Magicians Penn and Teller give a controversial performance at Zoey's birthday party in the White House that threatens to drown out the news of the impending China trip. President Bartlet goes to New Orleans on his way to China after unexpectedly requesting briefings be postponed until they are in the air. Josh tries to decide which Democratic presidential candidate he wants to support, and is alarmed that Bartlet wants to appoint California Republican Senator Arnold Vinick to be Ambassador to the United Nations.
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In one of their most thoughtful and politically charged tricks, Penn and Teller (Penn Jillette
) make a U.S. flag seem to disappear by wrapping it in a copy of the United States Bill of Rights, and apparently setting the flag on fire, so that "the flag is gone but the Bill of Rights remains." In the episode, the flag remains missing, unlike in the stage version. Penn is quick to point out that, as seen in their stage show, the flag-burning routine "is astonishingly patriotic." It includes his observations about the greatness of being able to perform such a trick in a free country, proceeding to do the same trick but with the "Chinese Bill of Rights" - a sheet of cellophane - and turning around to show what happens to the flag, and finally, the flag not only reappears unscathed, but "up on the flag pole where it started, waving in the breeze." See more
While suffering from partial paralysis due to his MS, Bartlet loses feeling in and the ability to move both hands. It then progresses to his legs and his whole right arm. In a meeting with the senior staff a short time later, he remarks that he has gotten the use of his left hand back. He promptly gestures with his right hand while talking, and uses his right arm shortly thereafter to push his own wheelchair, but no reference is made (by anyone) to any abatement of the paralysis in his right arm. See more
[Penn & Teller have just performed a special "vanish" at Zoey's birthday party
Did they just burn an American flag in the White House?
References Access Hollywood
West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more