A stealth fighter is shot down over Iraq, leading to Bartlet ordering a military rescue as Toby worries about his brother trapped on a space shuttle orbiting the Earth. CJ deals with the ramifications of misleading the press about the rescue as the staff prepares for a town hall meeting that night. The town hall meeting goes well until the President leaves...and shots ring out.
Did You Know?
During the taping of the final scene, Jorja Fox
's foot was run over by one of the limousines. She continued working on the scene until Aaron Sorkin
was informed by the driver of the car that her foot had been run over. She was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken foot before returning to work. According to Sorkin, Fox apologized and said that it was her fault for missing her mark. See more
When the U.S. pilot who was shot down in Iraq was rescued, C.J. Cregg tells President Bartlet that he's "safe and on his way to Tel Aviv". The U.S. and Israel are allies but rescued U.S. military personnel would not be taken to Tel Aviv in this situation, because the U.S. doesn't have official military facilities in that country; he would have been airlifted to the nearest U.S. base or ship that was equipped to treat any injuries and provide assistance after his ordeal. In addition, when this episode was set in 2000, there were U.S. military locations in the Middle East/Persian Gulf that were closer to Iraq than Israel is, and the pilot would have been taken to the closest one possible. It's worth noting that the U.S. does often bring ships into port calls in Israel, but they do so in Haifa, not Tel Aviv. See more
CJ, I'm not staying in the penalty box forever. I have covered the White House for eight years and I've done it with the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and the Dallas Morning News! And I'm telling you you can't mess me around like this!
Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg
Danny, I gotta tell you, that was - seriously - that was a turn-on when you said that, though I don't know why you decided to be your most haughty on the Dallas Morning News in that sentence.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more