Isaac and Ishmael (Episode 300)
First Aired: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2001
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Director: Christopher Misiano








They Get To Meet With Interesting People And You're One Of Them
Josh's Office / Bullpen. Josh and Donna talk

JOSH: Donna?
DONNA: Yeah?
JOSH: I'm going home.
DONNA: It's only five.
JOSH: Yeah. I'm heading home.
DONNA: You can't go yet--you have to talk to the students.
JOSH: What students?
DONNA: From Presidential Classroom?
JOSH: What are you talking about?
DONNA: They're high school kids from across the country who are accepted for ... I don't know, they come to Washington for four days, they get to meet with interesting people and you're one of them.
JOSH: When did--when did this get on my schedule?
DONNA: It's been there.
JOSH: No it hasn't. It's just--there isn't anybody else who can do this?
DONNA: It's supposed to be you.
JOSH: I have to work.
DONNA: You can work in the office.
JOSH: No, I can't work in the office! We've crashed five times in three weeks! If I'm not being evacuated from the building, I'm not being allowed to leave the building. And now, the one--God! Donna, I want to go home.
DONNA: Josh, it's been on your schedule.
JOSH: All right, I'll give them a few minutes. But then I've got to go, okay?
DONNA: Yeah.
JOSH: When am I supposed to do this?
DONNA: Now.
JOSH: Where are they?
DONNA: They're right in the northwest lobby.





You Might Try Lightening Up A Little Bit
White House Mess. Josh walks up as Donna directs the students in.

DONNA: Just grab a seat anywhere ... right in here. This is the Mess, this is where we eat lunch. We'll just ... wait here.
JOSH: What's going on?
DONNA: How should I know?
JOSH: Would you call Leo's office and find out what's going on, and more important, how long it's going to be going on for?
DONNA: They're probably scared. You might try lightening up a little bit.
JOSH: Yeah, I'll definitely give that a try.
(they enter the Mess, where the students are all now seated)
JOSH: Okay ... uh ... well ... uh ... this is called a crash. It means there's been some kind of security breach, and no one's allowed in or out of the building. (to Donna) Would you call Leo's office?





Hardly A Record For Me
White House Mess. Josh talks to the students, while Donna listens in the background.

JOSH: I'll tell you, right or wrong--and I think they're wrong--it's probably a good idea to acknowledge that they do have specific complaints. I hear them every day. From the people we support, troops in Saudi Arabia, sanctions against Iraq, support for Egypt ... it's not that they just don't like Irving Berlin.
DONNA: Yes, it is.
JOSH: No, it's not.
DONNA: I don't know about Irving Berlin, but your ridiculous search for rational reasons why somebody straps a bomb to their chest is ridiculous.
JOSH: You just called me ridiculous twice in one sentence.
DONNA: Hardly a record for me.
JOSH: And you just made my list.
DONNA: (to students) Nothing happens on the list.
JOSH: It's a serious list. But she does have a point--albeit college girl-ish.
DONNA: Watch now, as he's going to put me down and make my point at the exact same time.
JOSH: Hardly a record for me.





She Does Have A Point But It Certainly Doesn't Mean You Should Listen To Her
White House Mess. Josh talks to the students, while Donna listens in the background.

JOSH: This is a plural society. That means we accept more than one idea. It offends them. So yes, she (Donna) does have a point, but it certainly doesn't mean you should listen to her.
(Donna frowns behind his back)
STUDENT: So, what do we do now?
JOSH: What?
STUDENT: What do we do now?
JOSH: Well, I think for help with that question, we're going to need some people smarter than I am.
DONNA: Definitely.
JOSH: Thing is, that's pretty tough to find. (he smiles at Donna) But I'm going to go upstairs and see if I can get some of my friends to come down and join us. Listen, I don't know what's going on and I don't know how long we're going to be here. You guys hungry? Freddy, why don't you grab a couple of people, go to the back of the kitchen and get some apples and peanut butter. Guys, we've gotten entire pieces of legislation through Congress on apples and peanut butter. I'll be back in a little bit.