Manchester (Part I) (Episode 301)
First Aired: Wednesday, October 10, 2001
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Director: Thomas Schlamme











I'm Monumentally Pumped!
Bullpen / Josh's Office. Josh and Donna walk and talk

JOSH: Donna!
DONNA: Where have you been?
JOSH: The motorcade left without me--I had to drive back with Ed and Larry.
DONNA: They couldn't drive faster?
JOSH: Not faster than a Presidential motorcade, no. Set up a conference call so Cabinet Affairs can brief.
DONNA: You want the sub-cabinet too?
JOSH: Yeah, and I need Congressional leaders.
DONNA: Have you ever seen anything like this?
JOSH: No.
DONNA: I'm pumped.
JOSH: Me too.
DONNA: I'm monumentally pumped!
JOSH: Set up the call, would you?








I Think You're Thinking That, Somehow, This Pill Means More Sex For You
Evening, Manchester, New Hampshire. Donna and Josh are in a car, she drives to a hotel

JOSH: The hotel's up on the right.
DONNA: What's Mifepristone?
JOSH: A pill that'll abort a pregnancy up to 49 days.
DONNA: Mifepristone is RU-486?
JOSH: Yes.
DONNA: And the FDA's approving it?
JOSH: Yes.
DONNA: Hallejulah!
JOSH: I think you're thinking that, somehow, this pill means more sex for you.
DONNA: No, I'm thinking it's a terrific medical advancement for women--you didn't think I'd be for it?
JOSH: Of course you're for it. I'm for it, the President's for it, everybody's for it--just not on Monday.
DONNA: Why not?
JOSH: A, it'll get folded into our news cycle when we want it to ourselves; B, it'll give the pro-lifers something to scream about; and C, it'll look like the campaign screwed up, so the press'll write a process story instead of writing about our issues.
DONNA: Isn't this one of our issues?
JOSH: Not on Monday. I'm checking in. (walks into the hotel)
DONNA: (muttering) Sure, I'll get the bags.








I Kind Of Think You'd Have Learned That By Now
Bar / Pool Hall, Manchester, New Hampshire. Donna and Josh sit around a table with other staffers, as she eats Josh's sandwich

JOSH: I said to you, I said this. I said, "Do you want food?"
DONNA: Yes.
JOSH: And you said, "No, I don't want any food."
DONNA: Yeah.
JOSH: And now you're eating my food!
DONNA: I kind of think you'd have learned that by now.
JOSH: Are you eating the rest of the sandwich?
DONNA: Are you?
(Josh takes a big bite of his sandwich)




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