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And It's Surely to Their Credit 

Sam helps Josh battle his health insurance company; Ainsley Hayes encounters her firebrand boss and hostile colleagues; Abby gives the President some good news about his health; C.J. discovers a retiring General intends to publicly criticize the president.

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Lionel Tribbey, White House Counsel
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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 Murray Chapman

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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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Leo McGarry: It's written down here. This is the steam pipe trunk distribution venue.
Ainsley Hayes: I'm working in the steam pipe trunk distribution venue?
Leo McGarry: No, you're working in your office.
Ainsley Hayes: Well... Thank you for the help.
Leo McGarry: Ainsley, don't worry about Sam or Josh and Toby or C.J. or the Democrats on the hill or Republicans on TV. You're here to serve the President. Anyway... welcome to the White House.
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References Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer (1993) See more »

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For He Is An Englishman
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Written by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Donald Adams
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the Gilbert & Sullivan episode
29 October 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

Ainsley's second episode is startlingly sharp, compared to her debut. Two junior staffers greet her enthusiastic efficiency with disdain and outright harassment. Irrepressible White House Chief Counsel Lionel Tribby (John Laroquette, in the first of two wonderfully outsized episodes) goes ballistic when told of her hiring, but is firing her tormentors by the end. Bartlet gets medical clearance to have sex again...but carelessly dismisses the life of Nellie Bly in the presence of the First Lady, putting the kaibosh on his hopes. Brandishing a cricket bat, Tribby interrupts an Oval radio address. At the end, the senior staff throw a Pinafore party for Ainsley, in her steam pipe trunk distribution office.


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