West Wing
The American President, Part II

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"A Medium-Sized Nightmare"
Inside, Lewis says, "We have a small problem." Robin tells Lewis: "It could've been a small problem. It's now at the very least a medium-sized nightmare." Lewis states: "Robin sees it as a problem. I see it as a opportunity." Robin continues fretting, "It could've been an opportunity if we'd caught it... " Lewis says they did catch it She snaps, "At 5:45! Five-forty-five doesn't do me any good, Lewis. Five-forty-five, network news is in makeup." Lewis starts bitching at her about how many employees she has working for her when Shepherd wearily interrupts, "Guys, do I have to be here for this meeting?" Finally the story emerges: the third story in the evening news is that Sydney was at a rally at which protesters burned a flag. Shepherd, a little alarmed: "Today?" No, it was about thirteen years ago. Robin elaborates: "In front of the Department of Commerce. Anti-apartheid." POTUS recaps: "Let me see if I've got this: the third story on the news tonight was that someone I didn't know thirteen years ago, when I wasn't President, participated in a demonstration where no laws were being broken in protest of something that so many people were against it doesn't exist anymore?" He pauses. "Just out of curiosity, what was the fourth story?" He tells them not to deal with it, and that "they're trying to get us to swing at a pitch in the dirt. No one ever wins these fights. It'll go away." Lewis and Robin don't seem convinced. Shepherd suddenly remembers he was supposed to have dinner with Sydney tonight. We cut to Sydney's apartment, where she's holding up a black velvet dress in front of herself and admiring how it looks in a full-length mirror. She tells Beth, who's sitting on her bed, that she loves it. She says she always wears suits when she has dinner at the White House and thought it would be nice to dress up. As Beth encourages Sydney to try it on, the phone rings. Sydney answers it and tells Andy, "Just trying on dresses." On the cell phone from the limo, the Prez tells her he's going to have to bail on their date. Sydney jokes, "Another woman?" He explains about trying to avert the airline strike in St. Louis. Sydney, cheerfully: "Boy, if I had a nickel for every time I heard that one!" He thanks her for being so understanding and promises to call later. As he hangs up, he says, "Boy, I hate doing that. She was trying on dresses." Lewis says, "I tell any girl I'm going out with to assume that all plans are soft until she receives confirmation from me thirty minutes beforehand." Robin: "And they find this romantic?" Lewis claims he says it with a great deal of charm. No doubt.

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