The Drop In (Episode 212)
First Aired: Wednesday, 24th January, 2001
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Lawrence O'Connell, Jr
Director: Lou Antonio











I'm Not ... Threatened At All
Josh's office. Josh talks to CJ on speakerphone as Donna enters.

CJ: What are you doing?
JOSH: I'm standing with my back straight against the wall.
CJ: Why?
JOSH: I was told by doctors it would relax me.
DONNA: (thows open the office door, which smacks into Josh) Josh--
CJ: Gotta go.
JOSH: Yeah.
DONNA: Are you okay?
JOSH: Yeah. (beat) What.
DONNA: Is it true that Leo can't stand a guy called Lord John Marbury?
JOSH: Why?
DONNA: A reporter asked me.
JOSH: What's a reporter doing talking to you?
DONNA: He's a friend of a friend.
JOSH: Leo McGarry has nothing but respect and affection for John Marbury.
DONNA: That's what I said.
JOSH: Good, because Leo thinks he's a lunatic.
DONNA: He's very handsome.
JOSH: That may be so, but Leo thinks he's a lunatic.
DONNA: Are you threatened by his brilliance?
JOSH: No.
DONNA: You seem threatened by his brilliance.
JOSH: How do you know he's brilliant?
DONNA: I saw his picture.
JOSH: I'm not ... threatened by his brilliance, nor am I threatened by his good looks--
DONNA: What about his charm?
JOSH: I'm not ... threatened at all.
DONNA: I'm sorry--I meant Leo.
JOSH: Neither Leo nor I are threatened by his brains, his looks or his charm. He is, however, a lunatic Brit, and we're grateful there's an ocean between us.
DONNA: There isn't any more.
JOSH: There isn't what?
DONNA: An ocean between you.
JOSH: Please don't tell me--
DONNA: He's the new British Ambassador to the United States.
JOSH: (takes a deep breath and exhales) Yeah.
DONNA: Josh?
JOSH: Yeah?
DONNA: He's dreamy.
JOSH: I'm going to go stand next to the wall for a while longer ...
(he does, and Donna manages to hit him again with the door as she exits)








It's A Good Idea, I'm Going To Do That
Corridors of the West Wing. Josh and Donna walk and talk.

DONNA: Josh!
JOSH: Will you see that a meeting is arranged for tomorrow night in New York with CJ and Cornelius Sykes and no one else?
DONNA: Yep.
CJ: Thank you!
DONNA: And I was thinking?
JOSH: Yeah?
DONNA: That when Marbury gets here?
JOSH: Yeah?
DONNA: You could encourage him to introduce me to any royal and single men he might know.
JOSH: It's a good idea, I'm going to do that.
DONNA: (beat) You're not really though, are you.
JOSH: No.




Many thanks to The West Wing Collection for the wonderful screencaps!