The War At Home (Episode 214)
First Aired: Wednesday, 14th February, 2001
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Director: Christopher Misiano











You're Missing The Signs
National Strategies Group. Josh and Donna talk in the dark.

DONNA: Josh.
JOSH: Yeah.
DONNA: Can I tell you something about women?
JOSH: Oh God, please don't.
DONNA: They like to be wooed.
JOSH: Donna--
DONNA: She wants you to ask her out, Josh.
JOSH: She really doesn't.
DONNA: You're missing the signs.
JOSH: I'm really not.
DONNA: I know a thing or two about the ways of love.
JOSH: No, you don't.
DONNA: You're missing the signs.
JOSH: I'm thinking of firing you.
DONNA: You fired me twice already tonight--I'm impervious.
JOSH: Among other things. (Joey and Kenny approach) Yeah?
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) Let's pack it in. We'll start over tomorrow night.
JOSH: Why?
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) It's already 9:30 in California, the power isn't on, we're missing half the window--
JOSH: Joey--
JOEY: Pack it in.
JOSH: (to pollsters) Okay folks, we'll start over tomorrow night.
JOEY: See you.
JOSH: Take it easy. Goodnight.
DONNA: So you have to wait another day.
JOSH: I'm not good at waiting.
DONNA: No kidding.
JOSH: Donna--
DONNA: Why do you expect our internal polling to be any different than any other polling? We've got dial-up groups, we've got CNN, USA Today, we've got Gallup--why is our poll going to be any different?
JOSH: We're asking different questions.
DONNA: I'll get your coat. (beat) By the way--right there, back when she said, "See you"? That was a sign.
JOSH: You're fired.
DONNA: Impervious!








This scene is not really a Josh and Donna scene per se, but I thought it gave tremendous insight into their relationship



I Don't Get Jealous
Breakfast room. Josh and Sam talk as they wait for President Bartlet.

JOSH: Can I tell you something strange?
SAM: Okay ...
JOSH: All last night at the phone banks, Donna was telling me I should ask Joey Lucas out.
SAM: You should.
JOSH: Fine. But that aside, what do you make about Donna being the one pushing?
SAM: I don't make anything.
JOSH: You wouldn't think she'd be jealous?
SAM: She goes out with guys--do you get jealous?
JOSH: No.
SAM: See?
JOSH: I don't get jealous.
SAM: So?
JOSH: I don't like it, and usually do everything within my considerable capabilities to sabotage it--
SAM: Yes.
JOSH: Which is why it's ... curious that Donna would do nothing to discourage--and in fact do everything to encourage--a date with Joey Lucas--who quite frankly is a very attractive woman.
SAM: Josh?
JOSH: Yeah.
SAM: You know, your voice just got really high at the end of that.
JOSH: Yeah. Sorry.









You Wouldn't Have To Get Your Towels Remonogrammed
Josh's office. Josh waits on the phone as Donna enters.

JOSH: (into phone) I'm on hold ... I'm on hold ... I'm on hold ... I'm in some hellish hold world of holding.
DONNA: Josh.
JOSH: I'm on hold.
DONNA: They'll call us and tell us when the power's back on.
JOSH: They did call us.
DONNA: And?
JOSH: I'm on hold.
DONNA: I'll wait with you.
JOSH: That'll be a lot of fun.
DONNA: So you never told me why this poll is different.
JOSH: Hmmm?
DONNA: You never told me why you're interested in these particular numbers.
JOSH: There are five congressional districts that are concerning me.
DONNA: Which districts?
JOSH: Kentucky third--that's Louisville.
DONNA: And Jefferson.
JOSH: Yeah. Louisiana fourth, Missouri ninth, Missouri sixth and Ohio twelfth.
DONNA: What's with these five districts?
JOSH: The President last night announced a crime package that would, among other things--
DONNA: Require a five-day waiting period for a background check.
JOSH: The five Congressmen in those districts--
DONNA: Are sitting on the fence.
JOSH: Right.
DONNA: So you want to know how the crime package polled in those five districts.
JOSH: Yes.
DONNA: If it polled well, you've got your gun law.
JOSH: Probably.
DONNA: And if it tanked, you've got to shut up or lose five Democratic seats in the House.
JOSH: Why do you ask me the question when you're going to have the conversation all by yourself?
DONNA: You want me to hold the phone for a while?
JOSH: I can hold the phone. (gives the phone to Donna) Take the phone. (starts to walk away, then thinks twice) Give me the phone. (beat) Why are you trying to fix me up with Joey Lucas?
DONNA: I think you'd make a nice couple.
JOSH: Fine.
DONNA: If you got married, you'd be Joshua and Josephine Lucas-Lyman. You wouldn't have to get your towels remonogrammed.
JOSH: (into phone) Thank you. (to Donna) Power's back on.
DONNA: Excellent.
JOSH: Yes.
DONNA: What do we do now?
JOSH: We wait.








You Draw A Line
Corridors of the West Wing / Bullpen. Josh and Donna talk.

DONNA: Joey says it's probably just another hour.
JOSH: She'll bring me the numbers here?
DONNA: Yeah. (beat) Josh? How is this not a no-brainer?
JOSH: Columbia?
DONNA: Yeah.
JOSH: You say get them home?
DONNA: Of course I say get them home, who doesn't say get them home? That should be the person who has to make the phone calls to the families.
JOSH: And who calls the families of the nine commandos who just died trying to save five guys it turns out we could have freed six hours ago?
DONNA: That's not a good enough reason.
JOSH: The good enough reason is, you give in to terrorists, it gives them a pretty good incentive to keep terrorizing.
DONNA: Not negotiating with them hasn't given them much of a disincentive.
JOSH: How do you know?
DONNA: Please--
JOSH: You don't think they're going to kidnap another five people tomorrow morning and demand 12 months of free cable?
DONNA: So you give them free cable.
JOSH: How about the keys to the Situation Room?
DONNA: (beat) You draw a line.
JOSH: Where. Did she say about an hour?
DONNA: On the early numbers?
JOSH: Yeah.
DONNA: Yeah.








Believe Me When I Tell You That's Not True
Josh's office. Josh, Donna, Joey and Kenny talk after the preliminary poll numbers come in.

JOSH: Son of a bitch.
DONNA: What's wrong?
JOSH: A five day waiting period, that's all. A person can't wait five days to buy a gun? If someone needs a gun right now, right this second, isn't that something the public should be concerned about?
DONNA: On the other hand, taking the feelings of gun owners into account, if you've got to shoot somebody it probably isn't something that can wait.
JOSH: Yeah.
DONNA: You mind if I take off?
JOSH: What time is it?
DONNA: Two a.m.
JOSH: All right, we'll call it a full day. But come in early tomorrow.
DONNA: Yeah.
JOSH: You all right getting home?
DONNA: Yeah. Good night, guys.
(Josh watches her leave, lost in thought)
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) They're just preliminary numbers.
JOSH: They're not going to change.
JOEY: No.
JOSH: A five day waiting period.
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) It tested well nationwide.
JOSH: Yeah.
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) 58 per cent.
JOSH: I didn't need nationwide, I needed those five districts. Now we're going to have to dial down the gun rhetoric in the Midwest.
JOEY: Why not dial it up?
JOSH: Because these numbers just told us--
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) You don't know what these numbers just told you. I'm an expert--I don't know what these numbers just told you.
JOSH: We know.
JOEY: Really?
JOSH: Numbers don't lie.
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) They lie all the time. They lie when 72 per cent of Americans say they're tired of a sex scandal, while all the while, newspaper circulation goes through the roof for anyone featuring the story. (beat) If you polled one hundred Donnas and asked them if they think we should go out, you'd get a high positive response. But the poll wouldn't tell you it's because she likes you and she's knows it's beginning to show, and she needs to cover herself with misdirection.
JOSH: (incredulous) Believe me when I tell you that's not true.
KENNY: (speaking for Joey) You say that these numbers mean dial it down. I say they mean dial it up. You haven't gotten through. There are people you haven't persuaded yet. These numbers mean dial it up. Otherwise you're like the French radical watching the crowd run by and saying, "There go my people. I must find out where they're going so I can lead them."
JOSH: (beat) Yeah.




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