The West Wing: Josh and Donna
In The West Wing, the relationship of Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) and his assistant Donna Moss (Janel Moloney) looks very different in the. It has been 15 years since the series premiere of "The West Wing," which means palpable onscreen chemistry of characters Josh Lyman and Donnatella Moss. pushes Josh and Donna's relationship into forever-altered territory. . In this Christmas episode, Donna issues repeated pleas for Josh to buy. The relationship between Josh Lyman and Donna Moss evolved slowly. debated policy issues, with Josh voicing the Democratic party line and Donna voicing.
Find a place for me. Josh and Donna spend the night together, "Election Day" Season 7 Aaand, we jump seven seasons down the line to "Election Day," in which Donna finally puts the back and forth charade to an end. She makes her intentions clear, and Josh for once doesn't shoot himself in the foot and follows her upstairs. This moment has got to make the list, as it is pretty straightforwardly pushes Josh and Donna's relationship into forever-altered territory. But in the context of the couple's long list of emotionally charged moments, it's actually pretty boring.
In early seasons, the rush and extreme chemistry between Josh and Donna is larger-than-life romantic. Unfortunately, as you'll notice from the low ranking of many of the technically major moments in their relationship, the arc that brings them together is ultimately lackluster. Josh and Donna wake up together, "Tomorrow," Season 7 This very brief moment in the series finale is basically an exhale for long term Josh-Donna fans. In earlier Season 7 episode "Transition," Donna lays out a four-week window for the two to figure out their feelings for each other or abandon their relationship altogether.
The fact that they wake up together in this episode, which takes place after that four-week period is over, signals to viewers that Josh and Donna did indeed, finally, end up together. Excitement leads to an "excitement kiss," which ultimately leads to a real kiss. This is the moment where Josh-Donna tension officially crosses the line to Josh-Donna actually happening, and is the first element of the arc that eventually brings them together as a couple.
Josh refuses to hire Donna on the Santos campaign, "The Ticket," Season 7 This moment in Josh-Donna history is notable mostly for its extreme painfulness. After Santos beats Russell in the Democratic primary, Donna goes to Josh to ask for a job on the continued Presidential campaign.
Josh says no, citing the negative comments she made against the congressman while working for Russell, but not before getting inappropriately personal: I've got a candidate who doesn't trust any of them, and frankly neither do I. And if you think I don't miss you every day After she develops a blood clot and has to undergo emergency surgery, Josh comes into the ER before the procedure and assures her with a convincing false confidence that it's all going to be okay.
After having two Donna-centric conversations with Josh, Jack says he doesn't want to get "in between anything" by asking Donna out. Off of Josh's confusion, he says: Later, explaining to Donna why he shared what she finds to be embarrassing stories about her in his attempts to spark Jack's interest, he says "Those are good stories about you, though.
Those stories would make me like you. This episode is also notable in its marking of a slight shift in the dynamics of the Josh-Donna relationship.
At this point in the series, we've seen much more of Donna yearning for Josh as he dates others and Amy seriouslybut haven't really seen the tables turned.
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After Josh delivers that heartbreaker of a line, Donna does not react like a woman in love, as she does to similar comments in early episodes, because she's distracted and genuinely excited to go out with Jack.
How's that for a change, Lyman? Josh gets flustered when Donna leaves on a romantic getaway, "Holy Night," Season 4 Donna's plans to spend Christmas away with her boyfriend are thwarted when the president decides to make last-minute adjustments to the Federal Budget. Josh apologizes for delaying her trip, but promises to get her drunk when they're done working -- a prospect which he seems to be pretty into.
After Leo calls off the plan, and tells Josh he set Donna up with a news helicopter landing near her destination, Josh gets noticeably flustered. Josh replies, "I'm trying. Josh tells Donna she looks great in the "stolen" dress, "The Portland Trip," Season 2 Excellent banter opens up this exchange when Donna puts on a red dress she bought for a date.
Josh insists it's stolen, because she plans to return it the next day, but Donna insists she's just being thrifty. On her way out, Josh stops and tells her, "You look really great in that dress tonight, Donna.
You should buy it for yourself. In this Christmas episode, Donna issues repeated pleas for Josh to buy her various items of ski equipment as her gift. Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land. Bradley Whitford and Janel Moloney.
Moloney said of their collaboration: Any scene I do with Brad is particularly enjoyable. On their characters, both conceded that the pair belong together.
Married with a kid, they agreed. I will not be calm. They bring the funny. Their witty repartee never ceases to entertain me.
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Always a delightful dose of sharp dialogue and sizzling chemistry, biting sarcasm permeates their every exchange. At times, most times really, they resemble an old married couple — reluctantly sharing food, dressing each other, having their petty squabbles and sharing the most over-familiar rapport. Both actors have a knack for understated physical comedy and superb comic timing, which lends itself beautifully to the lightness of their scenes.
When Donna is caught in a roadside explosion, Josh drops everything and flies to Germany to be with her. She tried to put it out; he ran outside. He went off campaigning; his father died.
What do you think makes him walk so fast?
They are more tactile than married Jim and Pam, to be quite honest. There is an episode, Stirred a favourite of mine for many reasonswhere she positions herself in his office with her legs up on his desk.
Their first meeting and THAT stage direction. And judging from one rather touching stage direction, so is she: The struggle is real. The obstacle in their relationship is legitimate.