Seven hours have passed since Zoey's kidnapping and and the Republicans are in charge of the White House. Rifts are appearing in the leadership of both parties further complicated by the arrival of a ransom note demanding the release of terrorists. Written by
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Referring to Leo's upcoming meeting, where the Democratic leadership will question Bartlet's handing over of power to Republican Speaker of the House Walken, Josh asks if Toby, Will and Donna are going to the auto-da-fé. According to Wikipedia, "auto-da-fé" has come to refer to burning at the stake for heresy. See more
The president should have raised FPCON to ALPHA. DEFCON relates to military readiness for an attack and uses numbers (from 5 to 1), whereas FPCON (formerly THREATCON and renamed several years before this episode aired, to prevent this very kind of confusion) relates to the level of terrorist threat (and the measures required to secure military facilities) and uses the NATO phonetic alphabet (from NORMAL and ALPHA to DELTA). See more
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet
You work for the President. He's going to need you down there.
I work for you, sir. Someone else can show him where the Xerox paper is.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more