While a live TV show is broadcast from the West Wing following the State of the Union, the staff must covertly deal with a hostage situation in Colombia. CJ learns that a special guest at the state of the union has a black mark on his record that could taint the administration. Ainsley Hayes is afraid to meet the President in person. Written by
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Toby opens by telling his staff to "delete 'vigorously' from the first sentence," so they are not "going to vigorously pursue campaign finance reform" because 'vigorously' feels inflammatory. Since Toby is a speech writer, he should have been more concerned with removing 'vigorously' because it splits the infinitive of 'to pursue.' Infinitive verbs cannot have adverbs inside them, only before or after. The prohibition on the splitting of infinitives is a 18th century Victorian relic. Most modern English style guides have dropped this prohibition. It dates from spurious a belief that Latin was the most 'pure' language, and as in Latin the infinitive is a single word (e.g. Ire - to go, Ire audaciter - to go boldly) However, English has a rhythm and metre that defies such archaic constraints, and "To boldly go..." is a much more powerful construction See more
When Charlie interrupts Mrs. Bartlet reviewing the State of the Union on a recording, the last line heard from the speech talks about the "blue ribbon panel". When Charlie leaves and Abby resumes the recording, we hear President Bartlet repeat that same line again even though Abby had not rewound the recording. See more
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