President Bartlet is making a whirlwind 20-hour trip to Los Angeles. On the flight he meets Zoey's new bodyguard, who assures him that she will protect his daughter from those who have been sending racist threats. Josh is excited to hear that Joey Lucas will be at the evening's fund raiser, but dismayed to learn that the host is threatening to cancel the party unless the President makes a public statement supporting gay rights. Back in Washington, Leo needs to convince Vice President Hoynes to break a 50-50 tie by voting for an ethanol gas tax.
Did You Know?
During a party Donna walks away from Josh to "Go stalk Matthew Perry ". Matthew Perry goes on to appear in episode 20 of season 4. He also appears in Aaron Sorkin's later TV show 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' with Bradley Whitford who plays Josh Lyman. See more
The President's plane is said to land at around 6am, with him leaving LAX at 6:20am. The shot of the plane taxiing into the airport is in bright sunlight. In Los Angeles, in January and February, the sun rises at around 7:00am. The plane would have arrived in relative darkness. See more
[Leo is exasperated that the President is pushing himself too hard
Be that way.
President Josiah Bartlet
Your impersonation of my mother is getting sharper and sharper, you know that?
West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more