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A possible third-party candidate threatens to upset the President's lead in the polls. As Qumar threatens to blame Israel for Shareef's death, Leo must convince the Israeli ambassador not to respond. Charlie teaches his new ward a lesson in basic government. When the committee in charge of presidential debates rules that there will only be two, Sam and CJ propose a risky strategy. Written by Taigan

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CJ tells the press corps that the Red Mass will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The actual Red Mass takes place at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. See more »

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During the Red Mass, Vivaldi's Gloria is sung by the choir as a processional. However, in a Catholic service (like the Red Mass) the Gloria has a fixed place during the mass (after the Kyrie) and would never be used as a processional. See more »

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Janet: I'll do my best.
Sam Seaborn: Your best is very good.
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Should I use sex as a tactic?
19 November 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

How is this episode not about cancer? The President and staff attend a mass, along with all the leaders of congress. George Coe returns as Senator Stackhouse, whose issue-raising and tentative inclusion in the debates may split the democratic vote. The final scene between he and Jed, on the church steps, is a beaut. Blaming Israel for Shareef's death, the qumaris shoot down a plane containing their foreign minister (Malachi Throne, WEST WING's only direct link to the original STAR TREK, making him the only actor to appear on two of the three greatest shows of all time). Denied the number of debates they want, Sam and C.J. suggest a go-for-broke tactic, with just one no-holds debate. A tantalizing once-only appearance is made by Hilary Salvatore as staffer Emily, who sucks the air out of the room in a silly scene with Charlie.


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