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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After Bartlet resigns the presidency, he and Leo are discussing President Walken's next move. When Bartlet says "So what's Walken going to do, cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war?", he's quoting Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. 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
...I'm not prepared to think about politics while we're under terrorist attack. The Republic comes first.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more