Another lively episode centered around a lavish W.H. party, this one for Abbey's birthday the night before a N.H. medical board begins hearings on whether to suspend her license over her secret treatment of her husband's MS. Abbey repairs to the residence with C.J. and Amy Gardener to get blitzed on wine and discuss her concerns about her medical career. Donna is restricted from joining the party because a decades-old cartography error puts her birthplace in Canada. Toby and U.K. Ambassador Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees) repair to a nearby bar to share a bottle of very rare Scotch and to discuss a planned W.H. visit by an IRA political activist, which culminates in Marbury surprising Toby with his progressive vision. Late in the episode, Donna joins the women in the residence and makes an off-the-cuff remark that causes Abbey to rethink her stance on the issue of her license. Written by
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Lord Marbury talks to Toby about a fine Islay whiskey but mispronounces it "iz-lay". A person of Marbury's breeding and education would most likely know that it's actually properly pronounced "eye-lah" if you are from the UK. See more
[while discussing the importance of funding the superconducting supercollider - a controversial scientific project that would cost billions
Sen. Jack Enlow, D-IL
If we can only say what benefit this thing has. No one's been able to do that.
Dr. Dalton Millgate
That's because great achievement has no road map. The X-Ray is pretty good, and so is penicillin, and neither were discovered with a practical objective in mind. I mean, when the electron was discovered in 1897, it was useless. And now we have an entire world run by electronics. ...
Written by Calixa Lavallée
Performed by the cast of The West Wing See more