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 hospital set seen in this episode and part 2 are the same sets used in ER
(1994). See more
In his Q&A at the Nashua VFW, then-Governor Bartlett, a lifetime native of New Hampshire, mispronounces its capital, "Concord". He says "Concorde" (like the jet) rather than the traditional New England pronunciation, "Concerd" (homophone to the word "Conquered"). See more
Woman in Bar
You've been a... um, what do you call it?
Professional political operative.
Woman in Bar
You've been one your whole life?
Well, there was a while there I was in elementary school.
Referenced in Entourage: The Sorkin Notes
West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more