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Dr. Jenna Jacobs
Sarah Jordan
Tom Jordan (as Jamie Denton)
Andrew Mackintosh
Myles Kilpatrick ...
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With the midterm elections coming up, Toby looks for a way to stop hate groups; Charlie and Zoey decide whether to continue their relationship; President Bartlet discovers the egg cream and is concerned about an ultra-right-wing candidate running for school board in his old district in New Hampshire; and Sam is asked to put White House help behind an old friend running for Congress. This episode includes the President's confrontation with a right-wing radio talk show host using a famous list of modern applications of Biblical laws. Oh, yes, and psychics at Cal Tech and the Fermi National Accelerator Lab ... Written by Molly Malloy

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18 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Right after President Bartlet reels off a list of Bible quotes to Jenna Jacobs to illustrate their inapplicability, Sam Seabourn takes a crab puff from her. This is not an isolated gesture of stealing food; Leviticus 11:10 indicates that shellfish are an "abomination", so Sam's action in effect continues the President's argument. Also, Jacobs is wearing a brooch shaped like a crab on her lapel. See more »


Sam convinces his law school classmate, Tom Jordan, to run for Congress. Later, the White House staff learns that Jordan struck potential jurors merely because they were black. Both Sam and Leo McGarry refer to these as "preemptive" challenges, even though the correct term is "peremptory." While Leo might have made this mistake, an attorney like Sam would never have referred to them as "preemptive" challenges. Furthermore, although the two words sound similar, they are not synonyms; "preemptive" means "intended to preempt or forestall," whereas "peremptory" means "having to be obeyed without question." See more »


President Josiah Bartlet: Good. I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.
Dr. Jenna Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.
President Josiah Bartlet: Yes, it does. Leviticus.
Dr. Jenna Jacobs: 18:22.
President Josiah Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here. I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While ...
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Starts off Good, ends in Anti-Religious diatribe
8 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first two episodes of the season started off excellently, but this episode points out the one glaring weakness of West Wing; an anti-conservative religious bigotry. Any religious group that takes the Bible seriously is evidently the enemy in this series. This was also seen in the pilot in the first season, when Bartlett throws out a group of conservative Christians. Bartletts lecture to the "Dr Laura" character, who is Jewish, is ludicrous and embarrassing. Too bad because the episode started well but unravelled. When West Wing is good, it is the best show on TV; it is at it's worst when it lapses into liberal preachiness, as in this episode.

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