After Bartlet gives a campaign speech at an Indiana farm, Josh, Toby and Donna are left behind by the presidential motorcade and must work their way across the state with the help of the farmer's daughter and, later, a teenage campaign volunteer, enduring many setbacks along the way. Josh and Toby obsess and bicker over how best to play the president's intellectualism, viewed by many as snobbery, against Republican opponent Robert Ritchie's "regular guy" persona, while Donna must keep them on track and communicate with the real Americans they encounter along the way. Back at the W.H., the president deals with a terrorist attack at an Iowa college swim meet, meets with Leo, Nancy and Fitzwallace to discuss how to handle the prospect of the U.S. and/or Israel being accused of a conspiracy in the death of Qumari minister Sharif, and interviews secretarial candidates, including a second round with Debbie Fiderer; the wandering party finally arrive at a city with an airport (presumably ... Written by
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A line from President Bartlet's speech memorializing the bombing victims, "the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight," was taken from Tom Hanks's 1993 acceptance speech for his Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia. Ironically, this happens in the same episode in which Sam says, "Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal outright". See more
When Josh, Toby, and Donna are in Indiana at the empty ballroom sitting at the round table, there is a bottle of Yuengling Beer. Yuengling is not sold in Indiana. See more
President Josiah Bartlet
I'm going to find out anyway. What I lack in memory, I more than make up for with exceptional powers of deductive reasoning.
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe See more