The West Wing staffers are introduced as each learns via phone or pager that the President was in a cycling accident. Josh faces the possible loss of his job after an on-air insult of a political opponent, which Toby tries to prevent by having Josh make a personal apology. Sam's fling the previous night with Laurie, who unbeknownst to Sam is a call girl, puts him in hot water, which he compounds when ineptly lecturing a class of 4th-graders about the White House and then asking their teacher which child is Leo's daughter. Leo must deal with the fallout from Josh's blunder, as well as 137 Cuban refugees who escaped on rafts and are seeking asylum. The president walks in during during Josh's apology, recites the First Commandment, and lambastes three Christian pols for not denouncing a fringe group. Written by
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says the line, "Alger Hiss just walked in with my secret pumpkin." Hiss was a State Department official in the 1940s accused of spying for the Soviet Union. His accuser was Whittaker Chambers, who hid copies of government files in a pumpkin on his farm before giving them to then Rep. Richard Nixon
, a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee. The line most likely refers not to the original incident, but to North by Northwest
(1959), in which Cary Grant's character asks, "Did you get the pumpkin?". See more
When Leo McGarry is on the phone with the New York Times complaining about the spelling of GADDAFI in the crossword puzzle, he says he has, in the past, ordered, "a preemptive Exocet missile strike against his air force." The Exocet is an anti-ship missile, and the USA has never had any of them. See more
Tell your friend POTUS he's got a funny name, and he should learn how to ride a bicycle.
I would, but he's not my friend; he's my boss. It's not his name, it's his title.
President of the United States. I'll call ya.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more