On the night of the State of the Union, Sam has to explain the process of writing the speech and grading reaction to it to a magazine reporter (Traylor Howard) throughout the evening; C.J. arranged the coverage aware that the reporter, Lisa Sherbourn, is Sam's ex-fiancée; flashing back to the speechwriting process, we see the president dining with several of Abbey's medical colleagues, and they ponder the future of cancer research, motivating Bartlet to ask that a section be added to the SOTU in which he calls for U.S. scientists to find a cancer cure by 2012; the staff, convinced that the Congressional censure is weighing heavily on the president, tries to talk him out of this bold but risky proposal.
Did You Know?
Toby (Richard Schiff
) says there are 173 words in the Ten Commandments. Common English translations have it at about 310 words, while the Hebrew he is familiar with sits at 99. Toby might be referring to an overly abbreviated version, but it is likely that Aaron Sorkin
just went with an accurate sounding number. See more
Joey polled 16 Republicans, 16 Democrats, and 12 Independents, and found that 69% said the President was a strong leader. This is mathematically impossible, as 30 divided by 44 is 68% and 31 divided by 44 is 70%. See more
In 1940, our armed forces weren't among the twelve most formidable in the world, but obviously we were going into a big war. And Roosevelt said the U.S. would produce 50,000 airplanes in the next four years. Everyone thought it was a joke. And it was, because it turned out we produced 100,000 airplanes. Gave the air force an armada that would block the sun.
West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more