President Bartlet is fighting a war on two fronts as he tries to rescue hostages in Colombia and deal with explaining to his wife why he's breaking his word to her by running for a 2nd term.
Did You Know?
Sam and Ainsley have a running joke about her embarrassment over her first encounter with President Bartlet in the preceding episode. When she refers to "the humiliation that I've brought upon myself and my father," he observes she's got her "own little Euripides play" going. At another point, he refers to "your family and the House of Atreus." One of the great tragedians of ancient Greek drama, Euripides
(c. 480 - 406 BC) wrote a number of plays based on the mythology of the House of Atreus, whose sons were Agamemnon and Menelaus. Collectively known as the Atreides, the stories associated with these two kings and their descendants and lovers (for example, Iphigenia, Cassandra, Electra, Orestes, and Helen of Troy) inspired many subsequent writers, plays, and of course, films. The Dune
(1984) series of novels by Frank Herbert
purport to tell the story of the House Atreides, set in the far future, but whose characters claim to be descendants of the ancient Greek House of Atreus. See more
When Charlie is talking to Mrs. Landingham over her desk, the desk lamp is on in shots facing Mrs. Landingham and off in the reverse shots. See more
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet
I tell you something, Leo, after heroin and cocaine, tobacco is next.
Great. Another criminal empire we can give birth to. There's be speakeasies all over Chicago where you can get smuggled cartons of Marlboro Lights.
West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more