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.
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Janel Moloney, who plays Donna, appeared in another Sorkin TV show Sports Night as Monica Brazelton from the wardrobe department. See more
The Chief of Staff is often seen entering the oval office from his adjacent office. The only rooms directly next to the oval office are the secretary's office and the study. The Chief of Staff's office actually sits on the opposite side of the West Wing. See more
[C.J.'s first line
You can have a normal life. You'd be amazed at how normal I can be, See, it's all about budgeting your time. This time, this hour - this is my time. 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. I can work out, as you see. I can think about personal matters. I can... meet an interesting man. The trick is...
[C.J.'s pager goes off
References ABC News Nightline
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more