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Sam, Josh, Toby and Bartlet consider calling back Congress from their winter holiday break in order to push through a nuclear test-ban treaty. A drunken Ukrainian leader shows up at the White House demanding a meeting with President Bartlet. Meanwhile, Donna attempts to get the President to back legislation on stress injuries; Sam reluctantly works with Ainsley Hayes; and C.J. argues with Danny over him wanting access to the President for an exclusive story.
Charlie: Yes, sir?
Bartlet: Could I have a couple of aspirin? Or a weapon of some kind to kill people with?
Sam: I don't need your help. I'm asking for your help so let's not make a federal --
Ainsley: (into her phone) Dad, it's me. Sam's asking for my help.
Sam: Put the phone down.
Ainsley: (into her phone) Gotta go, dad, I need to help Sam.
Sam: That must have rolled them in the aisles back in Georgia.
Ainsley: I'm from North Carolina.
Sam: Wherever it was you studied baton twirling.
Ainsley: That'll be Harvard Law School.
Episode Title: The Lame Duck Congress
In politics, a "Lame Duck" session is a session where old members of a group meet after an election of new members before the new terms have started. Lame Duck can also refer to an elected official who has lost a reelection but holds their office until inauguration.