En route to California to campaign for Sam’s (Rob Lowe) congressional election challenge, the President (Martin Sheen) and his staff debate whether to announce his controversial tax plan that might in turn damage Sam’s bid in conservative Orange County, California. In the meantime, Bartlet must keep tabs on a dangerous U.S.military incursion in a tumultuous African country.
THE WEST WING "THE CALIFORNIA 47TH" TELEPLAY BY: AARON SORKIN STORY BY: LAUREN SCHMIDT & PAULA YAO DIRECTED BY: VINCENT MISIANO TEASER FADE IN: INT. THE SITUATION ROOM - DAY Fitzwallace, Leo and Bartlet are in the Situation Room listening to GENERAL JIMMY WENDALL on a screen giving them an update on Kuhndu. GENERAL JIMMY WENDALL [on screen] ... consisting of the USS Harpers Ferry, the USS Cleveland, the LHD-4 Boxer, sixteen light armored vehicles, four M-1A1 Main Battle Tanks, four cobras and eight Harriers. FITZWALLACE What about the 82nd? It's Fitz, General. WENDALL The 82nd began their drop 75 minutes ago. Now they're in the process of... Someone comes and whispers something in his ear. WENDALL Excuse me, Mr. President, Mr. Chairman, for jut a moment. Wendall goes and picks up a telephone behind him and talks. BARTLET I don't understand, did we just get put on call waiting or something? FITZWALLACE He's probably taking a call from Captain Morita on the Tallahassee. BARTLET Wendall's answering the phones at U.S. European Commamnd? LEO Would you take it easy? BARTLET Is he placing a bet? FITZWALLACE Are we allowed to do that? And can I make a quick phone call before the 101st Air Assault... WENDALL Excuse me, Mr. President. FITZWALLACE Jimmy, was that Morita? WENDALL Yes, sir. FITZWALLACE What happened? WENDALL The 82nd's completed its takeover of Bitanga Airport, Admiral, that's what happened. Everyone in the Situation Room begins to clap and celebrate. FITZWALLACE Clear the 101st for the Bitanga Airport and stand by for a coded command, General. WENDALL Yes, sir. FITZWALLACE [to Bartlet] Thank you, Mr. President. BARTLET Thank you. ALL Thank you, Mr. President. Bartlet and Leo exit the Sit Room. CUT TO: INT. BASEMENT HALLYWAY- CONTINUOUS LEO That was impressive. BARTLET Me? LEO No, them. I meant... BARTLET I get it. LEO I'm saying... BARTLET And I agree with you. LEO I'm not saying I don't think you can be impressive in the Situation Room. BARTLET I can tell by the way you laughed in my face at the suggestion that I was. LEO We changed wheels-up to 6:00 p.m. BARTLET I heard that. Why? LEO D-triple-C put an event in Brentwood. BARTLET I've told him over and over about money and endorsements from outside the district. Why is he going to Brentwood? LEO For the same reason Willy Sutton robbed banks. BARTLET What does Joey say? LEO He's anywhere from five to eight points down, favorabilty below 50. They're making it about values. BARTLET The right to privacy's a value, so is clean air. LEO That argument's been incredibly effective in the past. BARTLET OMB? LEO They want a few more hours for the revenue calculations, but they're saying it's definitely going to be today. BARTLET Deficit-nuetral, we've had 14 meetings. LEO They understand. Ways and Means Democrats, then the NEC breifing on scoring. BARTLET What's wrong with booze and a comfortable pickup? Scoring. LEO I know what you were saying. What, are you from the Ozarks? BARTLET Is there going to be a democrat tax plan, or am I going to be stuck in NEC scoring hell for the rest of my term? LEO You got a meeting on salmon runs in Oregon at 3:00. BARTLET What do salmon runs have to do with it? LEO Nothing, sir. It doesn't have anything to do with the tax plan. I was moving on. BARTLET Last week it was a banana embargo. Is Congress opening a restaurant? LEO There's no reason you can't relax a little bit in California. BARTLET Aren't there quite a few reasons? LEO Yes. They finally enter the OUTER OVAL OFFICE. DEBBIE Good morning, Mr. President. BARTLET Miss Humentashen. DEBBIE Isn't it a little early in the day, sir? BARTLET Leo said just now that there was going to be an NEC briefing on scoring and tell her what I said. LEO "What's wrong with booze and a comfortable pickup?" DEBBIE No, I see there's no hour too early for your Noel Cowardesque wit, sir. BARTLET No there's not. DEBBIE Ambassador Tiki is in the Oval Office, sir. Bartlet enters THE OVAL OFFICE. BARTLET Mr. Ambassador, I'm sorry to keep you waiting. I was just in the White House Situation Room. AMBASSADOR TIKI Mr. President, the U.S. is trampling on the sovereignty of my country and on behalf of Nzele... BARTLET I've just taken your airport... [shakes his hand] ...clearing the way for the 101st Air Assualt to take the capitol. 7,000 troops, 25 battle tanks, 15 Apache attack helicopters, and three destroyers. Strictly speaking, I conquered your country without the paperwork. TIKI'S AIDE Kuhndu is in the midst of a civil war. BARTLET No, it's not. It's in the midst of a one-sided slaughtering of an entire people. Both the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Vatican have pleaded with President Nzele for a cease-fire and both the U.N. and the Holy Father have struck out to the peril of 115,000 Induye men, women, and God knows children, particularly the boys. TIKI Who will soon be men and will rise up... BARTLET The heads of Ghana, Nigeria and Zaire have similairly sent packing. The Red Cross has been denied entry on three seperate occasions in the last ten says. President Nzele has 36 hours to give the command to his troops to hand over their weapons to the 82nd Divison Airborne Division of the United States Army. At 36 hours and one minute, I give the order for the 101st Air Assualt to take Bitanga and run up our flag. I skipped breakfast. Anybody want coffee or something? SMASH CUT TO: MAIN TITLES. END TEASER * * * ACT ONE FADE IN: INT. PRESS BRIEFING ROOM - DAY C.J. The President informed both Ambassador Tiki and President Nzele that they have 36 – now 34 and a half hours – to implement a halt to the violence before U.S. forces deploy. John. REPORTER JOHN And that would consist of what? C.J. You've got a Pentagon briefing at noon. Katie. REPORTER KATIE Are we in direct talks with Nzele? C.J. The government of Ghana as offered to act as an intermediary, and those talks begin within the hour. REPORTER STEVE Does the military operation have a name? C.J. Safe Haven. REPORTER MARK Have you decided on a press policy? C.J. Always be upbeat. REPORTER MARK Right. I meant... C.J. Yeah, I don't get to decide press policy for the U.S. Armed Forces, though if wishing made it so, but we're bring Pentagon Public Affairs on the California trip and we'll be meeting about it all weekend. Tonights forecast for D.C. is 18 degrees of Mercury. For Newport Beach, it's 78 and sunny. REPORTER KATIE At night? C.J. Even at night. REPORTER STEVE What kind of a reception are you expecting? C.J. Well, Sam's going to meet us and we're going to get something to eat. REPORTER STEVE I meant by Orange County. C.J. Don't be fooled. They love us in Orange County. They're crazy-go-nuts for the President. They're really the Democratic party in general. I think they really like it when we come to town. When we were there last month, we we're working the crowd, and some boys, worried possibly that I couldn't afford fruits and vegetables on a government salary, tossed me some of their own. The reporters laugh. C.J. 78 and sunny. Yeah, we're going to have a dabba-doo time, so unless there are any updates, I'll see you on the plane. REPORTERS Thank you, C.J. C.J. exits to the HALLWAY. C.J. [to Carol] I've got $1,331 in my checking account. I'll write you a check for $1,300 if you go to California instead of me. Just leave me $31 for food and transportation. CAROL Gretchen Olan's been bumped from "Meet The Press." C.J. That, by the way, was a sky-blue DKNY suit worn for 41 minutes. There should be a law against that. CAROL There is a law against that. C.J. Who was she bumped for? CAROL Rittenhouse. C.J. Okay. CAROL And "This Week" wants to reschedule the Attorney General. They reach C.J.'S OFFICE. C.J. For who? CAROL Gacey, I think. Um... C.J. All right, let's see if we can get Gretchen in front of the Times and... CAROL The HHS... C.J. Wait a second. Rittenhouse and Gacey? CAROL Yeah. C.J. It's the tax plan. Josh! C.J. goes to JOSH'S BULLPEN AREA. C.J. [to Josh] Rittenhouse and Gacey just booked the Sunday shows. [to Carol] We need to see the President. CUT TO: INT. THE OVAL OFFICE - DAY Bartlet, Jean-Paul and Zoey are in the Oval Office. Bartlet is somewhat annoyed with Jean-Paul. JEAN-PAUL It is better to work to live, I think, than to live to work. BARTLET Right. On the other hand, 20% of your youth is unemployed. They're just living to live. JEAN-PAUL Yes, that is right, but sir, we have the best public health care and pension in the world. State-financed pensions are equal almost income levels. BARTLET Yeah, it helps when someone else is picking up the bigger ticket items like a national defense. ZOEY I love seeing my two men sparring. BARTLET I'm sorry? JEAN-PAUL She's very fond of you. BARTLET Excellent. Charlie knocks and enters. CHARLIE Sir? BARTLET Yes, absolutely, send them in. JEAN-PAUL You see, there is an attitude in your culture. There is an effort to defy all that is European and that behavior is seen by many to be... Josh, Toby, C.J. and Will enter. BARTLET Yeah, whatever, hang on a second. [to Josh] What do you need? JOSH Sir, we didn't know you were busy; we'll wait outside. BARTLET No, that's all right. What do you need? JOSH The three of you should bond. BARTLET Come here. Bartlet walks over yo Josh and whispers in his ear. BARTLET If you leave, I'll kill you. JOSH Yes, sir. BARTLET I'm sorry, Jean-Paul, I'll have to cut it short. Josh has gotten himself in a jam. But I'll see you on the plane tonight, and I'll look forward to continue the discussion on, you know, what's wrong with me. JEAN-PAUL Yes. ZOEY Bye dad. See you guys. Jean-Paul and Zoey exit. BARTLET What? C.J. The chair of House Ways and Means and Senate Finance are doing the Sunday shows. BARTLET You think the Republicans are rolling out their tax plan? C.J. I do. BARTLET Thank God. C.J. Why? BARTLET 'Cause we can roll out ours and I don't have to sit through another seven scoring meetings. JOSH But it means they're going to announce their tax plan this afternoon or this evening. That's tomorrow and Sunday before we respond. BARTLET Why not respond Saturday or Sunday? Better yet, let's go first. Call the press in, and I'll do it right now. JOSH It's not ready yet. It's still being scored. BARTLET Toby? TOBY I don't like that French kid very much. BARTLET It'll be ready tomorrow? TOBY Yes. BARTLET I say we respond to theirs with ours, but we do it tomorrow or Sunday. TOBY You'd be announcing a one-percent tax increase on the richest one percent and doing it in Orange County. BARTLET Then that's where we do it. WILL Except, Mr. President, it'll kill Sam. It'll kill him in the 47th. It may be seen as gutsy by the rest of the country, but you'll kill Sam's campaign. JOSH Which is why I think we should cancel the trip. BARTLET And announce from the White House. JOSH Yes, sir. C.J. Won't the White House canceling the trip be taken as a signal that we've given up on the 47th? WILL Yes. C.J. And do equal damage to the campaign? WILL Yeah. JOSH You want to go to Orange County? C.J. I think we have to go. [to Bartlet] Even though there's $1,300 with your name on it if you don't make me go with you. TOBY Get over the dress, would you? C.J. It was a suit and they hit me with an avocado. TOBY It could've been worse. C.J. How? TOBY They could have hit me. C.J. Sir, the first 24 hours of the cycle are critical. We can't fight something with nothing and that's what we'll have for 48 hours after they announce if we don't announce too. BARTLET That's a killer decision. But let's lean towards Sam and say we keep our mouths shut in California and then come out fighting Monday morning. JOSH Thank you, Mr. President. C.J., TOBY and WILL Thank you, sir. We follow the staff to the OUTER OVAL OFFICE, then to the HALLWAY. C.J. [to Toby] I'm going to go pack 38 sets of clothes now for two days. [leaves] TOBY Will? WILL Yeah? TOBY Every speech the President gives on Tuesday has to be about the Democratic tax plan. How many public remarks is he making on Tuesday? WILL Nine. TOBY Plus we need speech inserts for the Cabinet. WILL I can get it done by Tuesday. They enter the COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE. TOBY Yes, you can, because you're going to use the staff to help you. WILL Which staff? TOBY Your staff – the White House speechwriting staff. Your staff. You will tell them what you need. You will expect it. You will tell them how they can do better, and they will do it. WILL Yes. TOBY Yes. They enter TOBY'S OFFICE. WILL In theory. TOBY Yes. WILL On paper, your plan is very sound. TOBY But in reality? WILL I don't think they like me very much. TOBY No, no, no, they don't like you at all. WILL Why? Why, oh, why is that true? What have I done? TOBY Don't know; more to the point, I don't care. WILL I made Rice Krispies Treats. TOBY They've been working for the President forever. You've been here three minutes, and he made you a deputy. They have whiplash. WILL And understanding that, I brought in Rice Krispies Treats. TOBY And I'm surprised they haven't come around yet. WILL I can get it done myself. TOBY Listen to me. Many of these are the lowest possible priority remarks. There are more valuable places for your time. Now instruct your staff. WILL Yes. Will leaves Toby's office. WILL Excuse me, Ginger? GINGER Yes? WILL Are you, by any chance, on my staff? GINGER I'm one of your staff assistants. WILL Great. Would you call a meeting of the speechwriting staff for this evening? GINGER Are you going to be there? WILL Yeah... yes! Yes, the meetings with me. GINGER Yes, sir. WILL Thanks. Will walks into his OFFICE. He turns around and is about to say something but goes into his office and closes the door. He picks up the phone and dials. SAM [on phone] Hello? WILL Hey, it's Will. SAM How you doing? WILL Why did you cancel the Teamsters? SAM Scott thought we should be at the Manufacturing Association breakfast. WILL I don't think that was very smart. SAM [to Scott] Hey, Scott, Will says he doesn't think you're very smart. WILL I said it wasn't smart. SAM What do you need? WILL I'm just calling to say hi. SAM Really? WILL How do I get the speechwriting staff to like me? SAM I don't know, but when you do, why don't you tell me how you did it? WILL They didn't get along with you? SAM You're going to have some new staffers in there. WILL Yeah, but the problem is they're a lot of remarks we have to get ready for Monday. SAM What's going on Monday? WILL [beat] The environment. It's a whole thing about the environment. CUT TO: SAM'S CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS - DAY AIDE 1 Sam? SAM [to Will] Got to go. WILL Okay. They hang up. SAM [to Scott] He was wondering why we canceled the Teamsters. SCOTT HOLCOMB Sam, while they're here this weekend, you're going to need to work at avoiding the appearance you're sitting in his lap, he's reading you a bedtime story. SAM I'm going to need to work hard to avoid that appearance? SCOTT Yeah, you are. SAM Well, let me ask you, what do we have planned that might be mistaken... SCOTT You stand next to him, you're aid-de-camp. You're a waterboy. AIDE 1 Second banana. SAM Did you not think I knew what he meant? SCOTT This went fast in an ugly directon. The better point is people need to know you're independent. SAM Well, I have a good feeling about this trip already. FADE OUT. END ACT ONE * * * ACT TWO FADE IN: INT. AIR FORCE ONE - NIGHT The TV is turned to the news. CNN ANCHOR [on TV] ...certain debate will be coming tomorrow morning when GOP leaders plan to roll out their ambitious $800 billion tax cut plan – their prescription for an ailing economy. SENATOR ALAN BRODERICK [GOP LEADER] [on TV] It's you money, and you ought to keep more of it, because you earned it. This is exactly hat hardworking Americans deserve. FRIDAY NIGHT OVER THE GRAND CANYON CNN ANCHOR [on TV] Still no response from the White House on what is certan to be the biggest and the most contentious debate of this new Congressional session. LARRY He's going to go out of his mind. TOBY I'm going to go with him. ED Isn't that worse then we thought it was going to be? DONNA It is. TOBY We though it was going to be... LARRY They did 15 across the board. That's what it sounds like, but I haven't look at anything yet. ED Plus capital gains. TOBY That's what I thought we were talking about. I didn't even realize the 15%. Andy comes walking into the room. ANDY Did you just see that? TOBY Oh, my God. Have you been on the plane the whole time? ANDY No, I hopped on board when you guys were over the Great Lakes! What the hell...? TOBY What are you doing here? ANDY I told you I was coming. TOBY And I told you you couldn't fly. ANDY And Dr. Salmi said I could fly through the 32nd week, and I thought since he's my doctor, and you're really dumb, I'd join the Congressional delegation and help out Sam. Isn't it great? TOBY Listen to me. We've got all kinds of atmospheric cabin pressure up here. We're a little late, so the Colonel's put the hammer down in a 747. You've got windshear, downdraft, massive turbulence, not to mention four giant engines burning jet fuel at galactic temperatures. We're standing in a flying death tube! He turns and sees Donna, Ed and Larry staring. TOBY No, not the rest of y-you. It's just my family. It's, it's fine. [to Andy] Look... ANDY What do you want me to do, step off? TOBY Also, you've got twins in there. You're basically a minivan. How are you fitting into a seat? ANDY [to Donna] Ah-ah! I saw him first girls. Donna exits the room to the plane HALLWAY. DONNA Josh. JOSH Yeah? DONNA I checked the voicemail at the office, and there were a couple of messages from a man named Ivan Perez of the California Agricultural Laborers Association. JOSH Say that again. DONNA The California Agricultural Laborers Association. He's staying in our hotel and he wants to know if he can get five minutes. JOSH I don't know. I don't know him. Find out if he's for real before I meet with him. DONNA How? JOSH You meet with him. DONNA What litmus test would you like me to use? JOSH Well, to begin with, is he wearing shoes and shirt? DONNA Say he is. JOSH Ask him what he thinks of Richard Sutter. He's an Assemblyman who proposed the Foreign Labor... It doesn't matter. If he doesn't have a strong opinion on Sutter, he doesn't play at your level. DONNA I have a level? JOSH You do. It's not a lot to speak of, but you know, no shoes no shirt, I'm sorry, but you draw the line. DONNA Richard Sutter. JOSH An Assemblyman. Donna leaves and C.J. walks up and grabs a soda. C.J. We've begun spreading our magic already. JOSH What happened? C.J. Some wires got crossed between the Advance and Airlift Operations and CHP on the ground. They didn't get the word until late that take-off had been delayed and they also thought we were coming into SNA and not Los Alamitos. JOSH The result being? C.J. Interstate 5 has been shut down for an hour and a half. JOSH Is that a freeway that gets used a lot? C.J. Not for the last hour and a half, no. JOSH All right, has the President seen any of the news on the Republican tax cut? C.J. and Josh keep walking as Bartlet walks out of a room reading a piece of paper into his OFFICE. BARTLET No response from the White House? Ed, Larry and Toby are in the office. BARTLET [blows raspberry] There's my response. LARRY Plus, it's worse than we thought. ED It is. BARTLET [to Ed] Sing it, Larry. ED Ed. BARTLET 15% cut across the board? Cutting capital gains 50%! TOBY And they said it would cost $800 billion. C.J. and Josh enter the room. BARTLET And it's actually going to cost? JOSH $1.2 trillion. BARTLET I'm not an economist, but no... Wait, I am an economist. So, their plan will do what, C.J.? C.J. Explode... BARTLET Explode the deficit. Will it stimulate the economy, Josh? JOSH It will stimulate the Swiss economy. BARTLET Josh gets extra credit for being funny and right at the same time, and how long do I have to stay quiet, Toby? TOBY You're the leader of the free world, sir. You can speak anytime you like. BARTLET And not kill Sam? TOBY No, for that you got to shut up for 50 hours. BARTLET And so I shall. CUT TO: INT. COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE - NIGHT Will is in the Communications Office when Elsie enters. ELSIE You wanted to see me? WILL What are you doing right now? ELSIE Some remarks for the First Lady. It's Convocation for the Estonian-American Women in the Arts Week. WILL Is this a joke? ELSIE No. WILL How many Estonian-American women are there in the arts? ELSIE I don't know. WILL When are you going to be done? ELSIE Tonight. WILL Okay, I need you the rest of the weekend. ELSIE You've got a staff. WILL They don't like me. ELSIE The Rice Krispie Treats? WILL Did not do the job. ELSIE They work for you. WILL Try telling them that. ELSIE Have you tried telling them that? WILL No. ELSIE Why? WILL 'Cause these are hard-boiled men, some of whom have known the President since seventh grade and some of whom still write like they were there. They walk out to the HALLWAY. ELSIE And they're hard-boiled? WILL Yeah. You know we took Bitanga Airport this morning? ELSIE You think we don't watch the news down there? WILL I'm just saying. ELSIE You think the President took Bitanga 'cause you told him to? WILL He hasn't taken Bitanga, just the airport, and no, I'm just saying. You know... ELSIE Yeah. WILL Things happen fast. ELSIE Yeah. Elsie watches as Will exits the West Wing. CUT TO: INT. LEO'S OFFICE - NIGHT Leo is in his office talking to Robbie and Thomas. LEO He's not in... ROBBIE Nzele's demanding... LEO He's not in a position to be demanding anything. ROBBIE Nonetheless, he's demanding that American troops leave Bitanga immediately. LEO And? THOMAS And he'll continue the peace talks among the African countries. LEO No. THOMAS Leo, Nzele is a sadistic madman. This can't possibly be argued. But he's not a stupid man, and he knows where CNN is on his television. He's betting the first dead American soldier on television and you lose. LEO Our stomach for it? THOMAS Yes. LEO Thomas, Robbie – you've got to find a way of getting word to Nzele that in 23 hours he's going to lose that bet. CUT TO: INT. BASEMENT HALLWAY - NIGHT Will is walking in the basement. He enters an OFFICE. There are four young women dressed up standing around. WILL Hi. CASSIE TATUM Good evening. WILL Um, I'm WIll Bailey. CASSIE Yes, sir. We're the interns for the speechwriting staff. WILL Where are they? CASSIE Who? WILL The speechwriting staff? CASSIE I'm not sure. WILL What's your name? LAUREN CHIN Lauren Chin. WILL Lauren, do me a favor. Can you find out where the staff is? LAUREN CHIN Well, Cassie said... CASSIE Mr. Ziegler left a message that you should call him. WILL You're Cassie. CASSIE Cassie Tatum, and this is Lauren Shelby, Lauren Romano... WILL Three of you are named Lauren? CASSIE Yes, sir. WILL Lauren, Lauren, Cassie and Lauren. ALL Yes, sir. WILL And you don't know where the staff is, and Toby tells me to call him? CASSIE Yes. WILL Okay, I'm just going to step in this office over here a moment. Will goes over into the OFFICE and picks up the phone and dials. WILL [to interns] You're all pretty dressed up. CASSIE There's an intern party tonight, but Mr. Ziegler told us to stay. WILL [to interns] Doesn't sound that good, does it? [into phone] Toby, it's Will. CUT TO: INT. LIMOUSINE - NIGHT Toby is on the phone and C.J. is sitting next to him. TOBY 74 degrees in February. There's no civilization here. WILL Where's the staff? TOBY Hmm? WILL I was just starting the staff meeting, and there's no staff. TOBY Yeah, I fired some of them. WILL How many of them? TOBY All of them. WILL You fired the speechwriting staff? TOBY I was thinking about what you said this morning, and I think they have a bad attitude. Also, they're pretty bad at their jobs. WILL When are we going to have new speechwriters? TOBY Just as soon as you hire them. WILL All right, I'll get it done myself. TOBY You can't. WILL I can't? TOBY You can't. That's why I left you a staff. WILL The interns? TOBY Tell them what you want, and then expect it. WILL That isn't a staff, Toby. Those are the Robert Palmer girls. TOBY They're bright young women. Show some leadership skills. Get it done. We're here. I'll call you in a little bit. WILL Okay. The speechwriting staff – you didnt fire them, they quit, right? TOBY Yeah. WILL Because of me, right? TOBY Yeah. WILL Okay, thanks. Will hangs up the phone and walks into the room where the interns are. WILL Hi. CUT TO: EXT. CURBSIDE IN CALIFORNIA - NIGHT The Presidential motorcade pulls up to where a rally for Sam's campaign is being held. Sam is standing at the corner waiting for them when they arrive. C.J. exits the car. C.J. I'm sorry. SAM Don't worry about it. They hug. C.J. Hi. SAM Toby! TOBY Sorry about that. Toby and Sam hug. SAM Don't worry about it. C.J. Did we do much damage? SAM They got a photograph of an American SUV with three kids in the back crying 'cause they were stuck getting home from Disney's California Adventure. Listen, I feel bad you made the trip now. Who knew the Republicans were going to announce? Plus, he's got to be distracted by Kuhndu. C.J. He's fine. Bartlet gets out of the limousine. C.J. Mr. President? BARTLET Man, I'm sorry about this. [hugs Sam] SAM Thank you for coming. I was just saying you must be distracted by Kuhndu. BARTLET The French have denied us access to their airspace. I'm not sure why they think we're going to need it to get from here to Africa, but what the hell. This weekend's all about you. Get up there. CHARLIE [hands Bartlet a phone] It's Leo. They have now arrived at a platform. Sam mounts the platform leaving Bartlet and Charlie offstage talking. BARTLET This is going to be about France. Did we accidently trap people in a theme park? CHARLIE Yes, sir. BARTLET [into phone] Yeah? Sam is standing at the podium in front of a "Seaborn for Congress" banner. The crowd is cheering and holding up signs of support for Sam. SAM Thank you very much. Thank you. You've heard from a lot of people tonight and many of them were me. I'm happy to see that so many teachers here tonight brought students. The man that I worked for is not only a great President; he's an extraordinary role model. And someone you can honestly... While Sam is onstage, Bartlet can be heard offstage talking really loudly on the phone with Leo. BARTLET [OS] Leo, tell those poncy little hairdressers I'm going to shove a loaf of bread up their ass... SAM Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States. The crowd begins to cheer as "Hail to the Chief" begins to play. Bartlet walk onstage, and he and Sam embrace. Bartlet holds Sam's hand in the air as the crowd cheers. FADE OUT. END ACT TWO * * * ACT THREE FADE IN: INT. OFFICE - DAY Elsie and the interns are in the office waiting when Will enters. WILL Good morning. ALL Good morning. WILL These are for you. He hands them jerseys with numbers on them. CASSIE You want us to put them on? WILL It would move things along. You've met my sister Elsie? ALL Yeah. WILL Yesterday afternoon, the Republican Leadership unveiled their tax plan. On Monday morning, we're going to unveil ours, which means that all public remarks coming from the White House have to be about the Democratic tax plan. So, I need you all to help to take prepared remarks, say about the canning of catfish, and make it about the tax plan. Number 60, what are you writing down? LAUREN ROMANO [#60] Canning of catfish. WILL That was just an espression. ROMANO I never heard it. ELSIE I've never heard it either. WILL I just made it up. 21, What's a capital gain? LAUREN SHELBY [#21] Um, anytime you invest in something and make money off it. WILL Right, what do Republicans want, 48? LAUREN CHIN [#48] No taxes on capital gains. WILL Right. Plus, a 15% cut across the board, while our plan would raise taxes one percent on the richest one percent in the country. So, what can be said about the differences between the two? CASSIE They want to lower taxes and we want to raise them. WILL Well, I wouldn't put it quite like that. CASSIE You just did. WILL I'm saying when you write your remarks into the catfish canning remarks... CASSIE Will, we're interns. Do you think we have clue as to how to write a tax policy speech? WILL Well, I'm sure you had to write in college in the many, many government and poly-sci and economics classes you took while attending...? CASSIE The London School of Ballet. WILL What the hell are you doing here? CASSIE I'm changing directions. The telephone rings. WILL [into phone] Will Bailey. TOBY It's me. WILL What the hell happened last night? TOBY We got off to a rough start. WILL I'd really like a chance to talk to Scott Holcomb. TOBY Don't worry about the campaign. WILL I think he's blowing the work we did down there. TOBY Don't worry about it. How are the remarks coming? WILL Uh, great. These guys are pros. [to Elsie] Elsie, what are you doing? Elsie is standing over number 60. ELSIE I'm erasing "canning of catfish." WILL [into phone] Okay, got to go. CUT TO: INT. HOTEL SUITE - DAY Toby walks over to the table where C.J., Sam and Josh are sitting down reading newspapers. C.J. Well, there are some nice shots of you and the President, but the one you're going to see a lot of is you kissing a liberal, pregnant, unwed congresswoman. SAM Yeah. TOBY Kissing her where? JOSH The Journal's attacking him for campaigning at the same time he's sending troops overseas. SAM What the Register and Daily Pilot term "insulting remarks" at the school have made their special pull-out section. TOBY They minded he insulted the French? C.J. Or "poncy hairdressers," it's not clear... SAM Yeah, but he also mentioned vouchers, closing the 5, 405 and the 55 didn't play well. And because he was late he couldn't see off a battalion leaving from Miramar, flights out of John Wayne were held on the ground and of course, children crying at the "Pirates of the Carribean," and it's still 6:30 in the morning. C.J. So, you'd rate the trip so far, what, B, B-minus? C-minus? We'll get it together. SAM I have no idea what makes me say this, but it's good to see you. I have a strategy breakfast. JOSH You want me to come? SAM That's okay. TOBY Let him come, Sam. SAM Yeah, well, you know, the thing is Scott Holcomb and Josh. JOSH Oh, come on. C.J. I think Holcomb's been making bad mistakes with you, Sam. I think Josh's been right. TOBY I know Josh has been right and if you think that's easy for me to say... JOSH He's got you with business. SAM He says it's how a Democrat wins Orange County. JOSH Has a Democrat ever won Orange County? SAM No. JOSH Then how would he know? SAM That's a fair point, but it's who the national committee wants running the campaign, and that's where money's coming from so I have a strategy breakfast and I'll see you all a little bit later. Sam gets up and walks over by the door. Josh follows him. JOSH I wasn't trying to get under his skin. On the other hand, I didn't really care that I had, you know what I mean? SAM Yeah. JOSH Some polls that have you within seven. If you only lost by seven, that would be huge, man. SAM I don't want to think like that yet. JOSH Good. Sam leaves. JOSH Okay, where are we? C.J. and Toby place papers in front of him that say "Democrats Idle On Tax Cut Debate." CUT TO: INT. HOTEL CAFE - DAY Donna is sitting at a table across from IVAN "IZZY" PEREZ from the California Agricultural Laborers Association. IVAN PEREZ They work the land and through intensive labor develop pride in the property. Labor is intrinsically social, right? No man can create something by himself. Denying migrant workers an equal share of the profits... A photographer walks up to the table with a camera. DONNA [to photographer] Hello. IVAN ...let me put it this way. The photographer snaps a picture and walks away. DONNA That was weird. IVAN That happens to me sometimes. DONNA Are you a farm labor leader and a rock star? IVAN No. But my point was we have no way of determining whether 12 hours under the sun, picking grapes is worth less or more than 9:00 to 5:00 in an office. DONNA True. True. But let me ask you this, Ivan. IVAN Yes. DONNA What do you think of Richard Sutter? IVAN I'm sorry? DONNA Richard Sutter. I was just wondering what you opinion of Richard...? IVAN Well, he's the enemy, is what he is. I mean simply put, he is the enemy. This is an Assemblyman who led the charge for... DONNA Excellent. IVAN Um, I'm sorry? DONNA He was. And I think what you have to say is valuable and I'm going to see if I can get you in to see Josh while we're here. IVAN That's wonderful. Thank you. DONNA Good meeting you. Donna gets up from the table. She begins walking and runs into Sam who's just coming into the building. SAM Donna! DONNA Hi. SAM [to Scott Holcomb and an aide] Hey, everyone, this is one of my best friends. This is Donna Moss. Sam kisses Dona on the cheek. SAM I didn't get the chance to see you much last night. How are you doing? DONNA Oh, everyone feels really bad about the start. SAM Don't worry about it. Where are you coming from? DONNA Five minutes with a guy named Ivan Perez from the California Agricultural Laborers Association. Josh wanted me to find out if he's legit. SAM Is he? DONNA I think. SAM [to Scott and his aides] Anyone ever heard of Ivan Perez? AIDE 1 The farm guy? DONNA Yeah. AIDE 1 Izzy Perez? DONNA Yeah. SAM Donna just met with him. AIDE 1 He ran for Governor of California. SAM What party? SCOTT HOLCOMB Communist. DONNA The Communist Party? SCOTT Yeah. DONNA He's a Communist? SCOTT Yeah. DONNA I thought he was a farmer. SCOTT They're all farmers. SAM Take it easy. Donna, did anybody see you having coffee? DONNA Yeah. SAM Who? DONNA A photographer. SCOTT Oh, my God. AIDE 1 Honest to God, lady, how stupid can you be? SAM [to aide] Hey! Out of here. You're fired. SCOTT I need him. SAM I don't care. He's out of here. AIDE 1 Your going to get creamed. SAM Like I'm not used to that. CUT TO: INT. THE WEST WING HALLWAY - DAY Leo walks through the Roosevelt Room and pass the Communications Office. Will sees him and catches up with him. WILL Excuse me, Leo. LEO Hey, how's it going down there? WILL Fine. LEO I heard your staff quit. WILL Yes, yes, they did. LEO Because we promoted you to deputy? WILL It would appear so. LEO Well, that's a little small. WILL Whatever. Do you suppose there's anyone around with speechwriting experience, I could borrow for a day or two? LEO On Saturday? WILL Bad day? LEO Not ordinarily, but a lot of people made the California trip, the Treasury Secretary's staff is in the Midwest. WILL No problem. Is there anything I can do for you? LEO For me? WILL With regard to whatever's happening right now. I feel a little responsible. LEO You are. WILL You need me to prepare remarks at all? LEO I hope not. Leo enters THE SITUATION ROOM. He walks up to Fitz who's standing at the end of the table. LEO When was the last flyover? FITZWALLACE A Superhornet did a past in the last hour. LEO Are we seeing any pictures of the Arkutu getting ready to surrender? FITZWALLACE No. Here's what we're seeing. [shows Leo black and white reconnaisance photos] These are 3,200 Induye being marched down a road toward Mutsato. These are cranes and bulldozers at work and twice as amny smokestacks burning as of an hour ago. So this is the mass gravesite that the 3,200 Induye are being marched to. LEO How many more in the next 20 hours? FITZWALLACE We think about 20,000. LEO So why not talk about blowing off the deadline? FITZWALLACE 'Cause we'd need 55 more aircraft of the U.S.S. Colonade and 3rd Infantry. LEO He's trying to finish the job before the deadline. FITZWALLACE Yes. Leo walks out of the Situation Room and Fitz stands still looking at the pictures. FADE OUT. END ACT THREE * * * ACT FOUR FADE IN: INT. MEETING ROOM - DAY C.J. is holding an informal press briefing with the White House Press Corps. REPORTER KATIE Is the President monitoring the situation in Kuhndu? C.J. Sure. He's getting continuous updates. He's also spoken by phone today with the UN Secretary-General and the leadership of the World Bank and the IMF to begin discussing rebuilding packages after the Arkutu stepdown. REPORTER JOHN Can you talk about the rest of the afternoon? C.J. He'll have a conference call with his economics team. REPORTER STEVE That's about the Democratic response? C.J. The tax plan isn't a response to the Republicans, it's a tax plan, and yes. REPORTER JENN Any California issues on the schedule? C.J. A series of meetings upstairs in his suite. The California leadership of the FOP the Governor and the State Assembly Leadership on matching payments before he goes on to the fund-rasier. REPORTER MARK Yeah, speaking of California politics? C.J. Was a White House aide sent to meet with the Communist Party's candidate for governor? REPORTER MARK Yeah. C.J. No, Donna Moss was sent to meet with the head of the California Agricultural Laborers Association, a man named Ivan Perez, who, it turns out has some loose ties to the American Communist Party. REPORTER KATIE He's their standard-bearer. C.J. Like that one. Mr. Perez was heard, as he certainly has a right to be, and that's that. REPORTER STEVE How do you think the picture of Donna and Mr. Perez is going to play in Orange County? C.J. Really, really well. I'll talk to you before the dinner. Thank you. ALL Thank you, C.J. CUT TO: INT. WEST WING OFFICE - NIGHT The interns all have on their jerseys and are sitting at the table as Will walks around reading what they have written. WILL "Nothing is more important than teaching our children well." This is good. These are remarks prepared by number 48 for the Undersecretary of Education at the AFT Leadership Breakfast. Very good start. "Nothing is more important than teaching our children well, grounding them in the basics. And while we're at it, We should teach them that the Republican tax plan is a job killer..." Yeah, I don't think this is going to work out, do you? ELSIE Got to give us points for our candor. WILL Number 24... CASSIE [#24] [irritated] Cassie! WILL In remarks to the National Headache Foundation said... Is there really a National Headache Foundation or did you just make that up, like the London School of Ballet? The telephone in the office begins to ring. CASSIE [#24] Yeah. I was an American Studies major at the University of Texas. WILL Yes. I know you were. You don't know I know how to retreive information. CASSIE What were you doing looking me up? WILL What was I doing? My job, okay? That's what I was doing. CHIN [#48] [to Will] Phone's for you. ELSIE Thank God, huh? WILL Will Bailey. TOBY [on phone] How's it going? WILL Hey, why would Holcomb book Sam in the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce? TOBY Did I tell you to worry about the speeches or did I tell you to worry about Sam's campaign? WILL I worry about Sam's campaign without anyone telling me to. TOBY Read me what you've got for the swearing in of the Ambassador. WILL "Ambassador Stanis will help to build and sustain a new era of cooperation between the United States and Hungary. And let's please all remember that cutting capital gains taxes is a bad idea." TOBY Okay, you're going to polish that up? WILL Yeah. CUT TO: INT. BAR IN CALIFORNIA - NIGHT Toby walks out of a room from talking on the phone with Will. He walks past Charlie and Jean-Paul playing pool. JEAN-PAUL Who will pay in the tax plan you're proposing? CHARLIE The President. JEAN-PAUL I don't understand. CHARLIE The President's proposing the tax plan, not me. JEAN-PAUL Who will pay? CHARLIE The White House wants to raise taxes on the wealthies one percent of the population by one percent, in order to pay for college tuition to be fully tax deductible for anyone making under $80,000 a year, and incrementally tax deductible after that. Does that make sense? JEAN-PAUL No, because it is ridiculous. CHARLIE That's 'cause you're part of the one percent. JEAN-PAUL No, I don't think taxes are too high, I think they are too low. You see? You don't know me. CHARLIE Yeah. Speaking of people getting to know you, you and Zoey went to a couple of runway shows in Paris, and there were an awful lot of pictures. JEAN-PAUL That is avoidable? CHARLIE It's not completely avoidable, but it's a little avoidable. And you should try, 'cause it's a security risk. JEAN-PAUL Why? CHARLIE 'Cause of the details crazy people pick out of photographs. You can make the scene without making a scene. You know what I'm saying? JEAN-PAUL I took Zoey home to meet my parents. CHARLIE Your parents weren't at the Versace show. JEAN-PAUL She's a sexy girl, Charlie. She likes having her picture taken. CHARLIE She doesn't like having her picture taken. JEAN-PAUL She doesn't mind having it taken with me. Zoey walks up. ZOEY Hey. JEAN-PAUL Ah. We were talking about taxes, of all things. ZOEY Oh. Zoey and Jean-Paul begin to passionately kiss in front of Charlie. CHARLIE Well, I've got to get to Sam's rally. ZOEY We're right behind you. Charlie walks past where C.J., Andy, Toby and Donna are sitting down. C.J. [to Toby] You and Josh need to take over the campaign. TOBY We've asked. C.J. Just for the last week. TOBY We've asked. We said we'd go off the White House payroll. I've had to bungee Will to his desk. Until higher authorities steps in, the DNC wants Holcomb. C.J. When they have him in community centers at a podium... TOBY I know. C.J. ...it looks like he's wearing his dad's old suit. He's got youth and vitality. He should... TOBY I know. DONNA Communist look exactly like non-Communist. TOBY Tell me about it. A man and a woman walking together approach their table. MAN Miss Wyatt, those kids you got in there deserve a father. ANDY I'm sorry, are you talking to me? MAN Yes, I was. That's all. ANDY They've got a father, and it's Congresswoman Wyatt, not Miss. The man laughs. MAN Whatever you say. ANDY Damn right, whatever I say. MAN You may not realize it... but you are an example to young women, and there's something to be said for acting like it. ANDY Well, I believe I do. MAN You do? C.J. Sir, you are way out of line, and we're having a private conversation, but thank you... BETTY No, it's not private when you're an elected official. ANDY [stands up] Well, I appreciate you reminding me of my sworn duty, and if it's all right with you... MAN Yeah, but it's not all right with me... ANDY Well, I'm sorry to hear that.... MAN Y-You should be sorry! TOBY Okay, sir, you're standing too close now. BETTY It's the father. TOBY Yeah, it's the father and you're standing too close, so, if you're going to insist on being drunk and minding other people's business, you've got to take a step back, 'cause as you are apparently aware, the Congresswoman is pregnant. Charlie seeing the scene from across the room has walked over. CHARLIE Is there a problem, Toby? BETTY This is the one who was with the daughter. CUT TO: INT. LEO'S OFFICE - NIGHT Leo is in a meeting with Thomas and Robbie. ROBBIE #500 million in undirected aid. Assurance that he stays in power – a guarantee that he and his top aides will receive immunity from prosecution for war crimes. LEO He's killed 115,000 people and he wants to stay in power, get immunity and cash a check for half a billion dollars? ROBBIE Yes. There's a knock on the door. LEO Yeah? Margaret enters. MARGARET Excuse me. Excuse me, Mr. Ambassador. Margaret hands Leo a note. Leo reads the note then hands it to Thomas. LEO [to Margaret] Get me Fitzwallace and then get me the President. CUT TO: INT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT Toby is on the phone talking to C.J., while an officer is taking Charlie's fingerprints. TOBY [into phone] Don't come here. Turn around, go to the event. We're fine. C.J., we're fine. And tell Andy not to come here. We'll meet her there as soon as we're done. [to officer taking Charlie's fingerprints] Excuse me, Officer, ballpark-- How long do you think this is going to be? OFFICER Assault – six to 20 months. CHARLIE It wasn't assault. He slipped on a thing. OFFICER Yeah, one of the guys says you hit him. CHARLIE Well, that was different. That part may have been assault. TOBY [into phone] Tell him he's got to hit hard on quality – health care quality-- and in his acknowledgements he's got to... OFFICER [to Toby] Okay. TOBY [to Officer] One second. [into phone] In his acknowledgements, he's got to mention the AFL folk. The President's working the... OFFICER Buddy. TOBY The President's working the rope line for 15... CHARLIE No. TOBY No. Charlie says no on the rope line. OFFICER Hey, give me the damn phone. TOBY And if you can call the NEC and get a one-pager on trucking faxed to me in my cell, I'd really... OFFICER Now! TOBY Okay. I got to go. I'm under arrest. [hangs up] CHARLIE He's not going to know the names of the people he's meeting. TOBY Does he ever know the names of the people's he's meeting? OFFICER Okay, over here. Give me your left thumb. TOBY Is there any chance I could get a corner cell or anything possibly with a loft? OFFICER They're solitary. TOBY Perfect. CUT TO: INT. OFFICE - NIGHT Sam is in the office getting ready for his rally. Scott enters the room. SCOTT Sam. SAM I got salsa on my shirt. SCOTT We got a new shirt? SAM Yeah, they got it. SCOTT [to staffers in the room] Can I have the room please? The staffers leave. SAM What's going on? SCOTT I'm going to propose something bold. SAM I like bold. SCOTT The White House is going to announce their answer to the Republican tax plan on Monday. It's a one percent tax hike on the wealthiest one percent, which would pay for, among other things... SAM Tax deductible tuition. SCOTT Right. Come out against it tonight. SAM Why? SCOTT To show you're not bought and paid for by the West Wing. And by the way, many of that one percent live right here. SAM I worked on it. SCOTT On what? SAM Tax deductible tuition. I worked on it. SCOTT You were doing what the President told you to do. SAM Yeah, and the President was also doing what I helped advise him to do. SCOTT It doesn't matter, what I'm saying is.... SAM Wait a second. They're announcing on Monday? SCOTT Yeah. SAM How do you know? SCOTT I know. SAM And it's been scored, fully scored? SCOTT Yeah. SAM Well, why the hell would...? Excuse me. Sam grabs his coat and walks out. CUT TO: INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT Bartlet is walking to the auditorium where Sam's rally is being held. DEBBIE Mr. President? BARTLET Mrs. Hottentot? DEBBIE Toby and Charlie... BARTLET Yeah, where are they? DEBBIE They're being held. BARTLET What do you mean? DEBBIE Toby and Charlie are under arrest. There was an incident at a bar. BARTLET They're under arrest? DEBBIE Yes, sir. BARTLET Did they rob the bar? DEBBIE No, sir. A patron was jostling Congresswoman Wyatt and Toby tried to get him to step back, and the man slipped on the floor. And then the man's friend lunged for Toby. BARTLET Uh-huh. And what did Charlie do? DEBBIE He hit him. JOSH Sir. BARTLET Toby and Charlie were arrested in a bar fight. JOSH Yes, sir, it's not going to be a problem. C.J.'s taking care of it. BARTLET Really? JOSH It's going to be a little bit of a problem. BARTLET Everytime we come to Southern California we are absolutely the Clampetts. JOSH He booked him at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. He had him skip a union lunch without telling restaurant employees... BARTLET I came... JOSH He wants him speaking at Cal Lutheran. Scott Holcomb's given up on Sam, and he's running his own agenda. Now, I can't leave with the tax proposal coming out, but Toby says he can for a week. Evidently, Will's put together a top-flight staff that can handle the paper for a week. And I suppose it's worth mentioning that Toby probably can't leave the state anyway. Now, as the leader of this party you... BARTLET You really don't want to shake up a campaign like this at this point in the election calendar. JOSH At this point in the election calendar look which way his numbers are going. I'm amazed he's kept a veneer of sanity, much less... Sam comes bursting though the door. SAM Are you crazy?! JOSH We were just... SAM Have you all lost your minds? JOSH Well, C.J. maybe. SAM I just assumed that it wasn't ready yet. It's ready now, isn't it? JOSH Yeah. SAM You are missing news cycle after news cycle after news cycle, but you didn't announce 'cause you didn't want to do it from Orange County. JOSH Would you? SAM Yes! I say to hell with the election! There's a guy in St. Louis making $55,000 a year trying to send his kid to Notre Dame! BARTLET Guys, we've got to keep our voices down a little. AIDE 2 Sam, it's time. SAM If I'm going to lose, I'd like to lose doing something. SPEAKER [OS] So here he is... the next U.S. Representative from the California 47th Congressional District. Sam walks out on stage and the crowd cheers. SAM Thank you. Thank you very much. The President of the United States is backstage. He'll be out here in a minute. He'll be out here in a minute because, of course, he's monitoring our troops in Kuhndu. But I wanted to say that yesterday the Republicans rolled out their tax plan. Do not let this President off this stage until he's told you his. Send me to Congress, and mine will be the first yea vote cast. Scott has now entered the backstage area and is standing next to Bartlet. SCOTT He didn't just say that. He did not just say that. BARTLET Scott... SCOTT Yes, sir? BARTLET Why are you putting Sam next to business? SCOTT Sir... BARTLET No, I'm just curious. SCOTT You read numbers as well as anyone, sir. Webb's going to win here. That's not a surprise. So why burn the DNC's bridges...? BARTLET Josh... JOSH Yes, sir. BARTLET Tell Toby to take over the campaign. SAM [OS] You deserve the best healthcare... SCOTT You're going to get creamed. [leaves] Debbie is standing backstage looking through papers when a young man dressed in a uniform walks up. LIEUTENANT Excuse me, ma'am. DEBBIE Yes. LIEUTENANT Mr. McGarry. He hands Debbie a cell phone. DEBBIE Thank you. SAM [OS] ...future of clean air, clean water... Debbie walks over to Bartlet and hands him the phone. DEBBIE Sir. BARTLET Yeah. [into phone] Leo, I just fired Scott Holcomb. Toby, who, with Charlie, is meeting with a bails bondsman right now, has to come off the payroll for a week. CUT TO: INT. THE SITUATION ROOM - NIGHT Leo and Fitzwallace are both in the room sitting in front of a telephone. LEO Sir, I'm afraid something has happened. BARTLET What? LEO Two Marine Lance Corporals and a PFC have been taken. BARTLET What do you mean they've been taken? LEO Patrolling Bitanga airport in a humvee, 50 guys came out of nowhere. BARTLET We secured the airport. LEO They came out of nowhere. BARTLET What are we doing? LEO Special Ops wants to brief you on some rescue scenarios. BARTLET We're coming home. LEO Nzele says for immunity and $500 million he'll keep them alive. BARTLET Tell Ghana to tell Nzele he's got 9 hours and 20 minutes before I take him. LEO Yes, sir. CUT TO: INT. BACKSTAGE - NIGHT Nancy has walked up to Bartlet. NANCY Sir, he's about to introduce you. BARTLET Thanks. SAM [OS] This district needs a Congressman who will work with President Bartlet for the right kind of change. A Congressman who'll reach across the aisle to make a real difference for Orange County's families. If you send me... Bartlet is now standing next to the man who brought Debbie the phone. BARTLET Lieutenant. LIEUTENANT Yes, sir. BARTLET How old are you? LIEUTENANT I'm 22 years old, sir. SAM And so, friends, the President of the United States. BARTLET Let's go. Bartlet walks out onstage as the crowd cheers. 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 4.16 – "The California 47th" Original Air Date: February 19, 2003, 9:00 PM EST Transcribed by: ck1czar March 12, 2003