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H. Con 172 (3.10)

  • Donna: Josh?
  • Josh: Yeah?
  • Donna: You wanted me to tell you when it's 10:45.
  • Josh: See ya.
  • Donna: I'll get home fine.
  • Josh: What's the problem?
  • Donna: It's not fit for man nor beast out there.
  • Josh: Has it started snowing yet?
  • Donna: It accumulates by a magnitude.

In Excelsis Deo (1.10)

  • Mandy: Are you busy?
  • Toby: I’m holding.
  • Mandy: What’s going on?
  • Toby: A homeless Korean War Vet died of exposure out on the mall last night. I don’t know if his family’s been contacted, I don’t know what kind of burial...
  • Mandy: How do you know him?
  • Toby: I don’t.
  • Mandy: Then what does it matter to you?
  • Toby: Don’t worry about it. What do you need?
  • Mandy: This might seem trivial under the circumstances.
  • Toby: What?
  • Mandy: The Santa hats do clash with the Dickensian costumes.

H. Con 172 (3.10)

  • Leo: Okay, well, I'll just call the President and suggest to him that he allow a huge bipartisan vote on the floor of the US House of Representatives calling him a liar, and that he welcome the result. Then I'm going to flap my wings and fly to Neverland.
  • Jordon: Leo.
  • Leo: You think that I am so desperate to save my ass that I'm going to roll over on Jed Bartlet?
  • Cliff: I don't think it's a matter of -
  • Leo: I take a bullet for the President! He doesn't take one for me.

Shibboleth (2.8)

  • Donna: Ever year on Thanksgiving, the President pardons a turkey.
  • CJ: He pardons a turkey.
  • Donna: Yeah, and it's your event, so.
  • CJ: Why are there two?
  • Donna: I'm sorry?
  • CJ: Why are there two turkeys?
  • Donna: Customarily, the Press Secretary decides -
  • CJ: No.
  • Donna: Which of the two finalists is more photogenic. Their names -
  • CJ: I don't want to know their names.
  • Donna: This one's Eric and this one's Troy.
  • CJ: Eric and Troy.
  • Donna: Yeah.
  • CJ: And I'm to choose the more photogenic of the two to receive a Presidential pardon.
  • Donna: Yeah.
  • CJ: Okay, I have actually a Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Donna: That's a good school.
  • CJ: Yeah.
  • Donna: They eat grain or really whatever's lying around. And Troy doesn't like to be touched.
  • CJ: Okay. I'd like to be alone now.

The Drop In (2.12)

  • Josh: Can I have her for a second?
  • Sam: Yeah.
  • CJ: Why do you ask him and not me?
  • Josh: He looked in charge!
  • CJ: Of where I go?

Separation of Powers (5.7)

  • Donna: What happens if we don't get a budget deal?
  • Josh: We get another continuing resolution.
  • Donna: See, here's what I don't get. Every year we take these budget extensions like the dog ate our homework.
  • Josh: The Republican majority, but close.
  • Donna: How come people aren't outraged? The rest of the country can't take unlimited time to finish their work.
  • Josh: Well, you're forgetting the beauty of the federal budget process.
  • Donna: What's that?
  • Josh: No one understands it.

Separation of Powers (5.7)

  • Speaker Haffley: There is no next, sir. I mean not to get too technical, but this government runs out of money at midnight. And my guys are going home. This is it.
  • Bartlet: No.
  • Speaker Haffley: There is no altering this offer, Mr. President.
  • Bartlet: And I said no.
  • Speaker Haffley: Let's be clear, sir. We cannot, we will not, vote to keep on footing the bill. You will be held responsible for shutting down the federal government.
  • Bartlet: Then shut it down.