The West Wing (1999–2006): Season 2, Episode 16 - Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail - full transcript

On this year's "Big Block of Cheese Day", a college friend of Donna's asks Sam to help her get her late grandfather, accused of being a Communist spy inside the U.S. government, a ...

Previously on The West Wing:

When did you decide you'd run
for a second term?

- I didn't make the decision to run again.
- We had a deal.

Andrew Jackson had
a big block of cheese.

It's Throw Open Our Office
Doors to People...

...Who Want to Discuss Things That
We Could Care Less About Day.


- What day is this?
- It's Friday.

I'm sorry, I meant... I'm sorry.
What time is it?

- You sleep here last night?
- I'm sorry?

- You slept here?
- I don't have a couch in my office.

Yeah, but you have a bed
in your house, right?

- I need to change my shirt.
- Maybe you need to go home for a while.

- What are you doing here so early?
- Trying to avoid the protesters.

Metro police closed a four-block
radius around the World Bank...

...and made Pennsylvania Avenue
one-way from M to 21 st.

17th and 15th are closed
to Independence Avenue...

...and Constitution's closed
between 23rd and the Ellipse.

- Did you take Dupont?
- Dupont had two turns closed off...

...with metal barricades
and cop cars.

So I took P to Logan Circle,
which was also blocked.

So I made a U-turn and
doubled back to get on 16th...

...where there was a police cordon
around the National Geographic Society.

Who has a problem with
the National Geographic Society?

- That's exactly what I want to know.
- Anyway, I'm gonna change my shirt.

What's going on with
the pardon recommendations?

They're coming together. I've reviewed
recommendations from Justice...

...and the OPA, and Tribbey's
office had its own.

- How many are you sending in?
- Eighteen, I think, now.

Mail fraud, securities fraud and the
most bogus drug bust I've ever seen.

- Don't retry the cases.
- I'm not retrying.

I'm reading material I'm supposed to
read, I'm making the recommendations.

The guy was tried in Spain
and found guilty of a crime...

- ... he was too stupid to commit.
- Sam, go home, would you?

- No. I'm just gonna change my shirt.
- You look bad. You're tired.

- You slept in the office, it's Friday, go.
- Why?

Because you're putting too much
faith in the powers of a new shirt.

Josh told me what happened,
with your parents.

- Sam?
- Yeah.

- My father had affairs.
- Did he?


My father didn't pick up a waitress.
He's had a woman in an apartment.

- Yeah?
- For 28 years.

How'd he get caught?

My father is stupider
than the guy in Spain.

So the real question is, how did
he not get caught until now?

- Yeah.
- I'll see you at the staff meeting later.

- Sam.
- Yeah.

- When did you find out?
- Tuesday.

- You slept here the last three nights?
- No.

- Seriously, man, go home.
- I'm gonna check the final OPA list.

I'll be checking it twice. See who's
been naughty, who's been nice.

- Sam.
- Life goes on, Leo.

Certainly the federal government
does. So....

- Thanks, but let's drop it, okay?
- Yeah.

They're expecting trouble
at the National Geographic Society?

I have no explanation.

Well, those postcards they stick in
magazines drive me out of my mind.

- So maybe...?
- Yeah.

I'll see you later.

Hey, Sam. This is Ginger. It's 6:35.
I've opened the communications office.

- It's a good speech.
- The Andrew Jackson speech.

- It is a good speech.
- Better every year, but...

- What?
- You're not gonna give it, right?

- Sure.
- Why?

Because it's Big Block
of Cheese Day, Josh.

Yeah, see, but we know it's
Big Block of Cheese Day...

...and we know why it's called that,
so there's no need for the speech.

Except it wouldn't be Big Block
of Cheese Day without the speech.

Well, let's find out. Maybe it would.

- How'd you get to work this morning?
- I walked.

- Yeah.
- How is it out there?

It's pretty loud.

World Policy Studies is holding a forum
this morning, I'm gonna send Toby.

- That's a good idea.
- Why?

- Because you're not sending me.
- Look...

Leo, the World Bank and the WTO
are international organizations...

...of which the U S. is one member.
Why isn't Switzerland the one...?

They're not protesting in Switzerland,
they're protesting on 18th Street.

And I don't want to be asked
how come no one ever met with them.

Well, that seems reasonable.

I can't tell you how relieved
I am to have your approval.

- But you're gonna do the speech.
- Got to.

- Yeah.
- A little thing called team morale.

You gotta make people
feel good about themselves.

All right. Shut up, everybody, I've fired
more people than you before breakfast.

Andrew Jackson, in the main foyer
of the White House...

...had a big block of cheese.
The block of cheese was huge...

- Who made these assignments?
- This'll go faster if I'm not interrupted.

I'm meeting with the Organization
of Cartographers for Social Equality?

What do mapmakers have
to do with social equality?

- I guess you're about to find out.
- Probably not, because I won't listen.

- The block of cheese was huge...
- Excuse me, Leo.

I got NIH research funding for cancer
treatment using shark cartilage.

- I'll take that.
- What do you got?

- Citizens for D. C. Statehood.
- Forget it.

I've got Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
Society, but I'm keeping it.

You're all keeping it.

I'm sure Margaret worked
long and hard to make sure...

...that the appropriate petitioner
went to the appropriate staffer.

The block of cheese was two tons...

...and was there for any and all
who might be hungry.

- Excuse me, I was waylaid.
- By what?

- Thirty thousand tourists.
- The protesters.

I don't call them protesters. I've seen
better organized crowds at the DMV.

- Two tons, this cheese...
- In my day, we knew how to protest.

- What day was that?
- 1968.

How old were you
when you were protesting?

My sisters took me.

- Anybody have a problem with that?
- No one has a problem with that.

The police are ahead of them. They know
where they'll be and what'll happen.

Know how? By logging on to their
website. We had the underground.

- We had rapid response.
- And you were home by supper.

These are amateurs.
What's my assignment?

Meeting with the amateurs.

World Policy Studies is having a forum,
there'll be about 100 of them.

- Doing what?
- Listening to you...

...conduct a free exchange of ideas.

- Really?
- Josh thinks it's a good idea.

Well, if Josh thinks it's a good idea,
then you bet, I'll do it.

- What else is there?
- Cartographers for Social Equality.

You have two choices. Meeting an unruly
mob or meeting with lunatic mapmakers.

Or getting paid a lot more
working almost anywhere else.

Seriously, there'll be security there.

- What about press?
- Just wires.

- No, I mean TV.
- No cameras.

- You negotiated that?
- Yeah.

- They agreed to it?
- You wanna make out with me now.

Well, when don't I?

- Give me the thing.
- Okay, then.

Andrew Jackson, in the main foyer
of the White House...

...had a 2-ton block of cheese.

And a Wheat Thin the size
of Lake Tahoe.

It was there for any and all who were
hungry. It was there for the voiceless.

- Stephanie.
- Hi.

- You look great.
- Thank you.

- Why are you talking like that?
- I don't want to shout.

- We can use our normal voices.
- I've never been in the White House.

- Later I'll give you a tour.
- Did I get you out of something?

We're not allowed to give tours
until after 10:00...

...when the president's out of
the West Wing. Come with me.

- The president works until 10:00?
- He works after that.

But he leaves the Oval at 10.
We'll go in Josh's office.

I am getting you out
of something, right?

You got me out of
the Big Block of Cheese Day meeting.

- What's...?
- I had the feeling you were gonna ask.

Andrew Jackson had, in the main
foyer of the White House...

...I can't believe I'm giving this speech,
a 2-ton block of cheese.

In that spirit, Leo McGarry designates
one day for senior staff members... take appointments with people
that wouldn't ordinarily...

- ... get the ear of the White House.
- Sounds amazing.

We make a lot of fun of it,
but truth is, I think it is.

- I'm sorry to...
- Oh, yeah.

Were you able to mention me
to Sam Seaborn?

- I wasn't. I haven't yet, and I apologize.
- No, that's okay.

- It's been a bad week for Sam.
- From everything I've been told...

...the president listens to Sam
when it comes to....


I should have said this on the phone.

- I'm not that comfortable with...
- That's...

It puts him in an awkward position
if he has to say no.

And something like this,
if it seems like a favor....

Steph, is your dad dying?

Okay, listen.
When we're in with Sam...

...mention you've heard he's the man.
He'll want to impress you and show...

- ... he's got access to the president.
- Wait a minute.

- You're getting me in? It's all right?
- Yeah. It's Big Block of Cheese Day.

It's me. I need some time with Sam.

I don't need to see
the 10-year numbers.

It'd be a good idea to look at them.

Have those projections
ever been close to accurate?

- Depends what you mean.
- Within a trillion dollars.

No, but we'd like you
to look at them.

Bring me the 10-year projections,
a Ouija board and a magic wand.

- Yes, sir. Thank you.
- What's next?

I need to discuss a fax
that's come in.

- From whom?
- Jonathan Bartlet.

- That name sounds familiar.
- He's your brother.

I remember being locked
in a steamer trunk.

- That doesn't sound so bad.
- There were steamers in there with me.

- I was in there with seafood.
- Okay.

- Well, here's the thing...
- We lost the site?

- You lost the first choice.
- Why?

Your brother's speaking
with Neda Wallin...

...counsel to the Bartlet Presidential
Library Commission.

The site violates the Historic Barn
and Bridges Preservation Act.

- Which says?
- I've got it here in my notes.

Requires that all non-housing farm and
ranch structures built prior to 1900... preserved unless destroyed
by an act of God.

What plaid-flannel-wearing, cheese-eating
yahoo of a milkman governor...

...signed that idiot bill into state law?

- It was me, wasn't it?
- Yes, sir.

- Okay.
- They'd like to go with the second site.

- Yeah. Go ahead.
- Thank you, sir.

- No.
- I'm sorry?

No, don't go ahead with the site.

I just... Tell my brother to hang on,
would you? I'll make a decision.

- I don't know what the damn hurry is.
- Yes, sir.

Bonnie, I now need
the 10-year OMB projections as well.

- Are those ever accurate?
- No.

- And you got another call from...
- Thanks.

- Sam?
- Oh, hey, how you doing?

Sam, this is Stephanie Gault.
Stephanie, this is Sam.

- It's good to meet you.
- Come on in.

Stephanie and I were
at Wisconsin together.

We bonded as a result of a mutual
loathing for the same ex-boyfriend.

She's a professor of International
Relations at the Maxwell School.

What are you doing in town?

Believe it or not, I advise the WTO
in certain areas of macroeconomics.

So a global monetary crisis
can't be very far off.

- What can I do for you?
- My grandfather was Daniel Gault.

- Really?
- Yeah.

- You know who Daniel Gault was?
- He was a staffer here in the '40s.

He was a special economic
assistant to FDR...

...and special liaison to State
for Eastern European Affairs.

- Donna knows the rest.
- He was jailed for espionage...

- ... and died in prison six months later.
- He wasn't in jail for espionage.

They couldn't make espionage.
He was in jail for lying in front of HUAC.

Sam, Stephanie would like
her grandfather included...

...among those being considered
for an executive pardon.

From everything I've learned, you're
the person to speak to about this.

That you have the ear
of the president.


It's impossible to demonstrate remorse
since he's no longer alive.

Demonstrating his innocence
is extremely complicated.

- Yes, but you've already done it.
- Excuse me?

You've already demonstrated his
innocence, and in a compelling way.

You've also spoken on the need
for his pardon.

- When did I do that?
- At Princeton.

For 23 pages in the middle
of your thesis.

- Where did you get that?
- You sent it to my father.

I did.

I know it doesn't seem
there should be a rush...

...about getting a pardon for someone
who's been dead 50 years...

- ... but time's become a factor.
- Your father's sick?


You guys wanna go to the mess
and get some coffee or something?


- Toby Ziegler.
- Yeah.

Rhonda, this guy coming
in is Toby Ziegler.

Copy that.

- Mr. Ziegler?
- Yes, ma'am.

They asked me to make sure
you go home in one piece.

- You fully trained?
- Yes.

- How many ways do you know to kill?
- How many ways do I need?

- I like you.
- Thank you.

- Officer Sachs?
- Yeah.

It's gonna be a day at the beach.

- You do understand how it works?
- Yeah.

Recommendations come from the OPA,
Office of the Pardon Attorney.

Then the president gets
into it and often...

...sends it to counsel's
office for further review.

- It can be a drawn-out process.
- Yeah.

What I'm gonna do today is speak to
somebody at the Justice Department.

Which branch of Justice?

- The FBI.
- Sam.

I won't start in on this
without giving them a heads-up.

My father requested the file
in the late '70s and was denied.

He sued under
Freedom of Information.

The judge ruled the file
couldn't be disclosed...

...because it met three
of nine exemptions.

National defense and
foreign relations information...

...internal agency rules and practices
and personal privacy.

All because the FBI is embarrassed
about this period in their history.

I know, and that's why
I have to give them a heads-up.

Does Donna know how to get in touch?
I'll tell you how it's going.

- We have your number?
- Yeah.

Actually, we're meeting
for dinner tonight.

Stephanie, the reason I mentioned
that it could be a drawn-out process....

I understand. I just need to be able
to give him some good news.

He's a sweet man in a bow tie,
Sam. His father....

- He's been trying for so long to...
- Yeah. Okay, I'll see you later, then.

- Hey, Steph.
- Hey, Josh.

You're across the street
in five minutes.

- I'm walking out with you.
- Sam, thank you.


- You on the Gault thing?
- Yeah.

- That's nice of you. I appreciate that.
- Yeah. I'll give the Bureau a heads-up.

- They're not gonna be happy about it.
- No kidding.

Did you know Lincoln signed a pardon
on the day he was assassinated?

- You know the name?
- Patrick Murphy.

- What he was pardoned for?
- Union deserter.

- Am I annoying you?
- Yeah.

- Trying to make you laugh.
- I appreciate it.

- Can I see your friend at the FBI?
- Yeah, can I tell him why?


Hey, you wanna have a lot
of fun? Seriously?

C.J. 's meeting with the Organization
of Cartographers for Social Equality.

Where's the social inequality
in cartography?

- That's why I'm going.
- You'll call?

Yeah. That a new shirt?

- Yeah.
- Nice.

- Fire your gun.
- I can't fire a warning shot indoors.

No, I mean fire at them.

Just kidding.

Hey, Solzhenitsyn. Come here.
Are you the group leader?

Yeah. I'm Terry Webber.

You know what you did today that was
stupid? You gave away the cameras.

With cameras here
I've got a problem.

I don't want to look like
I can't control the crowd.

Without the cameras, I could read
the sports section for two hours...

...walk outside and say we talked.

So if you guys want to talk,
you're in charge of crowd control.

- You know what I'm saying?
- Yeah.

Folks! People! Let's listen up!

Good morning.

My name is Toby Ziegler. I'm the White
House communications director...

...and senior domestic
policy advisor.

Advise him we need clean air
more than free trade!

How many 12-year-olds
made your shoes, Toby?

Global justice now!
Global justice now!

Global justice now!
Global justice now!

- Global justice now!
- Wanna send out for a pizza?

Global justice now!
Global justice now!

- Yes, sir?
- I'm here to see Special Agent Casper.

- My name's Sam Seaborn.
- Seaborn?

- Yeah.
- I'm sorry, I'm not seeing your name.

- Agent Casper knows you're coming?
- Sam.

How you doing, Mike?

Just requesting the file
on Daniel Gault... so wildly outside the parameters
of your authority as an appointee...

Mike, you guys got it wrong
and you know it.

- Really?
- Yes.

What else do I know?

Michael, I gave you the heads-up
as a courtesy.

I don't need permission
to go to the OPA.

- I don't need permission to tell the press.
- He did six months for a capital crime.

- Now you want a pardon?
- Six months for perjury...

- ... before dying of a heart attack.
- You know why?

- Prosecutor couldn't make espionage.
- Right.

- Why do you suppose that was?
- I don't suppose, I know.

- Because the U S. attorney blew it.
- 12 jurors say no, and...

The man was named
by Joe McCarthy...

- The " 20 years of treason"?
- Yes.

Which was called a "conspiracy
on a scale so immense... to dwarf any previous
venture in history. "

Somebody wake me up. You deputized
Joe McCarthy into your argument.

- My point...
- You know who else was on that list?

General George Marshall, author of the
Marshall Plan and mentor to Eisenhower.

- After he won WWII.
- We made more than we missed.

Owen Lattimore, I. F. Stone.

Not everybody at State
was wrongly accused.

You rounded up some dangerous TV
comedy writers. Ring Lardner just died.

How many years does he get back?

Listen. The Bureau's had moments
in its past that it's not proud of.

If we comb through the fine print
of history we might find... or two occupants of the
Oval Office who could say the same.

But the difference is, our failures are
public and our successes are private.

When we apprehend
an enemy of the state, like, say...

...a member of
West Virginia White Pride...

...we don't take a curtain call
on Sunday with Sam and Cokie.

When it wasn't the Secret Service who
ordered the canopy down in Rosslyn...

...we kept it to ourselves.

Please, God, Mike, tell me you
weren't just threatening Toby Ziegler.

- I wasn't, Sam.
- Good.


Anyway, " because the Bureau will be
embarrassed " isn't a good enough reason.

I'm putting Daniel Gault on the list.
I just wanted to give you a heads-up.

- Anything else?
- No.

- Hi, I'm sorry.
- Hello.

- Sorry to be late.
- Not a problem.

- I'm C.J. Cregg.
- Of course.

I'm Dr. John Fallow, this is Dr. Cynthia
Sayles and Professor Donald Huke.

- Huke?
- Huke.

Okay. And you are the Organization
of Cartographers for Social Equality.

We're from the OCSE.
We have many members.

- How many?
- 4300 dues-paying members.

- What are the dues?
- $20 a year for the newsletter.

- Let's start.
- Wait, wait, I want to see this.

- This is Josh Lyman.
- Indeed you are.

- Josh, this is Dr. Fallow and...
- Hi.

- ... his merry men.
- Yes.

- Should we begin?
- Yes.

Plain and simple, we'd like President
Bartlet to strongly support legislation...

...making it mandatory for every
public school to teach geography...

...using the Peters Projection Map
instead of the traditional Mercator.

- Give me 200 bucks and it's done.
- Really?

No. Why are we changing maps?

The Mercator projection has fostered
European imperialist attitudes...

...for centuries and created an ethnic
bias against the Third World.

- Really?
- The German cartographer, Mercator...

...originally designed
this map in 1569... a navigational tool
for European sailors.

The map enlarges areas
at the poles to create...

...lines of constant bearing
or geographic direction.

So it makes it easier
to cross an ocean.

But it distorts the relative size
of nations and continents.

- Are you saying the map is wrong?
- Oh, dear, yes. Look at Greenland.

- Okay.
- Now look at Africa.

- Okay.
- The two landmasses appear...

- ... to be roughly the same size.
- Yes.

Would it blow your mind if I told you
that Africa is, in reality, 14 times larger?


Here we have Europe drawn larger
than South America...

...when at 6. 9 million square miles,
South America is almost double...

...the size of Europe's 3.8 million.

Alaska appears three times
as large as Mexico...

...when Mexico is larger
by 0. 1 million square miles.

Germany appears in the middle, when
it's in the northernmost quarter.

Wait, wait. Relative size
is one thing, but you're telling me...

- ... Germany isn't where we think?
- Nothing's where you think.

- Where is it?
- I'm glad you asked.

The Peters Projection.

- It has fidelity of axis.
- Fidelity of position.

East-west lines are parallel and intersect
north-south axes at right angles.

What the hell is that?

It's where you've been living this
whole time. Should we continue?

I'm not saying we'll like the answers.
I'm saying we'll give him a chance!

- Now, if you have a question...
- My question is, who elected his boss?

- The people or Kaiser Permanente?
- He's not my president. Let's vote.

- You're having a pretty good time.
- If you do have a question...

- Well, it's not like a Yankee game.
- You suck!

Well, actually, yeah, it's
like being at a Yankee game.

- So, Toby?
- Officer.

Since you're not really doing anything,
I was wondering, what's this about?

It's about the WTO, Rhonda,
the World Trade Organization.

I get that from the signs
and the newspapers.

The World Trade Organization's
a group of 140 countries...

...who have agreed
to a specific trade policy.

- So, what's wrong with that?
- Nothing's wrong with that.

- What would they say if I asked them?
- WTO benefits corporations, not people.

- Does it?
- It benefits both.

- Look at them.
- Yeah.

- Philistines.
- Take my nightstick and kick their ass.

Make all the jokes you want,
but let me tell you.

They claim to speak
for the underprivileged...

...but in the blackest city in America...

...I'm looking at a room with no black
faces. No Asians, no Hispanics.

Where's the Third World
they represent?

Lot of Third Worlders in the Cabinet
Room today, were there?

- You're starting to bother me.
- That's because I'm armed.

No, I like that.

I'm going outside.

- Hey, Sam.
- Hey, Charlie, what's going on?

The president lost his site
for the library.

- What happened?
- There's an 18th-century farmhouse.

- They'll find another site.
- Yeah. Anyway, he's in a mood.

They shouldn't be talking to him about
the library. We're not going anywhere.

- I think that's what's got him in a mood.
- Yeah.

- Sam, you just got a call.
- Do me a favor and catch the calls.

- I'm gonna lie down in Toby's office.
- It was the national security advisor.

Well, he's talking about
force protection, right?

I'm sorry, colonel, that was me.
He's talking about force protection?

Right, but the president's gonna ask
me about the readiness issue.

He's gonna want to distinguish
readiness and force protection.

No, that was me again.

I'm the only woman on a conference
call, Delaney can't tell when it's me.

Do I have a bizarrely
androgynous voice?

Excuse me, I'm gonna step off
for just a minute.

- How you doing?
- Good.

- Good. Drop Daniel Gault.
- Nancy.

- Drop Daniel Gault, do it now.
- Why?

Because I just told you to.

Nancy, I'm a lawyer. Let's let reason
and logic have its moment.

- There was one witness.
- Sam.

Earl Lydecker, a low -level
State Department staffer...

...who confessed to counterintelligence
officers that he and Gault conspired... send U S. economic
analysis documents...

- ... to agents at the Russian Embassy.
- Yes.

- He confessed for no particular reason.
- Yes.

It was demonstrated that Lydecker
was a diagnosed manic-depressive...

...with a history of, wait for it,

This was the chief witness
for the prosecution. According to...

- Sam.
- Excuse me, please.

According to retired KGB Colonel
Oleg Prosorov, a search of the files...

...reveals only one reference to Gault.
That he was approached in 1943...

...and labeled " highly uncooperative"
and "a poor prospect for recruitment. "

- Sam, Daniel Gault was a spy.
- Oh, my God.

- He was a Soviet spy.
- Based on what?

Cables intercepted by U S. Army
Signal Intelligence in the 1940s.

Why couldn't the U S. attorney
make espionage in the 1950s?

The cables weren't decrypted
until the 1970s.

We cracked some obscure Russian
code and learned Gault was a spy?

- Yes.
- That's crap.

If the FBI had proof on Gault,
they'd have told the world.

No, they wouldn't. Neither would
the NSA or Central Intelligence.

You don't show someone you've broken
their ciphers unless you have to.

Gault was long dead. Before he was,
he was an agent called Black Water.

He was a delegate at Yalta. And he
returned to the U S. by way of Rostov...

...where he was awarded
the Order of Lenin.

Yeah, well, I'll believe that
when they show me the file.

- That's not an FBI file.
- It's an NSA file.

I'm classified, but I don't
have code-word clearance.

I know.

I'm not allowed to see that. You can
get into trouble for showing it to me.

I can go to jail for showing it to you,
which obviously I'm not gonna do.

I've blacked out any lateral reference
that is code-word classified.

Those are the only things
I've blacked out...

...and they are in no way relevant
to your question. Look at me.

- Do you believe me?
- Of course.

Go ahead.

This is Dr. Nancy McNally,
national security advisor.

Again, that's force protection
and not readiness.

So you're probably wondering what
all this has to do with social equality.

No, I'm wondering
where France really is.

Guys, we want to thank you
very much for coming in...

- Hang on, we're gonna finish this.
- Okay.

What do maps have to do
with social equality?

She asked.

Salvatore Natoli of the National
Council for Social Studies argues:

" In society, we unconsciously equate
size with importance and power. "

- I'm gonna check in on Toby.
- Go.

These guys find Brigadoon
on that map, you'll call me?

- Probably not.
- Okay.

When Third World countries are
misrepresented, they're valued less.

When Mercator maps exaggerate
the importance of Western civilization.

When the top of the map is
the Northern Hemisphere...

...and the bottom is the Southern,
people adopt top and bottom attitudes.

But where else could you put the
Northern Hemisphere but on the top?

- On the bottom.
- How?

Like this.

Yeah, but you can't do that.

- Why not?
- Because it's freaking me out.

It's activist vacation, is what it is.

Spring break for anarchist wannabes.
Black T-shirts, gas masks as fashion.

These kids today,
with the hair and clothes.

- All right, that's it, flatfoot.
- I got great feet.

You want the benefits of free trade?
Food is cheaper. Clothes are cheaper.

Steel is cheaper, cars are cheaper,
phone service is cheaper, feel a rhythm?

I'm a speechwriter.
I know how to make a point.

It lowers prices, it raises income.

See what I did with "lowers" and " raises"?
It's the science of listener attention.

We did repetition, floating opposites,
now the one that's not like the others.

Ready? Free trade stops wars.
And that's it. Free trade stops wars.

And we figure out a way
to fix the rest.

One world, one peace. I'm sure
I've seen that on a sign somewhere.

God, Toby, wouldn't it be great
if there was someone around here...

...with communication skills who
could go in there and tell them that?

- Shut up.
- Toby.

- What are you doing?
- I came to see how it was going.

- How's it going? Josh Lyman.
- Rhonda Sachs.

- Any trouble?
- No.

Josh, the WTO is undemocratic
and accountable to no one.

Decisions are made
by executive directors...

...and the developing world has little
to say about institutional policy.

- What was that?
- I protested to you.

- Why?
- I'm not allowed to get arrested anymore.

- Let's go back.
- No.

I hate these people with the heat
of a nova. Yet here I go.


- Shut up.
- I got your back, man, you know?

Or not.


Yes, sir.

- Let's do calls in the residence, okay?
- Yes, sir.

There were late memos...

- Good evening, Mr. President.
- On your desk.


- I'm gonna head home.
- At 7:30?

I'll make calls from the residence.

- You feeling all right?
- Yeah.

I heard you lost the site.

What's the backup?

Well, there's this wooded land
on the Connecticut River...

...but the Abenaki Indians claim
it's an ancient burial ground.

There's a magnificent bluff
overlooking an orchard in Orford...

...and the owner is willing, if not
eager, to donate the land.

What's the problem?

The owner's doing 40 months
at Allenwood for securities fraud.

You'll find a site.

This is how long I get before I have
to start with the library? Two years?

The first six months was
figuring out the phones.

- They've changed the phones again.
- Yeah.

This is the last job I'll have. The last
time I'll come to work with people.

I swear to God, I feel like I was
just starting to get good at it.

Well, it's two years with
an option for four more.

Mr. President, is there anything
we need to talk about?

- Not yet, okay?
- Okay.

- I'll see you tomorrow.
- Thank you, Mr. President.


- What are you doing?
- I don't know.

- Where have you been all afternoon?
- I've been around.

And then I came down here
to practice my sugar tossing.

If you don't practice you might as well
give the clarinet to a kid who'll use it.

Stephanie's upstairs. I put her in
your office because Josh is back.

When she said that from what she's
heard I'm the one to talk to...

...that I have the ear of the president,
you told her to say that, right?

This was so important to her,
I wanted to give her...

Yes, I did. I'm sorry.

I don't know why you would
think I was like that.

I mean, for fun, but...

I don't know why you'd think
I was like that.

- It was wrong.
- Yeah.

- Were you able to...?
- He was a spy.

- You're sure?
- Yes.

- No, I mean, it's not possible that he...?
- His code name was Black Water.

He copied by hand State Department
and White House documents...

...and delivered them to the Soviets.
Including Roosevelt's plan to enter WWII.

- You can't tell her. Say something else.
- Possible recruitment targets.

Lists of communists and sympathizers
at the State Department...

...and National Recovery

- I'm telling her right now.
- No. No, Sam. Please, you can't.

Secret memoranda on
the U S. negotiating stance at Yalta.

- Please stop walking.
- Stalin needed an advantage...

- ... we wanted a fair fight.
- Nothing good comes from telling.

- Truth isn't good?
- Not now, no.

The father's not gonna
live three months.

- She asked me to look into this.
- I'm saying wait three months or until...

You're in a bad...
Listen to me.

You're in a bad place
and shouldn't make this decision.

You can tell her tomorrow.
If you tell her tonight, that's it.

It was people pushing paper
50 years ago, why does it matter?

It was high treason and mattered
a great deal. This country is an idea.

One that's lit the world
for two centuries.

Treason against that idea is
not just a crime against the living.

This ground holds graves
of people who died for it.

Who gave what Lincoln called "the last
full measure of devotion. " Of fidelity.

You understand, the last full measure
of devotion to treason against them is....


There was a translator in the Hungarian
trade mission named Shaba Demsky.

She was murdered in 1952.

She was about to reveal the name
of a Soviet agent called Black Water.

This girl's gonna find out
who her father was.


You meant grandfather.

Tell me there's good news.

You ever heard of a woman
named Shaba Demsky?



I'm sorry, Stephanie.
I wasn't able to get access... the people I needed
to have it considered this time around.

Why don't you tell your father you'll
be able to try again in three months.

- So you're open to it?
- Absolutely.

That's all he needed.
That's all I needed.

- Did you hear?
- You should call him now.

- Can I use the phone at your desk?
- Yeah, dial 9.

- Everyone was right about you, Sam.
- Sam's the man.

It's just, there are certain things you're
sure of, like longitude and latitude.

Sam, I don't know if this is
the best time to tell you...

...but according to C.J., I wouldn't be
so sure about longitude and latitude.

- Hey. You should have seen Toby.
- He was good?

He blew the doors off the place.
Then I almost got killed.

- How?
- I got hit with a piece of a banana.

- Let's go.
- You know what you are?

- You are old-school.
- Stop talking like that. Let's go.

Let me tell you, that was the second
time this year I almost got killed.

Both times I was with you,
so you're gonna need a new wingman.

- You were my old wingman?
- Yeah.

- Let's go.
- Where are you going?

We're gonna get Sam drunk
and then put him to bed.

- I'll come.
- Let's go.

- I'm gonna meet you there.
- Yeah?

All right.

Dad, it's me.

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