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?
Interesting story connection: Will Bailey (Air Force Reserve attorney) is being sent to investigate a case where nuclear missle silo officers failed to launch missles during a perceived threat. John Spencer (Leo McGarry) played a missle silo officer in the 1983 movie "War Games" who had to be threatened by his partner to launch their missiles, but they failed to launch their nuclear missles during a test. See more
At the end, when C.J. Cregg is trying to balance an egg on its end, she looks at the clock and sees that it is 12:00 a.m. However, when there is a close-up of her watch, the time on the watch is 7:25. See more
And they're sending in a team of lawyers to look into it?
Yeah, but we're scrappy.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more