As the Haitian army continues their seizure of the American embassy there, Bartlet and the staff prepare for the announcement that Bartlet has M.S. and the President must decide whether or he will seek re-election. As the funeral for Mrs. Landingham takes place and the announcement draws nearer, Bartlet thinks back to his past in search of the answer to the question everyone is asking: Will he seek re-election? Written by
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Before President Bartlet's press conference, C. J. instructs him to take his first question from science journalist Lawrence Altman because that will allow the press conference to start with a discussion about MS rather than one about reelection. Bartlet chooses to answer another reporter's question first instead, but there is a shot of a reporter meant to be Altman. Lawrence K. Altman is a qualified medical doctor and, since 1969, a New York Times reporter on medical and scientific issues; although he was portrayed by an actor (Alfred L. Hurwitz
) in this episode, the real Altman did write an October 9, 2001, New York Times article about the MS story line in the context of real-life presidents who have chosen to disclose or to hide health issues. See more
During a flashback where Mrs Landingham is attempting to convince Jed to tackle the pay difference between male and female staff she mentions that "Mr Ryan gets paid an additional $400 a year to coach the rowing team." Jed corrects her use of "team" to "crew." When she asks for clarification of what he means he says "it's not rowing, it's crew." It should be "it's not TEAM, it's crew." See more
President Josiah Bartlet
You're a son of a bitch, You know that? She bought her first new car and You hit her with a drunk driver. What? Was that supposed to be funny? "You can't conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God," says Graham Greene. I don't know whose ass he was kissing there, 'cause I think You're just vindictive. What was Josh Lyman - a warning shot? That was my son. What did I ever do to Yours but praise His glory and praise His Name? There's a tropical storm that's gaining speed ...
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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