Following the Vice-President's remarks to him, Toby realizes the truth behind the President's illness: multiple sclerosis. Toby, Leo, and Bartlet discuss the possible political implications of this if it goes public including possible jail time for the 17 people who now know about the illness. Meanwhile Sam, Josh, Donna and the rest of the staff, unaware of the illness, struggle with a speech the President is to give at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
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Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg) does not appear in this episode - one of the rare times that one of the actors in the opening credits is not an episode of the series. See more
Near the end in the Oval Office, right before Toby asks Leo, "Why not heighten security?", a light or reflector is visible in the reflection of one of the glass doors leading out onto the portico when the crew member holding it points or moves it upward. The lighting of that scene changes as a result. See more
No, I don't think you did either, sir. I meant that during a night of extreme chaos and fear, when we didn't yet know if we'd been the victims of domestic or foreign terrorism, or even an act of war, there was uncertainty as to who was giving the national security orders and it was because you never signed a letter. So I'm led to wonder, given your condition and it's lack of predictability, why there isn't simply a signed letter sitting in a file someplace. And the answer, of course, is that if...
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more