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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
 
====Opening====
 
====Opening====
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=====The Same Night [after [[The Stackhouse Filibuster|the Stackhouse Filibuster]]]=====
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: Toby is in his office bouncing the ball against the wall.
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=====Two Nights Later=====
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: Toby is working on a speech and is not happy with any of the drafts.
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=====Two Nights After That=====
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: Toby comes to see Leo to ask if there has been a discussion about dropping Hoynes from the ticket in 2002.
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=====The Next Night=====
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: Toby is still in his office bouncing his ball against the wall.
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=====The Next Morning=====
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: Leo arrives for work and finds Toby in his office - Toby wants to know why Hoynes would put a poll in the field if he's not planning to run for President until six years from now.
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=====That Night=====
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Toby returns to Leo's office to tell Leo that he has learned that Hoynes is planning to give a speech in Nashua, New Hampshire.  Leo tells Toby the Vice President wouldn't give an official speech - he would mask it with something.  Toby tells Leo that it comes in the middle of a three day skiing trip to Killington, Vermont.  Toby asks Leo why the Vice President thinks the President isn't going to run again.
   
====Act I====
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====Act I - The West Wing - 11:35pm====
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Leo comes into the Oval Office to inform the President that Toby has figured it out and they have to tell him about the MS.  Leo sees this as an opportunity to gauge the reaction of the disease.  The President is not convinced that Toby's reaction is going to be indicative of the rest of the staff but tells Leo to go and get him.
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Josh and Sam are looking over the President's remarks for the Correspondents Dinner, but "they forgot to bring the funny."  Josh asks Toby if he wants to help but Leo arrives to bring Toby to the Oval Office.  Donna arrives and Josh asks her if she recieved the flowers.  He tells her that he sent her the flowers to mark the occasion of when she started working for him.  She reminds him that she started working for him in February and not April - but he reminds her that she stopped working for him and then came back in April.  He asks her if she wants to help with the speech.
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Sam goes to see Ainsley to ask her to help with the remarks for the Correspondents Dinner.  She is working on remarks that she will give at Smith College, her alma mater.  Sam and Ainsley have a discussion in which in becomes clear that Ainsley is against the Equal Rights Amendment, which astonishes Sam.
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The President meets with Toby and Leo in the Oval Office and Bartlet tells Toby about his Multiple Sclerosis.
   
 
====Act II====
 
====Act II====
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Toby asks about the difference between Relapsing-Remitting and Secondary Progressive MS and several other questions.  Toby cannot believe what he has heard and steps outside the Oval Office to process it.  Leo comes outside to talk to Toby.  Leo tells Toby about the attack that happened before the [[He Shall, from Time to Time...|State of the Union]] a year ago.  The two come back inside and Toby asks how this could be kept a secret.  Toby wants to know who else knows - and Leo tells him that he is the 16th person.  The President comes back into the room and the conversation continues - though Bartlet impresses upon Toby that no one was asked to lie about his condition.
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In the Roosevelt Room, Josh, Donna, Ainsley, Sam, Ed, and Larry get to work on "bringing the funny" to the Correspondents Dinner speech.
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====Act III====
 
====Act III====

Revision as of 14:32, 14 February 2013

"Previously on the West Wing" spoken by C.J.

After a foreign terrorist is caught at the border with explosives, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) ponders the impact of ordering a heightened security alert for the nation's airports. Toby (Richard Schiff) is shocked to uncover the President's secret affliction with multiple sclerosis -- and he details its political and legal ramifications in an intense discussion with Bartlet and Leo (John Spencer).

In other White House corridors, Sam (Rob Lowe) and Josh (Bradley Whitford) try to punch up an upcoming presidential speech with snappy one-liners while Josh jousts with Donna (Janel Moloney) over many contentious subjects, including the exact start date of her employment. In addition, Sam and Ainsley Hayes (Emily Procter) fuss over the 14th Amendment and equal rights for women.

Summary

Opening

The Same Night [after the Stackhouse Filibuster]
Toby is in his office bouncing the ball against the wall.
Two Nights Later
Toby is working on a speech and is not happy with any of the drafts.
Two Nights After That
Toby comes to see Leo to ask if there has been a discussion about dropping Hoynes from the ticket in 2002.
The Next Night
Toby is still in his office bouncing his ball against the wall.
The Next Morning
Leo arrives for work and finds Toby in his office - Toby wants to know why Hoynes would put a poll in the field if he's not planning to run for President until six years from now.
That Night

Toby returns to Leo's office to tell Leo that he has learned that Hoynes is planning to give a speech in Nashua, New Hampshire.  Leo tells Toby the Vice President wouldn't give an official speech - he would mask it with something.  Toby tells Leo that it comes in the middle of a three day skiing trip to Killington, Vermont.  Toby asks Leo why the Vice President thinks the President isn't going to run again.

Act I - The West Wing - 11:35pm

Leo comes into the Oval Office to inform the President that Toby has figured it out and they have to tell him about the MS.  Leo sees this as an opportunity to gauge the reaction of the disease.  The President is not convinced that Toby's reaction is going to be indicative of the rest of the staff but tells Leo to go and get him.

Josh and Sam are looking over the President's remarks for the Correspondents Dinner, but "they forgot to bring the funny."  Josh asks Toby if he wants to help but Leo arrives to bring Toby to the Oval Office.  Donna arrives and Josh asks her if she recieved the flowers.  He tells her that he sent her the flowers to mark the occasion of when she started working for him.  She reminds him that she started working for him in February and not April - but he reminds her that she stopped working for him and then came back in April.  He asks her if she wants to help with the speech.

Sam goes to see Ainsley to ask her to help with the remarks for the Correspondents Dinner.  She is working on remarks that she will give at Smith College, her alma mater.  Sam and Ainsley have a discussion in which in becomes clear that Ainsley is against the Equal Rights Amendment, which astonishes Sam.

The President meets with Toby and Leo in the Oval Office and Bartlet tells Toby about his Multiple Sclerosis.

Act II

Toby asks about the difference between Relapsing-Remitting and Secondary Progressive MS and several other questions.  Toby cannot believe what he has heard and steps outside the Oval Office to process it.  Leo comes outside to talk to Toby.  Leo tells Toby about the attack that happened before the State of the Union a year ago.  The two come back inside and Toby asks how this could be kept a secret.  Toby wants to know who else knows - and Leo tells him that he is the 16th person.  The President comes back into the room and the conversation continues - though Bartlet impresses upon Toby that no one was asked to lie about his condition.

In the Roosevelt Room, Josh, Donna, Ainsley, Sam, Ed, and Larry get to work on "bringing the funny" to the Correspondents Dinner speech.


Act III

Act IV

Notes

  • With only three actors in the Special Guest, Guest and Co-Starring credits, it has the smallest guest cast of any West Wing episode.


  • Allison Janney was originally in this episode but had to be written out when she had to fly to London, England to film extra scenes for The Hours.

Cast

Starring

Special Guest Stars

Co-Starring

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