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
(At around 13 mins) C.J. is saying writing to her father, and the voiceover says, "He has no hope, not to mention, I can't imaging what the hell he's fighting for." However, when the shot turns to show her screen, the letters are from the last line of the letter, "...and a guy with no voice, shouting," from after she learns why Stackhouse is filibustering. See more
It's an exhibition game.
You're flying to Florida to see the Mets play another team in a game that doesn't count?
Actually, it's an intra-squad game.
So you're flying to Florida to see the Mets play each other in a game that doesn't count.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more