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* JerkassHasAPoint: From C.J and the administration's point of view, at least, both Mandy's memo and Danny's defence of why writing a story about it is valid news and not "gossip" are full of uncomfortable truths that the senior staff would rather not face, but equally cannot deny.


-->'''Donna:''' Why's everyone walking around today like they already lost?

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-->'''Donna:''' Why's everyone walking around today like they know they already lost?

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: After being snapped at by Josh for nothing, Donna makes him pause when she rhetorically asks:
-->'''Donna:''' Why's everyone walking around today like they already lost?


->'''Leo:''' Oh Margaret! Margaret! I知 sorry. I知 gonna have to...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny I hung in there as long as I could, but you long since passed the point when I stopped caring. If you池e curious, it was right around raisin muffin.]]

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->'''Leo:''' Oh Margaret! Margaret! I知 sorry. I知 gonna have to...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments I hung in there as long as I could, but you long since passed the point when I stopped caring. If you池e curious, it was right around raisin muffin.]]



->'''Admiral Fitzwallace:''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The problem with that is that's what they were saying to me 50 years ago. Blacks shouldn't serve with Whites. It would disrupt the unit. You know what? It did disrupt the unit. The unit got over it. The unit changed. I知 an admiral in the U.S. Navy and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff...Beat that with a stick]].

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->'''Admiral Fitzwallace:''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome The problem with that is that's what they were saying to me 50 years ago. Blacks shouldn't serve with Whites. It would disrupt the unit. You know what? It did disrupt the unit. The unit got over it. The unit changed. I知 an admiral in the U.S. Navy and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff...Beat that with a stick]].



Leo goes back into his office, where C.J., Josh, Sam and Toby are still waiting, and tells them if they're going to go into walls, he wants them going at full speed. He tells Josh to go ahead and tell everyone Bacon and Calhoun will be the nominees for the F.E.C., and adds that while they'll lose some battles and maybe even the White House, they're not going to be afraid anymore, and they're going to concentrate more on raising the level of public debate than on getting re-elected. Leo asks the others what they think, and one by one, they each say, or paraphrase, "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome I serve at the pleasure of the President]]". Leo says they should get to work. They each walk out, and Leo looks back at President Bartlet, who gives Leo a smile.

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Leo goes back into his office, where C.J., Josh, Sam and Toby are still waiting, and tells them if they're going to go into walls, he wants them going at full speed. He tells Josh to go ahead and tell everyone Bacon and Calhoun will be the nominees for the F.E.C., and adds that while they'll lose some battles and maybe even the White House, they're not going to be afraid anymore, and they're going to concentrate more on raising the level of public debate than on getting re-elected. Leo asks the others what they think, and one by one, they each say, or paraphrase, "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome I serve at the pleasure of the President]]". Leo says they should get to work. They each walk out, and Leo looks back at President Bartlet, who gives Leo a smile.


* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mandy's memo is apparently full of this, causing her to receive the cold shoulder from C.J and the others. Danny calls C.J out on this, pointing out that Mandy was working for their political opponents before coming to work for the White House and an idiot would have realized that the first thing she'd do would be to make a list of the chief faults and failings of the senior members of the current administration, which means that they should have been brave enough to suck it up, ask her for the memo and try to address them.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mandy's memo is apparently full of this, causing her to receive the cold shoulder from C.J and the others. Danny calls C.J out on this, pointing out that Mandy was working for their political opponents before coming to work for the White House and an idiot would have realized that the first thing she'd do for them would be to make a list of the chief faults and faults, failings and weaknesses of the senior members of the current administration, which means that they should have been brave enough to suck it up, ask her for the memo and try to address them.


* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: In-universe; the characters spend most of the episode depressed and frustrated because they feel that they don't try and fight for anything and, even if they try, this will be the result.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: In-universe; the characters spend most of the episode depressed and frustrated because they feel that they either don't try and fight for anything and, even or, if they do try, this will be the result.


* ItMakesSenseInContext: Leo telling Mallory that "Yes, you may go have lunch with the fascist."


'''Leo:''' I know it's not true... ''you'' drive ''me'' there.

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'''Leo:''' I know it's not true... ''you'' true.\\
'''President Bartlet:''' Good.\\
'''Leo:''' ... ''You''
drive ''me'' there.

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* BaitAndSwitch: Played for drama not comedy, when the President and Leo discuss the criticism that Leo keeps holding the President back and stopping him from taking risks:
-->'''President Bartlet:''' We've heard it all before, Leo. You drive me to the political safe ground. It's not true.\\
'''Leo:''' I know it's not true... ''you'' drive ''me'' there.


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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: In-universe; the characters spend most of the episode depressed and frustrated because they feel that they don't try and fight for anything and, even if they try, this will be the result.


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* GrayRainOfDepression: The episode takes place on a gloomy, overcast and rainy day, to correspond with the general funk afflicting the characters.


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* HeroicBSOD: A downplayed, collective example. The episode involves everyone pretty much in a funk and just going through the motions because they feel that their agenda has been stalled, they don't fight for anything, and even if they did they're doomed to failure anyway.
-->'''President Bartlet:''' I really did wake up energised this morning. I never go to bed that way. Just once in this job I'd like to end the day feeling as good as when it started.

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* ItMakesSenseInContext: Leo telling Mallory that "Yes, you may go have lunch with the fascist."


* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mandy's memo is apparently full of this, causing her to receive the cold shoulder from C.J and the others. Danny calls C.J out on this, pointing out that Mandy was working for their political opponents before coming to work for the White House and an idiot would have released that the first thing she'd do would be to make a list of the chief faults and failings of the senior members of the current administration, which means that they should have been brave enough to suck it up, ask her for the memo and try to address them.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mandy's memo is apparently full of this, causing her to receive the cold shoulder from C.J and the others. Danny calls C.J out on this, pointing out that Mandy was working for their political opponents before coming to work for the White House and an idiot would have released realized that the first thing she'd do would be to make a list of the chief faults and failings of the senior members of the current administration, which means that they should have been brave enough to suck it up, ask her for the memo and try to address them.


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* MoodWhiplash: Most of the episode deals with the collective frustration, resentment and anger of the senior staff as they confront the fact that the administration seems to have completely stalled. And then every so often Margaret pops up fretting about the email about muffin calories that she sent out which, somehow, has led to the entire White House email system crashing.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" being such a prominent part of the plot.


* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mandy's memo is apparently full of this, causing her to receive the cold shoulder from C.J and the others. Danny calls C.J out on this, pointing out that since Mandy was working for their political opponents before coming to work for the White House an idiot would have released that the first thing she'd do would be to make a list of the chief failings of the senior members of the current administration, and that they should have been brave enough to suck it up, ask her for them and try to address them.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mandy's memo is apparently full of this, causing her to receive the cold shoulder from C.J and the others. Danny calls C.J out on this, pointing out that since Mandy was working for their political opponents before coming to work for the White House and an idiot would have released that the first thing she'd do would be to make a list of the chief faults and failings of the senior members of the current administration, and which means that they should have been brave enough to suck it up, ask her for them the memo and try to address them.

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