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"This isn't a wedding, it's a stunt. And the only reason you're inviting me is because I can help you get what you want."

From: The West Wing - Friends of the Groom
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Male 30s NATHAN CREGG
Female 40s C.J. CREGG
 
Setup:
C.J. Cregg is the Press Secretary for the President of the United States. She was in discussion with Sam Seaborn, the Deputy Communications Director, when C.J.'s gay younger brother Nathan walked in, surprising her with a visit. Nathan flirted with Sam as a joke, which nonetheless sent Sam scurrying away. CJ enjoyed her brother's little game with Sam just as much as Nathan did. Brother and big sister are now alone.
 

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copyright 2000 by Matthew A. Everett


INT. - CJ's OFFICE - DAY

CJ

You really have to stop doing that.

NATHAN

But it's fun.

CJ

He's straight.

NATHAN

But so cute.

CJ

And you're a married man. Well, almost.

NATHAN

Which brings me to the purpose of my visit.

He hands her an invitation.

She opens and scans it quickly.


CJ

A wedding invitation. So Paul's finally making an honest woman out of you.

NATHAN

And I want my big sister to give me away.

She reads the invitation more closely.


CJ

Tomorrow night?

NATHAN

With all our D.C. friends in attendance.

CJ

Who else did you give these to?

NATHAN

The President --

CJ

You invited the President to your gay wedding ceremony?

NATHAN

Mrs. Landingham, Leo, Margaret, Jenny, Mallory, Josh, Donna --

CJ

Get in here.

She yanks him further into her office as he continues.


NATHAN

-- Sam, Kathy, Toby, Bonnie, Everybody.

She shuts the door behind them.


CJ

I can't be there.

NATHAN

You have to be there.

CJ

Well, you should have thought about that before you invited the entire White House staff, Nathan.

NATHAN

Just the people I know.

CJ

Don't even try to pretend you're that naive. You had to know this would be a problem.

NATHAN

Dad won't come.

CJ

And this surprises you?

NATHAN

He barely spoke to me at Mom's funeral. Couldn't even look Paul in the eye.

CJ

It was a hard day for everybody.

NATHAN

Haven't heard from him since.

CJ

I think even if the Pope came around, it would still take Dad a while.

NATHAN

And we all know what a cutting-edge liberal the Pope is.

CJ

Catholic jokes. That's exactly what we need right now. What with the President and the Chief of the Staff not to mention me --

NATHAN

Well, excuse me.

CJ

Why not throw in a few Jewish jokes while you're at it, Mr. Superiority. That should take care of another chunk of the folks I work with and respect. The people that run the country where you have the freedom to --

NATHAN

OK, OK, I get it.

CJ

Just because you don't go to church anymore doesn't give you the right to look down on people who --

NATHAN

What makes you assume I don't go to church?

CJ

You go to church?

NATHAN

No, CJ, I'm too busy having sex with multiple partners to take time out for church.

CJ

Don't throw that at me.

NATHAN

What?

CJ

That "you're just like all the rest of them" attitude.

NATHAN

Well, if you weren't throwing me attitude I wouldn't have any ammunition to sling back at you, would I?

CJ

This is about headlines, isn't it? You want to make a statement and you have no qualms about using me and the White House staff to do it.

NATHAN

Forget the President for a second.

CJ

Well, my friend, you're out of luck there. I can't forget the President. Not even for a second. It's what they pay me for.

NATHAN

What if I called off the press?

CJ

You can't call off the press once they smell a story.

NATHAN

I could say no one from the White House is coming.

CJ

Which would make most of them that much surer somebody is.

NATHAN

I need you there.

CJ

This isn't a wedding, it's a stunt. And the only reason you're inviting me is because I can help you get what you want.

NATHAN

That's not true.

CJ

I need to work now, Nathan.

NATHAN

Claudia Jean --

CJ

Give Paul my love.

He turns to leave.


CJ (CONT'D)

Nathan?

He turns back.

She doesn't look up from her work.


CJ (CONT'D)

On your way out, tell Carol where you're registered. I'll send something.

NATHAN

Right.

He leaves.

Her eyes flicker up in his direction but refocus on the work on her desk.





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