A nuclear missile is tested in the Indian Ocean, but none of the known nuclear powers will claim responsibility, leading to the possibility of a terrorist group holding missile tests. Vice President Russell, heretofore dismissed by west wing staff as a joke, a four-term congressman alleged to be securely in the pocket of a large Colorado mining company, recalls a junket he'd taken early in his political career in which a drunken Israeli statesman confessed to secret missile tests. Russell visits the sit. room and puts the military and national security leaders at ease, leading the president and Leo to reassess the man's political gravitas. Bartlet then drags the Israeli p.m. to the White House, where they debate the power of the U.S. to dictate which states should have nuclear capabilities. Written by
Did You Know?
Leo McGarry says admiring the beautiful interior of the Swiss embassy: "You can afford them when you don't have to pay for a national defense", despite the fact that Switzerland has, being independent since 1292, had a national defense for more than seven centuries. See more
Everything, every atom in our bodies, comes from exploding stars. I guess Joni Mitchell was right: "We are stardust."
Or, put another way, nuclear waste.
Dark Was the Night
Performed by Blind Willie Johnson See more