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
During the "Previously on the West Wing" segment at the beginning, when Ainsley Hayes tells her friends "And I'm their lawyer," she says the word "lawyer" rather sharply and then looks pointedly at Bruce. In the original scene in the previous episode ("In This White House"), it was clearly a different filming of the line, which was said less angrily, with a bit of a smile playing about her lips (as she knows she's going to surprise them), and without the look upward at Bruce afterward. See more
Lionel Tribbey thinks hiring me was a great idea.
Why are you surprised?
Well, because I'm a Republican, and Lionel Tribbey is... incredibly not.
References The Johnny Carson Show
For He Is An Englishman
Written by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Donald Adams See more