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On the day of Mrs. Landingham's funeral after her car accident, the staff has to deal with the building Haitian President crisis. Bartlet continues to deal with the Senators who don't support the tobacco company lawsuit while preparing to disclose to the public that he has MS and has been hiding it for the past eight years. Meanwhile, Toby gets an unexpected job offer; and Bartlet must decide whether or not he will seek reelection.
Bartlet's line -- Haec credam a deo pio? A deo iusto? A deo scito? Cruciatus in crucem! Tuus in terra servus nuntius fui officium perfeci. Cruciatus in crucem. Eas in crucem! -- translates from Latin into English as "am I to believe those were the acts of a loving God? A just God? A wise God? To hell with your punishments! I was your servant on Earth - I spread Your word and did Your work. To hell with your punishments. To hell with you."
This episode won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in conjunction with several episodes from this season.
For his performance in this episode, Martin Sheen (President Bartlet) was nominated for the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
C.J.: Listen, I was thinking since it's probably gonna be a light day, maybe blow off work, go shopping or something.
Mrs. Landingham: God doesn't make cars crash and you know it. Stop using me as an excuse.
Bartlet: (at the National Cathedral while smoking a cigarette and yelling at God) You're a son-of-a-bitch, you know that? She bought her first new car and you hit her with a drunk driver. What, was that supposed to be funny? "You can't conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God," says Graham Greene. I don't know whose ass he was kissing there 'cause I think you're just vindictive. What was Josh Lyman? A warning shot? That was my son. What did I ever do to yours except praise his glory and praise his name? There's a tropical storm that gaining speed and power. They say we haven't had a storm this bad since you took out that tender ship of mine in the north Atlantic last year, 68 crew. Do you know what a tender ship does? Fixes the other ships. Doesn't even carry guns, just goes around, fixes the other ships and delivers the mail, that's all it can do. Gratias tibi ago, domine. Yes, I lied. It was a sin. I've committed many sins. Have I displeased you, you feckless thug? 3.8 million new jobs, that wasn't good? Bailed out Mexico, increased foreign trade, 30 million new acres of land for conservation, put Mendoza on the bench, we're not fighting a war, I've raised three children... that's not enough to buy me out of the doghouse? Haec credam a deo pio? A deo iusto? A deo scito? Cruciatus in crucem! Tuus in terra servus nuntius fui officium perfeci. Cruciatus in crucem. Eas in crucem! You get Hoynes!
On the news that the President suffers from MS
Congressman Harry Wade: Leo, most of us are just hearing the news. And i don't wan't to be the first one to say it, but i'm gonna. I think the president has godt to strongly consider not to run for reelection.
Leo: You think you're the first one to say it? You are, at minimum, the thirtyfifth in the last two hours.
b]Congressman Harry Wade: But we're the ones that're talking to you now. And we're the ones who are asking. Is the Presiden gonna run for reelection?
Leo: Harry, Bill. There's gonna be a press conference tonight. I'd watch.
Near the beginning of the episode, Bartlet places his glasses in his left pocket, but a few shots later he retrieves them from his right pocket.
Toby: The President taped an Easter message that looked like it was lit by Ed Wood.
Ed Wood is a director, actor, screenwriter, and producer who is often refered to as the worst in the entertainment business history. After his death in 1978, Wood received the Golden Turkey Award for Worst Director of All Time, but his lack of ability landed him a large cult following.
Bartlet: "You can't conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God," says Graham Greene.
Henry Graham Greene is an English author who often explored moral issues in his work. The line that Bartlet quotes is from Greene's Brighton Rock, one of his most well-known works.