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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Tribbey, White House Counsel
Lieutenant Buckley
General Barrie
Steve Joyce
Steven Flynn ...
Mark Brookline


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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1 November 2000 (USA)  »

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When Sam is trying to convince Josh to sue the white supremacists who shot him, Sam lists several court cases, including Brown v. Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan., Vietnamese Fisherman's Association v. the Knights of the KKK, and Donald v. United Klans of America. These are all real court cases brought and won by the Southern Poverty Law Center (a Montgomery, Alabama-based civil rights organization) against various racist, anti-semitic, and anti-immigrant groups on behalf of people (or survivors of people) who had been victims of those groups. See more »


President Bartlet is the former governor of New Hampshire - where tourists who come in to see the fall foliage are, indeed, known as "leaf peepers" or "peepers." Bartlet would never have questioned using this term in his radio broadcast, as shown in the intro to this episode. See more »


Leo McGarry: I'll be honest with you. I didn't even know we had offices down here.
Ainsley Hayes: That bodes well for me.
Leo McGarry: I wonder what else we got down here.
Ainsley Hayes: Bats, probably?
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References Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer (1993) See more »


For He Is An Englishman
Written by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Donald Adams
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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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