Sam is, in fact, waiting for C.J. when she leaves the Briefing Room. Sam congratulates her: "Good job!" She asks him to please tell her what's going on with this movie. He explains that there's some controversy due to the usual stuff (sex, violence, religious imagery) and several groups are organizing opposition to it. He further explains that Charlie passed on its being screened at the White House, leading the producer to go on Imus and accuse Bartlet of being a coward and siding with puritanical censors. The producer further announced that Hollywood should know that POTUS is no friend of the First Amendment. C.J. says, "And then the Family Values Leadership Council took out an ad congratulating us for that? Seriously: I quit." Sam keeps following her and rattling and she's saying: "Wait. Wait. Prince of New York is Morgan Ross's movie?" Sam says it is. C.J.'s incredulous: "Morgan Ross went on Imus?" Sam mentions that he did it by phone. C.J. doesn't care about that: "Morgan Ross called the President a coward?" Sam replies, "He didn't call him a coward as much as he called him 'cowardly,' which is different." C.J. asks how it's different. Sam admits it's not really. C.J. states, "I'm going to crush him." I kind of get the feeling she may know this dude from her Hollywood PR days. Sam starts trying to reason with her, as she continues, "This guy's trying to get a little free media by screwing with us. I'm the enforcer, Sam. I'm going to crush him, I'm going to make him cry, and then I'm going to tell his mama about it." Sam quietly says, "You're not going to make him cry." She asks, "You want to watch me make him cry?" She laughs mirthlessly. Sam firmly says, "I believe you can make him cry; I'm saying you're not going to do it." She starts to argue but he explains that they're meeting with these people tomorrow, and that he'll straighten things out with Morgan Ross. He instructs her, "You just keep telling the press you don't know anything." C.J.: "That shouldn't be hard." Sam leaves. Carol informs C.J. that Danny Concannon's on the phone, and that she thinks C.J. should take the call, because Danny wants the President's reaction to a comment that was made about the Surgeon General situation. C.J. wants to know who made the comment. Carol says, "That's the thing." C.J. makes that impatient, cut-to-the-chase-already gesture. Carol says, "It was Eleanor." C.J.: "Eleanor who?" Carol: "Eleanor Bartlet. C.J. looks concerned and takes the call, trying to sound upbeat.
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