A rapidly-escalating international crisis involving Iran and the UK requires C.J. to wake the President, triggering a confrontation with Abbey about allowing him enough rest to properly manage his MS. British Ambassador Lord John Marbury is summoned, and proceeds to wander the halls looking for "Gerald" while threatening to bomb Iran. Toby and Professor Lawrence Lessig meet with a delegation from Belarus to discuss a new constitution, and disagree on whether to base it on a parliamentary or presidential system. The latest Miss World makes a traditional visit to the White House to discuss a cause. Written by
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is a real-life constitutional scholar who was involved in drafting an early version of the Georgian constitution. Episode writer Josh Singer
took Lessig's Constitutional Law course at Harvard, and remembered an anecdote told during class. Lessig approved the script, which he felt captured 90% of what was important about "constitutionalism": building a society that respects the rule of law. See more
In this episode CJ is woken up at 03:45 am EST being told that a British airliner has been shot down over Iran one hour earlier (02:45 am EST). Later in the SIT room Kate Harper explains, that the shot down 737 has the same signature as US spy plane RC-135, and at visual the radar on the back of the RC-135 might not be visible at night. However, when the plane was shot down the local time in Iran was 11:15 am, which means that it was broad daylight over Iran. See more
Mia madre aveva una povera ancella
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Cheryl Studer See more