On the way out of the meeting, Josh seeks Toby's advice on his love life. He asks whether Toby knows Amy Gardner. Toby knows who she is. Josh says he's known her for a long time; she dated his college roommate. He mentions that he saw her a couple of weeks ago (details in "The Women of Qumar"). Toby, always thrilled to be sought out on the subject of relationship issues of other staffers, more or less listens as Josh rambles on. "I don't know...she changed her hair or something, something's going on." He really is addled. Toby looks around somewhat apprehensively and asks Josh what he needs as they enter his office.
Josh shuts the door as he announces, "Well, I'm a straight shooter. I think my record's pretty clear on that. I'd like to see her again." So? I've seen you dial a phone, dude. What's stopping you? Toby: "Call her." Josh: "And ask her out?" No, find out if she has Prince Albert in a can. Josh rejects that idea: "Because there's a potential she says no and then I have to move someplace where it'll never be spoken of again." Toby more or less acknowledges this. Josh confidently asserts that he needs to come in "under the cover of business." Toby, deadpan: "'Cause you're a straight shooter." Josh: "Yeah! I need a point of friction. An issue where the feministas and the White House disagree. That way, I can go to her, break the bad news, stand tough, smooth it over, and then, you know, I take it from there." That's one hell of a...plan. Or something. Toby (God love him): "How about the word 'feministas'?" I tell you, if I wasn't already happily married, and Toby didn't have that nasty cigar habit.... Josh says that Toby's been doing outreach to women's groups in preparation for the State of the Union, and thinks that he must know of some issue on which said "feministas" are unhappy. Toby says they're very happy with everything that's going on. Wow. Talk about wish fulfillment. In the history of American feminism, has there ever been a time when its adherents were all content with the actions of the American government? But, this is The West Wing, so I guess anything is possible. Josh is dismayed to hear this and gripes, "Damn. Where the hell are the pro-lifers when you need them?" (Psst, Josh: I bet you can find a few of them harassing women outside abortion clinics if you're really stuck.) Toby: "Sons of bitches. Don't they know you're trying to get..." Josh quickly interjects: "Hey, this is not that. She's got...I really...I'm bewitched. I'm...ensorcelled." Despite his incredible immaturity he's quite adorable delivering these lines. Also, ensorcelled is a perfectly cromulent word. No, seriously. Points for Josh for knowing a relatively obscure word and using it correctly in a sentence.