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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Armin Mueller-Stahl is given a full guest star credit despite only appearing on a television set in the background showing news coverage. See more »

Goofs

CJ says that England has pledged troops for peace-keeping in the Middle East. She should have said 'the United Kingdom'. This is a very common error but CJ, working in a political environment, should have known better. See more »

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Greg Brock: Who's the new White House Chief of Staff?
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: You know so much, you tell me?
Greg Brock: I'm hearing Will Bailey.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Then you should have your hearing checked.
Greg Brock: Had a one-on-one with the President yesterday. First time all year. Knows the military, which Josh and Toby don't.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: First of all it's Leo. Second, Josh and Toby know every inch of the government: military, industrial, animal, mineral.
Greg Brock: Lots of folks can manage down, Will's proven he can manage up. A fully fledged adult.
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: Again, it's Leo. But Josh and Toby are...
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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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