Ellie (Episode 215)
First Aired: Wednesday, 21st February, 2001
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Laura Glasser and Kevin Falls
Director: Michael Engler











Yeah, Somebody Didn't Get Your Memo
Bullpen. Donna is reading the Surgeon General's online chat as Josh exits his office.

DONNA: Josh! (muttering) What the hell kind of name is Pixelate? Josh!
JOSH: I'm done?
DONNA: (absorbed in her computer screen) Yeah.
JOSH: Efficiency, Donna!
DONNA: Yeah.
JOSH: Efficiency and professionalism, and we're out of here at 9 o'clock on a Wednesday night.
DONNA: Doesn't hurt that the President's in Tokyo.
JOSH: Yeah, well, there does seem to be a little less work to do when he's in a different hemisphere, but nonetheless--
DONNA: Efficiency and professionalism.
JOSH: With a healthly dollop of leadership skills. The well-placed, well-worded memo. Nobody goes off the reservation, everybody does their job. Turn off your computer--let's go home.
DONNA: No, I'm going to stay and watch this. I think maybe you should, too.
JOSH: What is it?
DONNA: The Surgeon General's doing an online chat.
JOSH: What's she talking about?
DONNA: Decriminalizing marijuana.
JOSH: See you tomorrow. (he leaves, then comes back) What's she talking about?
DONNA: (reading monitor) "Do you favor the decriminalization of marijuana?"
JOSH: (reading over her shoulder) "That's not for me to say. I can tell you that marijuana poses no greater public health risk than nicotine or alcohol ..."
DONNA: "... and doesn't share the same addictive properties as heroin and LSD ..."
JOSH: "... Yet bizarrely, to many of us in the health care profession, the law categorizes it as a Schedule I narcotic while putting a government seal on a pack of cigarettes."
DONNA: (beat) Yeah, somebody didn't get your memo.








I Can't Talk To Him Right Now
CJ's office. Donna interrupts Josh briefing CJ about the Surgeon General's online chat.

DONNA: Toby's headed to his office and Sam's on the phone.
JOSH: I can't talk to him right now.
DONNA: He says it's important.
JOSH: I'm going to be there in a minute.








A Stampede Of People ... Clearing Supermarket Aisles Of Pringles And Twinkies
Bullpen / Josh's office. Josh and Donna walk and talk.

DONNA: Josh, is there anything to suggest that there are a significant number of people who are inclined to smoke pot but don't because it's against the law?
JOSH: No.
DONNA: Then why do you think if it were decriminalized there would be a sudden stampede of people showing up to work stoned, dragging down the economy and clearing supermarket aisles of Pringles and Twinkies?
JOSH: That's not a reason to make it legal.
DONNA: In a free society, you don't need a reason to make something legal, you need a reason to make something illegal.
JOSH: Donna, parents are keeping kids away from drugs with a whip and a chair. It doesn't help them out if we--
DONNA: (answering phone) Yes?
JOSH: (to himself) No, that's okay ... it's just me talking ...
DONNA: The President's back.
JOSH: Does he want to see me?
DONNA: Yeah.








He Usually Talks During The Movie
White House theatre / screening room. Josh and Donna watch "Dial 'M' For Murder" together.

JOSH: This isn't good.
DONNA: What?
JOSH: The President's not talking.
DONNA: There's a movie on.
JOSH: He usually talks during the movie.




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