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With a state dinner in honor of an Indonesian president drawing closer, President Bartlet must deal with several problems including an FBI hostage standoff, a nearing category 4 hurricane, and a potential teamsters union strike. Meanwhile, the First Lady prepares to host the dinner, a reporter flirts with C.J., and Sam is surprised when he spots his call girl friend in attendance at the dinner.
This is the first appearance of Stockard Channing (First Lady Abbey Bartlet).
This episode won the Outstanding Costumes for a Series award at the 2000 Emmys.
Sam: Do you really think it's a good idea to invite people to dinner and then tell them exactly how to run their lives?
Toby: Absolutely. Otherwise, it's just a waste of food.
Abbey: You know, one of the things that happens when I stay away too long is that you forget you don't have the power to fix everything. You have a big brain, and a good heart, and an ego the size of Montana. You do, Jed. You don't have power to fix everything. But I do like watching you try.
Mandy: It really bugs you that the President listens to me sometimes.
Josh: Yes, but you shouldn't take it personally. It bugs me when the President listens to anyone who isn't me.
C.J.: Danny, when you flirt with me, are you doing it to get a story?
Danny: No, I'm doing it to flirt with you.
Danny: What are you wearing tonight?
C.J.: Your paper wants to know what I'm wearing?
Danny: No, it's just for me.
Sam: (to Josh) We look good, don't we?
Mandy: Do you guys want to be alone?