Bartlet is preoccupied with a killer tornado in Oklahoma and flies there to lend his support. But his compassion overrules good judgment, and Bartlet stays longer than planned. Meanwhile, Leo worries about several crises in the capital that need the president’s immediate attention. Josh fears the worst after a political miscalculation costs the Democrats dearly. And Donna becomes concerned about Josh’s welfare after he becomes Washington’s latest target of scorn.
THE WEST WING 5X06 - "DISASTER RELIEF" TELEPLAY BY ALEXA JUNGE STORY BY ALEXA JUNGE & LAUREN SCHMIDT DIRECTED BY LESLI LINKA GLATTER TRANSCRIBED BY SOUNDMAN FOR TWIZ TV.COM. SEND FEEDBACK TO [email protected]. TEASER DONNA [VO] Talk to me. C.J. [VO] Beer, please. FADE IN: INT. - MURAL ROOM - NIGHT We see that C.J. is sitting on one of the couches in the Mural Room. Donna comes over and sits down. She opens her beer and flips the cap onto the table in front of her. C.J. If I haven't said it recently... DONNA Bless me and my mini-fridge. So, how bad? C.J. All the dailies are going to jump on it: the Post, the Times. Fox will have a field day. Newsweek will do a cover. The Sunday morning shows will hang Josh from a klieg light, use him as a pinata. All of which is okay. We can't put a lid on the story, but we can control the Schadenfreude, make sure he's still standing in a week. DONNA Schadenfreude? C.J. You know, "enjoying the suffering of others"? The whole rationale behind the House of Representatives. We hear a car horn honk. CUT TO: EXT. - STREET - DAY Donna is standing at a street corner waiting on Josh to pull up. C.J. can still be heard in the background. C.J. [VO] It's all about setting the right tone, and it has to start first thing Monday. That's where you come in. Donna walks over to Josh who is getting out of a cab. DONNA You look nice. JOSH I feel good. DONNA You look good. JOSH Why are you here? They walk back to the corner where Donna was standing. DONNA I could tell you it's because I needed a clean copy of the Post but the truth is, I have a crush on the little old man at the cappuccino stand. [pause] You okay? JOSH I already told you. I feel good. They begin crossing the street together. DONNA So you're not... JOSH I have my health, I have central air -- in the hierarchy of pain and suffering, I really can't complain. I mean, I will... DONNA And your not... JOSH It's a blip. I can't get worked up about it. DONNA Good for you! JOSH That's what we said to my grandmother when she was down to 84 pounds. C.J. [VO] You've got to help him protect his image... CUT TO: INT. - MURAL ROOM - NIGHT C.J. ...project business as usual. He's gotta do real work. No meetings that are below him, nothing with the Dairy Caucus or the Malt Beverage Lobby. CUT TO: EXT. - STREET - DAY Josh and Donna are still walking down the street toward the White House. DONNA I set up a call with the Idaho Democratic Party Chair. I figure if you can survive his wrath, you're good to go. JOSH Check with Defense Approps every hour on the hour, will ya? That launcher better not be in the bill. I'm not gonna lose Carrick and buy him a useless piece of military junk. [pause] Anything from Leo? DONNA Not yet. JOSH You said Margaret said first thing in the morning. DONNA He got jammed up. Something about missing plutonium in Chechnya. JOSH Like that matters. What is this? What the hell are you doing out here? You met me outside so when you told Leo hadn't set a meeting yet, I'd be out of the building if I got upset. DONNA I have a crush on the cappuccino man. Have you seen his little newsboy cap? JOSH I'm not upset. C.J. [VO] If he'd come to me, I'd tell him myself, except men are funny that way. He'd never come to me. They walk on toward the front gate of the White House. CUT TO: INT. - WHITE HOUSE - LOBBY Josh and Donna walk in the front doors and toward the end of the lobby toward Josh's bullpen Area. JOSH I'm just trying to see around the corner so I don't get bit in the ass. DONNA Are you going around the corner ass-first? You'll be fine. Sam called, Amy called. Sam wanted me to remind you: You gotta roll with the punches. They JOSH Any reporters? DONNA ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, New York Times, the Post, Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Nightline, Dateline... They are standing at a coffee machine and Margaret walks up. MARGARET Hey, Josh, are you okay? JOSH Yeah. I'm great. MARGARET Well, keep your chin up. She walks away. JOSH Do people keep cliche thesauruses around for times like this? Donna sees something on one of the TV sets. DONNA Oh, my God. JOSH What? We see on the TV set a story about a tornado. REPORTER [on TV] ...A tornado touched down at dawn, killing at least 17 and devastating much of McLain county. DONNA I have to call my cousins. JOSH I thought they were in Wisconsin. DONNA My other cousins! REPORTER [on TV] ...over 100 citizens are still missing. Search-and-rescue crews are expected to reach the site within the hour. Josh turns to walk to his office. Larry walks past him. LARRY Hey, don't let the bastards get you down. SMASH CUT TO: MAIN TITLES. END TEASER. * * * ACT ONE FADE IN: INT. - WHITE HOUSE - DAY MONDAY MORNING, 7:12 AM We fade in on a TV set showing the footage of the tornado damage. We pan left to see Josh, Toby, and C.J. walking through the Roosevelt Room. C.J. So, a five on the Fujita scale, that's a... JOSH ...vast and violent vacuum cleaner, uprooting everything in its path. TOBY It's a funnel cloud. JOSH A vast and violent vacuum cleaner. C.J. It's a vacuum cleaner and a funnel cloud. See men? Peace on Earth. How are Donna's cousins? JOSH They're fine. They're up in Tulsa or somewhere. They walk into Leo's office. He comes through the door from the Oval Office. C.J. I thought they were in Wisconsin. LEO The FCO is requesting activation of the National Guard. Leo walks out into Margaret's office and she hands him something. C.J. I remember the tornados warning sirens. My whole family cramming into the bathroom in the garage. LEO We all set for the Chancellor? TOBY You had a bathroom in your garage? JOSH He's addressing the U.N. tomorrow afternoon then flying down here on Wednesday morning to meet with the President. LEO Anything new on Carrick? JOSH Yeah. He's a Republican. LEO Newer? TOBY Haffley's planning to use Carrick's defection to slide a cap gains tax cut into our stimulus package. LEO Apparently it's "Seize the Day" Day. JOSH Or "Blow Up the Deficit" Day. C.J. See what you did? LEO You have everything you need for the briefing? C.J. Is the President going to Oklahoma? LEO I don't want him to be in the way. TOBY Getting his picture taken with a family who's just lost there house might play like he's trying to raise his numbers. C.J. Or getting his picture taken with a family who's just lost there house might make other people think the President gives a damn. Photo ops aren't cynical. They give people hope. JOSH Hope? What is that? LEO We send Russell. Nobody gets hurt. C.J. In that case, the President sends his condolences and prayers. LEO Toby, find Will. Tell him the VP's going to Oklahoma. That's it. Thanks everyone. JOSH Thank you, Leo. They all turn to leave. LEO Josh. Stick around for a minute. The other two leave. JOSH Listen, on that cap gains thing, we should get Singer to send Haffley... LEO Margaret! Margaret comes in from her office. LEO Get the door would you, please? Margaret closes the door. LEO Nobody's happy you lost Carrick, but we're all about moving forward, and we can't do that without you. I do, however, have to take you out to the woodshed and whack you with a two-by-four. JOSH Carrick was never really a Democrat. Word is he was working the Republicans for... I'm sorry, whack away. LEO Maybe the camel's back was already broken, but you gave him the straw, and then you ran over him with a tank! The President and I think you've been spread too thin. We're going to scale back your portfolio. Probably some of the legislative stuff. I'll let you know the details as soon as I take the temperature of the caucus. You get to keep your title, your staff. JOSH Okay. He gets up and leaves. JOSH Thanks. As he walks out of the door, Margaret walks in. MARGARET FEMA director on two. As Leo reaches for the phone, Josh comes back in. JOSH Leo, does C.J. have... LEO "Josh Lyman is one of the President's most trusted advisors and has the absolute confidence of the President." JOSH I'm gone. Leo picks up the phone. LEO Dan, what's happening on the ground? DONNA [prelap] Oh, thank God. CUT TO: INT. - JOSH'S OFFICES - DAY Josh is walking into his office and Donna follows him in. JOSH You thought I was cooked. DONNA I did not. JOSH You thought I was gone, and so were you. You were already cleaning out your desk. Mentally kicking dirt on my grave. DONNA No, now I'm doing that. JOSH Confirm my dinner with Wilcox tomorrow. Make sure I have my usual table. DONNA That's good. You're getting out. A man about town. JOSH Set up a meeting with Ted Davis at the Democratic Strategy Group and one with the Security Policy Working Group. DONNA Crack some heads, Let 'em know you're riding herd. I'm not helping. JOSH It's a blip, Donna. When I write my political memoir, this will be the character-building funny part. She turns to leave. DONNA I thought I was the character-building funny part. As Donna leaves his office, Josh begins flipping through something on his desk. WILL [prelap] If we want environmentalists to go along with using cyanide... CUT TO: INT. - ROOSEVELT ROOM - DAY Will, C.J., and Charlie are talking as they walk through the Roosevelt Room. WILL [cont.] ...in gold mining, we have to come up with a warmer, fuzzier word for it than... [to Charlie] Am I boring you? C Sorry. I was up late with the President playing Scopa d'Assi. C.J. Come again? CHARLIE It's an obscure Italian card game. The cards are in Latin. He told me Sinatra gave him the deck, but I think he was just trying to get me to stay longer. Toby walks past them while they are walking. Charlie walks off. TOBY C.J., we need the VP to go to Oklahoma. WILL Yeah, I heard. TOBY Soon as you get space nearer the Vice President, I want your office back. Toby walks off. WILL He hates me. C.J. Oh, yeah. The way you hate the girl you ask to the prom who says, "No, thanks. I already have a date." You made a choice, now own it. C.J. walks away. CUT TO: INT. - PRESS BRIEFING ROOM - DAY All of the reporters are seated when the door opens and C.J. comes in and walks over to the podium. REPORTERS [all] Good morning! C.J. Good morning. At approximately 5:45 am, a tornado touched down outside Maysville, Oklahoma. 27 bodies have been recovered, and over 50 people are still missing. At Governor Wade's request, the President has declared a national emergency. All the reporters begin clamoring for C.J. to answer their questions. REPORTER CHRIS Will the President be visiting the site? C.J. The President sends his condolences and prayers to the victims. He's dispatched FEMA director Daniel Ruben to survey the damage and update him throughout the day. REPORTER STEVE C.J.! C.J., when is General Alexander going to present his fourth readiness assessment. C.J. General Alexander has only been the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs a week. Let's give his some time to find the paper clips. But if you care to get him a housewarming gift, he's registered at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. They all laugh as C.J. calls on Chris. CHRIS C.J., would you care to comment on reports that after losing Carrick to the Republicans, the President no longer trusts Josh Lyman to work with Congress? C.J. Josh is one of the President's closest, most trusted advisors. STEVE So he won't be stripped of his legislative portfolio? C.J. Absolutely not. His portfolio always fluctuates to suit the President's needs. STEVE Which are? C.J. Food, water, an occasional ball game. The reporters laugh as others begin shouting for C.J. C.J. Yes. CUT TO: INT. - TOBY'S OFFICE - DAY We see that C.J. is still briefing the press. Toby is standing and Josh is sitting and they are both watching the briefing. JOSH You're not going to ask me if I'm okay? TOBY Do I look like your mommy? Take your medicine, keep your head down. [louder] I said DEA, not EPA. One of the workers comes in, takes a folder from him, and leaves again. JOSH Leo said they're scaling back my portfolio, which is unmistakably euphemistic for 'They're giving it to someone else.' [pause] This is the part where you tell me 'It's not me.' TOBY Oh, this is the part? JOSH Yeah, I'm letting you off the hook. TOBY This is also the part with the hook? The worker comes back in and hands Toby a folder. WORKER They're gathering in the Oval. Before she can leave he looks at it and hands it back to her. TOBY This isn't it, either. She turns back around, grabs the folder, and leaves. JOSH Think Leo's bringing somebody in? TOBY Probably. I would. He turns to walk out of the office. CUT TO: INT. - JOSH'S BULLPEN AREA - DONNA'S CUBICLE - DAY Donna is on the phone at her desk. DONNA Thanks. I'm sure he'll appreciate the support. She hangs up the phone. DONNA Why don't the just send him a wreath? We see Ryan walk in with a folder in his hand. RYAN I Googled Carrick and Lyman. Nothing new linking Josh to Carrick's move. DONNA Uh-huh. RYAN But I did find Carricka Lymanshauser's porn site. She's a Swiss sensation. 2,000 hits so far today. Donna gets up and walks off. CUT TO: INT. - OVAL OFFICE - DAY Toby, Josh, Leo, C.J., and Will are sitting on the couches in the Oval Office. Bartlet is on the phone at his desk. TOBY Looks like Carrick's buddies are jumping on the Republican, budget-busting, Milton Friedman-worshipping bandwagon. WILL The Blue Dogs are going to vote for new cap gains tax cuts? TOBY That's what Singer said. LEO How many are we talking about? JOSH Twenty-seven. TOBY With Singer, it's twenty-eight, enough to make it veto-proof in the House. LEO Remember back when Democrats used to vote with us? TOBY If we can turn Singer, five or six other Dems will follow. LEO Let's get him over here today. Bartlet hangs up the phone and comes over to join the Senior Staff. BARTLET I do enjoy Governor Wade. Minus her little love affair with handguns and tort reform. LEO [to Will] Is the Vice President ready to go? WILL Advance has greeters and transportation's secure. The 89th Air Wing's in place for wheels-up tomorrow morning. TOBY All it takes is one ambulance held up by the VP's motorcade, and we'll have a three-day story. WILL It's taken care of. Anyway, a site visit shouldn't be about politics; it should be about hope. And photo ops. TOBY Photo ops are hope. C.J. pinches Toby's arm. BARTLET Claudia Jean, did you just pinch Toby? C.J. Yes, sir. It was a... [clears throat] ...professional dispute. BARTLET What about? LEO She thinks you should go. BARTLET Really? C.J. Yes, sir. We need this Presidential moment. Let's not give it away to Russell. I think you should go, not because of how it looks, because of what it is. But... I seem to be the only one. BARTLET Then you can sit next to me on the plane. WILL The Vice President... BARTLET ...can take my place at the National PTA Luncheon. If he can figure out why I was going in the first place, he's a better man than I am. Nancy knocks and walks in from the outer office. NANCY Mr. President. Secretary Berryhill is ready for you in the Cabinet Room. BARTLET Thank you. LEO We have briefings and prep tomorrow for the Chancellor's visit. Bartlet stands and everyone else does too. BARTLET Steel tariffs and unemployment. How could I forget? Say, you think he'll mention the rise in German unemployment might be tied to our bombing the Qumari pipeline? C.J. We can make the trip in six hours. BARTLET Let's do it. People need to know I care about more than just my own family. And since you folks are all quiet, I know I'm right. He and Leo begin to leave while the rest stay standing. LEO Have him back in five hours, C.J. The rest of the Senior Staff begins to leave the Oval Office. FADE OUT. END ACT ONE. * * * ACT TWO FADE IN: EXT. - OKLAHOMA COUNTRYSIDE - DAY TUESDAY MORNING We see several fire trucks and emergency workers. There is a lot of destruction from the tornado. We hear sirens in the background. We pan up to see the Presidential Motorcade driving down the street. 10:44 AM CST (2 MIN. BEHIND SCHEDULE) The motorcade stops. We see the FEMA director and Governor Wade walking up to the motorcade. President Bartlet gets out, walks over, and shakes the Governor's hand. BARTLET Good morning, Governor Wade. GOVERNOR WADE Good morning. BARTLET I'm sorry about the circumstances. Where are we? They begin walking amid the destruction as they continue talking. WADE The tornado ripped the railroad tracks right out of the ground. You ask me, there's nothing scarier that eight-foot railroad ties flying around. FEMA DIRECTOR DANIEL RUBIN 16 of the dead are from the trailer park. Over a hundred mobile homes destroyed. WADE Of course; it's always the ones with the least who are hardest hit. These people are already pinching their pennies; what with the gas tax and the death tax. BARTLET Here we go. What's the median income? RUBIN Thirty-one thousand. WADE Was. The Safeway distribution center was right over there. We pan across to see that there is now nothing but rubble where Wade pointed. CUT TO: INT. - TOBY'S OFFICE - DAY Toby is at his desk reading something. Josh is standing in front of the desk. The worker from before comes in and sets a pile of folders and papers. TOBY What website is this? JOSH The MSNBC.com. Kamen called. Heard Leo's already talking to people. Josh shuts the door after the worker leaves. TOBY How do they get this stuff - tap Leo's phone? I guess David Glasser's a possibility, so is Ned Wallace. JOSH I'm not working with some K2-climbing-Rhodes-scholar with a goatee. TOBY He complimented my shoes at the Correspondent's Dinner. JOSH That's how he sucks you in. Angela Blake, she's such a self-promoting holier-than everybody... TOBY She's not going to give up her corner office with a view of the Park. She works at Steerson and Wallace with David Glasser. JOSH So she's recommending him. They say Mason Fuller's been "in constant contact" with Leo. TOBY He's selling his boat. JOSH How do you know? TOBY He tried to sell it to me, too. JOSH You don't have time for a boat. TOBY I know, but the 15 minutes I spent imagining what I'd name it were perhaps the happiest 15 minutes of my life. REPORTER [on TV] The sun rose bleakly... CUT TO: EXT. - OKLAHOMA COUNTRYSIDE - DAY 11:03 AM CST (16 MIN. AHEAD OF SCHEDULE) Bartlet, along with his entourage, is still walking and surveying the damage. REPORTER [VO] ...over the town of Maysville this morning, revealing millions of dollars of damage wreaked by the tornado... BARTLET So, how much warning did they have? RUBIN The Doppler Radar System was designed to provide at least fifteen minutes. WADE Unfortunately, the Doppler Radar System... BARTLET The system was the first thing hit? WADE Yeah. We see the ruins of a church building as the group continues walking. RUBIN They had just started building a new church. Raised most of the money themselves. WADE That's a lot of bake sales and car washes. RUBIN A lot of the congregation is still missing. CHARLIE We have about a half hour, sir. BARTLET Where are all the people? RUBIN I'm sorry, sir? BARTLET From the town; where are they? CUT TO: INT. - RED CROSS SHELTER AREA - DAY 11:23 AM CST (ON SCHEDULE We can hear a various assortment of sounds: people talking, babies crying, phones ringing, etc. Bartlet is walking around. BARTLET Hi. I'm Jed Bartlet... C.J. speaks to the woman beside her, probably someone from Advance. C.J. Find something, anything - vans, pickup trucks. We have to get the press here. WOMAN No one told us he'd be traveling to another site. [to Charlie] Get him through here quickly, Charlie. We have to be back by three. CHARLIE Yeah. C.J. opens her phone and dials a number. C.J. Page Leo McGarrry, call holding with C.J. Cregg. [to woman] Tricycles, rickshaws, piggyback rides... LEO [VO] How's he doing? C.J. Great. Uh, listen. I wanted to give you a heads-up. He made an impromptu stop at a Red Cross shelter. Colonel Gantry says he can make it up in flight. CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - DAY Sitting at his desk, Leo is on the phone. LEO State's Germany briefing is at three. Keep me posted. He hangs up the phone. We pan around to see that CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS GENERAL ALEXANDER, Secretary Hutchinson, and their respective staffs are sitting in front of Leo's desk. LEO Sorry, where were we? Mr. Secretary? HUTCHINSON 11 billion is a waste. I defer to the General, but in my opinion, we need to concentrate on precision-based munitions. GENERAL ALEXANDER Paying for a state-of-the-art howitzer is a bit like paying for a state-of-the-art bow and arrow. We should kill it. LEO Fine. What else? ALEXANDER The Hellenic Navy forcibly removed six Albanian soldiers from the Isle of Croxys this morning. LEO Where's that? ALEXANDER Ionian Sea. The Greeks believe they own the property. They've raised a flag. LEO Good for them. Thanks, everybody. They all stand and Hutchinson and his staff leave the room. ALEXANDER Leo, do you have a minute? LEO Of course, General. Thanks, Miles. Keep me posted. How's life in the E-Ring? The two of them sit in the chairs in front of Leo's desk. ALEXANDER Still moving in, you know, lot of boxes. LEO We're delighted to have you take over as Chairman. ALEXANDER Admiral Fitzwallace is a hard act to follow. LEO You'll do great. What's on your mind? ALEXANDER I realize this administration wants to move in a new direction; that's why you brought me in here. LEO But. ALEXANDER But when you politicize the advancement in the General Officer Corps, you compromise the integrity of the advice you get from my officers. We hear a knock on the door. Margaret walks in. MARGARET Congressman Singer is in the Roosevelt Room, and Senator Triplehorn in on three. She leaves. Leo and Alexander stand up. LEO General, I'm not quite sure what you're talking about. ALEXANDER The Secretary of Defense has requested interview with all Army generals in line for a third or fourth star. LEO All of them? ALEXANDER [nodding his head] 150, sir. LEO We don't screen generals. ALEXANDER Then, I'd suggest you tell that to Secretary Hutchinson. RYAN [prelap] So, Carrick was a mole for the right? CUT TO: INT. - JOSH'S BULLPEN AREA- DAY JOSH Yeah. RYAN We should meet with his contributors, get them to sue, try and get their money back. JOSH A lawsuit? RYAN Hey, you can sue McDonalds for being fat. They walk through the door and we see Leo walking toward them. JOSH Leo... LEO Hey, I was just coming to find you. JOSH I think we can outflank Haffley on cap gains if we stick to stimulus. LEO Yeah... [to Ryan] Can you give us a second. Ryan walks off as Leo and Josh walk a little ways. LEO I just got off with Triplehorn. The Democrats on the Hill want you to sit this one out. JOSH The meeting with Singer? LEO We need a fresh start. JOSH He knows I'm supposed to be there. It's going to look like your benching me. LEO Toby's up to speed on the cap gain numbers. I asked him to sit in. JOSH Only on this meeting, or...? Leo nods his head. JOSH The budget negotiations? LEO We need the Democratic Leadership off our backs. I'll have Toby find you after. Leo walks off, leaving Josh standing in the hall. CUT TO: INT. - ROOSEVELT ROOM - DAY CONGRESSMAN SINGER is sitting at the table. Toby is sitting across from him. There is another man sitting next to Singer. Singer hands Toby something as Leo walks in and sits down. SINGER Honestly, the whole first year, I couldn't tell my twins apart. TOBY Mine are a boy and a girl. I'm thinking of having them tattooed. SINGER Hmm. [to Leo] No Josh, huh? LEO He wanted to convey his apologies for having to miss this meeting. So, Congressman, we wanted to talk to you about... SINGER I'm not going to vote against the tax cut, Leo. Neither are any of my other guys. CUT TO: INT. - RED CROSS SHELTER AREA - DAY 12:38 PM (38 MIN. BEHIND SCHEDULE) Bartlet is sitting across from an old man and they are talking to each other. MAN Well, we were in the car together, and the-the noise was so loud, it-it sounded like a freight train. I just don't know what I'm going to do without her. I don't even know what to feed the damned cat. Bartlet looks at the man sympathetically. We can hear C.J. on the phone. C.J. Uh-huh, I don't know how many times I can say I'm sorry. I'm happy to do it again. She sighs as she hangs up the phone and talks to Charlie. C.J. That was the Bureau Chief from the Times. He wanted to know why his reporter had to walk three miles through a wheat field. The President promised me two minutes a person. What number is he on? CHARLIE Three. We hear various noises as C.J. walks away. CUT TO: INT. - WHITE HOUSE HALLWAY - DAY Toby and Leo are walking and talking through the hall. They walk and end up in Leo's office. TOBY It's Republican propaganda. We do this cap gains tax cut, we're congratulating the wealthy for selling off their Renoirs. I don't know, should we maybe be thinking about unemployment insurance? LEO The Blue Dogs think this will make us look pro small-business. TOBY The GDP increase is a couple hundredths of one percent. LEO Yeah. They walk into Leo's office. TOBY If Haffley links the tax cut to the stimulus package, he's going to steamroll us straight through November! We see that ANGELA BLAKE is standing in the doorway. BLAKE November? How about until you turn out the lights? LEO How was the flight? BLAKE Why is it you can't just "hop a plane" from La Guardia? LEO Toby, you know Angela Blake. They shake hands. BLAKE I'm his biggest fan. Blake sits down in one of the sofa chairs by the wall. LEO You got briefed. Start talking. BLAKE I think we can pin Haffley on the long-term market impact of the cap gains tax cut. He's got at least twenty Wall Street Republicans in his conference. Upward pressures of interest rates, asset sell-offs, a decline in stock prices. And that's before we even get to the deficit. LEO Toby? He nods in semi-confirmation. BLAKE You have to get Singer in with the President tonight. LEO Margaret! TOBY I'll do it. He walks over to the phone as Leo sits on the couch. TOBY [into phone] C.J. Cregg, please. BLAKE We put him in a room with Singer, and as many of the Blue Dogs as we can round up. CUT TO: INT. - RED CROSS SHELTER AREA - CONTINUOUS 2:44 PM CST (1 HR. 59 MIN. BEHIND SCHEDULE) C.J. is talking to Toby on the phone. TOBY [VO] Are you on Air Force One? C.J. Not so much. TOBY [VO] You're still on the ground? C.J. That's an affirmative. CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS Toby sighs as he holds out the phone for Leo. Leo walks over and takes the phone. LEO Put him on. CUT TO: INT. - RED CROSS SHELTER AREA - CONTINUOUS We see C.J. walk up to Bartlet and hand him the phone. He is autographing a little girl's teddy bear. C.J. It's Leo. BARTLET Thank you. There you go. [into phone] Leo, we're doing good work. LEO [VO] I'm sure you are. CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS LEO You're State Department briefing for the Chancellor's visit is in an hour and I need you to sit with Singer... CUT TO: INT. - RED CROSS SHELTER AREA - CONTINUOUS LEO [VO] ...about cap gains tonight. BARTLET Have Russell do it. There's a memorial service here in the morning. CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS LEO You're meeting with Chancellor Weisman in the morning. CUT TO: INT. - RED CROSS SHELTER - CONTINUOUS LEO [VO] Sir, I... Barltet snaps the phone shut and hands it to C.J. CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS Leo hangs up the phone and turns back to the others. BLAKE What? LEO I think the President just went AWOL. FADE OUT. END ACT TWO. * * * ACT THREE FADE IN: INT. - JOSH'S BULLPEN AREA - NIGHT TUESDAY 5:30 PM We see Donna walking. She grabs something off her desk and walks into Josh's office. He is sitting at a chair in front of his desk. DONNA You need to get going. JOSH [pause] What? DONNA Your dinner. You're going to be late. JOSH Right. Any calls? DONNA No. JOSH Really? He starts putting on his coat. DONNA Yeah. JOSH Come on. DONNA Nothing. JOSH Who? DONNA Your mother. Josh sighs as he begins walking out of the room. JOSH Uh, do you have the G-8 memo for Leo? Donna hands him a folder. He walks away. We see Donna standing in front of his office as Ryan walks by her. DONNA What are you doing tonight? RYAN Um, Wizards-Knicks, courtside. DONNA No. RYAN No... No? We see her staring at the door that Josh went out of. CUT TO: INT. - MARGARET'S OFFICE - NIGHT We see Toby walk out of Leo's office. He shuts the door behind him. As he walks out of Margaret's office, he sees Josh walking toward Leo's office. TOBY Where you going? JOSH Uh, dinner with Wilcox. TOBY I'll walk you. JOSH I got to drop something off for Leo. TOBY I'm going to see him later; I'll take it. Josh turns around and hands Toby the folder. They begin walking down the hallway, talking as they go. JOSH This is the President's G-8 itinerary. I spent the afternoon with Scheduling and Advance. Anything I can do to help with Singer. TOBY Yeah. Sure. JOSH We started the cap gains tax cut debate last spring. I have the Treasury analysis... TOBY Uh-huh. JOSH ... talking points, CBO numbers. TOBY Okay. JOSH I can c... I... [quieter] I can count on one hand the people I trust right now. Toby nods at him and Josh leaves. REPORTER [prelap] I walked seven miles from the church. CUT TO: INT. - SHELTER AREA - NIGHT 6:22 PM CST 6 HRS. 47 MIN. BEHIND SCHEDULE) C.J. is talking to a reporter, later identified as Louis. C.J. You did not. LOUIS There are only five modems at the filing center. We're up against deadlines. C.J. I'll talk to Advance. LOUIS There's a rumor that you did this on purpose. You "spontaneously" changed the schedule so he'd seem compassionate. C.J. Louis, if I did this on purpose, don't you think I'd "spontaneously" make sure I had a change of clothes and a toothbrush? C.J. turns to walk away and Louis leaves. Charlie is waiting behind her. CHARLIE C.J.? C.J. I promised this wouldn't happen. CHARLIE Advance is already working on rooms for the press, transportation. It'll be fine. C.J. I promised Leo. CHARLIE The Harvey's asked him to spend the night at their place. C.J. Who are the Harvey's? CHARLIE Mr. Harvey lost his hardware store. C.J. Here's hoping the Harvey's don't have any felons in their family. CHARLIE He was talking to the Secret Service about spending the night here. C.J. In the gym? CHARLIE They've got generators. They'll just set him up in one of the classrooms. C.J. I saw a "For Sale" sign down the street. Maybe he'd like to move in? She walks off. MARGARET State moved the Chancellor back to 1:00... CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - NIGHT Leo and Margaret are talking. MARGARET ... but they can't go any later. He's got a speech is Augsburg Thursday morning. We see Toby walk in. LEO Call Hutchinson's office. We should meet early next week. Margaret gets up and leaves. TOBY Something going on at DOD? LEO Hutchinson decided to put himself in charge of Army Human Resources. He's interviewing generals. TOBY That would explain why Murabayashi is trying to get permission to go on Meet the Press on Sunday. LEO Margaret! Margaret comes back in from her office. LEO I need Hutchinson tomorrow. She leaves again. TOBY Is Angela Blake taking over Legislative Affairs? I just stopped Josh from wandering in here and finding his replacement sitting on your sofa. LEO She's not replacing him. He had too much on his plate. TOBY When were you planning on telling him? LEO In the morning. TOBY When were you planning on telling the rest of us? LEO I'm trying to get through the week. Angela was my number two in Labor. She'll be up to speed in about five minutes. I know you want to do more. TOBY So he screwed up? So, what? We all have. Is this how it's gonna be? We hear a knock at the door. Margaret walks back in and hands Leo a note. MARGARET The Vice President's here. TOBY Is she going to be in the budget negotiations? LEO She's going to lead them. Toby looks stunned at the news. CUT TO: INT. - RESTAURANT - DINING ROOM - NIGHT We see many people at their tables in the dining room of a fancy restaurant. We move around to see Josh sitting at a table by himself. A man, later called Art, walks up and shakes his hand. ART Josh. Hey, how you doing? JOSH Art. Good to see you. ART Things going okay? JOSH Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, great. ART Good. You want to join us while you're waiting? JOSH No, I-I just got here early. ART Well, glad to see you're doing all right. JOSH Yeah. Yeah. Doing great. It's good to see you, Art. The man walks off. We see through the glass behind Josh that Ryan is sitting at the bar, looking at Josh. CUT TO: INT - RESTAURANT - LOBBY - NIGHT A waiter answers a ringing phone. We see Ryan come to the doorway and listen in. WAITER Morton's... Mr. Lyman is already seated. CUT TO: INT. - RESTAURANT - DINING ROOM - NIGHT We see Josh still waiting at his table. Ryan comes over and sits down next to him. RYAN Obi-wan. JOSH Hey. [pause] Wilcox is running late. RYAN No. Sorry, he's not coming. JOSH Donna sent you? Just in case. RYAN What's good? SINGER [prelap] We have a languishing economy... CUT TO: INT. - ROOSEVELT ROOM - NIGHT Leo and Russell are seated at the table. Singer and some of the other Blue Dogs are seated across from them. Toby is standing next to Russell. At the other end of the room we can see Will sitting in a chair. SINGER [cont.] ... with a belly so full of social welfare programs that its dragging the ground. TOBY Giving kickbacks to the wealthy isn't creating wealth. It's just giving kickbacks to the wealthy. Toby sits down next to Russell. SINGER You keep taxing capital 15%, you are encouraging people to stash their assets under their mattresses. You cut the taxes, people will sell their investments. LEO Flooding the market. TOBY But that flood's only gonna wash up a hundred million. In terms of our two-trillion dollar budget, that's like a rounding error in the OMB. RUSSELL Excuse me, Toby, if I may. You're right, Congressman. If we lower cap gains taxes, we reward the small business owners who took a risk for the economy and I'd be the first in line to pat 'em on the back, but the thing is, the Speaker is trying to "propulgate" a tax bill onto and appropriations package. We start allowing that, we're never going to get budgets passed. Leo, Toby, and Will look confused at the VP's word choice. SINGER You're saying the administration would support a tax cut if it were separate from the budget? LEO We're sure as hell not going to discuss it while it's attached to appropriations. Margaret walks in and hands Leo a note. SINGER Maybe we should just wait for the President to join us before we continue. LEO The President considers this vote a priority, Nate. SINGER I'd hate to be the next rung down on his to-do list. Leo gets up and walks out into the hallway. LEO Excuse me. CUT TO: INT. - HALLWAY - OUTSIDE OF ROOSEVELT ROOM - CONTINUOUS General Alexander is waiting in the hall when Leo comes out. Margaret follows Leo as he leaves the Roosevelt Room. He hands the note back to Margaret. LEO Find the President. They begin walking. They go to Margaret's office where she hands Leo a folder of some sort, and then they go into Leo's office. LEO The Albanians are declaring war? ALEXANDER Albania's Foreign Minister is calling the flag-raising on Croxys an act of war, so the Greek President has ordered his navy to surround and defend the island. LEO You're kidding? ALEXANDER Now the Albanians are preparing to dispatch their fleet. LEO The Albanians have a fleet? ALEXANDER Some old torpedo boats and a few mine sweepers, yeah. LEO And what's the strategic importance of this? It's a rock, isn't it? ALEXANDER Primarily used for grazing goats. Margaret walks in. MARGARET The President. LEO It's a rock, General, not a war. President Ismaili and President Gianakkos can get in a room and be big boys. They all leave as Leo picks up the phone. LEO Mr. President. BARTLET [VO] Where you able to move the Chancellor? LEO Only two hours. Singer and the Blue Dogs really need to talk to you. I need you... CUT TO: INT. - LOCAL SCHOOL - CLASSROOM - OKLAHOMA - CONTINUOUS Bartlet is on the phone in a classroom. A Secret Service Agent is also in the room. BARTLET You know when you hear a tornado has uprooted a tree? I saw it. CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS Leo sits down at his desk. BARTLET [VO] 60 feet of roots from a bur oak yanked right out of the ground. I talked to this guy who flew B-29s in Korea... CUT TO: INT. - LOCAL SCHOOL - CLASSROOM - OKLAHOMA - CONTINUOUS BARTLET ... and made it back without so much as a split lip. Yesterday his legs were crushed... CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS BARTLET [VO] .. by a chest of drawers while he was sleeping. LEO Yeah. We'll be happy to have you back, sir. CUT TO: INT. - LOCAL SCHOOL - CLASSROOM - OKLAHOMA - CONTINUOUS BARTLET I'll see you tomorrow, Leo. He hangs up the phone and gets up from the desk he was sitting on. He walks out into the hall and the Secret Service Agent follows him. CUT TO: INT. - LOCAL SCHOOL - GYM - SHELTER AREA - OKLAHOMA - CONTINUOUS 10:12 PM CST (10 HRS. 27 MIN. BEHIND SCHEDULE) The Secret Service Agent opens the door to the gym and Bartlet walks in. We see several people asleep on cots. He walks a little farther and sees several people sitting in front of a TV. He walks a little farther and into the kitchen. He sees a lady in an apron who is washing the dishes. He walks over to her. BARTLET Hi. She turns around. BARTLET You need any help. LADY Um... No, thank you, sir. I-I'm almost done. BARTLET I'm pretty good with a scouring pad. LADY That'd just be embarrassing for both of us, Mr. President. He laughs as she gets more dishes to put in the sink. BARTLET You're with the Red Cross? LADY I'm a volunteer and I drive a school bus for the district. BARTLET That must be very rewarding, getting to know all the children, watching them grow. She becomes teary-eyed. LADY I'm sorry. I lost four kids on my route yesterday. Yeah, first your just glad it's not your kids. But you got to wonder... We see C.J. walk in. She stops short and listens to the lady talking. LADY What kind of a god would do such a terrible thing? We go to church every Sunday. We try to do the right thing. What kind of plan could this possibly be? She goes back to washing the dishes, a bit upset. Bartlet walks over to the sink, grabs a dish towel, and begins drying the dishes. We see C.J. walk back out of the room. CUT TO: EXT. - STREET - WASHINGTON - NIGHT A cab is driving down the street. Josh and Ryan are inside. RYAN Why do you call the Democrats who usually vote with Republicans "Blue Dogs"? JOSH You didn't have to stay and eat dinner with me to keep me from looking pathetic. RYAN I was hungry. JOSH [pause][to cab driver] Hey! Pull over, would you? The driver does and Josh gets out. He looks out at something and begins shouting. He is obviously upset. JOSH Hey! You want a piece of me! I'm right here! I'm standing right here! Come on! Come on! We pan around to see that he is looking at the Capitol building. We see Ryan looking at him as though he is concerned. Josh turns around and begins walking back to the cab. FADE OUT. END ACT THREE. * * * ACT FOUR FADE IN: INT. TOBY'S OFFICE - DAY WEDNESDAY MORNING 6:30 AM Toby is sitting at his desk reading. We pan around and see Angela Blake walk into Toby's office. BLAKE You're in early. So, are we okay? TOBY Sure. BLAKE I thought you might still be mad about last year at the Kennedy School Forum. Those kids'll laugh at anything. I know, cause I'm not funny. TOBY Not really, no. BLAKE So, what time's Senior Staff? TOBY 7:30. BLAKE I'll see you there. She leaves. As she does, the worker comes into the office. WORKER Donna called. He's just now coming in the Northwest Gate. CUT TO: INT. - JOSH'S BULLPEN AREA - DAY Josh and Donna are walking along. Josh has a headache and Donna gives him some pain pills for it. JOSH Toby in yet? DONNA Eat white food. JOSH I'm okay. DONNA Like cottage cheese. JOSH I'm okay. It's just a headache. DONNA Obviously you're not okay, or you wouldn't be screaming at a building at 1:00 in the morning. JOSH Hey, I was just going to come looking for you. How'd it go? We see that Toby has come through the doors and is walking toward Josh. TOBY What? JOSH Last night. They walk into Josh's office. Donna goes to her cubicle. We hear Josh semi-yell from his office. JOSH Angela Blake?! We see Toby shut the door to Josh's office. LEO [prelap] I don't mind he walked into a propeller... CUT TO: INT. - WHITE HOUSE - HALLWAY - DAY Leo and Will are walking through the hallway. LEO [con.] ... although I'm pretty sure there's no such word as "propulgate". Maybe he meant "propagate", or "promulgate". WILL You put the Vice President into a room with a guy who was winding up to take a swing at the President. He stepped in and took the shot, but he's not happy about it. You need to talk to him. Margaret walks up to them. MARGARET Leo. There's a... situation. LEO You're gonna be good at this job. Will walks off. Leo and Margaret head toward his office. MARGARET The Secretary of State called twice. He's heard there's a scheduling problem with the President getting back in time for the Chancellor. And he wanted to remind you, in the most emphatic terms... LEO He said that? "Emphatic terms"? MARGARET ... that the Chancellor only accepted our invitation to come to Washington... She reads from a pad of paper in her hands. MARGARET ... after numerous overtures and two months of painstaking negotiations. They reach Leo's door. LEO Really? Thank him, for me, would you? I'd almost forgotten the 200 calls I had to make to Berlin. Leo opens his door and walks into his office. He sees General Alexander waiting on him. LEO Oh, dear God, not the goats again. Margaret! ALEXANDER Ismaili refuses to discuss a peaceful resolution to the Croxys dispute. Margaret has come in to Leo's office through her office. LEO Let Josh know I need to see him before Senior Staff. ALEXANDER Ismaili wants President Bartlet to broker a deal. LEO What do they want; shared custody of the goats? President Bartlet isn't a marriage counselor, or a shepherd, for that matter. ALEXANDER Yeah, but we're trying to avoid a missile launch from one of the nine warships floating around in the Ionian Sea. LEO Margaret! Margaret comes in. LEO Find C.J. MARGARET Again? She walks out back into her office. Alexander goes with her. LEO I should have never gotten out of bed this morning. WOMAN [prelap] The President could... CUT TO: EXT. - OKLAHOMA - DAY 7:58 AM CST (20 HRS. 13 MIN. BEHIND SCHEDULE) C.J. is talking to the same Advance woman from earlier. They are discussing the memorial service that is about to take place. WOMAN ... light the peace candle during the prayer. C.J. Any chance he could lead the prayer? He's not so good with matches. WOMAN The Governor could take the benediction instead and the opening greeting. C.J. Fine. WOMAN Fine. Governor Wade will arrive and be escorted to her row, and then the President will enter... C.J. The President has to enter first. WOMAN People want to see the Governor first. She's a familiar, comforting face to Oklahomans. C.J. I'm gonna go out on a limb here... Her phone begins to ring. She grabs it and opens it. C.J. ... and say the President has a recognizable face. Excuse me. [into phone] Yeah. The woman walks off. LEO [VO] I'm dying here. What time are you back? C.J. The memorial service is schedule to start around 10:00. CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS Leo is talking on the speakerphone. LEO 10:00? C.J. [VO] It was supposed to start earlier but some of the family members are driving in from other... He picks up the phone. LEO What the hell am I supposed to tell the Germans? CUT TO: EXT. - OKLAHOMA - CONTINUOUS C.J. How about you don't charge 'em for the headphones and give 'em some extra peanuts? LEO [VO] Was that supposed to be funny? C.J. What do you want from me, Leo? LEO [VO] I've got a cap gains tax cut... CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS LEO [cont.] ... tacked onto an appropriations bill, two Bronze Age civilizations threatening to blow each other up over some goats... CUT TO: EXT. - OKLAHOMA - CONTINUOUS LEO [VO] [cont.] ... and a major ally that's going to be in the lobby leafing through dog-eared copies of Congressional Quarterly while the President is singing "Kumbaya". CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS LEO [cont.] I want the President back here now, C.J. This was your idea, fix it. He hangs up the phone. Josh knocks on the door and comes into his office. JOSH You wanted to see me? LEO Yeah. Come on in. JOSH I don't know where we're at on capital gains, but I was thinking about this Boeing stuff. If we flip... LEO Josh. JOSH Haffley'd amputate his own leg before... Leo holds up his finger and almost yells. LEO You got to stop, Josh! JOSH When were you going to tell me about Angela Blake? LEO Right now. JOSH She's a fund-raiser, Leo. She doesn't know the Hill. LEO Damn it, Josh! You tried to humiliate Carrick in his own state, which is bad enough, but you failed to the tune of a party switch. You think it ends with the Leadership? You can't believe the calls I'm getting from the DNC membership. State party chairs. No one wants you here. [pause] We're going to be late for Senior Staff. CUT TO: EXT. - OKLAHOMA - DAY C.J. is walking along. She walks over to a building and talks to Charlie, who is standing there. C.J. He in there? CHARLIE Working on his remarks. She walks into the building. The President is seated and is writing. C.J. Excuse me, Mr. President. BARTLET I'm trying to remember a quote from Isaiah. I should just call Toby. Everything working out for the memorial? C.J. We're still haggling over who arrives first; you or the Governor. BARTLET We're the guest here. Whatever she wants is fine. C.J. No, sir. You need to walk in first. BARTLET If Wade is going to get all hot and bothered... C.J. I need you to walk in first. I need you to know that you walk in first. [pause] I'm sorry, sir. We need to go back to Washington. BARTLET We'll leave after the service. C.J. No, sir. We need to go back now. I told Leo we'd only be here a few hours. He needs you to meet with Singer and the Blue Dogs. The Chancellor is waiting, and there's something about a war between ancient civilizations. BARTLET These people need me. C.J. No, sir, they don't. Maybe they did yesterday, but now they need their town back. They need their police officers working, not clearing intersections for your motorcade. They need the 50 motel rooms we took last night for people who lost their homes. And they need you back in Washington running the country, and creating the jobs that are going to help to pay the taxes to help support disaster relief and rebuilding. What are we doing here, sir? She turns and walks out of the building. CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - DAY Leo is seated at his desk. Margaret knocks on the door and comes in. MARGARET Secretary Hutchinson is here. LEO Yeah. Hutchinson walks in and Leo indicates for him to sit down. LEO Any idea why General McLain might be flying in from Oslo next week? HUTCHINSON Look, Leo, I know Alexander's not happy about this. LEO There's a command structure. We have procedures. HUTCHINSON I am trying to transform a military establishment that hates change. It's a new world. We're facing a new enemy. We need new thinking. Speed, flexibility, rapid deployment... Margaret comes in from her office. MARGARET Air Force One; wheels-up ten minutes ago. LEO Thank God. Margaret leaves. LEO We agree we need to modernize. But we also have to have unbiased military advise, so I'm gonna need you to stop undermining Alexander and cancel these interviews. You start handing out the stars, Miles, those general aren't going to tell you anything you don't want to hear. CUT TO: INT. - AIR FORCE ONE - DAY 9:38 AM CST - WHEELS UP (21 HRS. 38 MIN. BEHIND SCHEDULE) We see C.J. walking down the aisle of Air Force One. CUT TO: INT. - PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE - AIR FORCE ONE - DAY We hear a knock on the door as we also see Bartlet, at his desk, sign a paper and hand it to Charlie. Charlie then walks over and opens the door. We see C.J. standing there. C.J. You wanted to see me? BARTLET Give us a minute, will ya, Charlie? C.J. walks in as Charlie walks out. C.J. sits down across from Bartlet's desk. BARTLET Are we having a problem? C.J. No. BARTLET I feel as if I did more good in the last 24 hours than in the last six months. C.J. Yes, sir. BARTLET You resent me taking a few extra hours to console grieving people? She clears her throat but does not answer. BARTLET I'm asking you a direct question, C.J. C.J. Honestly, sir? I resent you ignoring the responsibilities of your office. If you want to reach out and touch people, teach math at East Saint Louis after your term expires. BARTLET So you think my staying longer was some sort of personal indulgence? C.J. I think it's been a difficult time for you sir. For all of us. BARTLET What's this really about, C.J.? C.J. I understand there was no time, sir. I can't imagine what it was like. I don't have children. BARTLET It's like I knew who I was, then woke up one morning and didn't have a clue. C.J. I understand, sir. But I need more. You're the President of the United States. My President. I'm frightened. We're all frightened. This is... the world is too dangerous now. Unpredictable. I need you back. I need you to lead. [pause] Is there anything else, Mr. President? He shakes his head and she gets up and leaves. CUT TO: INT. - JOSH'S OFFICE - DAY Josh in on the phone. We see Toby walk up and stand in the door. TOBY Jeanine. JOSH What? He comes into the office. TOBY It's the name of my boat. Jeanine. Josh hangs up the phone. JOSH Who's Jeanine? Toby laughs. TOBY You want to grab some lunch? JOSH No. Thanks. Toby leaves. Donna comes to the door with a filebox in her hand. DONNA You need anything? JOSH On my home machine I have 52 "Hang in There" messages; one from a headhunter wanting to know if I'm interested in moving into the private sector. Donna comes in and sets the filebox down on Josh's desk. DONNA Are you? JOSH What's that? DONNA It's my "What a Shame" folder. All the stuff we never have time for. The stuff we thought we'd fix when we got here, but we never did. Foreign adoption policy. Hybrid energy partnerships. Extending the roadless conservation plan. Okay this one's not a shame, I just didn't want to deal with it. Funding special education for kids with disabilities. Ammunition control. What's a gun without bullets? CUT TO: INT. - AIR FORCE ONE - DAY C.J. is in her seat looking out the window. We can still hear Donna offscreen. DONNA A 21st Century Teachers Corps. We've got all those baby boomer teachers retiring. Mentor programming... CUT TO: INT. - PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE - AIR FORCE ONE - DAY We see Bartlet set his glasses down on the desk and look out the window. We cut to an ext. shot of Air Force One flying through the air before we... DISSOLVE TO: MAIN TITLES. FADE TO BLACK. THE END. * * * The West Wing episode 5.06 "Disaster Relief", original air date 5 November, 2003.