Leo is found in the woods and rushed to hospital; the staff struggle to hold the peace deal together without a Chief of Staff; the President neglects his duties out of loyalty and guilt towards Leo; Donna arrives back in the USA.

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Leo is found in the woods at Camp David and rushed to Bethesda Naval Hospital; President Bartlet's feelings of loyalty and guilt cause him to neglect his duties in favor of maintaining a bedside vigil. With their Chief of Staff out of action and the President unwilling to discuss a replacement, Josh and Toby step on each others toes trying to strike political deals to keep the Middle East peace deal alive. C.J. faces questions from a journalist about who is running the country with both Leo and the President out of the White House. Written by Murray Chapman

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3 November 2004 (USA)  »

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CJ mentions Iceland as one of the nations willing to supply peacekeepers to the Middle East. Although Iceland does not have a standing army, a small force called the Iceland Crisis Response Unit was established in the 1990s, specifically for peacekeeping missions. See more »

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Toby Ziegler: Look, we're in the middle of an intersection without a traffic cop. If we want, we can run things through me.
Josh Lyman: If we want?
Toby Ziegler: I'm talking about a process.
Josh Lyman: And if we want to sacrifice livestock in your name?
Toby Ziegler: Fine. A decision-making tree.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: How about you be the Communications director, you be the Deputy Chief of Staff; we can use the old barn for a stage.
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C.J. cooking in an apron and floppy hat
13 December 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

This moment always comes upon you sooner than you expect. Leo alive but incapacitated, Jed recruits a new chief of staff. It feels correct to divide the show into three chapters, focusing on story arc: the classic era, the Seabornless era, and the Chief of Staff C.J. era. None of that is a commentary on product; many things will work in this last era, and many fine episodes arise. We'll forget how much has changed...but not always. In this one, with Leo absent and Jed maintaining a hospital vigil, the staff bumbles around directionless. C.J. admonishes Josh to stop eating like a two-year old. You might watch this episode four or five times and not realize Mallory's in it.


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