A rapidly-escalating international crisis involving Iran and the UK requires C.J. to wake the President, triggering a confrontation with Abbey about allowing him enough rest to properly manage his MS. British Ambassador Lord John Marbury is summoned, and proceeds to wander the halls looking for "Gerald" while threatening to bomb Iran. Toby and Professor Lawrence Lessig meet with a delegation from Belarus to discuss a new constitution, and disagree on whether to base it on a parliamentary or presidential system. The latest Miss World makes a traditional visit to the White House to discuss a cause.
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is a real-life constitutional scholar who was involved in drafting an early version of the Georgian constitution. Episode writer Josh Singer
took Lessig's Constitutional Law course at Harvard, and remembered an anecdote told during class. Lessig approved the script, which he felt captured 90% of what was important about "constitutionalism": building a society that respects the rule of law. See more
Lawrence Lessig says British Prime Ministers are weak because they are "subject to shifting coalitions". However, the UK's electoral system ensures that one party normally gets a majority in the House of Commons, meaning coalitions are very rare. See more
You're taking her to the opera?
Verdi's Otello. Romantic, huh?
Isn't that one where the guy kills his wife?
It's in Italian. I'm hoping she won't notice.
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