A stealth fighter is shot down over Iraq, leading to Bartlet ordering a military rescue as Toby worries about his brother trapped on a space shuttle orbiting the Earth. CJ deals with the ramifications of misleading the press about the rescue as the staff prepares for a town hall meeting that night. The town hall meeting goes well until the President leaves...and shots ring out. Written by
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In this episode Charlie tells Josh 'you're right, it doesn't go away'. This is not explained in the episode. It references episode 3, the one where they first hire Charlie. At the end of that episdoe, Charlie tells Josh (as the President is about to address the nation) 'I've never felt like this before'. Josh replies 'It doesn't go away'. The statement by Charlie in this episode is a direct reply to this. See more
Admiral Fitzwallace observes that the Presidential Seal has a shield bearing the bald eagle clutching olive branches in its right talons and arrows in its left. The eagle's head is turned toward the olive branches. The show mentions that in times of war, the Presidential Seals are replaced with an eagle whose head is turned toward the arrows. This is not true at all. Prior to 1945, the eagle on the Presidential seal pointed to its left, and the arrows. In 1945 it was redesigned to point to its right and the olive branch. The reasoning for the change was that in heraldry, left pointing items were considered dishonourable. In order to "sell" the new seal to the general public, the press release stated that in the time of peace following WWII the eagle would now point to the olive branch of peace. See more
President Josiah Bartlet
Now, I am an educated man, Charlie, but when somebody tries to explain Cricket to me, all I want to do is hit him in the head with a teapot.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more