Props to word processing macros: it turns out "Lillienfield" is nearly as much fun to type repeatedly as "Katzenmoyer." No props whatsoever to the boneheads at CTV who replaced the Tuesday night broadcast of this show with a Céline Dion concert. God rest their miserable souls. Also, for some reason, my TV guide listed a "viewer discretion warning" for this episode. For the life of me, I can't figure out why. ["To warn parents not to let children see Edward James Olmos's scary pockmarks?" -- Wing Chun]
Previously on The West Wing: Leo tells Jenny his job is more important than his marriage, Danny wants to know what C.J. is wearing to the state dinner, the Veep invites Leo to his secret AA meetings, which Leo attends.
Note: the story for this teleplay was co-written by former White House press secretary DeeDee Myers and Aaron "Almost as Prolific as David E. Kelley and a Better Writer" Sorkin.
It's Monday morning. Josh and C.J. are both on the phone in his office; Josh is doing the talking and C.J. is listening in carefully, with her hand over the mouthpiece. There's some kind of banging noise going on in the background. Josh is saying, "Yes...yes...yes..." in response to the person he's speaking with. Josh starts to ask if the person is prepared to do something, but the other person has obviously answered his question because both C.J. and Josh bounce up and start pumping their fists in that "yahoo, we rock" gesture. Josh sits back down and thanks whoever he's talking to; C.J.'s doubled over trying to contain her excitement and stay quiet. Josh asks the person to wait by the phone for a few minutes for a call from the President. As soon as he puts the phone down, C.J. shrieks, "Yes!" and cuffs Josh on the shoulder. She runs out of his office shouting "It's done! We did it! Yes!" and Josh is right behind her saying, "I did it! C.J. was on the phone with her fingers crossed." C.J.'s a little annoyed with his credit-grabbing but Josh continues blathering on about how he's masterminded the whole thing and whatever "it" is, it's done and he did it. (Way to hog the spotlight, Josh.) He tells Donna to call Toby, Sam, Leo and POTUS and tell them he's on his way. C.J. says congratulations again and starts to take off, when Josh calls out to her, "Nothing to the press!" C.J. agrees and then suddenly Josh rushes through the office and says, "Claudia Jean?" (Um..."Claudia Jean"? I'm not sure but I think this is the first mention of her whole name...I suspected something more along the lines of Catherine Jane or Catherine Joanne, but whatever.