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The State Dinner 

While preparing for (and enduring) a state dinner for the newly-elected president of Indonesia, staff deal with a multitude of other problems: Josh and Mandy argue over the best way to ... See full summary »

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While preparing for (and enduring) a state dinner for the newly-elected president of Indonesia, staff deal with a multitude of other problems: Josh and Mandy argue over the best way to handle an FBI standoff with militants in Idaho; Leo (and eventually Bartlet) intervenes in a negotiations between the Teamsters Union and national reps for the trucking industry; Toby tries to convince an Indonesian cabinet member to release a friend of his, an activist or incites anti-government protests, from prison; Sam witnesses Laurie at work as a call girl, serving as the state dinner date for a big fund raiser; and a pre-season hurricane initially threatens the Atlantic Coast, and then moves out to sea, where it puts an entire naval fleet in peril. Written by meebly

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Trivia

"Indonesian" is indeed a language, albeit an invented one. It starts with Malay as its grammatical base, then adds vocabulary items from the various other languages of the islands. See more »

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The interpreter says he cannot interpret because he speaks Javanese and the president speaks only Batak. Batak is an ethnicity, not a language. There are seven Batak languages. See more »

Quotes

C.J. Cregg: You're a rabble rouser, you know that? You rouse rabbles.
Danny Concannon: Hey!
C.J. Cregg: I went and looked at your big Vermeil demonstration. Six people in Lafayette Park with oak tag and magic markers.
Danny Concannon: I didn't say it was Selma, Alabama, or anything.
C.J. Cregg: Six people! Six pathetic people protesting on a Friday and you just lent their weak and feeble voices a megaphone. What do you call that?
Danny Concannon: A job well done.
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Referenced in The West Wing: Two Cathedrals (2001) See more »

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