A nuclear device is tested in the Indian Ocean, but none of the known nuclear powers will claim responsibility, leading to the possibility of a terrorist group holding missile tests. Vice President Russell, heretofore dismissed by west wing staff as a joke, a four-term congressman alleged to be securely in the pocket of a large Colorado mining company, recalls a junket he'd taken early in his political career in which a drunken Israeli statesman confessed to secret missile tests. Russell visits the sit. room and puts the military and national security leaders at ease, leading the president and Leo to reassess the man's political gravitas. Bartlet then drags the Israeli p.m. to the White House, where they debate the power of the U.S. to dictate which states should have nuclear capabilities.
No indication it was a missile, device is more accurate
Did You Know?
The main plot of this episode closely resembles the Vela Incident, although in the real-life incident the responsible party was never found, nor was it ever confirmed there actually was a detonation. See more
In season 2, the White House is committed to space exploration, evidenced by the Galileo probe sent to Mars. In this episode, Josh indicates that the White House has no plans for space exploration. See more
My generation never got the future it was promised... Thirty-five years later, cars, air travel is exactly the same. We don't even have the Concorde anymore. Technology stopped.
The personal computer...
A more efficient delivery system for gossip and pornography? Where's my jet pack, my colonies on the Moon?
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more