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
Did You Know?
The "Norwegian weather balloon incident" the President mentions to the Russian ambassador is based on a real incident in 1995 known as the "Black Brant Scare". Norwegian notifications on a scientific rocket launch were not passed on in the Russian command and control system, and an early warning radar station incorrectly identified it as a submarine launched Trident missile. As a result, Russian forces briefly entered the highest state of readiness, one step away from nuclear retaliation. 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
What are you smiling at?
Nothing, I just... Toby got the stamp assignment.
Leo, I might need some help.
Thanks. Congratulations, you're choosing the next stamp.
Wow, that happened fast.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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