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
Did You Know?
The plot includes someone shooting at the White House on an evening on which the West Wing staff are playing poker. In The West Wing: Mr. Willis of Ohio
(1999), a woman with a gun hops the fence and charges the White House, also on an evening when the West Wing staff are playing poker. See more
Charlie mentions how Zoey will be graduating from Georgetown in two weeks. However, the episode takes place on the vernal equinox (end of March). This would put commencement in early April. Georgetown, however, traditionally holds commencement in the middle of May. See more
It's been four years in the White House, another being the daughter of a candidate. Eight years as Governor. My grades get printed in the paper. My boyfriends are in the paper... I live and die with my parents' successes and failures.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more