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?
The execution around which this episode revolves is for a crime that was tried in Michigan. While Michigan was the first English-speaking government in the world to abolish the death penalty (in 1846), some executions have taken place there in federal prisons for federal crimes. The last one was in 1938. See more
C.J.'s dramatic description of what will happen to Simon Cruz during his execution is inaccurate. In fact, when done correctly, lethal injection results in a peaceful death. See more
Who was the last President to commute the sentence?
No, Bert Lincoln.
Arranged by Max Helfman See more