A crucial banking bill is at risk when political rivals of environmentally sensitive President Bartlet attach a land-use rider to it that would allow strip-mining some of the Montana wilderness. C.J. tries to stamp out rumors that the Chief Executive chastised the Vice President during a cabinet meeting. An overworked Leo isn't too keen on his independent daughter Mallory dating the handsome Sam. C.J. continues to fend-off the romantic charms of a perceptive reporter with a knack for sniffing out juicy stories. Former lovers Mandy and Josh clash over the administration's attempt to jettison the land-use rider that might also ruin passage of the more important banking bill. Written by
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This episode marks the one and only time we have seen the Cabinet Room throughout the duration of the series. The room is not to be mistaken with the Roosevelt Room that the West Wing staff use to hold their own meetings in the show. This can be seen by the different colored chairs used in the Cabinet Room scene. And note that the President's chair beside Vice President Hoynes as he is seated is also raised slightly higher than the rest, this is in fact how the President's chair in the actual Cabinets Room is. See more
The baseball cap on the display case behind Sam Seaborn's desk changes from one bearing the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency (ATF) logo to one bearing the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) logo between Mallory storming out to confront her father and returning later to ask Sam out for coffee and dessert. See more
Would you tell him that signing the bill and, thus, swallowing the bitter pill of strip mining would not foreclose a PR approach that would trumpet banking reforms while at the same time excoriating the special-interest strip-mining scam which, by the way, is what I am happy to call it. Tell him that.
Toby, Mandy wants you to recommend to the President that we do it her way.
Did you understand what she said?
No, but she seemed pretty confident.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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