The Stackhouse Filibuster (Episode 217)
First Aired: Wednesday, 14th March, 2001
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Pete McCabe
Director: Bryan Gordon











The Christmas Tree Bill
Bullpen. Josh and Donna talk.

JOSH: Where's my wallet?
DONNA: Josh--did Senator Stackhouse ask you to meet with one of his aides?
JOSH: Yeah.
DONNA: Because I don't have it down.
JOSH: Yeah, I'm not taking it.
DONNA: Why?
JOSH: He wants an amendment added to the Family Wellness Act that would allocate money for autism care and research.
DONNA: And we don't want to?
JOSH: This is what's called a Christmas Tree Bill--everyone hangs amendments on it. We just closed it this morning, we try and hang a star on top--
DONNA: The tree topples over and it doesn't pass.
JOSH: Yeah. Stackhouse isn't really someone who has a lot of muscle on this, so ...
DONNA: You got this phone message--
JOSH: From his office?
DONNA: From him: "You're going to meet with me or there's not going to be a vote while I'm alive. Stackhouse."








Donna Says "Hi", Mom
Bullpen / Josh's Office. Josh and Donna talk.

JOSH: Donna.
DONNA: You're booked tomorrow morning--8:55, United, direct to West Palm Beach.
JOSH: Which gets in at ...?
DONNA: 12:58.
JOSH: It's still a 70 mile drive to Port St. Lucie. I'll miss the game.
DONNA: I thought they weren't playing yet?
JOSH: It's an exhibition game.
DONNA: You're flying to Florida to see the Mets play another team in a game that doesn't count?
JOSH: Actually, it's an intra-squad game.
DONNA: So you're flying to Florida to see the Mets play each other in a game that doesn't count.
JOSH: Yeah.
DONNA: Okay ... (beat) Uh, there's a Continental flight out of Dulles at 7 a.m., you change planes in Newark.
JOSH: I got to fly to New Jersey to get to Palm Beach?
DONNA: Look--
JOSH: Whatever, just make sure that tomorrow morning--
DONNA: Mike Piazza calls you dude.
JOSH: Yes. (begins typing on the computer)
DONNA: What are you doing?
JOSH: I'm writing an e-mail to my mother.
DONNA: Why?
JOSH: To thank her for a pair of shoes she sent me.
DONNA: Your mother sent you shoes?
JOSH: Donna, please, try and keep it--
DONNA: That is the sweetest thing--
JOSH: Donna!
DONNA: Okay. (she leaves)
JOSH: (types) Donna says "hi", Mom.








This Josh and Donna scene doesn't have any dialogue, but I thought the way they shared that beer straight from the bottle spoke volumes about the closeness of their relationship.





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