Edward James Olmos as Judge Mendoza © NBC Photo: Chris Haston
- Teleplay by Aaron Sorkin & Patrick Caddell, Story by Aaron Sorkin & Dee Dee Myers, Directed by Bill D'Elia
- Broadcast: November 24, 1999
- Leo is about to start a meeting, but when he looks around not everyone is there:
- "Where is C.J.?"
"Right here," she says as she comes in behind him.
"You should wear a bell around your neck, you know that?"
- Later Josh gets a little too high on a subject and Donna tries to make him see things a little more realistically:
- "Exercise cautious optimism."
- And indeed nothing goes smoothly for long. Suddenly Congressman Lillienfield goes on national television to claim there is a great deal of drug use in this White House. Leo assigns Toby to handle it, and Toby appoints Josh to investigate the situation. Josh doesn't want this assignment:
- "This isn't the time, Josh. We're taking water over the side."
"There's a principle here."
"No. There's not. Not this week. . . .We've been here for a year, and all we've gotten is a year older. Our approval rating is 48% and I think that figure's soft. And I'm tired of being field captain for the gang that couldn't shoot straight. We're getting this done."
- Josh tries to find out if Danny knows anything about these charges:
- "Information I get I have to print."
"Do you have any information?"
"Would you tell me if you did?"
"What kind of information?"
"You know what kind of information. . . . You know no one knows where I got it."
"It's not my job to help you out. In fact I'd get fired from my job for helping you out."
"I know that."
- Sam discovers information that their first choice to fill the newly opening Supreme Court seat has a problem with the "right of privacy." The President tells Sam and Toby:
- "When was the last time either of you slept? I don't care. Get ready for this."
- Sam tells Toby and the President that privacy is going to be the big issue of the next decade:
- "20s & 30s it was the role of government. 50s & 60s it was civil rights. The next 20 years it will be about privacy. The Internet. Cell phones. Health records. And who's gay and who's not. Besides, in a country born on the will to be free, what could be more fundamental than this?"
- So the President decides to look at another choice and they all agree on him. Only problem is going to be getting him confirmed. The President tells Judge Mendoza:
- "You were not the first choice. But you are the last one and the right one."
"What do you say, Leo? You up for a good fight?" the President asks forseeing the confirmation fight to come.
"I believe I have one in me, yes, sir."
- Theme of Episode: The Right of Privacy
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