A drug dealer's appeal of the federal death penalty is rejected by the Supreme Court, which upholds the death sentence with execution scheduled for the following Monday. One of the defense lawyers on the case is Sam's old high school bully, and he appeals directly to Sam to involve the president. During a weekend in which he was supposed to be in a yacht race, Sam opts to stay at the W.H. and try to convince his fellow staffers and ultimately Bartlet that the president should commute the sentence. Meanwhile Josh, after a night of heavy drinking at a bachelor party, meets congressional campaign manager Joey Lucas while is hung over. She assails him for having the DNC cut off funding for her candidate, but the decision was deliberate, as the W.H. likes the conservative nutjob currently holding the Calif. seat. Opinions on the death penalty are exchanged throughout the weekend, including those of Quaker Joey Lucas and Toby's rabbi, and Bartlet winds up calling both the Pope and his old ... Written by
Did You Know?
In the DVD commentary, it is mentioned that Allison Janney
was very sick during the shooting of this episode and had trouble getting through one scene. Luckily her character was supposed to be very upset in that episode. See more
During Toby's discussion with his Rabbi, the Rabbi's arm position over the back of the pew changes repeatedly between shots. See more
Who was the last President to commute the sentence?
No, Bert Lincoln.
Arranged by Max Helfman See more