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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jenna Jacobs
Sarah Jordan
Tom Jordan (as Jamie Denton)
Andrew Mackintosh
Myles Kilpatrick ...
Jeffrey Mackintosh (as Myles Killpatrick)


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 »


C.J. Cregg: You're pissed at me?
Toby Ziegler: I'm saying, I could've used your support in there.
C.J. Cregg: You get my support the same way I get yours: when I agree with what you're saying or when I don't care about what you're saying. This time I disagreed.
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Edited into For the Bible Tells Me So (2007) See more »


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25 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is fantastic. Not only does it show the best duologue and development of character and relationships on the program, but the skewering of the Dr. Laura character was well done. It's not about what faith you believe in, it's a bout how seriously you take yourself. Sorkin presents the clear message that whether you're Muslim or Christian, you can't go around calling people infidels or abomination. If you're going to cherry pick from you're sacred text, why do you have to pick the most negative parts? The part where they all meet with Josh is particularly moving. Sorkin has that perfect mix of funny and serious that you only really see on Scrubs. Not that the shows are similar, but they have stylistic similarities. This episode was a good refrain from the drama of the first and second episode of this season.

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