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** When Donna tries to get Leo to take seriously OSHA's recommendations on how to deal with repetitive stress injuries, Leo says it costs too much money to implement their recommendations, and she should just "type slower". Later, when Leo discovers Margaret is typing two-fingered, Margaret reminds him of what he told Donna, and informs him Donna has organized most of the assistants/secretaries to "type slower". However, [[SpannerInTheWorks Donna didn't account for Leo's]] DeathGlare.

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** When Donna tries to get Leo to take seriously OSHA's recommendations on how to deal with repetitive stress injuries, Leo says it costs too much money to implement their recommendations, and she should just "type slower". Later, when Leo discovers Margaret is typing two-fingered, Margaret reminds him of what he told Donna, and informs him [[BotheringByTheBook Donna has organized most of the assistants/secretaries to "type slower".slower"]]. However, [[SpannerInTheWorks Donna didn't account for Leo's]] DeathGlare.


* ExactWords: When Donna tries to get Leo to take seriously OSHA's recommendations on how to deal with repetitive stress injuries, Leo says it costs too much money to implement their recommendations, and she should just "type slower". Later, when Leo discovers Margaret is typing two-fingered, Margaret reminds him of what he told Donna, and informs him Donna has organized most of the assistants/secretaries to "type slower". However, [[SpannerInTheWorks Donna didn't account for Leo's]] DeathGlare.

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When Donna tries to get Leo to take seriously OSHA's recommendations on how to deal with repetitive stress injuries, Leo says it costs too much money to implement their recommendations, and she should just "type slower". Later, when Leo discovers Margaret is typing two-fingered, Margaret reminds him of what he told Donna, and informs him Donna has organized most of the assistants/secretaries to "type slower". However, [[SpannerInTheWorks Donna didn't account for Leo's]] DeathGlare.


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** The White House uses this to get around the possible geopolitical implications of the President meeting Kononov, a reformist opponent of the Ukrainian government whom the US wants to support but can't openly do so without offending and antagonising the current government. However, Leo rationalises that while Kononov wants to meet with the President, it doesn't necessarily mean he has to ''officially'' meet with the President:
-->'''Leo:''' All this guy wants to be able to say he met the President while he was here. He can meet the President accidentally.\\
'''Josh:''' How do you meet the President 'accidentally'?\\
'''Leo:''' When I was Labor secretary we did it with the Dalai Lama. Obviously Beijing doesn't want the President to have any diplomatic contact, so they arrange a low level meeting, keep the door open, the President wanders by: 'Hey, how ya doing, Dalai Lama.'
** Sure enough, thanks to her rabble-rousing Donna gets a perfunctory meeting with a much-confused Kononov which the President crashes:
-->'''Bartlet:''' Vasily, you're a reformer and you're going to do good things in Eastern Europe and I'm looking forward to the day when you're President. But until that time comes, my State Department deals with the government of the Ukraine. Now you can go home and so exactly what you wanted to do: to say you met with the President of the United States... You just did.


* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: After having to deal with Kononov, [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell Josh says he misses this.]]

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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: After having to deal with Kononov, [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell Josh says he misses this.]]ByNoIMeanYes: Charlie and Leo are discussing Kononov.
-->'''Charlie:''' The guy's a little crazy, Leo.
-->'''Leo:''' No, he's just... Yeah, he's crazy, but he's our kind of crazy, so...



* NoExceptYes: Charlie and Leo are discussing Kononov.
-->'''Charlie:''' The guy's a little crazy, Leo.
-->'''Leo:''' No, he's just...yeah, he's crazy, but he's our kind of crazy, so...


* QualityByPopularVote: The political version of this is discussed throughout the episode. Marino feels that his constituents voting him out of office due to his support for the Test Ban Treaty means he cannot in good conscience vote for it if a lame-duck session is called. When discussing it later with the President, Toby expresses frustration and points out that 82% of the American people support the Treaty. Bartlet then notes that, given the sheer complexity of the issues surrounding the Treaty, it's unrealistic to expect 82% of the general public to come to an informed, comprehensive understanding and opinion on it, and that that the opponents are if nothing else to be respected for going against overwhelming public support and sticking to their principles on it.

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* QualityByPopularVote: The political version of this is discussed [[{{Invoked}} discussed]] throughout the episode. Marino feels that his constituents voting him out of office due to his support for the Test Ban Treaty means he cannot in good conscience vote for it if a lame-duck session is called. When discussing it later with the President, Toby expresses frustration and points out that 82% of the American people support the Treaty. Bartlet then notes that, given the sheer complexity of the issues surrounding the Treaty, it's unrealistic to expect 82% of the general public to come to an informed, comprehensive understanding and opinion on it, and that that the opponents are if nothing else to be respected for going against overwhelming public support and sticking to their principles on it.

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* QualityByPopularVote: The political version of this is discussed throughout the episode. Marino feels that his constituents voting him out of office due to his support for the Test Ban Treaty means he cannot in good conscience vote for it if a lame-duck session is called. When discussing it later with the President, Toby expresses frustration and points out that 82% of the American people support the Treaty. Bartlet then notes that, given the sheer complexity of the issues surrounding the Treaty, it's unrealistic to expect 82% of the general public to come to an informed, comprehensive understanding and opinion on it, and that that the opponents are if nothing else to be respected for going against overwhelming public support and sticking to their principles on it.

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* HonourBeforeReason: Despite his strong support for the Test Ban Treaty, Senator Marino refuses to vote for it in a lame-duck session of Congress because he feels that his constituents voted him out of office based on his support for the treaty and he chooses to respect their views.


* EarPull:

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* EarPull:EarAche:

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* EarPull:
-->'''Donna:''' Do you know how many people acquire Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
-->'''Josh:''' It shouldn't surprise you to learn that I do not.
-->'''Donna:''' 600,000 Americans a year. Do you have any idea how painful it is?
-->'''Josh:''' Donna, in the scheme of things, who really cares- (''Donna grabs his ear and pulls it back, hard'')
-->'''Donna:''' Do you have any idea how painful it is?
-->'''Josh:''' Yes, yes, yes, yes. (''Donna lets go of his ear'')


* ColdWar: After having to deal with Kononov, [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell Josh says he misses this.]]

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* ColdWar: UsefulNotes/ColdWar: After having to deal with Kononov, [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell Josh says he misses this.]]


* OvercomplicatedMenuOrder: Fowler and Fox, to Toby's irritation ("You've never seen grown men order lunch like this"), are prone to this, especially when ordering lunch.
-->'''Fowler:''' I'll take the risotto, but I'd like it cooked with chicken broth instead of oil, is that possible?
-->'''Waitress:''' Sure.
-->'''Fowler:''' And I'd like to substitute snow peas for the asparagus.
-->'''Fox:''' I'll have the same, but I don't want the squash pureed with either cream or butter. In fact, it doesn't even have to be pureed.
-->'''Toby:''' Fellas!



* UnsatisfiableCustomer: Fowler and Fox, at least when they're ordering lunch (to Toby's irritation).

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* BigEater: Once again, Ainsley, who's not only had her lunch, but wants Sam's as well.


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** Also, when Josh says Konanov is outside with a woman, Sam is worried it might be Laurie.


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* GetOut:
-->'''Sam:''' I'm going to take Ainsley to the Hill with me for the meetings.
-->'''Leo:''' Good.
-->'''Sam:''' She wants me to teach her a couple of things.
-->'''Leo:''' Good.
-->'''Sam:''' She called me the master.
-->'''Leo:''' Get out.
-->'''Sam:''' Okay.


* ColdWar: After having to deal with Kononov, Josh says he misses this.

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* ColdWar: After having to deal with Kononov, [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell Josh says he misses this.]]


-->'''Toby:''' [[WalkInChimeIn The whole damn world's flying apart at the equator, did you know that, Bonnie?]]

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-->'''Toby:''' [[WalkInChimeIn [[IncomingHam The whole damn world's flying apart at the equator, did you know that, Bonnie?]]


* ShoutOut: Josh calls Donna NormaRae, and he calls Kononov Theatre/TheManWhoCameToDinner.

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* ShoutOut: Josh calls Donna NormaRae, Film/NormaRae, and he calls Kononov Theatre/TheManWhoCameToDinner.


* ShoutOut: Josh calls Donna NormaRae, and he calls Kononov TheManWhoCameToDinner.

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* ShoutOut: Josh calls Donna NormaRae, and he calls Kononov TheManWhoCameToDinner.Theatre/TheManWhoCameToDinner.

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