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
Multiple continuity errors involving the ID badges during the first senior staff meeting. First off is Josh, his ID badge is showing the White House logo side, then two seconds later his ID badge is showing portrait side. This is then shortly followed up by Toby, where his ID badge is clearly on show, then hidden behind his tie, then reappears clearly on show. Finally, the same happens with Sam, on the close up, his ID badge is not in the same place as the zoomed out camera. See more
He's a klutz, Mrs. Landingham, your president's a geek.
References ABC News Nightline
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more