The camera moves to a woman answering the phone in Josh's office. It's Donna. She's telling the person on the phone about his calendar for that afternoon when Josh zooms in to grab something and starts to zoom back out, when he realizes that somebody he's never seen before is answering his phone. He greets her; she says "hi" back. He asks her who she is; she replies, "Donna Moss." He then tells her that he's Josh Lyman. She says she's his new assistant. Josh asks, "Did I have an old assistant?" Donna admits, "Maybe not." He asks again who she is; she tells him again. This goes back and forth for a while. She claims that she came in to volunteer and was assigned to him. Josh decides to go check this out and she stops him, confessing that she may have overstated things a little when she said she was assigned to him. He asks her again who she is as he starts walking away. She follows and explains she drove there from Madison, Wisconsin. Josh asks when her boyfriend broke up with her. Donna wonders what makes him think that happened; Josh says she's too old for her parents to have kicked her out of the house. She asserts that she wants to work for Bartlet, and that she graduated with a degree in political science and government. Josh asks where she graduated. Donna admits that she may have overstated things a little, and that she was a couple of credits short, and that she went to the University of Wisconsin, and that she majored in political science and government, and sociology and psychology, and biology for a while, with a minor in French, and uh, drama. They've covered almost the entire office now and are on the way back to Josh's office. Josh asks, "You had five majors and two minors in four years?" Donna explains that it was three years, and insists that she had to drop out. Josh, in a fairly stunning display of perceptiveness or ESP or both, says, "Your boyfriend was older than you?" Donna objects that she thinks that's personal information. Josh says, "Donna, you were just at my desk, reading my calendar, answering my phone and hoping I wouldn't notice that I never hired you. Your boyfriend was older." Josh pulls it out of her that he was a medical student who got her to drop out and pay the bills until he was done with his residency. Josh inquires, "And why did Dr. Free Ride break up with you?" Donna wonders what makes Josh think that's how things went down. He doesn't say anything and neither does Donna. She sits down in the chair in front of his desk. Josh says that this is a campaign for the presidency and that there's nothing he takes more seriously. "This can't be a place for people to come to find their confidence and start over." Donna asks, "Why not? Why can't it be those things? Is it going to interfere with my typing?" He doesn't address this but says that they're on their way to South Carolina, and that if she wants to stay in the Manchester office, that's okay, but he can't carry her. She says that she'll pay her own way, sell her car if she has to: "Eventually you're going to put me on salary." Josh isn't convinced. Donna pleads, "Look, I think I can be good at this. I think you might find me valuable." The phone rings. Josh quietly tells her to go ahead and answer it. While she's dealing with the person on the phone, Josh takes off his ID badge and hands it Donna, who smiles a pretty cute smile. We fade out to surgeons rooting around in Josh's abdomen as Donna watches from the observation area.
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