The West Wing staffers are introduced as each learns via phone or pager that the President was in a cycling accident. Josh faces the possible loss of his job after an on-air insult of a political opponent, which Toby tries to prevent by having Josh make a personal apology. Sam's fling the previous night with Laurie, who unbeknownst to Sam is a call girl, puts him in hot water, which he compounds when ineptly lecturing a class of 4th-graders about the White House and then asking their teacher which child is Leo's daughter. Leo must deal with the fallout from Josh's blunder, as well as 137 Cuban refugees who escaped on rafts and are seeking asylum. The president walks in during Josh's apology, recites the First Commandment, and lambastes three Christian pols for not denouncing a fringe group.
Did You Know?
F. William Parker
and David Sage
share a scene together in the pilot to "Babylon 5: The Gathering" (1993) (TV) and The West Wing. In Babylon 5 they are the businessmen (credited as "Business Man 1" and "Business Man 2" who hire telepath Lyta Alexander to monitor their business deal. In The West Wing they play the Reverend Al Caldwell and John Van Dyke who attend the meeting in the west wing with Mary Marsh. See more
When Leo McGarry is on the phone with the New York Times complaining about the spelling of GADDAFI in the crossword puzzle, he says he has, in the past, ordered, "a preemptive Exocet missile strike against his air force." The Exocet is an anti-ship missile, and the USA has never had any of them. See more
President Josiah Bartlet
With the clothes on their backs, they came through a storm. And those that didn't die want a better life. And they want it here. Talk about impressive. My point is this: break's over.
References ABC News Nightline
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more