Trying to participate in a late-night staff poker game proves difficult as news arrives that an unmanned U.S. spy plane has crashed in a remote part of Russia, and Bartlet and Leo have to deal with an incensed Russian President Chagorin and convince him via phone to let the military go in and recover the plane; C.J. obsesses over the fact that on the exact moment of the spring equinox (today), you can stand an egg on end; Toby and Will have a card-flipping contest in the press room, during which someone from the street fires several bullets into the room; Debbie must "crash" the West Wing for the first time when the bullets fly; at the same time, Josh is interviewing associate counsel applicant Joe Quincy, and there's something about the well-qualified lawyer that bothers Josh, which he deduces during the lock down. Written by
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Interesting story connection: Will Bailey (Air Force Reserve attorney) is being sent to investigate a case where nuclear missle silo officers failed to launch missles during a perceived threat. John Spencer(Leo McGarry) played a missle silo officer in the 1985 movie "War Games" who failed in his duty to launch nuclear missles during a test. See more
Will mentions the missile base being at 'DEFCON Delta'. This is a mix up of the DEFCON levels of alert readiness (which use numbers 1 to 5, with 1 equating imminent nuclear war) and the FPCON (former THREATCON) terrorist threat system (which goes from NORMAL and ALPHA to DELTA). See more
You know, I though I heard what sounded like gunshots when we were talking before, but I didn't.
Did you hear the shots?
No, but I heard a brass quintet playing "The First Noel," so I just assumed somebody somewhere was locked and loaded.
You know, not for nothing, but the people I talk to don't believe that story, and the people you'd like don't care.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more