On a typical night in the west wing, Sam returns from a hockey game and Josh asks him to meet with V.P. Hoynes about saving an education bill. Back at the W.H., Josh, Toby, Leo, C.J., Larry and Ed all meet about the prospect of replacing Hoynes on the ticket in the next campaign. Bartlet helps Charlie do his federal taxes, and while both think Charlie should expect a refund, thanks to last year's so-called economic stimulus, he instead owes money to the IRS. A security emergency occurs when two trucks, one stolen and containing nuclear waste, crash in a tunnel in Idaho, threatening to explode and wipe out a nearby town. Donna asks Josh to ask the president for a special proclamation recognizing her favorite h.s. teacher. Bartlet can't oblige, but he comes up with a very uplifting consolation for Donna to let her teacher know how much she appreciated her. Episode title refers to James Bond's preference for "shaken, not stirred," which Bartlet insists results in a weak martini; this ... Written by
Did You Know?
The reason a martini would be stirred is not to avoid chipping the ice, but to prevent air from being dissolved rapidly into the gin causing it to taste bitter. Regardless, James Bond prefers a vodka martini which is indeed supposed to be shaken so that it will get colder faster. See more
Idaho town is referred to as both "Elkhorn" and "Elk's Horn". See more
[Donna is on the phone with her former high school teacher who is retiring
I just wanted to say... I don't know, I just... I just wanted to say... I don't know
Are you sure everything's alright?
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet
Tell her where you are.
Mrs. Morello, I'm in the Oval Office with the President of the United States and it's because of you.
References Think Fast, Mr. Moto
West Wing Main Title
Written by Pete Anthony
Performed by W.G. Snuffy Walden See more