Bartlet, Leo, Sam, Toby, and C.J. travel to New York City for a Catholic fund raiser at a long Broadway play called "The War of the Roses". Josh steps up his efforts to beat his girlfriend, Amy, in their struggle over welfare reform, which leads to her forced resignation. C.J. and Secret Service agent Simon Donavon grow closer, but a tragic event cuts short their relationship. At the play, Bartlet comes face to face with Republican Presidential candidate Rob Ritchie and faces the decision of whether or not to assassinate the Qumari Defense Minister.
Did You Know?
This episode uses Red and White to reinforce the theme of War and Peace. From the banners at the play, the roses next to the President and Ritchie, and even the shirts Josh and Amy are wearing during an argument. See more
When Simon calls in the robbery, he gives the location as being on Broadway in the upper 90's. This is a couple of miles from the theater and, even if he were going to the Secret Service field office (as CJ notes later), he'd be going the wrong way; the field office was moved to Brooklyn after the September 11 attacks. See more
Agent Simon Donovan
[holding a gun on a bank robber
Don't reach! I'm Secret Service. You know you'll never get there.
from 'The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby'
Written by Stephen Oliver
Performed by Adrian Diamond
Vocal Production by Leanne Summers See more