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Bartlet’s political rivals attach a land-use rider is to a vital banking bill. C.J. attempts to silence rumors that Bartlet and Vice President Hoynes fought during a Cabinet meeting, despite the rumors being true. Leo isn’t happy when his daughter, Mallory, asks Sam out, and is less enthusiastic when he accepts. Meanwhile, C.J. continues to ignore Danny’s advances when she begins to suspect that he’s only trying to get a lead on a story.
This episode was nominated for WGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television Writing for Episodic Drama.
This is the first episode to not have Aaron Sorkin credited as a writer, story, or teleplay.
Bartlet: We should organize a staff field-trip to Shenandoah. I could even act as the guide. What do you think?
Josh: Good a place as any to dump your body.
Bartlet: What was that?
Josh: Did I say that out loud?
Sam: You're asking me out on a date.
Mallory: I'm asking you to accompany me to the Beijing Opera tonight.
Sam: How is this not a date?
Mallory: There will be, under no circumstances, any sex for you tonight.
Sam: Well, like most people, I'm an absolute nut for Chinese opera and with your guarantee there will be no sex, I don't see how I can refuse.
Josh: You're quite a nerd, Mr. President.
Josh: We talk about enemies more than we used to.
Mandy: Are you listening to me?
Mandy: What was the last thing I said?
Toby: The last thing you said was "Are you listening to me?"
Mandy: You guys are idiots. Did you know that?
C.J.: In our own defense, we actally do know that.
Bartlet: I find [Cabinet] meetings to be a fairly mind-numbing experience, but Leo assures me they are Constitutionally required.
In actuality, Cabinet is formed and convened at the judgment of the President, and has no constitutional basis or requirement.