In an episode originally broadcast live (there are two versions, one for the Eastern and Central time zones; one for the Pacific time zone), Santos and Vinnick square off in a debate with TV newsman Forrest Sawyer (as himself) moderating. Halfway through the debate, Vinnick departs from the "script" and begins delivering statements while pacing the stage; Santos joins in. Other cast members appear briefly in backstage film segments, and Ellen DeGeneres hosts (also on film) from an adjacent sound stage. Alan Alda (Vinnick), an accomplished stage actor, seems much more comfortable with the live format than Jimmy Smits (Santos) who blows several lines during the East Coast hour. Written by
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Matt Santos mentions a quote he made about having voted for a bill before he voted against it. This is a reference to John Kerry's infamous gaffe in which he commented that he voted for a spending bill before he voted against it. See more
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more