JOSH: Good morning!
DONNA: My man!
JOSH: Yes.
DONNA: You came back to me.
JOSH: Just like I promised.
DONNA: I missed you.
JOSH: When did you find you missed me the most?
DONNA: The nights.
JOSH: Of course.

-- The Black Vera Wang

DONNA: I'm telling your mother you don't know where she lives!
JOSH: You're the girl I made fun of in elementary school, you know that?

-- The Indians in the Lobby

JOSH: You look amazing.

-- Inauguration (II): Over There

DONNA: May I just say, a truly excellent notion?
JOSH: Sam's.
DONNA: Of course.
JOSH: The vacation. The going with you part was all me.

-- Transition

And they lived happily ever after ...

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Saturday, 10th June, 2006

Series Finale
Episode 722

JOSH: I'm just saying--if you were in an accident, I wouldn't stop for a beer.
DONNA: If you were in an accident, I wouldn't stop for red lights.

-- 17 People

JOSH: When I said we needed to talk, I wasn't necessarily thinking about tonight--I'm kind of fried.
DONNA: Who said anything about talking?

-- Transition

DONNA: Put it on.
DONNA: Put it on.
DONNA: You've been wearing the same clothes for 31 hours now, Josh!
JOSH:I'm not getting spruced up for these people, Donna.
DONNA: All the girls think you look really hot in this shirt.
JOSH: Gimme that.

-- Pilot

Welcome to Political Affairs, a site dedicated to the conversational stylings of The West Wing's Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) and Donna Moss (Janel Moloney), over the course of their seven year journey from Deputy Chief of Staff and assistant, to Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff to the First Lady.

From flowers sent for a "not anniversary" to Diarygate to near-death experiences to their smoldering first kiss, you'll find the dialogue from every Josh and Donna scene here. Relive the acerbic wit, occasional wisdom and, of course, all the banter.

JOSH: Did you ever ... "come onboard"?
JOSH: Never had a campaign fling?
JOSH: Do you want another drink?

-- Election Day (I)

DONNA: I'm not cheap, nor am I xenophobic, I just think it's time for some tough love.
JOSH: Well, not right here in front of everyone, Donna, but if you want to run home and get your equipment ...

-- Bad Moon Rising

DONNA: Philately's fun, Josh.
JOSH: I'm sorry -- what's fun?
DONNA: Philately. Stamp collecting.
JOSH: Careful how you say that, cause ...
DONNA: Can we work?

-- Galileo

JOSH: This must be what your first smack high feels like.

-- The Cold

"In our relationship, I was always the hotshot Washington kid who needed a lot of ego to function, and people assumed I was in charge--when the truth was I couldn't have done anything without her."
-- Bradley Whitford

"I decided early on that this was a passionate, deep love relationship where my character was mad, head over heels in love."
-- Janel Moloney

Backstage magazine, May 2006

DONNA: You're still here.
JOSH: Yeah ... I'm still here.

-- NSF Thurmont

JOSH: Those are good stories about you, though. Those stories would make me like you.

-- Arctic Radar

JOSH: Uh, Donna? ... I want to, um ... I'm sorry. Uh ... about this morning, it was ... inappropriate.
DONNA: Don't worry about it.
JOSH: Totally inappropriate. I--I feel terrible.
DONNA: Don't.
JOSH: Seriously.
DONNA: Seriously. It was bound to happen sometime.

-- The Cold

JOSH: Why would anyone want to diminish a woman's sexual desire?
DONNA: We can get out of hand?

-- The White House Pro-Am

DONNA: It's important that you look at the catalogues before the end of the day.
JOSH: It's three weeks away!
DONNA: Hanukkah's two.
JOSH: That's plenty of time!
DONNA: Who's in charge of shopping?
JOSH: You are.

-- Abu El Banat

DONNA: Can I say something?
JOSH: Yeah.
DONNA: This guy?
JOSH: Yeah?
DONNA: There are some who would consider him handsome--I don't personally, because you're the only one I think is handsome--
JOSH: Uh-huh.
DONNA: --but for the sake of appearances? Here around the office, so that people wouldn't suspect, I'd pretend I thought this guy was handsome if you hired him. Of course, all along it would be a lie, because of how handsome you are. And powerful.
JOSH: Your sense of humour is a bit of a high-wire act, isn't it? You're really trying to thread the needle.
DONNA: And half of it you don't even get.

-- Evidence of Things Not Seen

DONNA: Heimlich Beckengruber on The Art and Artistry of Alpine Skiing?
JOSH: It's got a molted calf cover and original drab boards.
DONNA: I don't know what to say.
JOSH: I wrote a note inside ... Donna ... don't get emotional ... Donna, don't get ... let's try and maintain some kind of--
DONNA: You see? You spend most of our time being, you know ... you. Then you write something like this to me ... thank you.
JOSH: I meant it.
DONNA: Skis would have killed you?

-- In Excelsis Deo

DONNA: What was in the bag?
JOSH: Your underwear.
DONNA: What?
JOSH: I'm holding your ... underwear in my hand right now. And the way I know it's your underwear is that your name is sewn in the back, which is obviously something we'll spend some time talking about at a later date.

-- The Leadership Breakfast

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