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The Mommy Problem 

Despite vigorous campaigning, the Santos campaign still struggles to articulate its message and keep the focus on domestic issues rather than gossip and trivia. Although Santos served ... See full summary »

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Senator Arnold Vinick
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Annabeth Schott (credit only)
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C.J. Cregg
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Kate Harper (credit only)
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Toby Ziegler
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Leo McGarry (credit only)
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President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet (credit only)
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Greg Brock
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Margaret
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Nancy
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Bram Howard
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Despite vigorous campaigning, the Santos campaign still struggles to articulate its message and keep the focus on domestic issues rather than gossip and trivia. Although Santos served decades in the military and remains in the reserves, Vinick still appears the stronger candidate on national security issues due to stereotypes about Republicans and Democrats. The White House's decision to halt their own investigation into the leak is a savvy legal move, however it could prove to be costly politically: while Vinick can slam the President for this decision, it's not so easy for Santos to do so. Josh reluctantly recruits help with running the campaign when it becomes obvious that he's trying to do too much himself. Written by Murray Chapman

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Trivia

First episode since first season that Dule Hill wasn't on the opening credits. See more »

Goofs

Toby says, "NASA just announced that the astronauts fixed the space shuttle all by themselves." It was the space station that needed repair, not the shuttle. See more »

Quotes

Joey Lucas: All this attention on the leak story, it's magnifying the inevitable "Mommy Problem."
Ronna: Mommy Problem?
Josh Lyman: When voters want a national daddy: someone to be tough and strong and defend the country, they vote Republican...
Josh Lyman: When they want a mommy: someone to give them jobs, health care - the policy equivalent of motzah ball soup, they vote Democratic.
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References Dragnet (1951) See more »

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Jet Airliner
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Performed by the Steve Miller Band
Written by Paul Pena
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