A nuclear accident in California sends the White House and both campaigns into overdrive. Meanwhile, China and Russia appear headed for a showdown over elections and oil in Kazakhstan.

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Following news of an accident at a nuclear power plant in California, the White House springs into action to try and contain the leak and address public concerns. The Santos and Vinick campaigns weigh the responsibility of helping to fix the situation against the opportunity to take advantage of the situation politically. The situation in Kazakhstan deteriorates, with China and Russia both mobilizing their armies over disputed elections. Written by Murray Chapman

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22 January 2006 (USA)  »

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The China Syndrome This episode is eerily similar to the the plotline of the 1979 movie The China Syndrome starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas. See more »

Goofs

Both CJ Cregg and Will Bailey refer to the pressure inside the nuclear power plant as "pounds per inch." The proper term is "pounds per square inch PSI)." Pounds per inch has no meaning in measuring pressure. See more »

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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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