Leo returns to the White House to help bolster the administration, which is suffering from the loss of Josh, Donna, Will, and the Vice President to the next election campaign. Leo's first day back follows President Bartlet's last State of the Union address, and unlike in previous years there appears to be little momentum on bold, large-scale initiatives. Amidst numerous distractions that dilute the focus of the staff (kidnappings in Colombia, the First Lady's appearance at a NASCAR race, and petulant Congressmen), he challenges the administration on their agenda for their remaining year in office.
Did You Know?
The plotline for "Annabeth and the First Lady" is that the first lady will attend a Martinsville NASCAR race. This occurs the day after the State of the Union in January. There is no NASCAR race at all in January and the only one the president/first lady attends is Daytona, the weekend in the middle of February. See more
When Toby is watching the wife of a kidnapped contractor speak on TV, the weather for Iowa City is visible on the screen, showing a high temperature of 75 degrees. Since it was established during the episode that it is 365 days until the end of President Bartlet's term, that would put the likely date of the episode somewhere around January 20th. However, mid-January temperatures in Iowa City average in the 30s, with a record high temperature for January of 64F, 11 degrees cooler than the temperature shown. See more
Overwhelming response to the State of the Union. Thirty-six interruptions for applause.
I don't know what's more embarrassing: that we count them or that I care.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more