A pair of skinheads open fire as the President leaves a lecture theater, causing panic, chaos and injury. As the drama at the George Washington Hospital unfolds, C.J. and Leo field questions about exactly who is in charge while the president undergoes surgery, and Toby is asked about Secret Service protection measures. Flashbacks show the birth of the "Bartlett for America" campaign: Josh is courted by Leo; on his way to see Bartlett speak in New Hampshire he stops off to visit Sam at his Manhattan law firm; Toby is drinking at a bar, convinced he will be fired for advice he's given Bartlett.
Did You Know?
Bartlet (Martin Sheen
)'s assassination attempt is almost identical to that of President Ronald Reagan
's assassination attempt. Both Presidents are shot when leaving an event where they made a speech, both are waving at supporters, both are pushed into the car when they're shot, both don't realise they've been shot until they're in the car and the Secret Service Agents notices blood coming out of their mouths, and both make jokes to family, friends, and doctors to lighten up their critical situation, and both survive their attempts. See more
Josh is unloaded from the ambulance head first. Patients are always placed in an ambulance so that their head is closer to the front, and would therefore come out feet first. See more
If I see the real thing in Nashua, should I tell you about it?
You won't have to.
You've got a pretty bad poker face.
Referenced in Entourage: The Sorkin Notes
West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more