JOSH: (to pollster) You were putting gum in your mouth?
POLLSTER 1: Yeah, because that's--
JOSH: Because that's a good idea--to be chewing gum when you're taking a poll for the President of the United States. That's the sound people like to hear on the phone.
POLLSTER 2: The polling hasn't started yet.
JOSH: Well, thank you, Mr Helper.
DONNA: These people have done this before.
JOSH: They're not our people.
DONNA: They're Joey Lucas's people.
JOSH: None of them have accents?
DONNA: They're all out of the Midwest.
JOSH: I'm saying Joey Lucas is deaf and would have no way of know--(yells) Do any of you people have accents?
DONNA: Oh, my God.
JOSH: Do any of you people have the power of speech?
DONNA: They're fine.
JOSH: I should be there right now.
DONNA: (to the pollsters) He's fine!
DONNA: He was brilliant up there!
JOSH: Up there is where this President eats! That is his place of business! Yes, he did well!
JOSH: Let's find out how well.
DONNA: This is exciting.
JOSH: So, what do I do?
DONNA: What do you mean?
JOSH: What do I tell them?
DONNA: Tell them to start.
JOSH: Didn't you talk to Joey?
JOSH: What did she say?
DONNA: She said her plane was late.
JOSH: What did she say I should tell the callers?
DONNA: She didn't say anything.
DONNA: Tell them to start, Josh.
JOSH: They're not supposed to receive special instructions based on ...
JOSH: Time zones? I don't know. I'm not a pollster! I thought Joey called.
DONNA: She called from the plane and said she was late.
JOSH: When is she gonna be here?
KENNY: (off-screen, speaking for Joey) Joshua Lyman, you have the cutest little butt in professional politics.
JOSH: Kenny, really, that better have been her talking.
JOSH: Jack Sloane was reprimanded for excessive violence by the Detroit Police Department.
DONNA: How long ago?
JOSH: Seventeen years.
DONNA: What happened?
JOSH: I don't know. He made a bust, he broke the guy's leg ... the DA couldn't make a case. The civil suit was dismissed, but it's there.
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) Who's Jack Sloane?
JOSH: From tonight.
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) I wasn't there. I was on a plane with mechanical difficulties.
JOSH: Officer Jack Sloane of the Detroit Police Department was added at the last minute to the invited guests that are recognized by the President at the speech.
DONNA: He was the off-duty cop who--
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) At the elementary school?
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) He wasn't vetted?
JOSH: It was last minute. When do I see numbers?
DONNA: Joey says it's going good.
JOSH: Great! When do I see numbers?
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) There's a 17 per cent response rate.
JOSH: Fantastic. When do I see numbers?
JOEY: You need patience, Joshua!
JOSH: I need numbers, Tonto!
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) The poll's an hour old.
JOSH: You get early numbers.
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) When I get them, you'll have them.
JOSH: So, what do you do in the meantime?
JOEY: I'm getting a doughnut.
JOSH: Okay. (Joey and Kenny leave, Josh sits down at a nearby desk, followed by Donna) I'm plagued by this nonsense, Donna. I swear, it's just reaching epidemic proportions. Those numbers are going to tell us we had a big night and the balance is going to be dragged down by a news cycle that won't shake the cop story--
DONNA: You should ask her out.
JOSH: I'm sorry?
DONNA: You should ask Joey out. Tonight could be the night.
JOSH: The night to do what?
DONNA: To ask her out.
JOSH: Get a doughnut.
DONNA: So ... Josh?
DONNA: Are you still thinking?
JOSH: We're still doing this?
DONNA: Have you asked her out yet?
DONNA: Because the last time I asked you, you hadn't ask her out yet.
JOSH: What is taking so long?
DONNA: "Joey, would you like to go out Friday night?" You know, you have to say it. You have to ask a girl out on a date. You can't just randomly tumble into a girl sideways and hope she breaks up with you soon, the way you always do.
JOSH: Why not?
DONNA: Because you can't.
JOSH: You just said I always do.
DONNA: Josh, I can help you or not help you, it's up to you.
JOSH: Then I absolutely choose not helping me.
DONNA: You want me to ask her out for you?
JOSH: Yeah, that's exactly what I want you to do.
JOSH: Sit down.
DONNA: Okay. (hangs up) Good news. The Potomac Electric Power Company says the
outage was caused by a 13,000 volt cable that caught fire in a building on M Street and Wisconsin.
JOSH: How is that good news?
DONNA: Well, we have hard information now.
JOSH: When's the power going back on?
DONNA: That information isn't available at this time.
DONNA: I can tell you that the outage is affecting some two thousand customers and it was likely started when a repairman ... missliced ... something ...
JOSH: Call Sam. (yells) I want the numbers!
DONNA: You know, Josh, everyone else is having fun with this.
JOSH: You're the only one who's having fun with this. Nobody else is having fun with this.
Donna's Been Acting Kind Of ...
National Strategies Group / Corridors of the West Wing. Donna, Josh and Sam talk on the phone.
DONNA: (into phone) I'm thinking of leading everyone in song.
JOSH: Is that Sam?
JOSH: Give it to me. (he walks away)
SAM: What's going on?
JOSH: The power's down.
SAM: I know.
JOSH: We're five minutes away from an East Coast sample. We got nothing West of Indiana, Illinois--
SAM: You need anything?
JOSH: A lightning bolt, a key and a kite.
SAM: Donna told me to tell you, you should ask out Joey Lucas.
JOSH: Hey, can I tell you, Donna's been acting kind of--
SAM: (he sees the President) I gotta go.
DONNA: You know what I'm surprised about?
DONNA: We haven't seen a lot of looting.
DONNA: Usually in these cases, you see a lot more looting.
DONNA: General civil unrest ...
DONNA: People get on each other's nerves ...
JOSH: Okay. (to Joey) Joey, can I ask you what may be a silly question?
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) Sure.
JOSH: It's not possible, is it, for us to just open one of these computers with a screwdriver and get the numbers that are in there, right?
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) Why would you think that would be a silly question?
JOSH: (shouts) I want these numbers!
DONNA: (she hands him his mobile phone) Sam.