After being offered "a proportional response" to the Syrian military's downing of a U.S. military plane on a medical mission (and carrying his newly named personal physician), the president demands an option that will have greater impact. Leo gradually must talk him down, while Bartlet snipes at everyone, including Abby. The president ultimately agrees to the initial option, but is not happy about it. Charlie Young is introduced as an applicant for a messenger job whom Josh decides to hire as Bartler's personal aide (note: he mentions being sent to Josh by Mrs. De La Guardia, who is later introduced in season four as Debbie Fiderer, who becomes Mrs. Landingham's replacement).
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Josh calls C.J. a "shiksa feminista". "Shiksa" is a Yiddish word used to refer to a non-Jewish woman. "Feminista" is a slang word used to describe a modern feminist. See more
In the harried Oval Office before President Bartlett announces the airstrikes in Syria, he borrows CJ's glasses, as his are still missing. As Charlie interrupts to suggest they're in his private study, the President removes the borrowed glasses. When the camera cuts back to Charlie, President Bartlett can be seen removing the glasses in the TV monitor feed. The feed seems to be real-time, not delayed, so he seems to remove the glasses twice. See more
I'm sorry, Toby's not available to speak on the phone at the moment. No, Sam's not available either.
[to C. J
Why is no one available to speak on the phone?
I don't know, they're all planning my surprise party.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more