A pair of skinheads open fire as the President leaves a lecture theater, causing panic, chaos and injury. As the drama at the George Washington Hospital unfolds, C.J. and Leo field questions about exactly who is in charge while the president undergoes surgery, and Toby is asked about Secret Service protection measures. Flashbacks show the birth of the "Bartlett for America" campaign: Josh is courted by Leo; on his way to see Bartlett speak in New Hampshire he stops off to visit Sam at his Manhattan law firm; Toby is drinking at a bar, convinced he will be fired for advice he's given Bartlett. Written by
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The conversation between Abbey and the surgeon who operates on Bartlet is medical gibberish. She first asks him about Bartlet's PO2, which is a measure of the dissolved oxygen in his blood. She has no reason to ask this because Bartlet is not in respiratory distress. She then asks the surgeon if he is going to do a "laparoscopy." "Laparoscopy" is just a generic term for surgery that is done using small incisions and fiber optic cameras. She is probably referring to a "laparotomy," which is an operation done to look for abdominal bleeding and injury to abdominal organs. The surgeon responds that he will do this surgery because "we want to make sure the peritoneum is intact." This is the wrong reason to do a laparotomy. The peritoneum is the tissue lining the organs in the abdomen and to do a laparotomy, incisions have to be made through it. Hence it is self-defeating to do a laparotomy to "make sure the peritoneum is intact." See more
[regarding Bartlet having been undefeated in all his previous elections
No, seriously, that's a real political accomplishment considering your family founded this state. Were you even opposed in any of those elections?
Referenced in Entourage: The Sorkin Notes
"Leavin' on Your Mind"
Written by Wayne Walker
and Webb Pierce
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