Leo orders Josh to speak to a trauma psychiatrist, who asks him to review the events of the last three weeks: Toby insisted on having live music in the foyer for Christmas, an Air Force pilot separated from his flight team without explanation, Yo-Yo Ma performed at the White House, and Josh managed to cut his hand quite badly. Also, C.J. looks into a report of a woman freaking out during a tour of the White House.
Did You Know?
The subplot about the lady who recognizes the painting, although fictional in its particulars, is based on truth in some ways. Bernard, the protocol officer, tells C. J. that the painting author was Gustave Cailloux ( fictional painter, not to be confused with real artist Gustave Caillebotte ). The painting discussed is "The Etretat Cliffs after the Storm" by Gustave Courbet ). The Nazi element of this storyline is based in fact; many pieces of art that had been owned by Jewish families before World War II were looted by the Nazis before their owners had been sent off to concentration camps, as had happened to the lady's family in this episode. See more
In the flashback scene, while Toby is talking to Josh about the quintet playing in the lobby, he mentions how for the last two Christmases, he has been accused of having no Christmas spirit around the White House and that he's decided to be different this year. The Bartlet Administration has only been in office since January of the previous year, so they only would have been in the White House for one Christmas so far. See more
I don't need a doctor.
Are you a doctor?
Then be quiet.
Joy To The World
Written by Isaac Watts
, with music attributed to George Frideric Handel
Performed by The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble See more