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- Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin,
Story: Paul Redford, Director: Scott Winant
- Takes Place: First week of the year of the 107th Congress
- Broadcast: January 10, 2001
- Query: Do the fireplaces in the White House work or not and how old are they?
- Query: Does the mention of "107th Congress" definitively date the year this takes place in?
- Query: Was the columnist Leo was afraid of based on a real person?
- The White House is hosting a bipartisan breakfast. But no one expects too much from this. As C.J. tells Donna:
- "It's a breakfast to trumpet a new spirit of bipartisan cooperative and understanding in the new year. No one's going to be listening to each other. . . ."
- Toby is very frustrated by the idea that all these people will be together but all the important areas of contention are off the table. Toby tells Leo:
- "Real debate is what bipartisanship should look like."
- Meanwhile, several members of the staff have problems dealing with a very influential columnist named Karen Cahill. Leo makes comments that he asks Josh to apologize for but Josh passes the job on to Sam. But Sam may have made things worse so he asks Donna to smooth things over. But later Donna feels she needs to ask Charlie to have the President talk to the lady. Leo summarizes for the President some of the things that happened between Karen Cahill and staffers:
- ". . . I made fun of her shoes and Sam said there were nuclear weapons in Kyrgystan and Donna went to clear up the mix-up and accidentally left her underwear."
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