Josh discovers that his insurance company is refusing to pay for his life-saving emergency surgery after being shot; newly-hired Republican strategist Ainsley Hayes is justifiably nervous about meeting her boss, the White House Chief Counsel with a reputation for volatility and partisanship; President Bartlett's attempts to record his weekly radio address are complicated by exciting news from Abby about his health; C.J. goes on the offensive after learning a retiring three-star general intends to publicly criticize the President. Written by
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Many of 'Aaron Sorkin''s scripts contain references to the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan. In this episode, Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe
) says that he was recording secretary of the Princeton Gilbert & Sullivan society, and many of the regular characters welcome Ainsley Hayes ('Emily Procter') to her new office by decorating it with G&S posters and singing "He Is an Englishman", also from "Pinafore", to her (even the title of the episode is a paraphrase of a line from "Pinafore"). See more
President Bartlet says, "Leaf peeping? Is that something we do now?" yet any former governor of New Hampshire, a state with such a large tourism industry, would know that "leaf peeping" has been a term to describe fall foliage tourism at least as far back as the 1980s. See more
General Ed Barrie
How about we discuss new defense spending being down to three hundred billion from four hundred billion ten years ago. Is that personal?
No, sir, I think that's about the cold war ending ten years ago and America not needing to spend quite so much money defending itself against a country that can't bake bread.
For He Is An Englishman
Written by William S. Gilbert
Performed by Donald Adams See more