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As Christmas quickly approaches, President Bartlet sneaks out to finish some last minute shopping. Toby, after learning more about a forgotten Korean War veteran, arranges a funeral for him. C.J. tries to get the staff to focus on the hate crime issue again while continuing to fend off the reporter who keeps asking her out. Sam and Josh plan a strike against Congressman Lillenfield who’s been hinting at Leo’s past involving drug and alcohol abuse.
This episode was nominated for several awards including the 2001 WGA Laurel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television Writing for Episodic Drama and a 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series.
This episode won several awards including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (in conjunction with other episodes from this season), the 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Richard Schiff) (in conjunction with other episodes from this season), and the 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Leo: Well, nothing says Christmas like animal fables in iambic verse.
(while signing cards)
Leo: Who's this for?
Leo: Who the hell is that?
Margaret: Your sister.
Josh: Could you stop looking at me with the face --
Donna: It's my face.
Josh: -- like I just killed your hamster.
C.J.: My Secret Service name is Flamingo.
Danny: That's nice.
C.J.: I have to go feed my fish.
(Sam and Toby are arguing about when the new millennium starts)
Sam: The common sensibility, to quote Stephen Jay Gould -
Toby: Stephen Jay Gould needs to look at a calendar.
Sam: Gould says "this is a largely unresolveable issue."
Toby: Yes, it's tough to resolve, yes. You have to look at a calendar.
C.J.: What's your Secret Service code name?
Sam: They just changed them.
C.J.: I know. What's yours.
C.J.: Mine's Flamingo.
Sam: That's nice.
C.J.: No it's not nice.
Sam: The flamingo's a nice-looking bird.
C.J.: The flamingo's a ridiculous-looking bird.
Sam: You're not ridiculous-looking.
C.J.: I know I'm not ridiculous-looking.
Sam: Any way for me to get out of this conversation?
Josh: I believe I would eat that book before I read it.