The West Wing: Season 4, Episode 9

Swiss Diplomacy (20 Nov. 2002)

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A 15 year old boy needs a heart and lung transplant. He also happens to be the son of the Iranian Ayatollah who is not a supporter of the Bartlet Administration.


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In the days after the election the White House is faced with a tricky diplomatic situation when the Swiss ambassador meets Leo with a message from the leader of Iran (a country with no diplomatic ties to the US), requesting that his gravely ill son receive a heart and lung transplant, an operation which can only be performed in America. Meanwhile, Toby tries to get a job for a congresswoman who has lost her seat, and finds that her alliance with the White House may have permanently burned her credentials, and Josh must meet with the Vice President, who appears to be already kick starting the next presidential election, upsetting other democrats who want a fair fight. Written by Eddie G.

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In episode #1.21 President Bartlet fires the US ambassador to Bulgaria for having an affair, in episode #4.9 this is mentioned by CoS Leo McGarry as being the US ambassador to Brazil. See more »


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26 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the all-time funniest moments of playful, imperious Bartlet braggadocio. Through back channels, the Ayatollah comes to the U.S. for help, when his son needs a type of heart surgery available only in the U.S. Complicating matters, the Ayatollah condemns the U.S. when word gets out, and the only doctor available (Bernard White - THE MATRIX RELOADED) is a reluctant persian refugee who was persecuted by Iran. Josh has to corral Hoynes, who is (apparently) trying to lock up the nomination for the next election, only days after the last one. Toby fights to get an appointment for an outgoing congressperson (Lucinda Jenney - G.I. JANE), who lost her seat because she spearheaded a White House fossil fuel package. Plus, some Snuffin!

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