Trying to participate in a late-night staff poker game proves difficult as news arrives that an unmanned U.S. spy plane has crashed in a remote part of Russia, and Bartlet and Leo have to deal with an incensed Russian President Chagorin and convince him via phone to let the military go in and recover the plane; C.J. obsesses over the fact that on the exact moment of the spring equinox (today), you can stand an egg on end; Toby and Will have a card-flipping contest in the press room, during which someone from the street fires several bullets into the room; Debbie must "crash" the West Wing for the first time when the bullets fly; at the same time, Josh is interviewing associate counsel applicant Joe Quincy, and there's something about the well-qualified lawyer that bothers Josh, which he deduces during the lock down.
Did You Know?
This episode makes multiple references to the Jewish Passover. Among them is the emphasis on eggs throughout the episode. Eggs are commonly served during the Seder. In one scene CJ refers to gefilte fish and blessing the soup. Gefilte fish and matzah ball soup are also typical elements of the Passover feast. Toby responds to her references by saying, "Suzy Cream Cheese, do not attempt the Haggadah." The Haggadah is a Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover Seder. During Charlie's conversation with Zoey she challenges His remarks by asking why he would say those things "tonight of all nights." Charlie's response, "Why is tonight different from other nights?" Is a paraphrase of one of the four questions asked during the Seder. The original air date for this episode, April 23, 2003, fell during the Passover that year. Even the title of the episode, which is reflected in one of CJ's lines during the episode, is a quote from the New Testament book of Hebrews, which was written to Jews in the early days of the Christian church. See more
While speaking to the Russian President, President Bartlet states that an "unmanned B UAV drone" crashed somewhere inside Kaliningrad. He then goes on to say that it was "taking satellite pictures of coastal erosion in the Baltic Sea." UAV drones are low altitude aircraft, like an airplane is, and do not take satellite photos. Satellite photos are taken by satellites in high Earth orbit, located thousands of miles into space., not drone-type UAVs. The President would know this. See more
President Josiah Bartlet
[after the white house has been fired on
Will, how many fingers am I holding up?
Who's Will, sir?
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more