JOSH: (shouting over the noise) What the hell is going on in Ohio?
DONNA: You look terrible.
JOSH: The make up's really working, then.
DONNA: Minnesota's official--and Bruce and Gene need a minute.
DONNA: From the Transition team.
JOSH: Tell them we're going to wait and see if there's a transition first!
DONNA: They said it was important.
(they exit the Ballroom, Foo Fighters still playing, to find two men in suits waiting for Josh at the end of the corridor)
JOSH: Interrupt me after two minutes.
DONNA: If a state is called?
JOSH: Or make something up. Two minutes. (Josh gently guides Donna on her way and approaches the men) Bruce ... Gene ... (shakes their hands) ... how are you?
JOSH: (to Santos) Hang on. (to Donna; he walks towards her) Hey, what happened to you? Two minutes--120 seconds! I was stuck in there with Dull and Duller, counting beads on my imaginary abacus. (though Donna's back is to the camera this whole time, the expression on her face clearly indicates to Josh that something is wrong) ... Ohio? (the camera now cuts to Donna, looking ashen) ... Texas--we won? We lost? (he grins) Need a good lawyer--what?
DONNA: (looking and sounding very shaken) Leo was unconscious. In his room--Annabeth found him. He wasn't ... he wasn't breathing. They're taking him to the hospital in an ambulance now.
(Josh stares at her in disbelief, absolutely stunned)
JOSH: (to Secret Service Agent) Where is he? (The Agent indicates an elevator, which Josh and Donna enter and take what feels like an agonisingly long ride in silence amidst the Muzak, dreading what they will find when the doors open. When they finally do, Josh bolts out with Donna right behind him, running down more corridors and past Secret Service Agents until they Annabeth, sitting alone in the waiting room amid more Secret Service Agents. Josh and Donna slow and walk the last few steps up to her. But before she can speak, they already know.) Hey.
ANNABETH: (crying) He died, Josh.
(Josh stares at her in disbelief for several seconds until Annabeth crashes into him, sobbing. His jaw drops open in shock as he wraps an arm around her and lowers his face to the top of her head, as Donna looks on, stunned, in the background.)
DONNA: (somberly) They called Ohio for Vinick ... (Josh sniffles) ... Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North and South Dakota. We picked up Minnesota, Wisconsin.
JOSH: (his voice is broken throughout the entire conversation) Texas?
DONNA: Not yet.
JOSH: Polls are still open out West. Congressman needs to make a statement, calm nervous undecided in California and the Pacific Northwest.
DONNA: Lou's already on it.
JOSH: He needs to make it now--there's not--
DONNA: They know that.
JOSH: Somebody needs to tell the President.
DONNA: I called CJ.
JOSH: Where's Mallory--she was here a couple of seconds--
DONNA: She just went to call her mom.
JOSH: (long beat; the reality of the situation is beginning to sink in) Wow. How is the Congressman--did you talk to Lou or Bram?
DONNA: Yeah, he's in shock, like the rest of us. (gently) Shouldn't we get back to the hotel?
JOSH: So, no Texas yet.
DONNA: Come on, I'll drive.
(Josh allows Donna to guide him down the hall, her hand on the small of his back)
BRAM: (to Donna) It's all down to California now.
DONNA: Have you seen Josh?
BRAM: Not in a while.
(Donna walks down the corridor, away from the festivities, and gets off the elevator at Leo's floor, where she makes her way to his suite. Secret Service Agents still guard the entrance.)
DONNA: Have you seen Josh Lyman? (the Agent stationed outside Leo's suite gestures inside) Thank you. (Donna enters, to find a devastated Josh leaning against the back of a couch facing the foot of Leo's bed. They silently survey the room, which is still full of Leo, from his watch and glasses on the bedside table to his shoes next to the bed, but also strewn with medical debris from the paramedics.)
JOSH: (red-faced from crying, he sniffles deeply and rubs his nose with the back of his hand) I called housekeeping--I didn't want uh, Mallory ... (sniffles again deeply) ... coming here and finding the paramedic stuff.
DONNA: (beat) We won Texas. (Josh exhales, with a ghost of a smile) California would put us over. (she looks at him closely and speaks very gently) You've done a remarkable thing. Win or lose. An extraordinary thing.
JOSH: I talked him into this--into joining the ticket.
DONNA: Nobody ever talked Leo into anything he didn't want to do. And he'd want you upstairs. Not down here. You belong up there--it's your night. (she moves in towards him and gently touches his shoulder, whispering) He was so proud of you, Josh. (Josh leans over into her chest, overcome with grief, as she rubs his back.)
JOSH: Every lawyer we got, get them on planes to Oregon and Nevada!
(Josh and Donna lock eyes after he announces this, as if he's trying to tell her his head is back in the game again ... just as Leo, undoubtedly, would have wanted.)
SANTOS: (mouthing at Josh, over Helen's head) Thank you.
JOSH: (mouthing at Santos, over Donna's head) You're welcome.
JOSH: (whispers) Thanks, boss.