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Bartlet and the staff prepare for a town meeting with college students while dealing with getting an American pilot, who was shot down in Iraqi territory, home before he’s captured. Toby’s brother is involved in a potential disaster on an orbiting space shuttle. Josh works to convince the Vice President to change his stance on campaign finance reform. Later, as Bartlet and the staff leave the meeting, bullets begin to fly.
In conjunction with several other episodes, this episode won the 2000 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
This is Moira Kelly's final appearance as Mandy Hampton though her departure is never explained. It is assumed that it is due to the memo she wrote on the administration's weaknesses, but it is never directly explained.
C.J.'s fish bowl has a Space Shuttle decoration.
Bartlet: Two politicians are having an argument. One of them stands up and says, "You're lying!" The other one answers, "Yes, I am, but hear me out."
Bartlet: I am excited about it. You come to the end of a long day, you sit back, you open a beer, you watch a sporting event.That's what men do.
Charlie: Girl's softball.
Bartlet: If that's what's on, then that's what they watch. It's either that, or a cricket match between Scotland and Bermuda. Now, I am an educated man, Charlie, but when someone tries to explain cricket to me, all I want to do is hit him in the head with a teapot.
Leo: Hey, Sam was here before. We've got some kind of signal?
Leo: What is that?
Josh: It's the signal.
Leo: It looks like a hip-hop gesture.
Josh: It's, uh, a plane taking off.
Leo: Doesn't look like a plane taking off.
Bartlet: Listen, have I gotten any of the names right so far?
Charlie: No sir, but you came damn close on a couple of them.