.. CONTINUED FROM PART 2
Josh was so absorbed in reading his healthcare research that he didn't
Startled, Josh nearly fell out of his chair. "What?"
"I said, there's a phone call for you. Rachel Fischer?"
"Thanks. And next time, do you think you could be a little scarier? I
"You shoulda listened the first time I said it," Donna retorted as she
Josh put down the file he'd been reading and reached for the phone. "Hey,
"Hi, Josh. How are you?"
"Drowning in HMOs at the moment. How 'bout you?"
"Hanging in there. I know you're busy so I won't keep you. I was just
"My place. Four o'clock. Bring wine-something white. You can get directions
"Sure," Josh grinned. "Hey, Rachel, I was wondering if it'd be okay if I
"Of course. Someone like a date?"
"No, someone from the office. It's C.J. Cregg. She didn't have any plans
"That'd be terrific," Rachel said. "C.J. Cregg the Press Secretary?"
"The very one."
"That'll be great. I've never had such an illustrious group for dinner before."
"Well, I don't how illustrious we are. But we rarely pick our teeth with
"Feel free to invite any other poor lonely souls wandering around over there."
"And tell C.J. to bring an appetizer," Rachel added.
"See ya Thursday."
"Thanks Rachel. Bye."
"I talked to Rachel," Josh said glancing up at C.J.. "She says she's
"Hmmm," C.J. said between mouthfuls. "I wonder if I should make a crab meat
"I've always been a big fan of your canapés, C.J.," Sam offered. "So
"C.J. and I are spending Thanksgiving with Toby and his sister-in-law,"
"Toby?" Sam said incredulously.
"Uh huh," said C.J.
"Our Toby?" Sam asked.
"Yep. Ruth's sister just moved to town. She's forcing him to have
"Wow," said Sam, still in disbelief.
"Toby doesn't know C.J.'s coming too. I figure we'll surprise him," Josh said.
"Excellent!" Sam said. "I'm sorry I'm gonna miss it."
"So what're you doing this year, Sam?" C.J. asked.
"Well, it just so happens that I'm spending Thanksgiving with Mallory
Josh raised his eyebrows as C.J. stifled a snicker. "That should
"That's nothing," Sam said. "I hear that Charlie and his sister have been
"Really?" C.J. asked. "Isn't that sweet?"
Just then Toby walked in. "Hi, Toby!" C.J. said perkily.
"Hello," Toby responded with no enthusiasm as he slumped into a chair. He
"Nothing," Sam said innocently.
Toby wasn't buying it. "What!?"
"Jeez, Toby. Don't be so uptight," Josh smirked.
Before Toby could respond President Bartlet strode in, followed closely by
"Did you know," Bartlet began as he sat down at his desk, "that the event
Thursday, Nov. 23
Toby stepped into Rachel's apartment and handed her the dessert he'd
"It's all they had left at the store," he offered in defense.
Rachel disappeared into the kitchen and Toby looked around the apartment.
"You can throw your coat in the bedroom," Rachel called from the kitchen.
"Sure," Toby answered as he wandered into the bedroom.
When he came back out Rachel handed him a glass of wine. She held up her
Toby clinked his glass against hers. "To happy times," he repeated softly.
"No, Josh did," Rachel said from the kitchen. "Didn't he tell you?"
"No, he did not. Josh is bringing a date?"
"Not a date. Someone from the office."
"Josh is bringing someone from the office?" Toby followed Rachel into the
"Yeah. Don't you guys talk?"
"He never said he'd invited anyone else."
"Probably because he knew you'd complain about it," Rachel said.
"Complaining's one of my few joys in life," Toby grumbled and downed the
Toby looked thoughtful. "C.J.'s coming?"
"Don't make such a big deal about it Toby. You've known these people for
Rachel stopped grating cheese and looked up, startled. "What do mean, alright?"
"Okay." Toby shrugged his shoulders in assent. "Fine."
"I can't believe you're taking it this well."
"It's Thanksgiving. You're supposed to be merry, or something."
"That's Christmas," Rachel said ruefully.
"Whatever." Toby walked back into the living room. Before Rachel could
He opened the apartment door to reveal Josh and C.J., both looking very
"Same to you, Josh. C.J., what a nice surprise," Toby said.
Josh and C.J. exchanged startled looks as Rachel came to greet them. "Hi,
C.J. held out her hand. "Nice to meet you."
Rachel smiled. "You're taller than you look on TV. Come on in. Toby, will
Josh handed his bottle of wine to Rachel as Toby helped C.J. with her coat.
"I made some artichoke canapés," C.J. said.
"Great!" Rachel exclaimed. "Come on in the kitchen and we'll get them set
"So, Josh, can I get you a drink?" Toby asked.
"I don't know, Toby. Is there a margarita machine?" Josh asked.
Toby turned and stalked off towards the kitchen, grumbling something inaudible.