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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 meebly

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the anti-capital punishment sermon delivered by Toby's rabbi specifically to sway Toby's opinion on the subject was actually written by Steven Leder, a rabbi at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. Leder, who performed showrunner Aaron Sorkin's wedding, was asked to write the sermon by Sorkin just for the 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 »


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I'm Joey Lucas!!!
22 October 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

A drug dealer is scheduled for execution, and only a command from the White House can stay his death. Defense lawyers try to get to Toby through his rabbi (David Proval), and to the President through Sam. Jed calls the Pope, and arranges for a visit from his old priest (the wonderful Karl Malden, in the last role of his life). Searing, powerful scenes are offset by the comedic arrival of uber-beloved character Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin - CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, THE L WORD). One of the things that sets the first season apart from the rest of the run is how they generally focused each episode on one particular issue - in this case, capital punishment. In that sense, the show in general (and the first season in particular) was always much more than just drama. It was a primer for all the controversial public issues that we as a society face.

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