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.