Let Bartlet Be Bartlet (Episode 119)
First Aired: Wednesday, 26th April, 2000
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Peter Parnell & Patrick Caddell
Director: Laura Innes











Did You Just Call Me "Baby" Back There?
Corridors of the West Wing / Bullpen. Josh and Donna walk and talk.

DONNA: How does the FEC work?
JOSH: Six commissioners are appointed for a six-year term.
DONNA: Overlaps.
JOSH: Two seats come up every two years.
DONNA: And two commissioners just resigned?
JOSH: At the same time.
DONNA: How many times has that happened?
JOSH: Including this time?
DONNA: Yeah.
JOSH: Once.
DONNA: So the President has the opportunity to back the FEC without people and make immeasurable impact on campaign finance reform?
JOSH: Yes.
DONNA: Well, do it baby!
JOSH: There's a couple of roadblocks.
DONNA: What?
JOSH: Whenever a vacancy comes up, the party leadership of both sides ... did you just call me "baby" back there?
DONNA: Yeah.
JOSH: Okay. (beat) Uh, when a vacancy comes up, it's up to the President to fill it, but the party leadership on both sides always always always dictates to the President who he's going to appoint -- one Republican, one Democrat. Whomever the leadership says. That's how you keep the peace.
DONNA: But you're going to change all that, right?
JOSH: No, but I'm gonna spend the rest of the week trying.
DONNA: That's not the right spirit, Josh. You're trying to change the nature of democracy.
JOSH: You're right. I'm gonna need a bagel.








But This Is Our Special Time Together!
Corridors of the West Wing / Bullpen. Josh and Donna walk and talk.

DONNA: How'd it go?
JOSH: How do you know to be standing here?
DONNA: I saw you out the window.
JOSH: You don't have a window.
DONNA: You have a window.
JOSH: What are you doing in my office when I'm not there?
DONNA: Looking for you out the window.
JOSH: Okay.
DONNA: How'd it go?
JOSH: It went fine.
DONNA: Just fine?
JOSH: Yeah.
DONNA: You don't want to say anything more than that?
JOSH: I don't, Donna, and the way that you know that I don't, is that I'm not.
DONNA: But this is our special time together!
JOSH: I'm really not in the mood to mess around.
DONNA: Okay.
JOSH: I need you to get me prepped on something.
DONNA: What?
JOSH: English as the national language.
DONNA: Why?
JOSH: Might come up.
DONNA: Why?
JOSH: Because--it doesn't matter. Because if we do a thing with the FEC, opponents will put English as the national language on the table.
DONNA: Are we for it or against it?
JOSH: Donna ...
DONNA: I mean, we're not in favor of making another language the official language, are we?
JOSH: Donna!
DONNA: Dutch or something ...
JOSH: Donna, didn't I just say that I can't mess around?
DONNA: Yes.
JOSH: Okay.
DONNA: Bullet points?
JOSH: Yeah.
DONNA: Give me 30 minutes?
JOSH: Thank you.
DONNA: Oh, and Toby said to come by as soon as you got back.
JOSH: Toby?
DONNA: Yeah.
(blah blah ... scene with Mandy in Josh's office ... Mandy leaves and Donna re-enters)
JOSH: It's everyone who feels this way?
DONNA: Yeah.
JOSH: Okay. (beat) Thanks.









Why Is Everyone Walking Around Like They Know They've Already Lost?
Corridors of the West Wing. Josh and Donna walk and talk.

DONNA: Josh.
JOSH: Yeah?
DONNA: (hands him a document) Six pages on English as the national language.
JOSH: Is it good?
DONNA: I gave you some good stuff on James Madison and the--
JOSH: James Madison?
DONNA: And the Terriman Resort--
JOSH: I didn't ask for a damn social studies paper! I wanted--
DONNA: Don't snap at me, Josh.
JOSH: Donna?
DONNA: Look at the memo--I gave you what you asked for. Don't snap at me. (beat) What's wrong with everyone today? It's been all day. Is it Mandy's memo?
JOSH: No.
DONNA: (sigh) Why is everyone walking around like they know they've already lost?
JOSH: (beat) I wasn't snapping at you. I just--I--I didn't realize that you also gave me the stuff I asked for. I thought it was just--you know, I thought you just gave me James Madison.
DONNA: Look at the James Madison. It's gonna help you.
JOSH: Thanks.




Many thanks to Misdirection for the wonderful screencaps!