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THE WEST WING
“SIX MEETINGS BEFORE LUNCH”
WRITTEN BY: AARON SORKIN
DIRECTED BY: CLARK JOHNSON


FADE IN: INT. THE MURAL ROOM - NIGHT
THURSDAY, 9:45 P.M. 
Bonnie is holding a champagne bottle, and a lot of other staffers are gathered around 
a T.V. listening to Mendoza's confirmation vote.

T.V. [VO]
Senator Crossfield. 

CROSSFIELD [VO]
Yea.

T.V. [VO]
Senator Crossfield votes yea.

BONNIE
Congratulations everybody. Congratulations. Line up. Only one drink per person. Who's 
driving?

People come to her with glasses. Crystal. Toby walks in.

TOBY
Put it down! Put it down! Put it down!

BONNIE
Toby...

TOBY
No champagne.

BONNIE
We're just getting ready to...

TOBY
Put it down. Everyone in this room let me have your attention, please. The law of our 
land mandates that Presidential appointees be confirmed by a majority of the Senate. 
A majority being half plus one for a total of what, Ginger?

GINGER
51.

TOBY
51 yea votes is what we see on the screen before a drop of wine is swallowed! Because 
there's a little thing called what, Bonnie?

BONNIE
Tempting fate?

TOBY
“Tempting fate” is what it's called. [starts collecting champagne glasses from everyone]
In the three months this man has been on my radar screen, I have aged 48 years. This is 
my day of jubilee and I will not have it screwed up by what, Bonnie?

BONNIE
By tempting fate.

TOBY
By tempting fate! These things take patience. These things take skill. These things take 
luck. In the 15 months we've been in office, what kind of luck have we had, Ginger?

GINGER
Bad luck.

TOBY
What kind of luck?

GINGER
Very bad luck.

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The West Wing S04 E07 – The wrath from high atop the thing (by Kelseyshuan)

Given the developing situation in Italy I feel the need to cue Toby Ziegler and Josh Lyman.

“Now go outside and curse. Spit and curse!”
“Do everything!”
“Go!”