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A fact finding codel to the Middle East is torn apart by an explosion. Key members of the administration and their loved ones are caught in the mess. The President is forced to consider retaliatory military action the unstable area, with possible repercussions that could last decades. Written by h_berry

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The line quoted to Donna by the photojournalist is from the song "Same Old Song and Dance" from the 1974 Aerosmith album "Get Your Wings" See more »

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The Photo Journalist's camera strap switches from over head and right arm and just over right shoulder when Donna and delegation is getting in truck. See more »

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Josh Lyman: What's Up?
C.J. Cregg: An Explosion in Gaza. The CODEL. Fatalities.
Josh Lyman: What about Donna?
Josh Lyman: It Just Happened, That's all I know.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Best episode of all 7 seasons
13 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I will binge watch all 7 seasons to get to this ONE episode. The build up is buried in the 2 seasons before hand, and the tone of this episode carries for the duration of the Bartlet presidency. The sexual tension between Josh and Donna is at his highest point in this episode (although resolved later), and Prez Bartlet is being challenged on several fronts. Between the new story line of his tension with Leo, his dear friend Gen. Fitzwallace being killed, and wanting to bring peace to the Middle East - you see the staff's humanity in full swing. This episode is one of the rare with points of happiness and sadness all wrapped up in one single explosion. Lets not forget the gloomy Toby's situation either. His ex-wife is "almost blown up".


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