West Wing
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Dishonourable Discharge

Josh runs into Donna again who says, "See what I mean?" Josh puts his finger to his lips and says, "Shh, shh, shh!" Donna: "What?" Josh: "She is...well, one of the special people." ["Allow me to join in the juvenilia and opine that it takes one to know one." -- Wing Chun] Donna agrees. Josh says that Janice has taken off the pin and they're going to let it be. Donna says she's assuming Josh hasn't talked to Sparky yet. Josh says he hasn't, and asks her what she thinks about the Vicky Hilton problem. Donna: "I think you know what I think." Josh: "No, I mean whether it's right for the White House to be involved." Donna says that's a harder question: "I've been thinking about it and I..." Josh tells her she's gotta go faster next time. He's at the Mural Room door already. She walks away.

Josh enters the Mural Room and finds Fitz sitting on the couch, reading the newspaper. He's wondering who he's going to write to about his problems with Leo now that Ann Landers is getting her mail delivered by groundhogs. Josh says he hopes he hasn't been waiting, Fitz lies that he never gets to read the Sports section anymore. He tells Josh he thinks he knows what this is about. Josh: "Yeah, there's going to be pressure from women for the President to intercede, and I was hoping we could find a way to intercede without involving the President." Fitz replies, "These things are handled at the Commander's level in the Navy, and I wouldn't step in unless it's the President's pleasure to order me." Mentally he adds, "Which I pray it is not." Josh understands, but adds that Hilton isn't just any pilot: "She's like Jackie Robinson. She's busted a lot of barriers. She's the first woman at Miramar, first woman to fly the F-14 Tomcat, she teaches on an F-14...I guess at this point I don't have to give you her résumé." Fitz: "No. But could you tell me more about Jackie Robinson and breaking barriers?" Heh. Josh laughs at himself. Fitz smiles and winks. Josh asks: "Just out of curiosity: if you could step in, would you save her?" Fitz: "No. I'd discharge her, dishonourably, and I'm sure that's what's going to happen." He gets up to leave. Josh says it just doesn't seem right to him. Fitz knows it doesn't. Josh: "Admiral, you know I have all the respect in the world for you, right? And if I didn't, I'd respect the uniform, the rank and the position, anyway." Fitz: "What is it, son?" Josh says he feels like he has to go to Leo. Man, Josh looks dwarfed by Fitz in these shots. ["Fitting, since Josh is dwarfed by Fitz, in every meaningful way." -- Wing Chun] Fitz: "Good. That's the way it's supposed to work." He leaves.

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