WEST WING S2.E18 :: 17 PEOPLE

"What's going on, Leo?"
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    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.
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    Also, Toby waiting in the dark in Leo's office is terrifying.
    I would have jumped out of my skin!
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    "Why does Hoynes think the President isn't going to run again?"
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    Bartlet's fear and sadness at having to tell Toby (and his staff) about his illness are so subtly acted.
    Martin Sheen is amazing!
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    President Bartlet: "What do I tell him?"
    Leo: "Everything."
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    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?"
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    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."
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    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.
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    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.
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    "I'd like to stand up.. Can I stand?"
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    It's crazy that Toby's world can be crumbling in one room, while Josh and Sam are trying to write jokes in another.
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    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."
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    Sam: "In a half hour I want to make Toby laugh!"
    Good luck with that tonight, Sam.
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    "Nobody lied."
    As in real life, sometimes that isn't enough.
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    Ah, Sam is back on the Equal Rights Amendment.
    And Josh is back to being unfunny.
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    Donna: "Josh, when you yell you make it harder for people to find the funny."
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    Toby is definitely not finding the funny in things tonight.
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    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.
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    I relate to Ainsley's insatiable desire for pastry.
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    Oh man. Josh is so helpless on his own.
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    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."
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    Josh's reaction to learning about Donna's accident is so wonderful, though.
    It makes up for all of his ridiculousness.
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    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." πŸ’›
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    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."
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