Toby falls prey to a practical joke by the rest of the staff, after which everyone but Leo takes off for the debate in San Diego. Sam makes a side trip to Newport Beach to explain to the congressional campaign manager of the late Horton Wilde why the campaign has to fold even though Wilde is still on the ballot; what Sam doesn't expect is a stalwart named Will Bailey who, determined to keep the ideas of the campaign alive, continues to hold campaign events and do door-to-door canvassing. In San Diego, a nervous w.w. staff readies itself to spin for the president, but when Bartlet and Richie go head to head in a unique debate format, Bartlet tears Richie apart on states' rights, education, taxes, etc., by being precisely the intellectual snob everyone had accused him of being and using it to his own advantage. Back in DC, Leo and Jordon Kendall meet with the Qu'mari ambassador to the U.N., and Leo warns Qu'mar to back off its campaign to charge Israel with the Sharif assassination. ... Written by
Did You Know?
The character of Will Bailey's half sister is named "Elsie Snuffin". This is a reference to real life actress Elsie Sniffen (who later changed her name to Kayla Blake
). West Wing Executive Producer John Wells was a supervising producer on the series China Beach, where Sniffen appeared in at least one episode. See more
When Senior Staffers are waiting outside the Oval Office in the beginning sequence, C.J. Cregg is shown with a clipboard that only has a $10 bill on the outside; however, when the camera pans back around to her and Toby points out the $10 bill, there is a piece of white paper underneath the bill which wasn't there originally. See more
Governor Robert Ritchie, R-FL
My view of this is simple: we don't need a Federal Department of Education telling us our children have to learn Esperanto, they have to learn Eskimo poetry. Let the states decide, let the communities decide on health care, on education, on lower taxes, not higher taxes. Now, he's going to throw a big word at you - "unfunded mandate." He's going to say if Washington lets the states do it, it's an unfunded mandate. But what he doesn't like is the federal government losing power. But I call it ...
References 12 Angry Men
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more