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?
When recounting the story about being yelled at by an intern from the GAO, Sam (Rob Lowe
) calls it the General Accounting Office. The entity is now known as the Government Accountability Office, with that change occurring in 2004 - some three years after the original air date of this episode. 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
It's a weekend, it's spring training, CJ. Mike Piazza is gonna be standing in the batting cage, he's gonna turn and see me, he's gonna say 'Dude!'
Well, I wouldn't want you to miss a legitimate Dude Sighting.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more