Josh finalizes a six billion-dollar health care that has strong support from both parties in both houses and appears to be a slam dunk for passage, but 78-year-old Senator Howard Stackhouse pulls a last-minute surprise: he wants money added for autism research or he'll filibuster. Thinking it's just a bluff, Josh blows off the senator, who then filibusters for more than eight hours while the w.w. staff waits desperately to begin their weekend, with the episode unfolding as staffers write e-mails to family members describing the evening's action. Elsewhere, Sam tries to eliminate various costly government documents, for which he's taken to task by a very young intern.
Did You Know?
Senator Stackhouse (George Coe
) appears to be a left-leaning Democrat in this episode, but previous mentions show him leaning to the right in opposition to the President (Martin Sheen
). The West Wing: In This White House
(2000) mentions Stackhouse as one of the men Capital Beat tried to get to speak on the right in opposition to Sam (Rob Lowe
), before they went with Ainsley Hayes (Emily Procter
). "Mandatory Minimums" also shows him on the right of the issue. See more
At the end, the Senator sent to ask a question to Senator Stackhouse says, "Point of Order Mr. Speaker" but in fact according to Parliamentary Procedure the proper way to ask a question to the speaker is "Point of Information." A 'point of order' is a question regarding the Parliamentary Procedure being used. See more
CJ, it's Friday night, I'm supposed to have dinner with my girlfriend. She's gonna kill me.
Yeah, but you know what, Mark, this is just the kind of thing that can cleanse the palate of a relationship that's gone stale, like a fine sorbet.
We've been goin' out for three weeks.
And she's already bitchin' about dinner?
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more