WEST WING S1.E15 :: CELESTIAL NAVIGATION

"It starts out as a 9-5 job, but you can pretty much count on it being blown to hell by 9:30."
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    Full disclosure :: this is one of my all time favorite episodes. This might be a ridiculous list.
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    This lecture looks like Inside the Actor's Studio for politicians.
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    CJ: "Does Toby know?"
    Toby: "I've stepped off the edge of the world."
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    Toby: "Believe me when I tell you this, CJ - I will find a way to blame this on you."
    It's best to not even look at Toby crossways when he's worked up like this.
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    "Your teeth are the best friends you've got, CJ."
    This is one of the most Chris Traeger moments Sam Seaborn ever had.
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    Toby's angst over the Deborah O'Leary situation is adorable.
    "Well, wasn't that clever of her."
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    Danny's being a rabble-rouser again.
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    "You're from Connecticut, what exit do we want for Wesley?"
    I imagine Sam is not having a great time with Toby in that passenger seat.
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    "And the day was about to get worse.. Because I was about to step to the plate."
    Yes, Josh.. Yes.
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    A Sam-Toby exchange: "We're going east!" "How do you know we're going eastβ€½" "The sun rises in the east." "IT'S DARK OUTSIDE." "Also that bright star in the sky is Polaris." "So whatβ€½!" "I'm using celestial navigation." "Hey Galileo. Get off at the next exit and turn the car around."
    Perfection.
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    Why hello there, Ms. Pounder.
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    "Deb, he's been trying to provoke you for months. When you give in to him, you surrender the high ground."
    More wisdom from Leo.
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    "What the hell happened?"
    "I had woot canow." πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    "You're not going to do a press briefing looking like Bullwinkle!"
    Ever the encourager, Joshua.
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    "I don't get hostile.. I don't get randomly hostile.. I get hostile when hostility is called for!"
    Famous last words..
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    Josh is so cocky. He totally deserves what happens to him here.
    "I am a graduate of Harvard and Yale, and I believe that my powers of debate can rise to meet the Socratic wonder that is the White House Press Corps."
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    "Yeah, Danny.. We have a secret inflation plan."
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    "Sam feels we're zeroing in on it. We were navigating by the North Star, which turned out to be the Delta shuttle from LaGuardia."
    This is another oft-quoted line.
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    "Toby, how hard can it be to find the Wesley police station?"
    "I don't know, Josh, but while we're looking, can you tell me a little more about the President's secret plan to fight inflation?"
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    "Sergeant, you've arrested a federal judge who is the President's nominee for the Supreme Court. You should get that. It's going to be the governor of Connecticut."
    This is a bad night for everyone.
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    "Tell me what you think I should do right now."
    "Go into your office and come up with a secret plan to fight inflation."
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    "Have you fallen on your head? Have you fallen down and hit your head on something hard?"
    Toby πŸ’›
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    "What.. I mean, what could you possibly want right now? I mean, what in the name of everything holy could you want right now?"
    "Sir.. I need you to really dig in now. It wasn't a nightmare.. You really are the president."
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    "I have a secret plan to fight inflation?"
    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    This scene with Toby and Mendoza is excellent.
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    "So you gave Barney Fife a hard time to make a point?"
    "A point worth making."
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    "There's nothing about this that doesn't stink. There's nothing about it that wouldn't be better if you were on the bench."
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    There's nothing about this episode I don't love!