The West Wing goes under lock down as a suspected terrorist is found to be working at the White House. Stuck with a group of high school students who were visiting the White House, the staffers, President Bartlet, and the First Lady all debate the issues regarding terrorism. Meanwhile, Leo sits in on the questioning of the terrorist suspect and learns a lesson about our perceptions of terrorists. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode was written and filmed in less than two weeks as the show's reaction to the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001. The episode was not written to be part of the show's continuity. See more
An information caption listed at the beginning of this episode indicates that the scene is taking place in the FBI field office in Burlington, Vermont. The FBI does not have a field office at that location. It is only a resident agency and jurisdiction for Burlington, Vermont rests with the official FBI field office in Albany, New York. See more
[on what to do with terrorists
I'd put 'em in a small cell and make them watch home movies of the birthdays and baptisms and weddings of every single person they killed over and over everyday for the rest of their lives. And then they'd get punched in the mouth every night at bedtime.
The episode was preceded by an introduction by the main cast members explaining the rationale behind the episode and how it does not reflect the continuity of the series. See more
For What it's Worth
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield See more