Holy Night (Episode 411)
First Aired: Wednesday, 11th December, 2002
Story: Aaron Sorkin
Director: Thomas Schlamme











This is not a Josh/Donna scene, but it's a very interesting Freudian slip on Josh's part, no?



No, She's Meeting Jack Reese At The Washington Inn
Bullpen. Leo approaches Josh with a question and receives a very telling answer.

LEO: Hey! You staying in town?
JOSH: No, she's meeting Jack Reese at the Washington Inn. How does he get a room at the Washington? I can't get a room at the Washington Inn. (Leo looks at him incredulously, and the penny drops) Me? I don't know yet. What do you need?








It's Not What It Looks Like
Bullpen. Josh hears Donna's voice and comes out of his office to find her walking up the hallway, all ready to leave for her holiday with Jack.

JOSH: I'm sorry. It's not what it looks like.
DONNA: It's okay.
JOSH: It's the ...
DONNA: What?
JOSH: HHS budget. It seems very important to him, and there's a hard deadline.
DONNA: It's really okay.
JOSH: I'll have you on the road as soon as I possibly can.
DONNA: Where do we start?
JOSH: Call the policy councils. Tell them we need to package an initiative on infant mortality. I'll walk them through it.
DONNA: Yep.








What Did You Mean When You Said, "It's Not What It Looks Like"?
Josh's office. Josh is on the phone as Donna enters.

JOSH: I said there's been an earthquake, a six-two seismic experience ...Thank you. I realise the hour and it's a holiday, but if you could get back to me ... Thank you. (hangs up)
DONNA: Look, they've got three PADs working on it and both deputies at DPC. So far, the policy councils are having a hard time taking action without identifying offsets.
JOSH: What are they talking about?
DONNA: Early childhood nutrition.
JOSH: They want to cut early childhood nutrition? The kids will just die later.
DONNA: They don't want to cut anything.
JOSH: What does OMB have?
DONNA: They want to explore a dedicated tax.
JOSH: A tax on poor people because they can't afford medical care.
DONNA: I wouldn't try to sell it that way.
(they both sigh)
JOSH: I'll get you there first thing in the morning.
DONNA: (beat; she fiddles with a pen) What did you mean when you said, "It's not what it looks like"?
JOSH: Jack's already down there?
DONNA: Yeah.
JOSH: I'll call him and apologise.
DONNA: What did you mean?
JOSH: I meant that I wasn't keeping you here on purpose.
DONNA: Why would I think you were doing that?
JOSH: I wasn't.
DONNA: Why would I think you were?
JOSH: I don't know, it was just ... something I said. Listen, it doesn't have to be a disaster, you know. CJ's staff is going to make little snowmen and stick them on the seats in the Press Briefing Room and take a picture. We can do that, and then I'll get you drunk at the Hawk and Dove.
DONNA: That sounds nice.
JOSH: I have to go see the President.









Not a Josh/Donna scene, but it does give quite a bit of insight into Josh's state of mind ...



Donna Left?
Leo's office. Leo and Josh discuss infant mortality, but Josh has his mind on other things.

LEO: Josh! I was just coming to see you. You're off the hook with both of us--we'll go for infant mortality after the first.
JOSH: I don't mind. People are working on it--I have Donna here with me, we've got a whole night planned around it.
LEO: Yeah, I'm calling it off. And I hooked Donna up with a news helicopter that's landing about two miles from the inn she's going to.
JOSH: Donna left? (clearly surprised by this news, he stares off into space as Leo continues to speak)
LEO: Yeah. Oh, forget the nativity. We'll get them next time.
JOSH: Yes, sir.








Look everyone ... Aaron Sorkin gave us a Christmas present!
This isn't a Josh and Donna scene either, but I think we can safely say the cat is officially out of the bag now.



Oh, Get It Together, Would You Please?
Bullpen. Leo approaches Josh, who studies a brief.

LEO: Josh! Was I insensitive before about telling you Donna was gone?
JOSH: (beat; an unreadable look crosses his face) No. Wh-what do you mean?
LEO: I don't know, I thought--
JOSH: It's fine--of course it's fine. It's great! I was feeling guilty, but now this ... is good. This--this--it's better than good, it's the way it should be.
LEO: Oh, get it together, would you please?
JOSH: I'm trying.
LEO: Okay. (beat) There's something we have to talk about.
JOSH: (softly) You'll tell me when you need to.
LEO: (walks away, then stops) It's four years later, and there are things that are worse, and things that are exactly the same ... where do you start?




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