Awesome: All the President's Men

  • Woodstein gets a story about Ken Clawson, one of the people involved in the dirty tricks campaign, via a female co-worker that Clawson was apparently flirting with. When Clawson finds out, he calls Bradlee and begs for the story not to run:
    Clawson (on the phone): Please, listen, now, if you're going to refer to that alleged conversation with Sally Aiken, you can't print that it took place in her apartment. I have a wife and a family and a dog and a cat.
    Bradlee: A wife and a family and a dog and a cat. Right, Ken, right, yeah. Uh, Ken, I don't want to print that you were in Sally's apartment...
    Clawson: Thank God.
    Ben Bradlee (leaning back in his chair, twisting the knife in): I just want to know what you said, in Sally's apartment.
    • Clawson has become so associated with the "wife and a family and a dog and a cat" line that it was placed in his Wikipedia biography. It is still there, contextualized.
  • Woodward and Bernstein figuring out a way to get a reluctant witness - the Bookkeeper - to reveal the fifth person involved in the slush fund. It works, when the Bookkeeper wonders aloud how they found out about Porter.
  • Woodward chewing out Deep Throat after a report on Haldeman goes wrong:
    Woodward: Look, I'm tired of your chicken shit games! I don't want hints! I need to know what you know!
    (long beat: Deep Throat is realizing he's got to put his ass on the line now.)
    Deep Throat (slowly): The Watergate burglary... it was a Haldeman operation. The whole business was run by Haldeman, the money... everything. It won't be easy getting at him. He was insulated somehow, you'll have to find out how. Mitchell started doing covert stuff before anyone else. The list of the people involved is longer than anyone can imagine. It involves the entire U.S. Intelligence Community. FBI... CIA... Justice... it's incredible... ...It leads everywhere. Get out your notebook. There's more. I think your lives are in danger...
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