The West Wing (1999–2006): Season 6, Episode 6 - The Dover Test - full transcript
The glow of the Middle East peace deal begins to fade once the hard reality of implementing change begins. Josh becomes involved in the Patient's Bill of Rights, which is becoming a political football as the Vice President and Congressman Santos both try to out-maneuver each other and the Republicans. C.J. continues to be unimpressed with Toby's performance as press secretary when he gets into a difficult position during a briefing. While working to recover from his heart attack, Leo receives a job offer from the corporate world.
People shouldn't be
sending me flowers.
-They're for Leo.
-So how's it going?
-How'd you manage it for seven years?
-I had a heart attack.
The president wants
a Security Council vote.
We've lost three countries
in the last hour. . .
. . .and our diplomatic heavies
are in the cardiac ward.
-How do you get women?
-You trying to get fired?
Work for me. You're smart, you know
the president. Why wouldn't I hire you?
-Gonna ask about my kids?
-How are they?
They don't recognize me.
"Who's hugging Mommy?"
-I don't wanna be good at this.
-Don't worry. It was better.
Good's still a ways off.
Of course, the buildings were
vacant and in disrepair by then.
I snuck my first cigarette here.
You'll wanna add
a commemorative plaque.
Congratulations on the library, sir.
-Thanks for coming.
-Are you also celebrating today's polls?
-I don't pay attention.
-In the wake of your peace plan. . .
. . .57 percent of Americans say
they'd vote for you for a third term.
Don't say that in front of an architect.
He'll extend his deadline.
"Photos only" means photos only.
Oh, for God's sake.
You're not still calling this guy.
-Is a quitter.
We got him reelected twice
by huge margins.
-He's popular in his district.
-Don't waste our time.
He called me.
He wants to sit down tomorrow.
You think he said, "I'm a guy with
an uncontested seat in Congress. . .
. . .maybe I'll stop whining
and do my job"?
I leaned on him pretty hard.
But he's so persistent,
Enjoy the attention. It doesn't
have to turn into anything.
-Always talking shop.
-Aren't you sweet.
-I'm sorry. Did you--? Here.
-I don't drink red.
-I knew that.
-You drink red.
-I'll get you white. Margaret?
-I drink red. Or champagne's fine.
-Thank you for being here. . .
. . .for the unveiling of these plans
for the Bartlet Presidential Library. . .
. . .to be housed in a restored section. . .
. . .of the historic Amoskeag Mills
in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The secretary of agriculture
is in the Rose Room.
Don't worry, your wallets are safe.
The secretary of agriculture
is in the Rose Room.
"The secretary of agriculture
is in the Rose Room"?
There's no chance
the secretary's actually there?
-Don't you take it--?
-As the president's aide, I went to him.
As deputy special assistant, I alert C.J.
and clear it with you.
-Sir, can I talk to you for a second?
What are you getting?
CNN's reporting an attack on our
peacekeepers' compound in Darom.
-South of Gaza City.
-Eight injured and one dead.
-The first casualty.
-I'm gonna work on a statement.
The Joint Chiefs have CTAF
on the line.
They didn't even let us get
the peacekeepers deployed.
They were Army advance.
-Excuse me, sir. Toby.
In our statement, when we say
"casualty," don't say "first. "
--who approached the Joint Task Force
... with explosives strapped
to his chest...
...leaving no doubt
that President Barlet's....
Great. The White House fiddles
while Darom burns.
Here's the president's statement.
We have no details.
I'm hearing what you're hearing.
While the White House struggles with
the response to this act of terror--
He uses that.
He doesn't use our statement.
I like how you leaned
on the podium. More engaged.
I referred them
to the Pentagon 10 times.
It'll be 50 times today.
A wise man once said:
"Stone walls are built
one stone at a time. "
I was hiding behind my desk
when I said that.
Stonewalling won't work with a peace
plan at stake and U.S. lives. . .
-. . .on the line.
-Don't give this momentum.
-"We're faced with the tough work. . .
-. . .of making peace. "
-Not yet. See if events force us there.
Did the Pentagon release
the soldier's name?
-They have to notify next of kin.
-It takes 15 hours?
They told the soldier's father.
The parents are divorced.
-They haven't located Mom.
-We stick with "pending notification"?
Stick with no.
Say "pending notification" . . .
. . .they'll drag you into
"Why can't the Army
improve services to dependents?"
Right. Makes sense.
"I'm hearing what you're hearing,"
-C.J. and I just did this.
-Least your forehead wasn't as shiny.
-So, what's up, congressman?
-My bill died in committee.
Patients' Bill of Rights?
Common sense, common good
kind of thing. . .
. . .that failed to get the votes
On the positive side,
you've almost passed it so often. . .
-. . .people think it's a law.
-Till somebody needs their HMO.
-Senate eked out a version.
-Sorry to disappoint the president. . .
-. . .but my House bill's DOA.
-Oh, we appreciate all your work.
So I'm signing on to Strickman's bill.
-Strickman's a Republican.
-He mentioned something about that.
Strickman calls it
Patients' Bill of Rights. . .
. . .because it's better than
Love Letter to Insurance.
-Patients can't sue.
-A million-five cap.
Your kid loses his legs after
your health plan denies treatment?
Your kid dies?
-You can't take them to court.
-It's a bad bill.
So why dignify it
by making it bipartisan?
I wouldn't do it if I thought
I could tip the balance. . .
. . .but Strickman
can't get enough votes.
Strickman's an old hand.
He's got something up his sleeve.
When I came to the Hill, you couldn't get
agreement on the right to the closest ER.
You couldn't negotiate
a woman's right to ob-gyns. . .
. . .or a kid's right to pediatricians.
Forget about liability. You couldn't
find support for a right to arbitration.
That's all common ground now.
I want to keep these parties
So this is basically all warm-up
to announcing that you're gonna run.
-This isn't some convoluted. . .
. . .legislative way I haven't figured
out yet of asking for a favor?
Well, I wouldn't mind
if you let me keep my huevos. . .
. . .when you eviscerate me in public
for breaking ranks.
You're a deserter.
You can have them back at the airport.
Fifty-seven, 58, 59.
You don't need to tag along.
-It's my office.
-Probably it's not.
Seventy. The basement?
-I'd be fine down here.
You're deputy special assistant
to the chief of staff now.
So are five other guys.
I'll crowd in with them.
They're not special deputy special
assistants. You're special.
It's outside the zone.
-There's a zone?
-Less than 100 steps from C.J.'s office.
-I could run when she calls.
-Deputy special assistants don't run.
The first peacekeeper has been killed
in the U.S. mission to the Middle East.
Sources confirmed this morning...
... the death of at least
one American soldier in Kfar Darom...
... where JTF forces
were preparing the way...
...for 18,000 American
peacekeepers later this month.
The suicide bomber approached the
Joint Task Force compound last night--
-What are you doing?
-I dropped a cuff link--
-This is when you call me.
-Want me yelling "nurse" all the time?
Don't yell "nurse" at all.
Do I call you "patient"?
I yell, "Miss Chakrabarty,
I'll need another bypass. "
You didn't eat one bite.
-I'm not hungry.
-Why you need a tie and jacket?
-What would you recommend?
When Gandhi went to London to meet
the king, he wore only a dhoti.
The reporter asked, "Aren't you ashamed
to wear so little?" Gandhi said, "No. "
"The king will be wearing
enough for both of us. "
One difference between the Mahatma
and myself. I warn you, there are others.
You may browbeat me into
using the breath spirometer.
You may mother me
about wound care.
You may dole out the Vicodin
like my AA sponsor.
You may even entertain me
with nutrition lectures.
-You need to eat.
-You may not. . .
. . .may not offer fashion advice.
-Shall I come with you?
-You shall not.
Then I'll time you.
Splendid. Set your watch.
You've been doing 10 minutes.
Try for 12.
Two more minutes on my own.
I'll give it my all.
Among the wounded, two peacekeepers
remain in critical condition...
...at Landstuhl Regional
Medical Center in Germany.
Several soldiers are expected to return
to Walter Reed Army Medical Center...
...in Washington, D. C.
later this week...
... where they will be reunited
with their families.
-I'm just. . .
. . .Iooking for the breakdown
on the markup.
-You're getting good on those.
-Is that a new cast?
-Two weeks ago.
Those are nice flowers.
But come on.
"I'm not going anywhere"?
-From a photojournalist?
-You read my card?
-I'm watching Blarney boy.
-The flowers aren't from Colin.
Why are you reading my card
on my flowers on my desk?
-I thought they were for me.
-Got a minute?
You have seen the vice president's
schedule for the last four months, right?
It hasn't somehow eluded you that
he's top-heavy on toasts at the AMA. . .
. . .keynotes to the Association
of Trial Lawyers. . .
. . .potlucks with the JDF
and picnics with the NAMI?
-You don't need me articulating subtext.
-I should've called.
The VP's been positioning himself
on patients' rights.
He's been up to his elbows in it. By
Iowa, he'll smell like patients' rights. . .
. . .unless it evaporates.
-It's not going to.
-The Senate passed a bill last week.
Now the House has a bipartisan
effort graced by Matthew Santos. . .
. . .and all that elicits from the
White House is a bland statement.
I thought this was Toby.
I expect this from him.
I draw comfort
in the predictability of it.
It was me. I can toughen it up. But the
vice president doesn't have to worry.
-Strickman has no support.
-He's no fool.
-The Republicans might run with it.
-I spoke to Santos.
He's gonna keep it on a low flame.
Patients' rights will be alive
as a campaign issue. . .
. . .for the vice president.
Yes, Madame Prime Minister,
it is a tragic loss.
But I wouldn't call it a harbinger.
Our troops responded swiftly
to correct the vulnerability.
I'm not taking my cues
from your cable broadcasts.
-That's a relief.
-But I am concerned...
...about deploying more peacekeepers
without a secured base.
And I am too.
We have installed more anti-RPGs,
and we're enlarging the control area.
But I can assure you, our confidence
in the mission has not altered.
You still expect full deployment by... ?
March. General Danzig at UCOM
will confirm the timetable. . .
. . .and security measures
with General Whitehead.
-I see no problems on our end.
-That's good news.
-My best to Reggie.
-And mine to Abigail.
-That was brisk.
-Which is good.
When she mulls, it's trouble.
Have we contacted
the soldier's family yet?
Just the father, sir.
I'll get him for you now.
-The Palestinian Authority. . .
. . .uncovered a stockpile
of explosives today.
-The good news is--
-That they actually told us about it?
One day at a time. That's how
we're gonna make this work.
You think this is a result of
the hasty way this was put together?
Two thousand troops....
I hate these calls.
-You want me to. . .?
-You don't work here anymore.
Hello, Mr. Godfrey?
I'm calling from the White House.
I'm sorry to bother your family
at this difficult time. . .
. . .but I have President Bartlet
calling for you.
-May I put him on?
-No, you may not.
-I have no interest--
-I under-- Sir. I'm sorry--
Yes, sir. I unders--
Of course, it's your--
-And you can tell Bartlet I said so.
And if you'd like,
I can arrange for you--
-Is he on?
Either I'm getting used to these
meetings, or that wasn't all bad news.
Thirty-six hours, and no secondary
attacks on our peacekeepers.
Did a chaplain contact
Godfrey's father yet?
Yes, ma'am. A chaplain joined
the casualty assistance officer. . .
. . .at the family home last night.
Of course, the father
still may speak out.
That's his prerogative.
I have a question about
your troop depletion estimate. . .
-. . .or rather, lack of estimate.
-We call it force depletion.
-But I'm correct.
This is the estimate of how many troops
we expect to lose in the mission?
-We don't break it out that way.
-Is that why the estimate. . .
-. . .is left blank here?
Leo liked us to leave out our number
until he got the NSA estimate.
That way the projections
were decided independently.
But you would share
your estimate with Leo.
-When he asked.
How much of our force may be
depleted in JTF Palestine?
All due respect, that's complex.
Based on past Israeli losses,
previous peacekeeping missions. . .
. . .we're prepared to respond to
1 percent depletion over 12 months.
-Up to 200 soldiers.
-Well, this isn't a body count.
The 1 percent includes
the entire military force strength.
-Munitions, structures, aircraft.
If you're concerned about the
Dover Test, it's too early to worry.
The Dover Test?
Erosion of public support based
on arrival of coffins at our air base.
I wanted to understand projections.
The Dover Test wasn't my concern.
But would you excuse me,
Margaret, has the press briefing
The Pentagon has not released
the soldier's name. That's all I have.
You can't comment on whether
there's a problem identifying remains?
-I can't. Chris.
-There are 1000 troops there.
It's hard to believe the Pentagon
can't ID the casualty.
That's Mr. Sligh's speculation.
Get a comment from his network.
-Now, hold on. I get to defend myself.
-No, you don't.
-I'm forced to speculate because--
-Was Toby briefed on Dover policy?
-Said he didn't need to be.
-Go to the Pentagon for that.
There's no stalling to delay
putting a face on this loss?
-I have to move on.
To confirm: If the president
is not pulling the curtain. . .
. . .over the cost of his peace plan,
why are the press being kept away. . .
. . .from this slain soldier's homecoming
at Dover Air Base tomorrow?
The Dover mortuary has restricted
press coverage for the last 13 years.
The DOD suspended access
during the previous administration.
Which this administration has ignored.
Why the sudden clampdown?
It's not sudden.
We issued a directive six months ago.
-Your 11:00 is here.
Six months ago, the decision was
made to deny press access to Dover?
-Why the change?
-A request came from the Pentagon. . .
. . .based on families' concerns.
Historically, the events were not public.
They had evolved into media events. . .
. . .that competed with
official memorial services.
Why wasn't the policy change
It wasn't a change. It adhered
to a policy already in place.
But the administration
altered its stance.
-Was an announcement discussed?
-You were in the room?
By burying this in a directive,
it looks like you had something to hide.
Nothing was buried. Some people. . .
-. . .argued to announce a change.
-That would be me.
-Because it was seen as controversial.
-Wrap it up. Adios.
Look, the Dover closing was. . . .
Wasn't taken lightly.
I, and others, weighed in. Ultimately,
it was the way we decided to go.
So you believe the press should
have continued access to the air base?
I appreciate the Pentagon's need
for a precedent.
Why? Why worry about precedent
unless you expect a growing body count?
-Shut it down.
-Is that what's expected? More coffins?
The number of coffins isn't. . . .
Each life matters.
Whether it's one or 100,
access should be consistent.
-You want him in your office?
I am not.
Because you're pressuring me.
I have work to do.
I said I would sleep on it.
But I did, and it's just not
how I do things. It's not--
No means no. Leave her alone.
Who is this jerk, some slacker from
physical therapy? I'll kick his ass.
You know, you could thank me
for my chivalry.
Toby. . .
. . .how's that search for
a press secretary coming?
-I got rattled, said more than I meant.
-We were both there six months ago.
You didn't like closing Dover. You
couldn't resist voicing your opinion.
Exactly what I predicted.
We look like we're hiding casualties.
I don't care about your insights,
brilliant as they may be.
-The decision was wrong.
-I buried my opinions out there.
-What were you doing back there?
-Don't you have a White House to run?
-The briefing room is not your pulpit.
-I got rattled.
-You did. Your ambivalence. . .
. . .toward a policy came out. You had
ambivalence toward the peace--
-Are you questioning my loyalty?
-I am questioning your self-control.
If you can't stick to our message,
I don't want you out there again.
-It is close to C.J.
-The president won't like it.
On the other hand, he won't know.
-It is a storage area.
-That might be an exaggeration.
-We can't do better?
-Yeah. It's a no.
Two more Democrats have jumped
on Strickman's bill.
Then they'll have enough votes
to pass the thing. . .
. . .midway through Russell's first term.
-Horwitz and Chambers came on.
-Chambers is a pain in the ass.
Yeah, I called him and told him that. He
said he was lobbied hard by your man.
-Santos is out whipping votes.
Chambers thinks Santos is all about
the meteoric rise, centerfold in Roll Call.
Santos has one foot out the door.
-He's whipping votes?
-And I misspoke.
It's not Strickman's bill anymore.
It's the Strickman-Santos bill.
Donna, get Congressman Santos
on the phone.
Tell him I'm on my way.
-I'll set him straight.
-I'll back you up.
Otis. I haven't seen you lately.
I thought maybe you
upgraded to the Ritz.
it's mostly The Oriental.
That's right, Bangkok.
I knew you wouldn't stay retired.
Sorry to hear--
Well, you look great, though.
I never figured you for sainthood. . .
-. . .but deputy director of the WTO.
-Keep it down. We'll have protesters.
My son was mortified
by my career at CultiCo.
-Now my grandson. . .
. . .has this WTO connection
to live down.
Hey, did you hear from Phil?
-He's starting in again?
-It's what I'd do if I were still CEO.
If you don't go back to the White House,
CultiCo would put you on their board.
-There's great things happening.
It's not just petrochemicals anymore.
And the pressure's not so--
Not to interrupt. I got worried.
Congressman Santos' office.
Wanna see if they have any magazines?
-You don't have to wait.
-I'm really sorry, Mr. Lyman.
-Does he know we're waiting?
-He'll call when he's free.
-Is he here?
He's tied up. Excuse me.
Congressman Santos' office.
Mr. Vacarro, let me see if I can get him.
Is he putting that through?
Is that call going through?
I'd say yes.
Doesn't a Vacarro run Metson Health?
The Metson Health that's
looking for a new chairman?
What do you wanna bet our guy's up in
Strickman's conference room right now?
One way to find out.
I'm sorry. I couldn't break free.
-This is Will Bailey.
This isn't a good time right now, Josh.
I'm gonna call you tomorrow.
Hey, congressman, hold up.
-What's going on?
-I'm busy right now.
Whipping votes for a bill?
-This isn't what we talked about.
-It's what I do.
-What, sell out your president?
-This isn't about the president.
The president doesn't want
a bill with no regulations.
If patients can't sue their insurers,
even when there's outright negligence--
A million-five cap
is a foot in the door--
A million-five cap
isn't a pinkie in the dam.
Have you seen the costs of catastrophic
illness? Metson could give you a peek.
-He slows down, you'll ram this through.
It's not this bill you don't want.
It's any bill.
You'd let sick Americans suffer
to help your candidate.
This from a guy who's bailing
Some of us are in this for the long haul.
We'll govern after you're gone.
Gentlemen, this is governing.
This is getting your r?sum? seen,
making pals in the private sector.
-What do you think I'm doing?
-You'd settle for less on this bill. . .
-. . .to set up your next career move.
-Settle for less.
This is from the guys that are
running Bob Russell for president?
I'm sorry, gentlemen.
Yeah, it came today.
You make quite a tag team.
But if you're on a deadline. . . .
I won't-- I won't make a decision
without giving you that chance.
-Don't you have a thing tonight?
When my family asks why I missed
the puja, I'll say, "I couldn't leave.
-My patient refused to eat. "
-I'll eat later.
-You're taking a job?
-Not without consulting you.
-It's not wise.
-You'd like me under your thumb forever.
Yes, my dream is to stay here
watching you starve.
I have no appetite because I don't
do anything. If I agreed to part-time--
You don't want me
to go back to work?
Ten breaths every hour.
This one if you can't sleep.
Are you from Haryana?
I don't have to be.
It's in my country.
A lot of folks died there in '86.
CultiCo is a different company now.
-It has a different name.
-And different people in charge.
People who helped clean up
I'm late. I'll call you to check in.
-Hutchinson said no to a Sunday spot?
-We said no. . .
-. . .because he won't let me prep him.
-You go, girl.
-Do people still say that?
The lineup I like best for
Sunday morning is I give them you.
New chief of staff,
most powerful woman in D.C.
-That'd get them off the woes of Gaza.
-I'll think about it.
The Pentagon finally released
Lieutenant Godfrey's name. . .
. . .the dead peacekeeper's. . .
. . .which brings me to the last thing
we need to bug you about.
The lieutenant's dad lives here.
We thought the president might
want to attend the funeral.
Show of respect,
handing over the flag.
This service is a private event.
-When they find out where he's from--
-The father is not a fan.
The president has
90-percent approval here.
Godfrey Senior is in the minority,
and it's not necessarily a silent one.
Looks like he may issue
a statement later today.
When were you gonna tell us that?
Easier to say "no comment"
when you have no comment.
-That used to piss you off.
-And now it's pissing you off.
We need a stronger response
on the patients' bill. Tell her--
-Juice it up?
-I thought we wanted a patients' bill.
-Not this demon seed.
The Republicans won't budge
on the liability cap.
Patients won't be able to recoup their
out-of-pocket expenses. Some rights.
Will said Santos picked up
eight more votes from our side.
-And many Republicans.
-You want to distance the White House.
I want the White House
in a different galaxy.
if she could get a minute later.
-Donna's got something now.
-She needs Donna. About Dateline.
-When am I doing Dateline?
I mean, I said no on your behalf.
I'll follow up.
Well, I would characterize congressional
support as hesitant at best.
The decision to send
18,000 American troops...
... to a war zone in the Middle East
was made by the president...
...and his advisors
at the Camp David summit.
were not consulted.
Congress chose to support President
Bartlet's desire to pursue peace...
...between Israel and Palestine
to end the war that has killed thousands.
But the fact of the matter is, when
we voted to approve peacekeepers...
... we were led to believe that the
president had a viable strategy in place...
...first and foremost, to secure the safety
of American troops on foreign terrain.
Now, less than 15 days
into the mission...
... the president's promises
have been broken.
We've lost one life, so I am asking
the question every American is asking.
Are there more to come?
What are you doing here?
I brought you food.
You're a broken record.
Be very quiet, huh?
Mr. McGarry needs his rest.
-Is this your little one?
-This is Malti.
-So nice wedding?
You took your pill?
-That smells good.
-Nan. Still warm.
Yeah, but to even stop to think
... we ought to stop butting
-I'm sorry. Am I interrupting?
-Oh, not a bit. Thanks for stopping by.
You heard from Dateline? I already
told them no, and three others.
Probably makes them chase you harder.
Now I've got CAA calling.
-What does the CIA want?
They think you need representation.
-Is this about the CBS thing?
I don't even wanna do an interview.
Now I'm a movie.
-Is that different?
-More likely to get made.
-This is all ridiculous.
Girl next door
travels to a war-torn spot. . .
. . .survives terrorism to bring a message
of peace to her president. It's heroic.
Could it be good for us?
For the peace plan?
Maybe. But you get paid.
You couldn't keep working here.
Oh, then forget it.
Paid how much?
We are getting a lot of bad press.
-Maybe I should do a news interview?
-No pressure, but my gut is you'd pop.
Or you can talk to Toby.
Or C.J. She'd know best.
The thing is. . .
. . .I wasn't heroic.
I was in the wrong place
at the wrong time. l--
But the soldier who was just killed,
and the ones that were wounded. . .
. . .those guys chose that.
They volunteered for a job they knew
would put them in harm's way.
Talk to Will?
-Is he thinking pills or a razor?
He's got a ledge in his office,
but it's only on the second floor.
-Over a certain colleague's misfortune?
Yeah. I'm not ashamed of what
it says about me as a person.
The president's about to be faced
with a crummy excuse for legislation.
Good title, Patients' Bill of Rights.
Hard not to love that.
Maybe it'll fix in conference, or we can
proclaim it National Veto Month.
-The president's not gonna veto it.
-He won't sign it. It's grand theft.
They stole the issue
and stripped it for parts.
-Have you read the bill?
-Yeah, I read it.
Lately? The Strickman-Santos bill
the House just passed?
Read the bill.
Hey, I was afraid I'd missed you.
-Almost a clean getaway.
-I have an idea.
-It's good for the president.
It'll turn the tide on a tough news cycle
and give us a fresh start.
-There's a catch.
-We have to sell it to C.J.
-And you think I'm the guy for that?
-You know her best.
What's the pitch?
-That's the secret.
The special seed that gives
a certain oil.
Only grown in one small area
of the Punjab.
-You found your appetite.
-They ought to market this.
It has no shelf life.
My aunt had to smuggle it on a plane.
I have to move to the Punjab?
Even there, it can't compete now.
Most farmers grow GMO corn.
-And make better money doing it.
-Yes, they never had money before.
My uncle had to sell his land
to pay off seed he can't replant. . .
. . .engineered for chemicals
he cannot afford.
No one's forced to use biotech.
They want it.
These advances will feed the world.
People starve because
they are kept poor.
So now CultiCo's responsible
for Third World corruption?
I didn't say CultiCo.
Open markets redistribute wealth.
-Sure. . .
. . .there are blind spots
in the corporate view.
That's why I left the first time.
And these guys. . .
. . .never say "enough. "
I'm not made that way.
So they replace small farmers
growing many seeds with monocultures.
And we all lose the means
to feed ourselves.
You found your appetite.
Reassure me the president
won't sign this.
-Santos got the cap raised.
-To a slap on the wrist.
-Five million's not nothing.
-You think the vice president. . .
. . .scared the Republicans
up to that figure?
-Absolutely. Still, it's impressive.
-lf that's what impresses you.
Some would be impressed with the $20
million Russell's raised for his war chest.
It would impress some that their VP got
endorsements from Lasko and Carpenter.
-Yeah, I meant to--
-lf you guys-- Not the president. . .
. . .we have his respect. The rest of you
are so busy throwing up roadblocks. . .
. . .you haven't noticed it's three months
till Iowa, and nobody-- Don't say Baker.
Nobody who's declared is polling
within 10 points of my guy.
-I have noticed.
-And could you sound more miserable?
Forget patients' rights. Russell
is on his way to being the nominee. . .
. . .and God willing, our next president,
so get onboard or get out of my way.
-You see the Times?
We're "hiding the price of peace. "
Yeah. You have a second?
I wanna run something by you.
-C.J. won't like it.
-C.J. won't see it.
-That's not the only--
-I'll go to her office, right? Hey, guys.
-There isn't even a desk.
-One's buried under here.
-What is all that?
My fellow deputy special assistants
tell me these are commission reports. . .
. . .and initiatives
no one's gotten around to.
-I hope most of it's recycle.
-Got an assignment?
-Well, maybe. For the time being.
Call when you need me.
Mr. McGarry? Did you fall in?
Going through my trash now?
-Nice sweater. Cashmere?
-You coming along, or what?
We handpick the pool, choose camera
positions. Could be good for everyone.
-It's worth taking it to him.
-How long would advance need?
Advance already spoke to Walter Reed.
The five soldiers arrived yesterday.
They're all stable.
Are you worried it'll look like a photo op,
too eager to show he cares?
-He does care, but we'd be vulnerable.
-But after the focus on casualties. . .
. . .here are the survivors
with their commander in chief.
It's not a bad way to reiterate
his budget increase for Veterans Affairs.
We don't want to appear
to exploit anyone.
We can trust this president
to be authentic.
Advance cleared it with the wounded
soldiers. They're all okay with it.
I'll recommend it to the president
with one small adjustment.
I haven't decided not to work.
I'm just not rushing into something new.
I'm gonna give myself some time.
-What's for dinner?
-I'll have to watch your cholesterol.
The body is predictable.
One month after a bypass,
the appetite returns.
Your sleep will grow less disturbed,
and your heart will quiet down.
-Haven't you heard it beating?
In surgery, they cut the pericardial sac,
which insulates the heart.
Afterwards, it seems to pound.
-They can't repair it?
-Heart's too swollen.
You have to wait until it settles down,
scars over on its own.
I might miss the sound.
I've gotten used to it.
Part of healing.
Congressman, I believe
I owe you an apology.
-You want a beer?
So either you got the cap to move
by promising you'd deliver Chambers. . .
. . .or you got Chambers by promising
movement on the cap. Or both.
-Glass, or you all right with a bottle?
Once the momentum got going. . .
. . .you called a couple
of the friendlier HMOs. . .
. . .to let them know for their own good
that a 5 million cap was still a cap. . .
. . .and they sure didn't want this thing
passing with the sky the limit.
But what I'd like to know is if
you let your own bill self-destruct. . .
. . .and joined with Strickman
knowing there was an opening. . .
. . .if you let them take the lead,
or if you just went with it.
It didn't hurt the other day in the hall
when you. . .
-. . .demonstrated my independence.
-Well, I'm always happy to do my part.
Vice president softening
up the battlefield didn't hurt.
There's nothing motivates
Republicans more. . .
. . .than a chance to hijack
one of our issues.
So House bill, Senate bill,
not very far apart.
Recess next week,
here you are drinking a beer?
Don't tell me you're
already out of conference.
Something'll be coming the president's
way first thing tomorrow.
You're too good at this.
You can't just walk away.
-I'm glad we're doing this.
-She took your suggestion.
-Except for the press part.
Well, they're in the parking lot.
-A photo op with no photos?
-I'll see you inside.
No press, but we need
a deputy press secretary?
You knew cameras didn't belong in this,
but you had her bring it to me.
-You wanted to weigh in.
-Leo used to weigh in.
-When it bothered me, I said so.
-I'm not ignoring you. It's my job now.
You can't do it if you spend
all your time guarding your old turf.
Hi. How are you?
-I'll check on that for you, private.
-Thank you, sir.
-The new ones are state of the art.
-That's what I hear.
They'll have me fitted,
up and walking in no time.
And you know the Army. They're not
gonna let you lay around on their dime.
I wanna go back, sir.
Well, I'll put in a word
with the Joint Chiefs. . .
. . .but at the moment, your doctor's
your commanding officer. . .
. . .so you make sure
you follow her orders, okay?
How are you?
And this is Lieutenant Martinez,
-Did I say your name right?
But you don't have to remember it
when you start talking redeployment, sir.
Is there anything I can do for you?
How about a prayer?
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass. . . .
I needed some air.
-It ain't no photo op. You knew that.
-Now Annabeth knows that too.
-You think I'm micromanaging?
-I don't wanna let the president down.
How old do you think those guys
are in there, 20, 22?
We're not gonna let the president down.