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 Josh's apology, recites the First Commandment, and lambastes three Christian pols for not denouncing a fringe group.
Did You Know?
During Josh's first scene in the pilot, the camera pans over his desk's in box, in which there is a copy of "George" magazine with Josh's (Bradley Whitford's) face on the cover. George was a real magazine, started in 1995 by John F. Kennedy Jr. and his business partner, Michael J. Berman. The magazine strove to cover politics in a celebrity- and popular culture-driven way; it folded in 2001, about a year and a half after Kennedy's death. 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
President Josiah Bartlet
With the clothes on their backs, they came through a storm. And those that didn't die want a better life. And they want it here. Talk about impressive. My point is this: break's over.
References ABC News Nightline
Moment of Weakness
Written by Bif Naked
and Peter Karroll
Performed by Bif Naked See more