The Santos campaign's difficulties with the black community continue when a Latino police officer shoots a black child; C.J. offloads preparations for Ellie's wedding to Will when Kate needs her help with Kazakhstan; Josh visits Toby.


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Santos's efforts to overcome a history of racial tensions between minorities aren't helped when a Latino officer shoots a black child in Los Angeles. C.J. is coordinating Ellie's wedding at the White House when Kate approaches her for help with the rapidly-escalating problems in Kazakhstan -- leaving a reluctant Will in charge of planning the ceremony. Josh visits the White House to ask a favor of the president, before dropping in on Toby at his home. Written by Murray Chapman

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4 December 2005 (USA)  »

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Although credited, Alan Alda and Martin Sheen do not appear in this episode. Stockard Channing & Dulé Hill also do not appear in this episode and are therefore not credited. See more »


References Meet the Press (1947) See more »


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Great, only for Toby, and Matt dismayed at his staff
30 May 2015 | by (Hyderabad, India) – See all my reviews

I really didn't like this episode very much at the outset. It took me two sittings to finish it, and multiple rewinds. Mary McCormack is stellar in her character as an always machine-like alert, erudite, yet human characterizations, especially with that scene where she speaks to Will about the Wind-mill mini golf hole.

CJ placating Ellie and her fiancé was just so difficult to watch. I mean who cares if she's the President's daughter, when two nuclear powers are almost going to have skirmishes, you don't worry or bother about trivialities such as a White House wedding. You get someone else to take care of it for you, which is what she eventually does.

Also, if CJ as Chief of Staff has to be told to call the Russian Foreign Minister, i'm not buying the whole premise of that scene. Sorry, but it just seems contradictory to the supremely confident CJ from the previous seasons.

But it does fall in line with her character that loses it over Qumari women, and many other such instances. So there, i'm questioning the choice of CJ as CoS.

The whole redemption to the episode, what i think is THE BEST scene of the season so far, is Toby calling out precisely what Josh's feelings of the Congressman are!

I mean, portrayal of Matt Santos as this really intelligent, nice idealist who runs for President starting in New Hampshire, to this man, who suddenly finds himself under incredible pressure, Josh seems to be facing much more than what the Congressman is.

So this scene was just perfect.

What ruins this episode for me, is the speech at the end. I mean really? That's a great speech? Rubbish. He spoke in tones of finding 'compassion' to a crowd that is tired of violence in society. Take a guess what would have happened if he did this with Trayvon Martin or the other kids who lost his life.

He wouldn't so much as get a head nod. It was too esoteric, too much 'playing to the TV audience' and didn't really fit in to Matt Santos' character being someone who is passionately committed. He's become a politician, and that's the only explanation i can offer.

I didn't buy that scene, and i would have blindly voted for the solid conviction, and the incredibly human character of Alan Alda, "Arnold Vinnick".

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