Written by: Alex Graves, Directed by: Andrew Bernstein
- Takes Place: 82 days until election day
- Broadcast: Sunday, October 16, 2005
- Query: What was the piece played in the Mozart recital (by the Valssenko Septet)?
- Information: The Prime Minister of Isreal is Eli Zahavy.
- Margaret appears before "the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the 14th closed hearing by this committee as we conduct our joint inquiry into the disclosure of classified national security information to the press." They grill her on phone records and what she knows about the phone calls between Greg Brock (the reporter of the story) and C.J. They seem to have talked between 2 and 14 times a week in the six months before the disclosure and the committee wants to know what Margaret knows about those phone calls. Back at the office Charlie tells Toby to pay up on a bet they had and also tells him
- "C.J. was up all night."
When C.J. joins them, Toby notes that she is "talking very fast."
Toby leaves and as Charlie hands her coffee, she tells him, "I need less coffee and more sleep."
- And on the Santos campaign, Santos and Leo are together. And after getting Santos's stump speech five times a day, Leo has been seen to occasionally look at his watch. Annabeth demands his watch in order to give him the call from C.J.
- "You're not a tall person," Leo mentions to her.
"And I think you're fabulous."
When he finally talks to C.J., he tells her that he was also subpeoned to appear before the Congressional committee.
- Palestinian Chairman Farad is assassinated. And President Bartlet is told it is likely that he was killed to keep their peace keeping mission from succeeding. Bartlet is pretty upset. With everything going on, C.J. tells Charlie and Toby,
- "I'm on my last drop of adrenaline...."
Toby tells her "Hey, I got subpoenaed."
"Nope. Last one to get subpoenaed is a rotten egg."
"Last one to get subpoena is the focus of the investigation."
- Bartlet starts talking about attending the funeral.
- "Only world leaders with a death wish would go to this funeral," Kate tells him.
"Fine then we'll send Congress."
Toby tells him, "You should go, sir. Palestinians need to see you there. They need to see how much you respected Farad. How committed you still are to the peace process."
"I am going to attend this funeral and I want the leaders of the world to attend with me."
- C.J. desperately needs a nap. She tells Charlie,
- "I'm starting to see weird colors.... I just need half an hour."
Before she can more than lie down, Toby comes in and says, "I want you to reconsider getting a lawyer."
"...Can't you see that I am losing my mind? And if I can't sleep, I need at least 10 minutes of quiet time to myself."
Charlie goes for coffee and Margaret is still on the hill. And because of that Charles Frost meets C.J. (Vinick had complained about him going on and on about Kazhkstan.)
- "The assassination of Chairman Farad is not what they have been telling you.... This was a carefully organized act and there are more coming.... The assassination of Chairman Farad is linked to another assassination that will be carried out within the next few days and another that will be carried out in weeks to come. The next target will be Kazakhstan.... Rushan Issetov---"
"...The third assassination will be the regional vice president of Unocal."
After 20 minutes with him, C.J. tells Kate what he said. Kate tells her, "Frost is a good analyst. he knows the region better than anyone but he's also wrong as often as he's right."
And then finally C.J. is subpoenaed.
- Santos has responded to an earlier question about Intelligent Design saying "I believe in God and I like to think that He's intelligent." So now people don't know where he stands on what should be taught in school science classes. So during a small forum with teachers, he is asked,
- "...if you believe in the theory of evolution?"
"Well, I think it would be fairly difficult to teach geology, anthropology and zoology without evolution. So, yes I do. I don't think it's contradictory to believe in science and believe in God."
"Do you believe that the theory of Intelligent Design and the theory of evolution should be taught alongside each other in the public schools?
"Absolutely not. One is based on science and one is based on faith. Intelligent Design is not a scientific theory. It's a religious belief and our constitution does not allow for the teaching of religion in our public schools.... Evolution is not perfect, It doesn't answer every question but it is based on scientific facts. Facts that can be predicted, tested and proven. Intelligent Design asks theological questions. I'm sure that many of us would agree that at the beginning of all that begetting something begun. What was that something?"
"...Many of us what a version of science taught to our kids that's in accordance with our beliefs."
"I understand. But can't we agree that the inclusion of non-scientific explanations into the science curriculum of our schools misrepresents the nature of science and therefore compromises the central purpose of our public education which is the preparation of a scientifically literate work force?"
- Leo gets advice about his subpoena and is reminded,
- "So, a candidate for the Vice Presidency with a history of alcoholism and heart disease was working inside the White House when a major breach of national security occurred and is now going to be dropped off at the press-infested Hart building with his lawyer to testify before a Republican Congressional committee investigating a Democratic administration's failure to competently protect the Presidency?"
"Any way I can protect the Santos campaign?" Leo asks and is told this will blow up on the campaign.
- Leo and Annabeth are spending a lot of time together. The President is leaving for the funeral first thing in the morning. Then Mr. Frost's prediction about the assassination of the President of Kazakhstan comes to pass which disturbs C.J. And on the campaign Santos continues his discussion.
- "To be a person of faith is to have the world challenge that faith. Was the universe designed by God? That's up to everyone in this country to decide for themselves, because the framers of our Constitution believed that if the people were to be sovereign and belong to different religions at the same time then our official religion would have to be no religion at all. It was a bold experiment then as it is now.. It wasn't meant to make us comfortable, it was meant to make us free."
- Margaret finally gets back from the hill. And after talking to the President about how Leo testifying before the committee will be a major blow to the Santos campaign, Toby comes to C.J.'s office (she tells him she's completely strung out after he day),
- "I got a lawyer," he tells her.
"I got a lawyer — I did it."
Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg
Photo: Danny Feld
Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg, |
Dulé Hill as Charlie Young
NBC Universal Photo: Danny Feld
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