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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Sam tells Mallory, "Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal outright." This is a variation on a quotation by Pablo Picasso: "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." (Ironically, one of Sorkin's lines from this episode ("Every time we think we've measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we are reminded that that capacity may well be limitless") was plagiarized during an NBC sports feature airing directly before the 2006 Kentucky Derby. The freelance writer who wrote the line was fired. See more
When Josh, Toby, and Donna are in Indiana, all the cars and trucks they are in have Pennsylvania inspection and registration stickers on the windshield. See more
[on his answering machine
Hi, it's Sam. I'm sleeping for a few hours right now so you can leave a message, or if you really need me you can shout into the machine, and I'll wake up.
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Written by Ernie Maresca
Performed by Dion DiMucci See more