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Still angry about an American jet being shot down in the Mideast, President Bartlet overrules a plan for a “proportional” military strike put together by the joint chiefs of staff. Bartlett wants a more severe attack, but the type of attack he wants would result in thousands of casualties. While Leo tries to cool Bartlet down, C.J. talks to Sam about the possible ramifications of his ongoing relationship with Laurie, the call girl. Meanwhile, Josh hires an African American teenager as an aide to the President.
This is the first apperance of Dulé Hill (Charlie Young) and John Amos (Admiral Percy Fitzwallace).
Admiral Percy Fitzwallace is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Though he isn't credited, this episode marks the first appearance of recurring guest star Timothy Busfield (Danny Concannon).
Josh: What's the good of being in power if you're not going to haul your enemies in for questioning?
C.J.: Admiral Fitzwallace is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Leo McGarry is White House Chief of Staff, I'm your host, C.J. Let's play our game.
Toby: How the hell did I get into trouble?
Josh: Today? All you had to do was get out of bed.
Sam: Have you ever tried to overthrow the government?
Charlie: No, sir.
Sam: What the hell's been stopping you?
C.J.: What this is about, Sam, is you're a high-profile, very visible, much-noticed member --
Sam: You just said three things that all mean the same thing.
Josh: You know what, C.J., I think I'm the best judge of what I mean, you paranoid Berkely shiksa feminista! Well that was way too far.
C.J.: No, no. Well, I've got a staff meeting to go to and so do you, you elitest Harvard fascist missed-the-Dean's-list-two-semesters-in-a-row Yankee jackass!
Timothy Busfield makes his first appearance as a reporter called Danny - but he's not credited even though he plays an important and significant part in this episode.
When President Bartlet, Sam, and Toby are standing in front of Bartlet's desk, Sam's glasses appear and disappear as the camera changes angles.