The Gallileo V probe is scheduled to land on Mars, and NASA has set up live TV coverage featuring the President. Satellite photographs show a suspicious-looking fire at what the Russians implausibly call an "oil refinery". Leo asks Toby and Josh to decide who should be featured on the next stamp. Sam and C.J. accompany the President to a concert at the Kennedy Center which will also be attended by people they are hoping to avoid for personal reasons. Toby and C.J. disagree over whether a report of the President disliking green beans will turn into a major issue or not. Written by
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Leo tells President Bartlett that the Icelandic ambassador is named Vigdis Agustdottir. Immediately afterward, the intelligence team arrives in the oval office to discuss an explosion in a major Russian oil refinery. Vigdis Agustdottir was a character in Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy (1986), in which an explosion (by an act of terrorism) in a major Soviet oil refinery initiated the events related in the novel. See more
The Strategic Rocket Forces is the one branch of their armed forces the Russians have funded at full level since the end of the cold war, unlike the army, navy or air force. Both the President and the unnamed military official at the briefing are incorrect when they describe it otherwise. America also needs Russian cooperation in many areas of international policy, and it is very unlikely that any president would shoot themselves in the foot by trying to dictate terms as Bartlet does. See more
There are a lot of hungry people in the world, Mal, and none of them are hungry 'cause we went to the moon. None of them are colder and certainly none of them are dumber 'cause we went to the moon.
And we went to the moon. Do we really have to go to Mars?
'Cause it's next. 'Cause we came out of the cave, and we looked over the hill and we saw fire; and we crossed the ocean and we pioneered the west, and we took to the sky. The history of man is hung on a timeline of exploration and ...
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