Bartlet, Leo, Sam, Toby, and C.J. travel to New York City for a Catholic fund raiser at a long Broadway play called "The War of the Roses". Josh steps up his efforts to beat his girlfriend, Amy, in their struggle over welfare reform, which leads to her forced resignation. C.J. and Secret Service agent Simon Donavon grow closer, but a tragic event cuts short their relationship. At the play, Bartlet comes face to face with Republican Presidential candidate Rob Ritchie and faces the decision of whether or not to assassinate the Qumari Defense Minister. Written by
Did You Know?
The song used at the end of the episode was originally written for the Royal Shakespeare Company production of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" - the staging at the end of the play in the episode was heavily influenced by the RSC's production. The star of that production, Roger Rees
(who also played Nicholas Nickleby in the subsequent television adaptation of the play) was a frequent guest star on The West Wing
(1999), as British adviser and later British Ambassador Lord John Marbury. See more
Fitzwallace indicates that the defense minister will be returning home on a Gulfstream business jet. The plane that is shown landing is a Learjet 35, distinguishable by the wingtip fuel tanks. See more
You're really very much freaking me out.
Written by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Jeff Buckley See more