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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This episode makes multiple references to the Jewish Passover. Among them is the emphasis on eggs throughout the episode. Eggs are commonly served during the Seder. In one scene CJ refers to gefilte fish and blessing the soup. Gefilte fish and matzah ball soup are also typical elements of the Passover feast. Toby responds to her references by saying, "Suzy Cream Cheese, do not attempt the Haggadah." The Haggadah is a Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover Seder. During Charlie's conversation with Zoey she challenges His remarks by asking why he would say those things "tonight of all nights." Charlie's response, "Why is tonight different from other nights?" Is a paraphrase of one of the four questions asked during the Seder. The original air date for this episode, April 23, 2003, fell during the Passover that year. Even the title of the episode, which is reflected in one of CJ's lines during the episode, is a quote from the New Testament book of Hebrews, which was written to Jews in the early days of the Christian church. See more
Will Bailey mentions Trident submarines are in New London, CT when asked by Toby what is there. Trident submarines are not based in New London, but are only in Kings Bay, Georgia for the Atlantic Fleet. New London is home to the US Navy Submarine School and is home to numerous fast attack submarines, but no ballistic submarines. See more
And they're sending in a team of lawyers to look into it?
Yeah, but we're scrappy.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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