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
It is shown that the Army Chief of Staff is a three star general, when in fact it is a position held by a four star general. See more
President Josiah Bartlet
[to the Secret Service agents
Guys, it's very important that nobody tries to kill me in the next hour or so.
References The Johnny Carson Show
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more