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Christmas has arrived at The White House but Josh's lack of holiday spirit forces Leo to ask Josh to consult with a doctor who specializes in helping trauma victims. Meanwhile, President Bartlet decides that he wants to sign his Christmas cards by hand -- all 100,000 of them. Sam confronts the Energy Secretary after he advocates the use of federal oil reserves. Elsewhere, C.J. becomes interested in a elderly female tourist who has a strange reaction to French painting and sets out to find the story behind the painting.
For his performance in this episode, and in conjunction with "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 2
", Bradley Whitford won the 2001 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
This episode won several awards including the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series and Outstanding Drama Series, the 2000 DGA Award Winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night, and was nominated for the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series.
Leo: This guy's walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up: "Hey, you! Can you help me out? " The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up: " Father, I'm down in this hole. Can you help me out? " The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by: " Hey, Joe, it's me. Can you help me out? " And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, "Are you stupid? Now we're both down here. " The friend says: "Yeah, but I've been down here before and I know the way out.
Bernard: C.J., your necklace is a monument to bourgeois taste.
C.J.: Thank you.
Bernard: You're welcome.
C.J.: You see, you try very hard to be mean, but then you see that being nice is better.
Bernard: You're a freakishly tall woman.
C.J.: So, that moment's over, then?
(about his meeting with Dr. Keyworth)
Josh: He thinks I have an eating disorder. And a fear of rectangles. That's not weird, is it?