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President Bartlet and the staff travel to Los Angeles for a fundraiser hosted by a wealthy filmmaker. Back in Washington, Leo has to convince the Vice President to support Bartlet’s stance on an ethanol tax bill that is deadlocked in the Senate. Meanwhile, in order to protect his daughter, Bartlet has the Secret Service close down a restaurant where she’s dining.
This is the first appearance of Tim Matheson
(John Hoynes) since "Enemies
Moira Kelly (Mandy Hampton) does not appear in this episode.
While at the party, Donna says "Matt Perry, right there, goodbye!". In season 4's "Evidence of Things Not Seen
", Matthew Perry begins his brief 3 episode arc as Joe Quincy.
This is the first appearance of Jorja Fox
(Gina Toscano). She will appear in four other episodes as Zoey's bodyguard. Fox is known for her role as Sara Sidle on CSI
Josh: How's he [Bartlet] doing in there?
Sam: Oh, he's got that look on his face like he's thinking about ways to kill himself.
Toby: What, I'm not coming in the car?
Bartlet: No, and you know why? Because you made fun of the guacamole.
Toby: I didn't!
Bartlet: I could tell you were thinking it.
Toby: Fair enough.
Josh: She said she was with somebody.
Donna: Oh, Josh!
Josh: Donna, she's with somebody.
Donna: She could've just been saying that.
Josh: Why would she have just been saying that?
Donna: For the allure.
Josh: I'm not gonna knock on her door at one in the morning.
Donna: Yes, 'cause you're whisking back to Washington and you had to see her one more time before you left 'cause God knows what fate awaits you when you get there.
Josh: Are you okay?
C.J.: Pretend like you're talking to me again.
Sam: Okay, but this time let's use code names.
C.J.: Where's Josh?
Sam: He's over there talking to that woman.
Sam: Of course it's possible they're just pretending to be talking.
At the hotel, Josh has trouble getting his key card to work so Donna comes over to help him. This same situation will occur in season 6's "King Corn
You know what would be great? If you could get him to drive his bike into a tree again.
Leno is referring to the "Pilot
" in which Bartlet rides his bike into a tree, injuring himself.