Josh finalizes a six billion-dollar health care that has strong support from both parties in both houses and appears to be a slam dunk for passage, but 78-year-old Senator Howard Stackhouse pulls a last-minute surprise: he wants money added for autism research or he'll filibuster. Thinking it's just a bluff, Josh blows off the senator, who then filibusters for more than eight hours while the w.w. staff waits desperately to begin their weekend, with the episode unfolding as staffers write e-mails to family members describing the evening's action. Elsewhere, Sam tries to eliminate various costly government documents, for which he's taken to task by a very young intern. Written by
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The flag hanging behind senator Stackhouse is the Norwegian flag, as first flown in 1899, six years before Norway gained its independence from Sweden. See more
When Josh is talking to Donna in his office, he is at his computer desk and you can see the beginning of the email to his mother. when the camera goes back to Donna and then back to Josh there is significantly more in the email. The next time we see the email it is back to the original 2-3 lines. See more
I have the ancient curse of Bast, on me, OK? So back off, Sparky.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more