When the military loses contact with a submarine in hostile waters, the President must choose between risking the lives of the crew and provoking North Korea. CJ relishes the Majority Leader's flubbing of an interview. Babbish informs Abby that she is the weak link in the President's legal defense. Written by
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The Assistant Secretary of State, played by Hal Holbrook
, refers to the U.S.S. Pueblo incident, saying, "I was there." Holbrook played the captain of the Pueblo in Pueblo
(1973). See more
When Nancy briefs Leo, she identifies the USS Portland as a Seawolf-class submarine and notes that two other Seawolf-class submarines stationed "off Japan" would be in position to affect a rescue mission. While it is true that the US Navy has three Seawolf-class subs, in 2001, only two had been built, as the USS Jimmy Carter was still under construction. See more
Mr. President, submariners understand that if they sink it won't be a rescue, it'll be a recovery. They measure risk and rewards not just in terms of their own lives, but in terms of national interest.
President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet
Well, that's great. I assess the national interest by the number of people alive, not dead.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more