new. January 16th, 1865, General Sherman issued Special Field Order Number 15. Nearly a half million acres from South Carolina to Florida were divided up into 40 acre plots and given to newly freed slaves. He also granted them the use of various decommissioned army supplies including... JOSH Mules. JEFF Yes. JOSH 40 acres and a mule. JEFF Yes. But the order was rescinded four years later by Andrew Johnson. In the '60s, during the Newark riots, you could hear the looters shouting, "That was my 40 acres, I'll be back for the mule." [drinks coffee] JOSH Catchy. JEFF See, if you guys had just paid up on time... JOSH A lesson well learned. But let's talk about your confirmation. JEFF Absolutely. JOSH And while we're on the subject of the Civil War, let's remember the 600,000 white men who died over the issue of slavery. JEFF Is that why they died? JOSH It's why a lot of them died, Jeff. And there's no other place and time in recorded history where an event like that has occurred. So... let's... leave it at that and move on. JEFF Okay. JOSH Except to say this... JEFF What? JOSH Nothing. JEFF What? JOSH Let's move on. CUT TO: INT. COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE - DAY Toby is still happy and passes by. Mandy calls him from inside. MANDY Toby. TOBY Mandy. MANDY You got two seconds? TOBY Madeline, you are charming and you are brilliant and for you, I have all the time in the world. MANDY [to staffers] What's with him? GINGER It's the day after his Day of Jubilee. BONNIE We've never seen him sustain a good mood this long. TOBY Bonnie, you are dedicated and you are beautiful. And Ginger, you are other nice things. MANDY Can I see you inside? TOBY You bet. She pushes him into TOBY'S OFFICE. Toby sets his stuff down on the desk. TOBY Mandy, I feel like I've lost a hundred and eighty pounds. I'm smiling. I'm laughing. I'm enjoying the people I work with. I gotta snap out of this. [clears off his leather chair to take a seat] What's on your mind? MANDY I want you to help me get the Chinese to give us a new panda bear to replace Lum-Lum. TOBY [long pause] Well, that did the trick. CUT TO: INT. HALLWAY - DAY Zoey enters through a door and walks down the hall. She sees Charlie. ZOEY Hey. CHARLIE Hey, what are you doing here? ZOEY C.J. wanted to see me. CHARLIE I talked to her, by the way. ZOEY Yeah? CHARLIE She's said she was going to talk to Danny. ZOEY You could have kissed me hello, you know. CHARLIE That's what your dorm room is for. ZOEY Chicken. CHARLIE You'd better believe it. When I kiss you, I want a good two miles between your mouth and the Oval Office. ZOEY Stacy tells me you're afraid to show me affection in public. CHARLIE Tell Stacy to meet me in the middle of Union Station and we'll see how it goes. ZOEY Hey Charlie? Does C.J. have a problem? CHARLIE Nope. ZOEY I wonder what she wants to see me about then? CHARLIE I'm not afraid of being affectionate in public. Zoey pushes him against the wall and kisses him deeply. He very much responds. Zoey walks away, as Charlie smiles. CHARLIE See? Down the hall, Carol greets her. CAROL Hi, Zoey. I'll get her. Carol knocks and pokes her head in C.J.'S OFFICE. CAROL C.J.? C.J. Yeah. CAROL Zoey. C.J. Thanks. [puts her papers down] ZOEY [comes in] Hey. C.J. Hey, Zoey, thanks for stopping by. Carol, can you get the door? CAROL Sure. C.J. walks to the couch as Carol exits and closes the door. Zoey joins C.J. on the couch. ZOEY So I'm assuming you heard I talked to a guy. C.J. Edgar Drumm. ZOEY Yeah. I know I'm supposed to just walk away, but... C.J. But he pushed your buttons a little. ZOEY David isn't a drug dealer. C.J. Did you tell him that you didn't know that David Arbor was going to be at the party? ZOEY Yeah. C.J. Okay... Zoey, I need to know why you lied to him. ZOEY I didn't. C.J. And I need to know why you're lying to me right now. ZOEY C.J.... C.J. If you didn't know he was going to be there, why'd you have his car keys with you? Zoey doesn't answer. FADE OUT. END ACT THREE * * * ACT FOUR FADE IN: INT. SECRET SERVICE CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY Banks of computers and monitors, televisions, and security cameras are around. Agents are seated in chairs facing the fronts as Ron Butterfield is heading the meeting. BUTTERFIELD ...And Mr. Kleeg is being detained for questioning by field agents in Albuquerque. Mr. Derrick Horgiboum. Mr. Horgiboum threatened to blow up the Smithsonian unless Zoey Bartlet agreed to meet with him for a drink. Mr. Horgiboum is in custody. And the Smithsonian remains open for business. Kelly? You had something? KELLY The newest sorority pledge stunt is get your picture taken with Zoey. MIKE Here's hoping our biggest threat is from the girls of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Some laugh. BUTTERFIELD It's not. We're adding some hate groups to the list. The Aryan White Resistance, The Christian Defense League, The World Church of the Creator, and Central New York White Pride. MIKE Sir? BUTTERFIELD Mike? MIKE The Office of Protective Research says the most recent letters have been signed off with the slogan, '14 words'. BUTTERFIELD Who can tell me what 14 words stands for? GINA [raises her hand] We must secure the existence of white people and the future for white children. BUTTERFIELD That's right. What else do you have, Gina? GINA Two death threats were received earlier in the week. One against Zoey, one against Charlie. They were made with letters cut from a magazine. And the OPR has identified the paper and the typeset as Resistance Magazine. BUTTERFIELD This magazine is geared towards recruiting younger people. GINA That's right sir. And the letters have repeatedly used the phrase, "Following the voice of blood". BUTTERFIELD What is it? GINA It's the title of the first record by a band called Graceland. They're very popular amongst skinheads. Sir, I'm fairly convinced we're looking for two 15-year-old boys. BUTTERFIELD I think you're right. Everyone hit the pictures and see if anyone looks familiar from the rope line. Remember it could be anyone. Thank you. They all get up. A guy comes up to Gina. GUY Gina? GINA Yeah? GUY C.J. Cregg is outside. She'd like to step in. GINA Sure. C.J. [comes in] Hi. GINA Hi, C.J. C.J. They told me you were having a briefing. I didn't want to intrude. GINA We're done. C.J. I just needed a minute. GINA You want some coffee? C.J. I'm fine. I just needed to talk to you about the party last night. GINA [pours a cup for herself] Okay. C.J. Could you describe what, if any, contact Zoey might have had with David Arbor last night? GINA No. I'm sorry. C.J. I don't understand. GINA I'm not permitted to discuss the behavior of my protectee. C.J. Zoey's not in trouble. GINA I understand. C.J. I'm trying to straighten out a discrepancy with what she told me. GINA I understand. C.J. Gina, I'm the press secretary. There's a story that Zoey's involved with, and I need you to tell me what you know about last night. GINA I'm sorry, C.J. I can't protect her if she feels she has to do things behind my back. I'm not permitted to discuss the behavior of the protectee. C.J. Okay, thanks. [starts to leave] GINA C.J., the thing with the reporter this morning... it was fast, it was physical. She's 19 years old and she thought her father was in trouble. C.J. Okay. Thanks. I appreciate it. Sorry about the... GINA No problem. C.J. I'll see you later. GINA [sits at her desk] Are you sure you don't want to stay and have some coffee? I'm going to stay and look through an FBI photo album of teenage Nazis. C.J. Why? GINA [smiles] I'm on a break. C.J. [smiles] See you later. CUT TO: INT. SAM'S OFFICE - DAY Sam and Mallory are still at it. Only now, they've taken off their suit coats. SAM It occurs to me Mallory, that you attended a private primary school, a private high school and a private college. MALLORY What's your point? SAM Well, just that liberals have no problem with rich kids going to expensive private schools, that doesn't undermine public education. And liberals have no problem with middle-class kids going to parochial schools, that doesn't undermine public education. MALLORY Hang on! SAM The idea that letting poor public school students choose private alternatives would destroy public education is simply contrary to our experience. Boston Latin, the oldest public school in America, is still the best secondary school in New England. MALLORY Great, but they're not all Boston Latin and Bronx Science, Sam. And since when are the liberals the other guys in conversations you have? There's a knock on the door. C.J. pops in. C.J. Excuse me. Hey, Mal. MALLORY Hey C.J. C.J. [to Sam] You got a second? SAM Absolutely. [to Mallory] Excuse me. SAM goes out into the COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE. C.J. Edgar Drumm ambushed Zoey when she was coming out of lunch. SAM On campus? C.J. Yeah. She said she didn't know David Arbor was going to be there when she did know David Arbor was going to be there. SAM Why did she lie? C.J. Spend all day surrounded by reporters? It starts to become instinct. SAM It doesn't sound too bad. Let's just make sure the President doesn't get involved. C.J. Yeah... well... when he hears someone tried to talk to her on campus... SAM You're going to have to sit on it. C.J. I'm not going to be able to. SAM You have to. C.J. Sam? SAM C.J., you can't back down in front of him. You got to get in his face. C.J. Get in the President's face? SAM Yeah. C.J. That's your advice? SAM Yeah. C.J. Okay. [turns to others] Does anyone else have any advice... that could... uh... SAM C.J., listen to me. It's your job. It's what he needs you to do. C.J. Yes. SAM Can I ask you something? C.J. Sure. SAM I would like to see Mallory socially... C.J. looks into Sam's office and smiles at Mallory. SAM But I can't seem to get her past this fight that we're having. C.J. turns her body so Mallory can't see either of them and picks up a pencil from a desk. C.J. Tell her you want to continue the fight over lunch. SAM That's good. C.J. Yeah. SAM That's very good advice. C.J. Yeah. It's certainly better advice than "get in the President's face." SAM I'm going to go back into my office. C.J. Cool. I'm going to go check the want ads. SAM Good luck. CUT TO: INT. TOBY'S OFFICE - DAY Toby is about at the end of his patience. TOBY A panda bear to replace Dim Sum? MANDY Lum-Lum. TOBY Do you mean Hsing-Hsing? MANDY Hsing-Hsing. That was his name. Hsing-Hsing. Yeah. Hsing-Hsing was given to us as a gift by the Chinese government when Nixon... TOBY I know. MANDY Then Hsing-Hsing got lonely, so the Chinese sent a mate over, I think, it's name was Ping. TOBY Ling. MANDY Ling. TOBY It may have been Ping. MANDY Whatever. Ping, or Ling, dies. Hsing-Hsing mourns. Panda bears, it turns out, mourn. And for Hsing-Hsing, it seemed like the time was unendurable. TOBY I know exactly how he felt. MANDY Anyway... as you know, Hsing-Hsing succumbed to liver disease and passed away earlier this year. TOBY Yes. MANDY And I was thinking that it would be a good idea as a symbol to signal how serious we are about our relationship with China, if... we asked them for another bear. TOBY I think it would be a good idea, as a symbol... to signal that China is serious about their relationship with us, if they stopped running over their citizens with tanks. MANDY Toby... TOBY Mandy! Call the embassy and have them send us over a damn bear. What's the problem? MANDY First of all, pandas are very rare. There are maybe a thousand of them and they're only in China. TOBY We only need one. MANDY We need two. TOBY Why? MANDY Because the other one will get lonely. TOBY The other one will get lonely. Well then have them send us two. MANDY And second of all, China's not inclined to give us gifts right now. TOBY Then get us two regular bears, a bucket of black paint, a bucket of white paint, bam, bam, next case. MANDY It's hard to believe that the wildlife lobby was nervous about you. TOBY I know. I'm Mr. Wildlife. MANDY Toby... TOBY Mandy! They stare at each other. TOBY What made you think I'd be interested in this? MANDY Josh said you were my man. TOBY Josh. MANDY Yeah. TOBY Said I was your man. MANDY Yes. TOBY [thinks it over] Oh... I have to say, Mandy... I'm impressed with how much you've grown. MANDY What do you mean? TOBY Well, there was a time if you got played by Josh like this, you'd want to get back at him right away, and it's good to see you rise above that. MANDY What do you mean played? TOBY He used you to have a little fun with me 'cause he has to deal with Breckenridge on slavery reparations. MANDY He played me? TOBY Yeah, but it's good to see you get past that. MANDY He played me? TOBY Like a two-dollar banjo. MANDY [thinks, quietly] Help me. TOBY Do what? MANDY Cause Josh pain. TOBY Hmm... Okay. CUT TO: INT. LEO'S OFFICE - DAY Leo is on the phone when Mallory and Sam come in. MALLORY Hey, Dad. LEO Yeah. [into phone] Hold on, please. MALLORY [barrels on anyway] Dad, I'm sorry, but Sam's asked me to have lunch with him and I need your permission. Leo tells his call to hang on and puts the phone down. LEO What do you need my permission to have lunch for? MALLORY Sam? SAM She says she always asks her father's permission before she has lunch with fascists. LEO Oh. Yeah, okay. MALLORY He's in favor of school vouchers, Dad. LEO No, Mallory. He's really not. MALLORY Yes, he is. LEO No, he's not. MALLORY I read the position paper. LEO It's opposition prep. MALLORY Opposition prep? LEO When we're gearing up for a debate, we have the smart guys take the other side. MALLORY [to Sam] You stood there and argued with me. SAM Yes. MALLORY Why? SAM You made an appointment. MALLORY Sam... LEO Would the two of you take it outside? SAM I thought you were trying to drive a wedge between us. LEO Yeah, but now you're just boring the crap out of me. MALLORY Hey... SAM Mallory, education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don't need little changes. We need gigantic monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six-figure salaries. School should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense. That's my position. I just haven't figured out how to do it yet. MALLORY [softened] You stood there and argued with me. SAM And we can continue the argument. But it's lunchtime now. We're going to have lunch. MALLORY You're taking over? SAM I'm taking over. MALLORY Dad? LEO Yes, you may go have lunch with the fascist. MALLORY Come along, Sam. MALLORY leaves. LEO You're doing fine. SAM Okay. [leaves] CUT TO: INT. THE OVAL OFFICE - DAY Bartlet is laying on one of the couches reading. Charlie comes in. CHARLIE Mr. President. BARTLET Charlie. CHARLIE Sir, you know your lunch with Mr. Girardi got canceled. BARTLET I heard. It's the first time anyone's canceled lunch on me since I took office. CHARLIE I'm sure Mr. Girardi meant no offense, sir. He was taken to the hospital with pneumonia. BARTLET I'm not saying he didn't have a good excuse. CHARLIE What are you reading? BARTLET Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation by George Washington. CHARLIE The George Washington? BARTLET The rules were drawn from an English translation of a French book of maxims. Washington copied them down when he was 14 years old. [reads] "When you sit down, keep your feet firm and even, without putting one on the other or crossing them. Put not off your clothes in the presence of others, nor go out of your chamber half-dressed." What a tightassed little priss he must've been. CHARLIE Yes, sir. BARTLET [takes off her glasses and regards Charlie] Do you think I could take George Washington? CHARLIE Take him at what, sir? BARTLET I don't know... a war? CHARLIE Could you have taken George Washington in a war? BARTLET Yeah. CHARLIE Well, you'd have the Air Force and he'd have the Minutemen, right? BARTLET The Minutemen were good. CHARLIE Still, I think you could probably take him. BARTLET Yeah. [winks and puts his glasses back on to read] CHARLIE C.J.'s here. BARTLET You can send her in. Charlie leaves and C.J. comes in. BARTLET C.J. C.J. Mr. President. BARTLET [reads] "When in company, put not your hands on any part of your body not usually covered." C.J. Well... I do what it takes to keep the press corps happy, Mr. President. Bartlet puts the book on the coffee table and sits up. C.J. sits on the couch opposite the table. BARTLET Yeah, you're right. What's going on? C.J. Don't blow your stack, all right? BARTLET What is going on? C.J. Zoey lied to a reporter. BARTLET What are you talking about? C.J. She was asked should the President's daughter be partying with drug dealers and she said she didn't know David Arbor was going to be at the party. Except she did know. BARTLET Why did she lie? C.J. She didn't have to. BARTLET Then why did she? C.J. 'Cause sometimes 19 year-old girls lie when they don't have to. BARTLET She never has to. C.J. She knows that. BARTLET Apparently she doesn't. C.J. Mr. President... give her a break. This thing's happened to her friend, she doesn't know how it affects her father. Edgar Drumm is shouting at her while she comes out of class. She choked. BARTLET [gets riled] A reporter talked to her on campus? C.J. Mr. President... BARTLET C.J.! C.J. Sir... BARTLET [starts to put on his shoes] Put the press in the briefing room. Tell them I'm coming right over. C.J. No. BARTLET C.J.... C.J. No sir. BARTLET We have been over this and we have been over this and we have been over this! They are not supposed to talk to my daughter on campus. C.J. It was Edgar Drumm. BARTLET I don't give a damn if it was the Bergen County Shopper's Guide. I want to talk to the press. C.J. You can't talk to the press! BARTLET Watch me. C.J. I'm telling you now, Mr. President, this isn't about your daughter! It's about the first daughter and that's my job and you're not going down there! You, me, Charlie and Zoey are the only four people who know she was lying and there's no reason it doesn't need to stay that way. It's a non-story. You go down there and it's a big story! Bartlet has his hand on the doorknob and takes a breath. Then turns around. BARTLET So I just sit in my office and fume? C.J. Yes. And if anybody asks you, you haven't heard anything about it. BARTLET Fine. C.J. Mr. President? BARTLET What? C.J. Did you know he jumped out at Zoey? Gina Toscano put him into a wall? BARTLET Excellent. C.J. Sir... BARTLET I haven't heard anything about it. C.J. Very good. BARTLET I could take George Washington, by the way. C.J. Yes, sir. BARTLET Anything else? C.J. No, sir. BARTLET Thank you, C.J. C.J. Thank you, Mr. President. [leaves] CUT TO: INT. JOSH'S OFFICE - DAY Jeff and Josh are still in the meeting. Jeff is pacing, Josh is sitting with his feet on his desk. JEFF How 'bout the Japanese? JOSH I knew you were going to bring up the Japanese. JEFF We gave 1.2 billion to Japanese-Americans who were in internment camps. JOSH They were actually in internment camps. Bring me a living slave and then you've got a case. JEFF I think I've got a case without the living slave, but I'm just a civil rights expert, so what do I know? JOSH Jeff, the committee is going to be looking for a certain degree of practicality. We don't have $1.7 trillion. To raise $1.7 trillion, we would have to sell Texas and the U.S. Navy. JEFF I understand the predicament and I'm willing to give you a break. We'll take our money in tax deductions and scholarship funds, how 'bout that? JOSH How about you take it in affirmative action and empowerment zones and civil rights acts? JEFF Three things which we wouldn't have needed in the first place. JOSH [stands, getting ticked] You know, Jeff... I'd love to give you the money, I really would. But I'm a little short of cash right now. It seems the S.S. officer forgot to give my grandfather his wallet back when he let him out of Birkenau. JEFF Well, your beef's with the Germans. JOSH You're damn right it is! Josh pauses and looks at his father's picture in the wall. JOSH What the hell are we talking about? He sits back down again. So does Jeff. JEFF We have laws in this country. You break them, you pay your fine. You break God's laws, that's a different story. You can't kidnap a civilization and sell them into slavery. No amount of money will make up for it, and all you have to do is look, 200 years later, at race relations in this country. JOSH Yes. JEFF No amount of money will make up for it. JOSH Yes. JEFF You got a dollar? JOSH Yeah. JEFF Take it out. Look at the back. Josh does. JEFF The seal, the pyramid, it's unfinished. With the eye of God looking over it. And the words Annuit Coeptis. He, God, Favors our Undertaking. The seal is meant to be unfinished, because this country's meant to be unfinished. We're meant to keep doing better. We're meant to keep discussing and debating and we're meant to read books by great historical scholars and then talk about them, which is why I lent my name to a dust cover. I want to be your Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. I'll do an outstanding job for all people in this country. You got any problem with me saying all that to the committee? JOSH No. JEFF Good. You hungry? JOSH Yeah. JEFF Let me buy you lunch. JOSH Yeah, okay. [stands] Hey, Jeff. JEFF Yeah. They put on their coats. JOSH There's going to be a lot of these meetings before your confirmation. Why don't you let me get lunch this time, you get it next time? JEFF Yeah, okay. JOSH Hey Suzanne. Josh and Jeff walk out the door. DISSOLVE TO: END CREDITS. FADE TO BLACK. THE END * * * The West Wing and all its characters are properties of Aaron Sorkin, John Wells Production, Warner Brothers Television, and NBC. No copyright infringement is intended. Episode 1.18 -- 'Six Meetings Before Lunch' Original Airdate: April 5, 1999, 9:OO PM EST Transcript By: Jo