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After outdoing Sam on a television program, Bartlet offers to hire Ainsley Hayes, a Republican adviser, as assistant White House counsel, despite being from the Republican party. However, Bartlet's offer shocks the rest of the staff and causes resentment to build. Meanwhile, Toby and Josh attend a summit concerning the cost and availability of AIDS medication in the African countries that need it the most.
This is the first appearance of Emily Proctor (Ainsley Hayes).
This episode was nominated for Best Drama Episode at the 2001 Shine Awards.
Republic of Equatorial Kuhndu, the country President Nimbala is representing, is a fictional country.
(while Sam is getting defeated on Capitol Beat by Ainsely)
Sam: Please, oh please, let them not be watching.
Josh: (at the White House) Toby, come quick. Sam's getting his ass kicked by a girl.
Toby: Ginger, get the popcorn.
Bartlet: Charlie, I want to hire a woman whose voice I think would fit in nicely around here, she's a conservative Republican. Do you think I should do it?
Charlie: Absolutely, Mr. President. 'Cause I'm told that theirs is the party of inclusion.
Leo: You have an interesting conversational style, do you know that?
Ainsley: It's a nervous condition.
Leo: I used to have a nervous condition.
Ainsley: Really? How did yours manifest itself?
Leo: I drank a lot of scotch.
Ainsley: I get sick when I drink too much.
Leo: I get drunk when I drink too much.
(in Leo's office)
Leo: Were you offered coffee or something to drink?
Ainsley: Yes, the woman who works out there, who I imagine is your secretary, offered me coffee or something.
Ainsley: She was also kind enough to ask for my coat.
Leo: Excellent, and --
Ainsley: She seems to be a very good secretary.
Leo: She'll be happy to hear that, she's standing right outside the door.
(Leo pounds his hand on the door)
Margaret: (from outside) Ow.
The theme music for Capital Beat is the same theme music used for the UK's ITN News at 10.
Ainsley: This White House that loves the Bill of Rights, all of them - except the second one.
The second right that Ainsley is referring to is the second amendment of the Constitution that gives Americans the right to bear arms.