President Bartlet refuses to let Speaker of the House Haffley hold him hostage on the budget and allows the government to be shut down.

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President Bartlet refuses to let Speaker of the House Haffley hold him hostage on the budget and allows the government to be shut down.

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During the early part of the shutdown Will is looking for coffee and C.J. tells him to "try Swings at 17th & G." M.E. Swing Company (www.swingscoffee.com) is located at that address and is across the street from the OEOB (Old Executive Office Building, part of the White House complex). See more »

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Although it takes place during the holiday season and multiple characters comment on the freezing temperature, when Bartlet stops to speak to the tourists from Kansas on his way to the Capitol, the tourists as well as those in the background can be seen wearing light clothing and t-shirts. See more »

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C.J. Cregg: Okay, but I need some numbers fast... maybe some garlic and a crucifix.
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References Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

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A walking lawsuit...
7 December 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

The fatal flaw in this one (and it's such a fun ride that you probably won't even care) is that the scene where Jed wins his one-on-one showdown with Haffley, cuts away before completion. It's easy to imagine that choice was made because the writers had no idea how they would realistically get to where they needed to go. But we'll allow that conceit, as it gets our heroes back on their feet. Much of this, including an unprecedented visit to the Hill by the presidential party, is orchestrated by comeback kid Josh. Russell has some surprisingly good moments. And the star of the show? Debut character Rina (Melissa Marsala), the mysterious sexpot who cleans the place up while all support staff are required by law to be away. She would do six episodes, but the producers would completely {CENSORED, rhymes with "bliss"} away her potential, including (and especially) her tantalizing chemistry with Toby.


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