Sam, despite the rest of the staff urging him not to, decides to publicly pursue the call girl he spent the night with. C.J. tries to make the best of the ongoing clash between the Vice President and President over a bill. Meanwhile, President Bartlet hires Mandy Hampton as his consultant and the plane carrying Bartlet’s doctor is shot down, leaving a young African-American Navy captain to substitute as the President’s physician.
Episode number: 1x2 Production Number: 225901 Airdate: Wednesday September 29th, 1999
This is the first appearance of Tim Matheson (Vice President John Hoynes).
Mandy: I could kill you with my shoe!
Toby: Sarcasm's a disturbing thing coming from a woman of your age, Mrs. Landingham. Mrs. Landingham: What age would that be, Toby? Toby: Late twenties? Mrs. Landingham: Attaboy.
Sam: About a week ago I accidentally slept with a prostitute. Toby: Really? Sam: Yes. Toby: You accidentally slept with a prostitute? Sam: Call girl. Toby: Accidentally? Sam: Yes. Toby: I don't understand. Did you trip over something?
Episode Title: Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
The episode title is a Latin phrase that translates as "After this, therefore because of this". In political sciences, it is known as the Theory of Coincidental Correlation, meaning that it's incorrect to assume that one event caused a second event to occur.