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
When Simon calls in the robbery, he gives the location as being on Broadway in the upper 90's. This is a couple of miles from the theater and, even if he were going to the Secret Service field office (as CJ notes later), he'd be going the wrong way; the field office was moved to Brooklyn after the September 11 attacks. See more
Before your next job interview with the President, I'm gonna remind you that you probably don't wanna be stoned.
There's gonna be a second interview?
There's gonna be as many as it takes. We're gonna get this right.
Well, let me back you up a second. Have we done the first one yet?
The Patriotic Song
from 'The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby' See more