West Wing
In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen, Part I

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In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen, Part I

Outside the VFW hall, Leo catches up with Jed. He complains about how cold it is for October. Jed asks him if he just fired Cal. Leo says he did. He adds that he also fired Jerry, Steve, Mack, and the other guy. Jed asks if he kept anybody. Leo says he kept Toby. Jed complains that Toby was the only person working for them that he didn't know, and that's the one Leo kept. Leo says that they were worthless and it's time to bring in what they need. Jed seems pretty pissed that Leo made this decision on his own. Leo said he did it because Jed is a "crappy politician" and that he'll probably find him making a lot of decisions on his own. Jed starts blathering about how many times he's gotten elected and so on without Leo's help. Leo snipes, "No, seriously, that's a real political accomplishment considering your family founded this state! Were you even opposed in any of those elections?" Jed continues protesting Leo's decision to get rid of everyone he knew. Leo's completely indifferent and bids him a good night. Jed follows Leo to his car, asking him why he's doing this. He says that Leo's a bigger player than he is, and that Hoynes would make him National Chairman. Jed needles Leo to tell him this isn't one of the twelve steps. Leo snaps, "That's what it is, right after admitting that we're powerless over alcohol and that a higher power can restore us to sanity, that's where you come in." Jed: "Leo..." Leo: "Because I'm tired of it! Year after year after year after year, having to choose between the lesser of 'who cares?' Of trying to get myself excited about a candidate who can speak in complete sentences! Of setting the bar so low I can hardly look at it. They say a good man can't get elected President. I don't believe that...do you?" Jed looks slightly humble. "And you think I'm that man?" Leo: "Yes." Jed asks, "Doesn't it matter that I'm not as sure?" Leo replies, "Nah! Act as if ye have faith and faith shall be given to you. Put another way: fake it 'til you make it. You did good tonight." As they walk down the street together, Leo assures him, "This is the time of Jed Bartlet, old friend. You're going to open your mouth and lift houses off the ground. Whole houses, clear off the ground..."

We see POTUS walking gingerly down the hospital corridor. There's a montage of television coverage of the shooting interspersed with shots of C.J., Toby, and Sam, interspersed with more shots of the crime scene and investigation, and the activity in the Situation Room, and then Donna and Mrs. Landingham waiting morosely at the hospital, ending up with Josh's surgery. We see Jed with Leo standing behind him, watching the operation. Jed says softly but gravely, "Look what happened."

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