In the season premiere, flashbacks reveal how the President (Martin Sheen) will officially announce his plans to run for re-election, which sends his staff into disarray as they work on the speech. But two problems dog them when Sam (Rob Lowe) realizes that Bartlet never apologized for not disclosing his multiple sclerosis while C.J. (Allison Janney) makes a crucial gaffe during a press conference. Meanwhile, the Chief Executive has his own problems with wife Abbey (Stockard Channing) who is still fuming that she was not consulted in his decision. Outside the Beltway, the President must decide if he should greenlight a military rescue of the besieged U.S. embassy in Haiti and chief counsel Babish (Oliver Platt) informs Charlie (Dule Hill) to hire his own expensive lawyer before a special prosecutor begins looking into Bartlet’s possible concealment of his illness.
THE WEST WING "MANCHESTER PART I" WRITTEN BY: AARON SORKIN DIRECTED BY: THOMAS SCHLAMME TEASER C.J. [VO] [through reporters' clamor] Please, I can only answer 14 or 15 questions at once. Steve, then Michael. FADE IN: INT. PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT C.J. is standing at the podium. STEVE Has there been any discussion of a Special Prosecutor? C.J. Tomorrow morning, the President will direct the Attorney General to appoint a Special Prosecutor, yes. [Reporters clamor.] I... I can't see! Joan? JOAN Can you tell us how that will work? C.J. A list of three prosecutors is given to a three judge panel. The prosecutors, as well as the judges, were all appointed by Republican Presidents. REPORTER How soon do you anticipate witnesses being called? C.J. I don't know. REPORTER Any idea who will be on the witness list? C.J. I can't comment on a witness list that doesn't exist, I imagine subpoenas will be issued to most senior White House staff, including myself. FEMALE REPORTER What about Congress? C.J. I'm sorry? FEMALE REPORTER Will Congress be holding hearings? C.J. I would imagine. REPORTER 2 Do you know which Committee would have Jurisdiction over... C.J. Again, I can't comment on what kind of hearing Congress has in mind; I'm sure there'll be one, but you'll have to talk to Congress. [Carol nods at her.] Okay, here now, the President of the United States. Bartlet walks to the podium. As C.J. steps down, she whispers to him. C.J. Front row, on your right. Cameras flash as Bartlet steps up. BARTLET Yes, Sandy. SANDY Mr. President, can you tell us right now if you'll be seeking a second term? BARTLET I'm sorry, Sandy, there was a little bit of noise there, can you repeat the question? SANDY Yes, sir, can you tell us right now if you'll be seeking a second term? BARTLET [puts hands in pockets, looks away, smiles] Yeah. And I'm going to win. FADE TO: EXT. ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE - NIGHT C.J. is sitting in the back of a limousine. DRIVER C.J.... C.J.... C.J.! C.J. Yeah. DRIVER We're here. C.J. Oh, yeah, thank you, thanks. FOUR WEEKS LATER ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE C.J. gets out tiredly. The driver hands her a bag, and she walks to the plane. In a MOVING SHOT, Bartlet climbs out of another limo. BRUNO GIANELLI approaches. BRUNO GIANELLI Mr. President. BARTLET Bruno! BRUNO I've got a new section... BARTLET Give it to Leo. He walks off, as Bruno sighs in frustration, then follows. We shift to C.J. walking. PAULSON [OS] C.J.! C.J. [OS] The speech is written, they're just ironing a few things out. PAULSON Look... C.J. It's written. PAULSON I'm not talking about the speech. C.J. What? PAULSON I've got a source that says the FDA is going to pull the trigger on mifepristone. C.J. Mifepristone's... PAULSON RU-486. C.J. The FDA is an independent agency, I could get in trouble for even knowing what you just told me. PAULSON: No, it's non-proprietary information delivered by a non-governmental person. You'll be fine! C.J. Well, I'll be asking one of my 14 lawyers about that. When are they going to announce? PAULSON That's the thing. They're doing it on Monday. C.J. Monday? PAULSON Right before the speech. C.J. [beat] Okay, thanks. Paulson leaves as C.J. walks up the steps to the plane. Josh follows. JOSH C.J.! There are now seven different drafts of the speech. C.J. Yeah. JOSH The President likes none of them. Toby and Doug can't get together, Sam and Doug can't get together. Leo and Bruno can't get together. C.J. Listen, I've got to talk to you for a second. JOSH If anyone asks, the speech is done, they're just ironing it a bit... They enter the main floor of AIR FORCE ONE. C.J. That's what I've been saying. Listen. JOSH Yeah. C.J. Come here. They walk into an office. C.J. Paulson got it from a source the FDA is signing off on RU-486. JOSH When are they going to announce? C.J. On Monday. JOSH [yells] Come on! C.J. Right before the speech. JOSH You didn't take care of this? C.J. Josh... JOSH Damn it, C.J.! C.J. I told all departments no news on Monday. We get the cycle to ourselves. JOSH Then how? C.J. The FDA is an independent agency. JOSH So we're kicking off our campaign on the same day... C.J. Yeah. JOSH Perfect. C.J. Look, I'm sorry, but... JOSH Yeah, I'm also not wild about pictures of the President getting on the plane without his wife. C.J. I can't computer-generate images of the First Lady. JOSH She's getting in in the morning? C.J. We'll do some pictures. JOSH I'm going to call Gail Trent and confirm this other thing. [walks up the steps] Maybe we want to postpone. C.J. Why? JOSH [irritated] I don't know. He's got laryngitis or something. C.J. walks on. DOUGLAS WEGLAND catches up with her. DOUG WEGLAND C.J.. C.J. Listen, anybody asks - the speech is done, we're just putting on some... DOUG Yeah, listen. What's Toby's problem with me? C.J. What do you mean? DOUG He's got a problem with me and I'd like to understand the nature of it. C.J. [stops] I wouldn't worry about it. DOUG I do worry about it, 'cause I have a job to do this week and he's making it harder. C.J. I don't... Connie! She walks away to meet CONNIE TATE. CONNIE TATE The place has a communications center, a conference room, an operating room, offices, and an apartment - this is a nice ride. C.J. Yeah. Anybody asks - the speech is done, we're just putting finishing touches on. CONNIE Yeah. C.J. Thank you. CONNIE [holds up a small box] M&Ms with the Seal of the President. C.J. walks through the area where reporters are seating themselves. FEMALE REPORTER 1 C.J., when do we see an advance? C.J. Very soon. MALE REPORTER The speech is done? C.J. It's done, they're just ironing a few things out. FEMALE REPORTER 2 Toby and Sam don't have any problem with Bruno's people? C.J. Everybody's getting along great, they're dotting the I's and crossing the T's. Across a hall from her, a door opens and Sam bursts out with a copy of the speech. SAM This thing reads like an Andy Williams special. We're starting all over again with a white piece of paper! [throws the speech up in the air and walks away] C.J. [turns to reporters] I'm going to take my seat now. [walks off] Signal beeping. C.J. sits in her chair and buckles in. PILOT [via P.A.] Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. From the flight deck, this is Lieutenant Colonel Gantry. We're closing our cabin doors and we ask that you be seated in preparation for takeoff. We'll be flying at a cruising altitude of 35,000 ft and our flight path will take us over Hartford, Connecticut, Springfield, Massachusetts, and our flight time to Pease Base Air Force, New Hampshire, will be approximately one hour and ten minutes, and we anticipate a smooth ride. C.J. chuckles. SMASH CUT TO: MAIN TITLES. END TEASER * * * ACT ONE FADE IN: EXT. THE WHITE HOUSE - NIGHT A view of the fountain entrance of the White House. SANDY [VO] ...now, if you'll be seeking a second term? CUT TO: INT. RESIDENCE - CONTINUOUS A television is on in one of the rooms. It's showing Bartlet Press Conference Earlier Tonight. BARTLET [on TV] Yeah. And I'm going to win. ANCHOR That announcement, coming about fifteen minutes ago, was made on the heels of the President's stunning disclosure that he'd been diagnosed... Bartlet walks in past the T.V., opens the doors inside. Another T.V. with the same programming on can be seen. Abbey is sitting in a chair with a glass in her hand. BARTLET Abbey? ABBEY [VO] Jed? BARTLET Listen. ABBEY You missed it. It was incredible. BARTLET Look... ABBEY [sips wine] All over the news. This crazy man got in front of millions of people and totally screwed his wife. BARTLET That's funny, 'cause that's sort of what I did. ABBEY You can't think this is funny. BARTLET I don't. ABBEY You can't think this is a joke. BARTLET [turns off T.V.] I don't, I swear. ABBEY There are ways of getting out of this. BARTLET Yeah? ABBEY You buried Dolores Landingham this afternoon. You couldn't possibly be expected to make... BARTLET Are you going... ABBEY You let some time go by, a few weeks. You say you've consulted with your doctors, you've consulted with your family... BARTLET Abbey... ABBEY Which, amazingly, people would believe... And then you say you decided... BARTLET I'm running again, Abbey. ABBEY [beat] Yeah? BARTLET Look, I have a lot to say... ABBEY You and me both. Go ahead. BARTLET What? ABBEY Say what you have to say. BARTLET No, I have to go down, they're going to brief me on the evacuation plan for Haiti. ABBEY All right. BARTLET You'll be up later? ABBEY When? BARTLET Probably three or four. ABBEY Am I usually up at three or four in the morning? BARTLET Not usually. ABBEY Then let's assume I won't be tonight. Bartlet leaves the room. CUT TO: INT. JOSH'S BULLPEN AREA - NIGHT Josh storms in. JOSH [screaming] Donna! DONNA [runs towards him, then follows him] Where have you been? JOSH The motorcade left without me. I had to drive back with Ed and Larry. DONNA They couldn't drive faster? JOSH Not faster than the Presidential motorcade, no. [goes into his office to leave his coat as Donna sorts through his messages] Uh, set up a conference call so Cabinet Affairs can brief. DONNA You want the sub-cabinet, too? JOSH Yeah. I need congressional leaders. [walks out of the office, picks up messages] DONNA Have you ever seen anything like this? JOSH No. DONNA I'm pumped. JOSH Me, too. DONNA I'm monumentally pumped. JOSH Set up the calls, would you? [walks off] Donna heads back to Josh's office, then turns and walks into her own area. CUT TO: INT. NORTHWEST LOBBY - CONTINUOUS Toby walks in from the rain. Josh catches up with him. JOSH Toby. TOBY Leo's got to... uh, cancel everything on the public schedule tomorrow. JOSH Done. TOBY You are talking with Cabinet Affairs? JOSH Donna is setting up the call. Why aren't you smiling? TOBY I'm wet. JOSH I'm wet and I'm smiling. TOBY I'm smiling on the inside. Ginger? GINGER [OS] Yeah! They walk into the COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE. TOBY Public Liaison wrote up talking points two hours ago. Pull them, they're no good anymore. [walks into his office] GINGER When are they going to have new ones? SAM [walks into his office] Public Liaison? TOBY Yeah. SAM [comes out of the office] Half an hour! TOBY [as Sam speaks] Fifteen minutes! Sam, we've got to... SAM [at the same time] You'd better... BOTH ...call the networks and make sure we've got one of our people in every single broadcast tonight. TOBY Okay, let's try not to do that a lot. [walks off] SAM [grins, to Josh] Why isn't he smiling? JOSH On the inside. SAM We've got to round up the medical experts for the morning shows and we need to divvy up the columnists. Nancy? [walks off, Nancy follows him] NANCY Yeah. SAM I need to see C.J. as soon as she's free. NANCY She's going to be down there for another couple of hours. She's surrounded. SAM Well, get her on the phone. [walks off] NANCY Yeah. [walks off] TOBY [to Josh, who's following him] And we need Oliver Babish. JOSH You want to put him in the Briefing Room tomorrow? TOBY Send a message we're not worried about the legal side. CUT TO: INT. THE OVAL OFFICE - NIGHT Bartlet is at his desk, reading. Sam, Toby and Josh walk in and stand there silently before him, as he reads without noticing them. Silence. The rain pours outside. BARTLET [raises his head] What are you all looking at? TOBY Good evening, Mr. President. BARTLET What do you guys think the news is going to lead with tomorrow? LEO [walks in] Sir. BARTLET [chuckles] Yeah. He gets up and leaves with Leo. SAM [to Josh] Haiti? JOSH Yeah. TOBY All right. Don't worry about Haiti. Let's do what we have to. They all walk out. CUT TO: INT. THE SITUATION ROOM - NIGHT Nancy is at the head of the table filled with officers. NANCY Mike, is that the four AV-8s? MIKE Yeah, and four AV-1s. BARTLET [walks in with Leo] Good evening! NANCY [as everyone stands and repeats] Good evening, Mr President. Mr. President, this is operation Swift Fury. Bartlet sits. Everyone else does. Nancy remains standing. BARTLET Yeah. NANCY On your command, we deploy a Landingship Helicopter Assault to evacuate both the Americans and Dessaline from the embassy. [sits] LEO What's in the LHA? OFFICER Four CH53Es with 35 troops for combat assault support and eight CH46 helicopters. LEO That's for cargo and ammunition? MIKE Yeah, we also have four Cobras, two Hueys for command and control, and four Harriers. LEO Where do you launch? MIKE There's a soccer stadium there. NANCY The Stade Alain Toussaint. MIKE It's about a quarter mile from the embassy. BARTLET So these helicopters land on the roof, and then... NANCY ...and then take the Americans and Dessaline to the Enterprise. OFFICER Code word "Paris" for this operation. BARTLET What are the possibilities there'll be Haitian civilian casualties? NANCY A curfew's been imposed and Signal Sntelligence Flights say there aren't any civilians within a two-block radius. BARTLET How long do I have? OFFICER "Paris" will be in place in two hours, sir. BARTLET OK. Thank you. NANCY Mr. President. BARTLET Yeah. Everyone applauds as Bartlet leaves the room. CUT TO: INT. AIR FORCE ONE - PRESENT Bruno walks down the stairs to Margaret. BRUNO Hey! Red-headed girl! MARGARET [with dignity] Margaret. BRUNO [shrugs] Okay. Uh, uh, I need to see him. MARGARET He's in his cabin. You can go back. Bruno walks away as Margaret heads her way, turning back to look at him. CUT TO: INT. LEO'S CABIN - CONTINUOUS Knocking on the door. LEO Yeah! BRUNO [walks in] Listen... LEO Bruno... BRUNO In four weeks... LEO Look... BRUNO Hang on. Four weeks... LEO No, I don't think I will hand on. Who told Doug to write a draft? BRUNO This was... this was simply in order to... LEO Who told him? BRUNO I told him to do it. LEO It's got an apology. Also, it stinks. [gets up, walks to the illuminator. Bruno follows.] BRUNO Yeah. Okay, it lacks a certain, well, quality... LEO Yeah. BRUNO But look, Doug isn't here to write poetry. The purpose of this draft is to demonstrate that an apology can work. LEO He's not going to apologize. BRUNO Why not? LEO Because it's his official campaign announcement and not Oprah Winfrey. BRUNO Doing Oprah wouldn't kill him. LEO I honestly believe it might. [walks out, Bruno follows] BRUNO In four weeks... CUT TO: INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS C.J. is sitting in her chair. Bruno and Leo walk past her. LEO In four weeks, he has made a full disclosure of his health. He's educated the public about MS, he's done this every day. He has done everything... BRUNO Except apologize. In four weeks, he has saved Haiti for democracy, funded the Justice Department Tobacco lawsuit, watched the market rebound... he has done everything but apologize. LEO [walks into another cabin] You think he apologizes and his numbers go up? BRUNO I think you brought me in two weeks ago because they haven't yet. LEO They have. BRUNO Two points in a month? [Leo looks away] If he runs for reelection 27 years from now, he's got a fighting chance. LEO I've got to make calls. Talk to me about this in town. He closes the door as Bruno walks off. FADE OUT. END ACT ONE * * * ACT TWO FADE IN: INT. AIR FORCE ONE - NIGHT COLONEL GANTRY [via P.A.] This is Colonel Gantry. We're making our final approach to Pease Air Force Base. If you would all take your seats and fasten your seat belts. JOSH [walks up to C.J., who is sitting] Listen. C.J. Sit down. We're landing. JOSH I talked to Gail Trent. C.J. And? JOSH And she confirmed it. The FDA's going to announce. C.J. On Monday? JOSH Yeah. What are they talking about back there? C.J. Leo and Bruno? JOSH Yeah. C.J. The lack of yeast in our numbers. Yeast is a fun word to say. JOSH I'm sorry I got in your face before. C.J. Our numbers are less than yeasty. JOSH They are. CUT TO: INT. THE WHITE HOUSE MESS - FOUR WEEKS EARLIER White House staffers are gathered in the room. TOBY We need a new poll in the field right now. JOSH Yeah? SAM I'll tell you why. JOSH Because the first one was bogus. SAM Totally bogus. And I'll tell you why. C.J. 1,170 voters in one industrial state isn't representative of the whole country. JOSH Plus, people respond differently to voting out the governor versus a sitting President. ED Governors are expendable. LARRY While if they feel the country's on the right track, they want to keep the President in charge. SAM In charge, if at all possible and I'll tell you what else... LARRY Bartlet's always scored high... SAM Always scored high on the trustworthy scale. C.J. So he has a bit of a shield to protect him from character attacks. SAM Yes, he does. Not to mention that the information presented during the interview informed the public that MS isn't a fatal disease. C.J. We need to put a poll in the field right now. TOBY Than you all for coming around to the self-evident point I made five minutes ago. Kenny and Joey enter the cafeteria. They are soaking wet. JOEY [KENNY] We've gotta put another poll in the field. JOSH What happened? JOEY [KENNY] My ride left without me. JOSH Mine, too. I got a ride with Larry and Ed. JOEY [KENNY] Yes. Didn't you see me jumping up and down waving my hands in the air? JOSH I just thought you were happy. LARRY Me, too. JOEY You're an idiot! JOSH Which one of us are you talking to? JOEY [KENNY] Listen to me. He did incredibly well on TV tonight. We've gotta put another poll in the field. JOSH We know. JOEY [KENNY] There's a difference between a governor and a President. SAM Yes. JOEY [KENNY] 1,170 people in Michigan won't give you a good sample. TOBY [getting up] This is a lot like DuPont Circle. JOSH We're there already, Jo. JOEY I was stuck in the rain. JOSH Put a poll in the field. Kenny signs to her, and they leave. CUT TO: EXT. MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE - NIGHT Josh and Donna are in a car. JOSH The hotel's up on the right. DONNA What's mifepristone? JOSH A pill that will abort a pregnancy up to 49 days. DONNA Mifepristone is RU-486? JOSH Yes. DONNA And the FDA's approving it? JOSH Yes. DONNA [singing] Hallelujah! [pulls the car over] JOSH See, I think you're thinking that somehow this pill means more sex for you. DONNA No, I'm thinking it's a terrific medical advancement for women. You didn't think I'd be for it? JOSH Of course, you're for it. I'm for it. Everybody's for it. Just not on Monday. DONNA [gets out of car] Why not? JOSH [gets out of car] A, it will get folded into our news cycle when we want it to ourselves. B, it will give the pro-lifers something to scream about. And C, it'll look like the campaign screwed up, so the press'll write a process story instead of writing about our issues. DONNA Isn't this one of our issues? JOSH Not on Monday. I'm checking in. He turns and walks inside the hotel. Donna [sarcastically] Sure, I'll get the bags. CUT TO: INT. BAR - NIGHT Doug sits at a bar in New Hampshire. BARTENDER What do you need? DOUG Absolut martini on the rocks. BARTENDER Olives? DOUG Thank you. Is it always this crowded in here? BARTENDER Only when the circus is in town. Toby walks up to the bar. BARTENDER Toby Ziegler! What'd you bring me? TOBY M&Ms from Air Force One, Lois. BARTENDER Thank you. [takes the M&Ms] Jack Daniels? TOBY Yes, thank you. DOUG [to Toby] Did you... TOBY I read it, yes. DOUG It was just to demonstrate that an apology could work. TOBY He's not going to apologize. DOUG What about the rest of the speech? TOBY We're starting over. Doug [moves closer to Toby] Toby, if he doesn't apologize by Monday, we're going to spend the next 15 months being asked why. Then when he does, it's going to be because he had to. There are moments and when they are missed... TOBY I've done this before. DOUG Like Haiti... TOBY Don't talk about military strategy in a conversation like this. DOUG I'm just saying if the table had been set right and he'd been able to invade... TOBY [gesturing with a wave of his hand] You wanna speak up? I'm not sure the entire White House Press Corps heard you. BARTENDER [puts drink on bar in front of Toby] Jack Daniels. TOBY [gets up] Thank you. [walks away] BARTENDER You guys friends? DOUG [sighs] Yeah. CUT TO: INT. MARGARET'S OFFICE - FOUR WEEKS EARLIER Toby walks in. TOBY Is he in? MARGARET He's waiting for you. Toby walks into LEO'S OFFICE. LEO Hey. TOBY Joey's putting a poll in the field first thing in the morning. LEO Good. That first poll was bogus and I'll tell you why. 1,170 people in Michigan can't possibly... TOBY Leo, Leo, we've been through this. LEO Alright. Well, good. TOBY Where's the President? LEO In the residence. TOBY How's the first lady? LEO You know, I think with everything on our plates, we don't really need to be marriage counselors. TOBY [sarcastically] No, we should, 'cause you and I would be good at it. [leaves] MARGARET [enters] Excuse me. LEO They're ready? MARGARET Yeah. [leaves] LEO Here we go. [leaves] CUT TO: INT. THE SITUATION ROOM - CONTINUOUS COMMAND [over radio] Cobra 2, What is your position? PILOT 1 [over radio] Raven, Cobra 1 is Charlie. PILOT 2 [over radio] Raven, Cobra 2 is Charlie. COMMAND Copy Cobra 1, Cobra 2. You are go for mission status. NANCY Leo, we'll hear Rattner from Port-au-Prince complete each phase of the operation. LEO Where are we? OFFICER 1 Both Cobras are in position. PILOT 3 Rave, Dragon is Delta. COMMAND Copy, Dragon. You are go for Operation Swift Fury. LEO How long does it take? NANCY They'll start taking personnel in 40 seconds. OFFICER 2 They readied the pair of cobras over Bazan's troops to secure the landing. Then we pick up the 53 Americans and Dessaline. LEO Then they haul ass to Paris?Officer 2 nods. NANCY Yup. How're you doing? LEO Not bad. How about you? NANCY Not bad. Wish I could've been at the funeral. LEO You had your hands full. NANCY I was proud of our boy. LEO Yeah. NANCY How's the first lady doing? LEO Let's not doing that right now, huh? NANCY Yeah. A few moments pass. LEO The silence makes me crazy. [another pause] Come on. [looks at his watch] PILOT 3 Raven, Dragon has all personnel secured. Dragon is lifting to Paris. Leo, Nancy and officers share sighs of relief and smiles. COMMAND Copy. Dragon is lifting to Paris. Dragon is away. The room fills with clapping. PILOT 1 Raven, Cobra 1 is taking fire from across the... from inside the building across from the embassy. Leo looks concerned. PILOT Engaging. Raven, I'm hit. PILOT 2 Raven, Cobra 2. Cobra 1's taking some fire. Fire's coming from the tail. He's hit in the cockpit. COMMAND Cobra 1, what is your status? PILOT 1 Raven, Cobra 1. I've got some injuries. COMMAND Copy that, Cobra 1. Can you make it back to Paris? PILOT 1 Yeah, we're going to try. PILOT 2 Raven, Cobra 2. I'm engaged with a squad of HNP troops with several light machine guns; Engaging with 20 millimeter and 2.75 rockets. [explosion sounds over the PA] Raven, Cobra 2. Target neutralized. Returning to Paris. COMMAND Copy that.More sighs of relief. LEO All right. Well, we're in it now. CUT TO: INT. BAR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE - PRESENT C.J. and Sam are sitting at a table. C.J. Our hotel is located just a few miles from the site of John Goffe's mill. [reading from a brochure] "Hunter John, as he was called, was granted the land as a reward for his services to the colony in the French and Indian wars." Let me tell you something. We don't do that enough anymore. SAM [reading from his notepad] "I seek re-election to the presidency, not because of it's glories but because of its difficulties." [pause] Challenges, right? Challenges is better than difficulties. C.J. Yes. [reading] "Later in life, he built the water-powered grist mill with his son, Colonel John Goffe, and his grandson, Major John Goffe." The Goffes. SAM Is "challenges" gonna make us think that one of the difficulties is that he got MS? C.J. It's going to make us think he's up for challenges. SAM I agree. TOBY [walks up to table] C.J.? C.J. Yeah? TOBY Wanna play some pool? C.J. I don't know how to play pool. TOBY Then you wanna play for money? C.J. Sure. [gets up] TOBY [as they walk up a ramp to the pool tables] What are you doing? C.J. I'm drawing inspiration from the strength of the Goffe family. The descendents of Hunter John have been owners and operators of the Goffe Family Mill for more than two centuries now. [reading] "In 1845, when Theodore `Ody' Goffe was the proprietor, the mill burned to the ground." Well, that totally blows. CUT TO: INT. PRESS ROOM - FOUR WEEKS EARLIER C.J. is handling a rowdy press corps. REPORTERS C.J.! C.J. Again, I can tell you that the operation was launched from the deck of the USS Enterprise, about 60 miles off the coast of Haiti. If you need more details about troops and equipment, I'm going to have to refer you to the Pentagon. REPORTERS [raise hands] C.J.! [C.J. points to Carl] CARL Getting back to last night, for a second, the President was briefed on the evacuation after the press conference? C.J. That's right. CARL Can you talk about his state of mind? C.J. His state of mind was he's commander in chief. MARK I think the question was - was he physically and emotionally prepared to make a life-and-death decision after what he'd just been through? C.J. He'd been through a TV. interview and a press conference. The President finds you all annoying but not prohibitively debilitating. REPORTERS [raising hands] C.J.! C.J. Chris. MARK [interrupting] Excuse me! The President had just announced an elaborate plot to conceal a life-threatening illness from the American people. C.J. The President's MS isn't life threatening... MARK So it had no affect... C.J. [firmly] And there was no plot. [points] Steve. STEVE When did the President tell you about his condition? C.J. Sorry? STEVE When did... C.J. He told me a week ago. CHRIS Did the President tell you himself? C.J. No. Leo McGarry told me. CUT TO: INT. JOSH'S BULLPEN AREA - CONTINUOUS Josh is watching C.J. on the monitor from the bullpen. CHRIS Why didn't the President tell you? C.J. Because Leo McGarry told me. KATIE C.J., could you describe your relationship with the President? Joey and Kenny enter the bullpen. C.J. Just good friends, Katie. JOEY [KENNY] How's she doing? JOSH It's getting away from her a little. C.J. [over the monitors] I'm not answering that. JOEY [KENNY] They're making her the story. JOSH [stands up] Yeah. Listen, I wanted to ask you about something. JOEY [KENNY] Yeah? JOSH The Justice Department wants another $30 million to fund its suit against the tobacco companies and we want them to have it. The Appropriations Subcommittee on Justice, State and Commerce handles that money and they won't bring it to a vote. JOEY [KENNY] Kalmbach's the chairman? JOSH Yeah. Now, I wanted to turn the heat up and issue a release. JOEY [KENNY] Incendiary? JOSH Yeah. It calls them well-fed members lining their campaign war chests and being complicit in hundreds of thousands of negligent homicide. JOEY [sarcastic] Nice. JOSH We didn't send the release out yesterday because of the MS announcement and Mrs. Landingham. But in a day or two, I wanna leak it. What do you think? JOEY Yeah, that's really stupid. JOSH Why? JOEY [KENNY] Because offense makes people play defense. JOSH I'm raising the profile to bring public opinion down on him. Play defense with that. JOEY [KENNY] Congress appropriates the money. You're not going to get it by pissing off the appropriators. JOSH Watch me. JOEY [KENNY] Thanks for asking my opinion. JOSH No sweat. [looks at monitor] C.J. [on monitor] I'm not going to answer that. CARL Is it because you don't know? C.J. It's because I don't believe it has anything to do with the President's sharing his health information with the general public. JOSH [overlapping] Let's get away from it. [walks out of the bullpen with Joey and Kenny.] CARL Hang on. You're supposed to be able to distinguish between the things we're supposed to know and the things we're supposed to know and you don't. C.J. [sighs] The Pentagon briefing's scheduled for 3 this afternoon. I'll keep you posted with the changes. REPORTERS [raise hands] C.J.! C.J. holds her hands in front of her in a stop signal. CUT TO: INT. BAR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE - PRESENT TOBY [takes a shot on the pool table] Leo talked to me, you know. C.J. Hmm? TOBY I said Leo talked to me. C.J. Yeah? TOBY [looks at her pointedly] Yeah. C.J. About what? TOBY [pauses and then shoots again] Your shot. C.J. [rolls ball into the hole with her hand] Strategically, I felt that was the wise thing to do. TOBY Leo talked to me. I know what you're thinking about doing. C.J. rolls another ball into the hole and looks at Toby. FADE OUT. END ACT TWO * * * ACT THREE FADE IN: INT. THE OVAL OFFICE - FOUR WEEKS EARLIER Bartlet walks in. A few people are in his office. NANCY [VO] Good morning, Mr. President. JOSH [VO] Good morning, Mr. President. BARTLET We're talking about a display of force? NANCY Yes, sir. Bazan sees what he's up against. BARTLET And what is he up against? MOSLEY We can buzz Port-au-Prince with an Alpha strike formation. Five F-18 types. NANCY It'll get his attention. [Everyone sits.] JOSH Isn't it possible they can shoot at us again? MILITARY OFFICER We'll fly an E-2 Hawkeye with a radar dome. BARTLET It picks up weapons signals? MILITARY OFFICER Yes, sir. We'd know before the formation reached Port-Au-Prince if they were in danger. BARTLET [nods, opens file] Peter, State's exploring the effectiveness of immediate sanctions? PETER Yeah, we're exploring it, but we've been down that road with Haiti before. JOSH With terrible results that hurt the wrong people. NANCY And not to pile it on, Mr. President, but we have reports of 12 separate incidents of cutters intercepting Haitians off the Florida Keys. If we stretch out the resolution, then... BARTLET We'll have a refugee crisis. NANCY Guantanamo Bay. BARTLET [beat] All right, let's go here. Nancy, Peter, get a message to the Canadian prime minister - we intend to restore Dessaline. The Canadians should tell Bazan if he doesn't move out we're willing to move forward with military options. In the mean time, I'm willing to consider a fly-by. NANCY If the fly-by doesn't work? BARTLET Now you're just bugging me. [sighs] That's all. EVERYONE [standing] Thank you, Mr. President. Everyone leaves, Josh and Toby remain behind. Bartlet goes to his desk. JOSH Sir... BARTLET Yeah? JOSH We should bear in mind that if we end up invading Haiti there'll be a belief... BARTLET That it was politically motivated. TOBY Yeah. That at the... at the very least we welcomed the opportunity both to distract attention from the MS story and show strength as commander in chief. BARTLET You think it's a sign of strength to invade Haiti? JOSH I meant... BARTLET Missouri could invade Haiti. JOSH Yes. BARTLET Sanctions aren't going to work - you said it yourself. The Haitian National Police will get rich of the contraband. Dessaline was democratically elected and instead of sitting in his office he's sitting on the USS Enterprise. To say nothing of the fact that they shot at us, and you don't get to do that. TOBY Sir... BARTLET I'm late. He picks up papers and walks out. Josh and Toby remain behind. TOBY Everybody's tired. JOSH You know, at some point we're going to have to check the First Lady's temperature. TOBY Okay, you first. JOSH [smirks] Yeah. TOBY On Haiti, tell your people to be careful with public posture - not to say or do anything that could taint any of the options. JOSH Nobody wants to invade... TOBY Nobody wants to contemplate invading until we've exhausted diplomatic options. JOSH Yeah. They both lean on the desk and stay silent. CUT TO: INT. BAR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE - PRESENT Charlie is walking up to the pool table with a beer bottle. TOBY Charlie! CHARLIE Yeah. TOBY You want to play? CHARLIE Aren't you supposed to be writing? TOBY I am writing. CHARLIE I don't see paper. Toby walks up to him and sits down. TOBY "We can sit back and admit with grave sensitivity that life isn't fair and the less-advantaged are destined to their lot in life and the problems of those on the other side of the world should stay there, that our leaders are cynical and can never be an instrument to change, but that, my friends, is not worthy of you, it's not worthy of the President, it's not worthy of a great nation, it's not worthy of America!" Paper's for wimps. Wanna play? CHARLIE No. TOBY I understand it's because you're scared. CHARLIE I'm not. TOBY I'm saying if you're a scared chicken, I understand. CHARLIE [walks up to him] You got twenty bucks? TOBY Yeah. CHARLIE Put it on the table. Toby pulls out some money and places it on the table. So does Charlie. TOBY I'll give you the break. CHARLIE [goes to break] If you give me the break, you're not gonna need that stick. [breaks] CUT TO: OUTER OVAL OFFICE - FOUR WEEKS EARLIER Oliver Babish comes up to Charlie. CHARLIE Yeah. OLIVER Can I see you for a second? Charlie follows Babish away from his desk. Oliver closes the doors to THE MURAL ROOM. OLIVER Today, the President is going to direct the Attorney General to appoint a Special Prosecutor. CHARLIE Yes. OLIVER Now, you know what that means, right? CHARLIE Yeah. OLIVER Okay, so you'll need a lawyer. CHARLIE Actually, Mr. Babish, I don't think I need one. OLIVER You do. CHARLIE I think I'll be fine. OLIVER Really? CHARLIE Yeah. OLIVER [sits down] He's going to ask you about everything you'd seen and heard since you started working at the White House. CHARLIE I can answer those questions truthfully. OLIVER Then he's going to call you back a month later and ask you the exact same questions. If your answers change even a little bit, he'll prosecute you for perjury. CHARLIE Mr. Babish... OLIVER Oliver's fine. Are you prepared to describe every conversation you've ever had with the President? Whether he asked you for an aspirin? Whether his hands quivered? Are you prepared to answer questions about your relationship with his youngest daughter? This is NFL football. CHARLIE When is this all going to happen? OLIVER I don't know. CHARLIE [sits down] How can you not know? OLIVER Because grand jury investigations are secret. CHARLIE So they can just knock on my door one morning? OLIVER They will knock on your door one morning. CHARLIE How much? You know, how much do you think... OLIVER Assuming you did nothing wrong, saw nothing wrong and heard nothing wrong - about a hundred thousand dollars. CUT TO: INT. BAR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE - PRESENT The game is over, Charlie rolls in the last ball and takes the money. TOBY Nice game, it was fun to watch. CHARLIE I'll see you later. TOBY Charlie... The President and the First Lady... CHARLIE [abruptly] Toby! TOBY Sorry. CHARLIE Man... TOBY No... CHARLIE I can't do the job if he thinks he's got to send me out of the room every time... TOBY No, you're right. You know what? Look, it's a typical marriage, I've been there. CHARLIE Well, I haven't, but he's the President of the United States, so my guess is no, it's probably not a typical marriage. I'll see you later. [walks off] Toby sits on the table and rolls a ball in the hole. FADE OUT. END ACT THREE * * * ACT FOUR FADE IN: INT. BAR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE - NIGHT The bar is very dark, illuminated by strings of lights here and there. A few customers and bar staff remain. Music is playing softly. In one corner, seated around a table, are Josh, Donna, Connie, and Margaret. Connie and Margaret are reading. Donna is eating food off of Josh's plate while she reads a newspaper. JOSH I said to you, I said this - I said: "Do you want food?" DONNA Yes. JOSH And you said, "No, I don't want any food." DONNA Yeah. JOSH And now, you're eating my food. DONNA You'd kind of think you'd have learned it by now. JOSH Are you...eating the rest of the sandwich? DONNA Are you? Josh looks mildly annoyed and takes a large bite out of the sandwich. Bruno walks over. BRUNO Where is he? JOSH [mouth full of food] How you doing? BRUNO I don't care. Where is he? MARGARET [a little testily] Leo's on the phone. JOSH What's the problem? Bruno sighs and sits down next to Josh. He opens a file folder and reads from a document. BRUNO "Our economy may be stronger, yet there are Americans who work longer for less pay and less dignity. Our crops may feed the world, yet there are children whose stomachs ache with the pain of hunger." [sarcastically] Yes, it's midnight in America. JOSH I'm not sure you can say "stomachs ache with the pain." CONNIE You can, but it's bad. Bruno, I ran into Sam before. BRUNO And? CONNIE We'll talk tomorrow... Does anybody know if the kitchen's still open? DONNA I'm not eating this potato salad. [starts to hand it to Connie] JOSH [grabbing the bowl from Donna] I'm eating it. Doug walks in, looking determined. DOUG Bruno. BRUNO I know, I know. DOUG [reading] "Let us shine a light on dark places in America: places where all hope has been banished, places where our founders' dreams are yet to be redeemed." BRUNO And then let us kill ourselves and move to Pakistan. Doug tosses the speech on the table. Leo walks in. LEO Why are people here? BRUNO Leo. LEO I came to the bar to have some privacy. BRUNO Leo, I'm reading things that would make the cast of Up With People sit down on the floor and cry. LEO [gruffly] We'll work tomorrow. [to Connie and Doug] What are you two doing here? CONNIE We were... LEO Tomorrow. Leo puts a bunch of bills down on the table next to Josh, presumably for the food, and starts to walk away. Josh takes quick swig of beer, stands up and follows Leo toward the front door of the bar. JOSH I need to talk to you... The FDA's gonna approve RU-486. LEO How do you know? JOSH C.J. had a source. LEO You're not supposed to have that information. JOSH The source was non-governmental. Leo, they're doing it on Monday. LEO You've confirmed it? JOSH As well as I can. I've been at it most of the night. I'd like to go through back channels, see if I can hold 'em off. LEO [shaking his head] No. JOSH Then I think we have to consider postponing the speech. They pause next to the bar, facing each other. LEO I'm going out to see the President first thing in the morning. Let me talk to him. JOSH All right. LEO All right. Leo leaves. Josh stares after him. CUT TO: INT. THE ROOSEVELT ROOM - FOUR WEEKS EARLIER A number of staffers, including Joey, Kenny, Larry, Ed, Josh and Sam, are sitting, pacing, and standing around the conference table. They're all reading a report on polling data that Joey has prepared. JOEY [KENNY] These are hot off the presses. JOSH Early numbers? JOEY [KENNY] Yeah, these are just preliminary after the first sixteen hours. SAM [reading] "How much faith and confidence do you have in President Bartlet? Great Deal: 21%, Somewhat: 24%, Only a Little:15%." LARRY [reading] "Not at All: 38%." SAM We got 45% in the top two boxes. That's better than we thought. JOSH [reading] "Do you feel he's physically able to perform his duties as President?" ED "Probably Not" and "Definitely Not" at 39%. JOEY [KENNY] That number'll go down as we educate the public about MS. LARRY [nodding] Yeah, with 25% saying they don't know. JOSH What's the bottom line? JOEY [KENNY] For an incumbent to have any chance at all at this point in the calendar, he needs 40%. SAM And if the election were held today? JOEY Forty-one. LARRY [reading] "Forty-one percent would re-elect him, 37 would elect a new person." ED [reading] "Twenty-two percent don't know." SAM He's in the ball game. JOSH All right, I'm gonna set up some meetings for tomorrow. We'll have the final numbers for this set and we'll figure out where to go from here. Thanks everybody. Josh gets up quickly to leave. SAM Josh? JOSH Yeah? They walk out to the HALLWAY. SAM Listen, I was talking to Toby earlier. Ginger walks past them in the opposite direction. JOSH Hey, Ginger. GINGER Hey. SAM [to Ginger] Hey. SAM And I was saying that actually he hasn't apologized. JOSH What do you mean? SAM I looked over the transcript and he hasn't apologized. JOSH Yeah, well, I don't know what to say. SAM Yeah. JOSH Let me ask you something. SAM Yeah. JOSH The release I wrote about the tobacco appropriations... SAM Yeah. JOSH What would you think about my leaking it to the subcommittee? They pause in the middle of the COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE. SAM I wouldn't do it. Josh scowls a little and considers Sam'S comment for a few seconds. JOSH I'm doing it. Josh turns and keeps walking. Sam walks after him. SAM Okay...So you don't think we're gonna get hung with the apology? JOSH Hang on. Josh spots one of the monitors on the wall. C.J. is briefing the press. She's not wearing her suit jacket, so presumably this is a later press conference than the one before. Josh stops and turns up the volume on another television in one of the cubicles. REPORTER [on T.V.] Can you talk about the level of military force you're going to show Bazan? C.J. [on T.V.] It'll be what's called an Alpha-strike formation fly-over. CUT TO: INT. THE PRESS ROOM - CONTINUOUS C.J. is standing at the podium. She looks very tired. Toby is watching from the office area at the back of the room. C.J. It's five F-18 fighters and an E-2 Hawkeye. REPORTERS C.J.! C.J.! C.J. Steve. STEVE The injured Marines - has the President spoken to their families or them yet? C.J. The President's expressed his gratitude and his concern to the Marines and their families. REPORTERS C.J.! C.J.! FEMALE REPORTER Did they express any concern for the President or the President's health? C.J. No, the President's health isn't a matter of concern. The reporters holler a bunch of questions at C.J., none of which she acknowledges. She strikes the podium lightly with her palm and continues to respond to the previous question, while looking increasingly tense and flustered. C.J. The conversation was focused on the Marines and their contribution to our national security. REPORTERS C.J.! C.J.! C.J. Mark. MARK There are reports of Coast Guard cutters intercepting Haitians off the Florida Keys? C.J. [checking her notes] Yeah, they're being considered economic refugees and diverted to Guantanamo Bay. REPORTERS C.J.! C.J.! C.J. [loudly, trying to be heard over the din] Carl. CARL Does this mean that the President can't afford to spend his own political capital right now by accepting mass numbers of refugees? C.J. That's not a factor. Toby is looking more and more nervous from his vantage point at the back of the room. REPORTERS C.J.! C.J.! C.J. Joan. Carl asks a follow up question, despite C.J.'s attempt to call on someone else. C.J. listens impatiently and a bit wearily to Carl. CARL Do you think that the President's political problems make it more or less likely that he will order an invasion? C.J. Again, that's not a factor. REPORTERS C.J.! C.J.! C.J. Joan? CARL I'm sorry, Joan. C.J., would you say that the President's situation makes it harder for him to focus on the situation in Haiti? Increasingly impatient, C.J. takes off her glasses and tosses them on the podium. C.J. To be honest with you, Carl, I think the President's relieved to be focusing on something that matters. The room is instantly quiet, except for the sound of cameras clicking and flashing. The reporters stare at her, astonished. Toby looks stunned, his eyebrows raised and his mouth hanging open. It take a moment for C.J. to realize the scope of her blunder. Not looking up, tucking her hair behind her ear. C.J. Obviously, what I meant to say was... CARL Excuse me, did you just say he was relieved? C.J. [still not looking up] Obviously what I... REPORTERS C.J.! C.J.! C.J.! As every reporter in the room is clamoring, C.J. never looks up. Toby turns and leaves the room, rubbing his head. He runs into Sam in the HALLWAY. Toby is shaking his head, still shocked. SAM [looking sick to his stomach] Toby... TOBY [gesturing, gasping] I don't believe it. SAM You saw it? TOBY I was standing right there. SAM "He's relieved"...he might have to send troops into battle? Toby turns Sam back in the direction of the briefing room exit door. They slowly walk toward it as they talk. SAM "He's relieved"...he might have to put American lives at risk and kill Haitian civilians 'cause it takes his mind off having lied to the electorate? As they reach the briefing room exit door, the door opens and C.J. walks out into the hallway amid the sound of reporters calling out her name. Only half looking up, she takes one step in the direction of her office, sees Toby and Sam, and immediately turns to walk in the opposite direction so she's not facing them. She looks deflated, not quite steady on her feet, and extremely upset. They can see how upset she is, so they hang back. TOBY [gently] C.J... C.J. stops in a doorway. C.J. [shouting] Just... just don't say anything for a... just don't say anything for a.... C.J. puts her hand to her head and sighs heavily, muttering something inaudible to herself. Sam looks over at Toby, then back at C.J. None of them make a sound for several moments. Then C.J. pounds her hand into the wall. C.J. [shouting] Dammit! C.J. turns around and walks between Toby and Sam, who say nothing in response to her outburst. They still look stunned as they watch her walk off toward her office. CUT TO: INT. LEO'S OFFICE - NIGHT Leo is seated behind his desk. Joey and Kenny are standing up in front of his desk. JOEY [KENNY] Tobacco. LEO What about it? JOEY [KENNY] Josh wants to send the release. LEO The press release? JOEY [KENNY] Yes. It's incendiary. Josh is feeling burned and he's letting his emotions, and dare I say ego, drive what I think is a very delicate situation... Margaret comes in and hands a message to Leo. LEO [raises a hand to stop her] Hang on. Leo reads the message quickly, then takes off his glasses turns his head, grimacing. LEO Holy hell. Leo gets up, leaving his glasses on his desk. As he leaves, Kenny signs something for Joey. CUT TO: INT. JOSH'S BULLPEN AREA - NIGHT Josh is heading quickly towards C.J.'s office, but she storms in there just ahead of him, slamming the door with significant force; the sound echoes through the hallway. Josh stops abruptly as the door slams. Scowling, he quickly changes direction and sees Toby and Sam. They pedeconference in the direction of Leo's office. JOSH "Relieved"? The President's relieved to be focusing on Haiti? TOBY I was there. JOSH Isn't this exactly what we said we had to be careful of? Leo comes barreling down the HALLWAY toward them. They all stop and stand in a circle in the middle of the hall. A security officer is standing, still and silent, right behind Leo. Toby bites his nails. Josh rubs his head in frustration. Sam still looks stunned, as does Leo. LEO What happened? JOSH She was asked if the President's situation makes it harder for him to focus on Haiti. SAM [defensively] There was a ramp-up. JOSH There was a ramp-up but she was asked... LEO What did she say? JOSH She said the President's relieved to be focusing on something that matters. LEO "Relieved"? Leo turns, fuming and shaking his head, and walks back toward his office. The other three follow close behind, debating their options amongst themselves. TOBY We can argue that...uh...she just misspoke. JOSH She meant to say that the President realizes he's focusing on something that matters. TOBY Or the President's reiterating that his focus is on something... SAM I don't like "something that matters," like finding out the President lied doesn't matter. They all walk into LEO'S OFFICE and keep on talking as Leo methodically and angrily slams the door between his office and the Oval Office. TOBY She misspoke is all we need. We go back, we say that she misspoke. Leo slams the main door to his office, startling Josh. Leo turns to look at the other three men, who are standing in the middle of the room facing each other. Leo's rage is barely contained. LEO [yelling] What if he has to invade? If he invades Haiti after what...[pointing] It's gonna look like he ordered a military operation to cover up... TOBY She goes back. She says she was tired. Leo walks over behind his desk. The others stay put. Josh looks especially uncomfortable. LEO C.J. doesn't misspeak! JOSH [quietly, firmly] She just did. LEO [continues to yell] If she misspoke, why didn't she clean it up in the Briefing Room? I mean, come to think of it, why didn't she clean it up in the Briefing Room? SAM She actually is tired, Leo. We all are. LEO [really angry, sarcastic] Well, why don't we go with that, Sam? Let's go out and say we're all tired. The President's tired. Complications due to MS. Toby and Josh meet each other's gaze, both looking very uncomfortable. Sam tries to maintain a non-aggressive tone with Leo. SAM We haven't had much time... LEO [sharply] You had a week. How much time do you need? SAM [finally raising his voice, angry] Some of us have had more time than others! Leo stops cold and stares at Sam. No one speaks for several moments. Toby gazes at the ceiling. Josh stares at the wall. Finally, Leo walks across the room and opens the main door to his office. LEO Margaret? MARGARET [appears] Yes, sir? LEO Is he alone? MARGARET Yeah. Leo turns toward Josh, Toby, and Sam. Only Josh looks him in the eye. LEO Come up with something. Leo leaves and goes into the Oval Office. CUT TO: EXT. DRIVEWAY OF THE BARTLET FAMILY FARM - PRESENT DAY A black Lincoln drives up a long gravel driveway which is flanked by a wooden fence and some trees. Several black SUVs and a few cars are parked along the side of the drive. A large white house is barely visible in the distance. The car stops at a guardhouse. Leo is sitting in the backseat, with the window rolled down. GUARD Good morning, Mr. McGarry. You can go on up. He's out by the pasture. Leo nods and the car creeps forward up the driveway. CUT TO: EXT. PASTURE ON BARTLET FAMILY FARM - CONTINUOUS Bartlet is leaning on the back of an old red pickup, wearing jeans and a polo shirt, drinking coffee and smoking. He catches sight of Leo's car. Several barns and out buildings, as well as farm equipment are visible off to the side. A cow moos in the background. Leo's driver pulls the car up close to where Bartlet is standing. Leo gets out of the car and walks over toward Bartlet as someone walks two horses up toward the house. Leo is wearing khakis and a casual suit jacket. LEO [shaking his head] You live in the middle of nowhere, you know that? BARTLET Awasiwi Odanack. It's a Abenaki phrase that means... LEO [a bit impatiently, like he's heard this before] ..."beyond the village." BARTLET [at the same time] ..."beyond the village." LEO Yeah. [leans one hand against the side of the truck] Good morning, Mr. President. BARTLET You want coffee? LEO [shakes his head] No. BARTLET What's happening? LEO C.J.'s got it from a non-governmental source - the FDA's gonna announce their approval of RU-486. Bartlet pauses and nods slightly. BARTLET When? LEO Monday. Bartlet takes another drag on his cigarette, stubs it out, and stands up. BARTLET Yeah, all right. Bartlet walks slowly over into the pasture area, his hands in his pockets. Leo waits for just a moment and then follows him. LEO Why don't we consider postponing the speech? BARTLET Why? LEO You've got laryngitis. BARTLET [turns around briefly, still walking] Yeah, no, I mean, why? LEO It'll get wrapped up in the news... BARTLET It'll get wrapped up in one news cycle. I don't give a... LEO It will. Plus it gives meat to the right. Lets the press write a process story. Right out of the gate the Bartlet campaign is pandering and bumbling and performing abortions in the Rose Garden. Leo finally catches up to Bartlet so that they're walking beside each other. BARTLET Screw it, and screw anybody who writes that story. Leo looks down at the ground for a moment, then continues in a slightly softer tone. LEO Plus, I have a hunch the first round of subpoenas'll be handed down this week. BARTLET [smiles slightly] You have a hunch? LEO Look... BARTLET Of course the first round of subpoenas'll be handed down this week. If we announce in two weeks, that's when the first round of subpoenas will be handed down! [testily] Screw it! It's game time. Let's go! Leo stares at him for a few moments, silent, but continues walking. Bartlet walks ahead to a fence that borders a huge expanse of land. LEO This is a nice piece of land. It'd be better without the... floodlights and the metal detectors, but... Bartlet leans against the fence and stares out at the cows grazing near a large pond. Finally, Leo walks up to the fence and leans against it, a few feet away from Bartlet, and looks out at the land. BARTLET Yeah. Leo turns, still leaning on the fence, to look at Bartlet. LEO Abbey and the girls are getting in this morning? BARTLET [not looking at Leo] Yeah. [finally turns, still leaning on the fence, to face Leo] How's everybody doing? LEO [nods] Fine. BARTLET [nods slightly, but looks skeptical] What about C.J.? Leo gives Bartlet a knowing look, but doesn't say anything in response. Bartlet glances at Leo and gets the message. BARTLET All right. [long pause, deep sigh] Laryngitis? LEO [shakes his head slightly] I don't know. BARTLET We could just say I have MS. Leo bows his head a bit and nods a little, acknowledging Bartlet's comment, and gazes off into the distance. LEO Yeah... BARTLET Leo? LEO Yes, sir? BARTLET I'm running for reelection, and I'm gonna win. Leo just looks at him. After a few moments, they both turn back to gaze off into the distance, still leaning on the fence, saying nothing, side by side. DISSOLVE TO: END TITLES. FADE TO BLACK. THE END * * * The West Wing and all its characters are a property of Aaron Sorkin, John Wells Production, Warner Brothers Television, and NBC. No copyright infringement is intended. Episode 3.01 – 'Manchester Part I' Original Airdate: October 10, 2001, 9:00 PM EST Transcript By: Irene and the vault April 27, 2002