"Previously on the West Wing" spoken by Leo
C.J. must hold down the fort by herself since most of her staff have been subpoenaed to testify in the military shuttle leak investigation. Major trouble breaks out in the Middle East, jeopardizing Bartlet's peace plan.
Margaret testifies before a Senate committee inquiry regarding the White House shuttle leak. She is grilled over a series of phone calls between C.J. Cregg and Greg Brock.
In Jerusalem, a suicide bomber takes the life of Palestinian Chairman Nizar Farad. Bartlet insists on attending the funeral despite the security risks and requests that other world leaders do the same.
On the campaign trail, it's "Education Week" for the Santos campaign but the message quickly gets derailed when Santos implies to the press that he believes in intelligent design.
To make matters worse, Leo is served with a subpoena to testify about the shuttle leak. C.J. and Toby are also issued subpoenas.
At a town hall meeting, Santos clarifies his position on intelligent design. He tells a group of teachers that, while his faith teaches him that there was a designer, he believes in evolution and does not think that intelligent design and evolution should not be taught alongside each other in schools.
Later that night, Toby confesses to a stunned C.J. that he was the source of the leak.
- Alan Alda as Senator Arnold Vinick
- Kristin Chenoweth as Annabeth Schott
- Dulé Hill as Charlie Young
- Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg
- Mary McCormack as Kate Harper
- Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler
- John Spencer as Leo McGarry
- Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman
- with Jimmy Smits as Matthew Santos
- and Martin Sheen as President Jed Bartlet
Special Guest StarsEdit
- Mitch Pileggi as Senator Dresden
- John Aylward as Barry Goodwin
- Steve Ryan as Miles Hutchinson
- Tom Everett as Charles Frost
- NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper
- Renée Estevez as Nancy
- Karis Campbell as Ronna Beckman
- Evan Arnold as Ned Carlson
- Thomas Kopache as Bob Slatterly
- Tom W. Chick as Gordon
- Trev Broudy as Local Reporter
- Melanie Chapman as Michelle Banks
- David Q. Combs as Clifford Reynolds
- James Schendel as Bob Peterson
- Joyce Guy as Charlayne
- David Brownstein as Reporter #2
- Kerstin Lindquist as Anchor
This is the first episode in which we learn Margaret's last name: Hooper.
In the scene where C.J. is trying to take a nap in her office, after yelling at Toby, she gets up, swings her suit jacket over her head to put it on and walks to her desk and begins to rummage though her purse for her wallet. When the scene cuts, the camera is looking from behind C.J. to show Charlie and Toby. Here, you can see that her jacket is not on correctly: the teal of her blouse around her torso is visible instead of the black suit jacket. When the scene cuts back to show C.J. asking Toby if he wants anything, her jacket is on correctly, indicating that the scene was created from different takes.
C.J. Cregg: Can’t you see that I’m losing my mind? And if I can’t sleep, I need at least ten minutes of quiet time to myself. Quiet time. My time! I’m going out to get coffee. I’m learning to freebase the stuff, if that’s what it takes to make this life livable: peace and quiet, and an IV of caffeine. Can I get you anything?
Toby Ziegler: I’m good.
C.J. Cregg: Charlie?
Charlie Young: Let me get it. You take your nap.
C.J. Cregg: Really?
Charlie Young: It’s either that or we pad the walls of your office. What’ll you have?
C.J. Cregg: I want a double shot light on the soy cinnamon chai mochachino, no whip, sprinkles, and another shot on top.
[Charlie stares at her.]
C.J. Cregg: I’ll write it down.
Congressman Matt Santos: Intelligent Design is not a scientific theory. It's a religious belief and our constitution does not allow for the teaching of religion in our public schools... Evolution is not perfect, It doesn't answer every question but it is based on scientific facts. Facts that can be predicted, tested and proven. Intelligent Design asks theological questions. I'm sure that many of us would agree that at the beginning of all that begetting something begun. What was that something?