Toby awakens at 3 a.m. with an idea of how to save the social security program for future generations, leading him to meet in secret with the president and volunteer to "touch the third rail" of American politics. Toby meets with influential Republican senator Gaines about putting aside partisanship in the interest of preserving the critical safety net, and he gets a favorable response, but someone who saw them together leaks the meeting to the press. Toby also gets Dem. senator Brainerd on board with assurances that both sides need to compromise and that the Republican agreed. Elsewhere, Josh tries to help boost the new v.p.'s profile and bland image by having him comically attack the same senator for his weak fundraising efforts. By day's end, both Gaines and Brainerd have publicly withdrawn from Toby's previously secret plan and publicly refused to consider the compromises they'd initially offered. The president angrily orders Toby to fix what he's broken, in response to which Toby...
Did You Know?
In a conversation between President Bartlet (Martin Sheen
) and Toby near the beginning of the episode, President Bartlet asks Toby (Richard Schiff
) if he's just supposed to "pretend he doesn't know who [Toby] is" if Toby's plan goes awry. Toby responds with "We'll always have Paris", a reference to the 1942 film Casablanca
(1942). See more
The building labeled as the Russell Senate Office Building is actually the Postal Square Building, three blocks north. See more
I don't know what you're talking about.
Either you're lying, or the left hand doesn't know what the far-left hand is doing!
West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more