"What's going on, Leo?"
  1. Toby throwing the ball In his office is one of the most subtly ominous openings to an episode.
    You just know that this one isn't going to end well.
  2. Also, Toby waiting in the dark in Leo's office is terrifying.
    I would have jumped out of my skin!
  3. "Why does Hoynes think the President isn't going to run again?"
  4. Bartlet's fear and sadness at having to tell Toby (and his staff) about his illness are so subtly acted.
    Martin Sheen is amazing!
  5. President Bartlet: "What do I tell him?"
    Leo: "Everything."
  6. On a completely different note, Josh can be such an obnoxious puppy dog sometimes.
    "Did you get the flowers? Did you like them? Do you know why I sent them?"
  7. Josh: "I'm the sort of guy who remembers [anniversaries]."
    Donna: "No, you're the sort of guy who sends a woman flowers to be mean. You're really the only man I've met who can do that."
  8. I had forgotten how much I love the Ainsley storyline here.
    I don't agree with her all the time, but I love what a strong character Ainsley is - unafraid to hold a very unpopular opinion in the face of very good looking opposition (Sam). I wish she had stuck around longer.
  9. Toby finding out about the President's MS is another masterful scene.
    Bartlet's nervousness and defensiveness, Toby's grasping for facts, Leo's quiet looks.. It's amazing.
  10. "I'd like to stand up.. Can I stand?"
  11. It's crazy that Toby's world can be crumbling in one room, while Josh and Sam are trying to write jokes in another.
  12. Josh: "You think the President's going to get heckled?"
    Donna: "No, but I've read the speech, and I think you'd be wise to have some dead audience jokes in your pocket."
  13. Sam: "In a half hour I want to make Toby laugh!"
    Good luck with that tonight, Sam.
  14. "Nobody lied."
    As in real life, sometimes that isn't enough.
  15. Ah, Sam is back on the Equal Rights Amendment.
    And Josh is back to being unfunny.
  16. Donna: "Josh, when you yell you make it harder for people to find the funny."
  17. Toby is definitely not finding the funny in things tonight.
  18. Seriously, the person who blocked and filmed these scenes is a genius. Every shot with Leo, the President, and Toby in it is arranged in a certain way to make you feel the distance between the characters.
  19. I relate to Ainsley's insatiable desire for pastry.
  20. Oh man. Josh is so helpless on his own.
  21. Josh: "I'm looking for that speech that Sam wrote."
    Donna: "You know, we keep those on computers. But wait.. You don't know how to use a computer, do you."
  22. Josh's reaction to learning about Donna's accident is so wonderful, though.
    It makes up for all of his ridiculousness.
  23. Josh: "I'm just saying.. If you were in an accident, I wouldn't stop for beer."
    Donna: "If you were in an accident, I wouldn't stop for red lights." 💛
  24. President Bartlet: "Not every part of me belongs to you. This was personal. I'm not willing to relinquish that right."
    Toby: "It will appear to many, if not most, as fraud. It will appear as if you denied the voters a chance to decide for themselves. They're generally not willing to relinquish that right either."
  25. 🎾🎾🎾