The President and NASA plan a TV event for a probe's landing on Mars; satellite photographs show a suspicious-looking fire in Russia; Leo asks Toby and Josh to decide on the next postage stamp; Sam and C.J. have personal reasons for not wanting to accompany the President to a concert.

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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 Murray Chapman

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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 »

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White House Speech Writer Sam Seaborn disparages the introduction a NASA public affairs person has written by responding to the man saying "we're both writers" with "if we broaden the definition to those who can spell". Sam then rewrites the introduction and it begins "... you, me, and... are going to..." The correct pronoun is "I" and not "me" (remove the others from the sentence and see if you'd still say "me"). See more »

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Sam Seaborn: 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.
Mallory O'Brian: And we went to the moon. Do we really have to go to Mars?
Sam Seaborn: Yes.
Mallory O'Brian: Why?
Sam Seaborn: '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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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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No, there aren't any pictures of me and a call girl.
5 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

Another drop-in from Mallory, with the interplay between she and Sam as irresistible as ever. An ominous fire rages in a Russian missile silo, but their government maintains that it's an oil refinery. Charlie gets in trouble for saying the President doesn't like string beans. Jed is set up for a live interview as the unmanned Galileo V prepares to land on Mars...then telemetry is lost. Jed and Sam and C.J. wax idealistically poetic, and have some touchingly, sweetly beautiful moments. At the Kennedy Center, they hear a modern classical performance by the Reykjavik Symphony Orchestra. Bartlet pooh-poohs it presumptively, but is profoundly moved.


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