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The staff must deal with several problems throughout the course of a day, including UFOs and smallpox. The senior staff meets with several interest groups referred to as "the crackpots". Josh becomes shaken when he receives a card that instructs him where to go in case of a nuclear attack. Meanwhile, Toby and President Bartlet clash over plans for a trip to California and Bartlet prepares for a press conference.
This is the first appearance of Elisabeth Moss (Zoey Bartlet).
This is the first episode to feature the theme music that will be used for the rest of the series.
Toby: It’s “Throw Open Our Office Doors To People Who Want To Discuss Things That We Could Care Less About ... Day”.
C.J.: There's an article I want you to read in The New Yorker.
Josh: What's it about?
Josh: The disease?
C.J.: No, the dessert topping, Josh.
Bartlet: Ten years ago, the Federal budget had a deficit of 22 billion dollars but the national debt rose from 5.2 trillion to 5.4 trillion in the same fiscal year
Economist: You knew those figures in your head?
Leo: The President's startlingly freakish that way.
Sam: Because there are levels, and an order to our Air Force Command, and to jump from a radar officer to the Commander in Chief would skip several of those levels.
Bob: Like what?
Sam: Like the Pentagon, and, you know, perhaps therapy.
Bartlet: Do you want to play or do you want to write my eulogy?
Toby: Can I be honest with you?
Sam: What can I do for you, Bob?
Bob: In a nutshell?
Sam: So to speak.
Bob: We'd like the White House to pay a little more attention to UFOs.
Sam: Are we paying any attention at all right now?
Sam: Thank God.
C.J.: More people get killed each year getting change out of a vending machine than get killed in a wolf attack. Number of people killed last year retrieving change from a vending machine: four. Number of people killed by a wolf attack: zero.
Josh: (to Leo) Is today total crackpot day?
Josh: What did you want to talk about?
Leo: First off (he slaps him on top of the head) That's for total crackpot day.