BARTLET: It says here in a briefing paper hastily written by Deputy Josh Lyman that in the ’60s, when the Madison Superintendent of Schools banned Twelfth Night for reasons passing understanding, a Mrs. Molly Morello had students over to her house on Saturdays to read it.
DONNA: I didn’t know that, sir. Josh wrote you a memo on Molly Morello?
BARTLET: Yeah, ‘cause all I had tonight was a nuclear spill in Idaho. It says she came in two hours early to teach an AP English class she developed herself because the school didn’t offer one.
DONNA: I was in that class.
BARTLET: Sounds like she deserves a proclamation. I wish I could give her one, but I can’t.
DONNA: I totally understand.
BARTLET: It’s just too much inside baseball, you know?
DONNA: You’re very nice to even talk to me about it.
BARTLET: Charlie, I’ve been tapping my finger on the desk for about a minute now.
BARTLET: The magic man thing works a lot better when you pick up on the signals, Tonto. What’s that you say? There’s a phone call for Donna? [Donna looks shocked as Bartlet hits the speakerphone.] Good evening, this is the White House, for whom are you holding?
MRS. MORELLO: [on the phone] I’m holding for Donna Moss. This is Mrs. Morello.
DONNA: [whispering] Oh my God.
MRS. MORELLO: Donna?
DONNA: Mrs. Morello, it’s me.
MRS. MORELLO: Is everything all right?
DONNA: Everything’s fine.
MRS. MORELLO: I hadn’t heard from you in such a long time so I thought…
DONNA: No, everything’s fine. Sally Seidelman told me you were retiring.
MRS. MORELLO: At the end of this year.
DONNA: Well, I… I just wanted to say. I don’t know, I just… I just wanted to say… I don’t know.
MRS. MORELLO: Are — are you sure everything’s all right?
BARTLET: [whispering] Tell her where you are.
DONNA: Mrs. Morello, I’m in the Oval Office with the President of the United States and it’s because of you.
- The West Wing, 3x18 “Stirred”