"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|
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.
copyright 2000 by Matthew A. Everett
INT. - CJ's OFFICE - DAY
CJYou really have to stop doing that.
NATHANBut it's fun.
NATHANBut so cute.
CJAnd you're a married man. Well, almost.
NATHANWhich brings me to the purpose of my visit.
He hands her an invitation.
She opens and scans it quickly.
CJA wedding invitation. So Paul's finally making an honest woman out of you.
NATHANAnd I want my big sister to give me away.
She reads the invitation more closely.
NATHANWith all our D.C. friends in attendance.
CJWho else did you give these to?
NATHANThe President --
CJYou invited the President to your gay wedding ceremony?
NATHANMrs. Landingham, Leo, Margaret, Jenny, Mallory, Josh, Donna --
CJGet in here.
She yanks him further into her office as he continues.
NATHAN-- Sam, Kathy, Toby, Bonnie, Everybody.
She shuts the door behind them.
CJI can't be there.
NATHANYou have to be there.
CJWell, you should have thought about that before you invited the entire White House staff, Nathan.
NATHANJust the people I know.
CJDon't even try to pretend you're that naive. You had to know this would be a problem.
NATHANDad won't come.
CJAnd this surprises you?
NATHANHe barely spoke to me at Mom's funeral. Couldn't even look Paul in the eye.
CJIt was a hard day for everybody.
NATHANHaven't heard from him since.
CJI think even if the Pope came around, it would still take Dad a while.
NATHANAnd we all know what a cutting-edge liberal the Pope is.
CJCatholic jokes. That's exactly what we need right now. What with the President and the Chief of the Staff not to mention me --
NATHANWell, excuse me.
CJWhy 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 --
NATHANOK, OK, I get it.
CJJust because you don't go to church anymore doesn't give you the right to look down on people who --
NATHANWhat makes you assume I don't go to church?
CJYou go to church?
NATHANNo, CJ, I'm too busy having sex with multiple partners to take time out for church.
CJDon't throw that at me.
CJThat "you're just like all the rest of them" attitude.
NATHANWell, if you weren't throwing me attitude I wouldn't have any ammunition to sling back at you, would I?
CJThis 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.
NATHANForget the President for a second.
CJWell, 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.
NATHANWhat if I called off the press?
CJYou can't call off the press once they smell a story.
NATHANI could say no one from the White House is coming.
CJWhich would make most of them that much surer somebody is.
NATHANI need you there.
CJThis 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.
NATHANThat's not true.
CJI need to work now, Nathan.
NATHANClaudia Jean --
CJGive Paul my love.
He turns to leave.
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.
Her eyes flicker up in his direction but refocus on the work on her desk.
copyright 2000 by Matthew A. Everett