A disastrous fiscal crisis looms when the federal government is shut down after the President engages in a war of wills between the powerful GOP House Speaker over an extra two percent in budget reductions that would trim many of Bartlet's key social programs -- and the Democrats are blamed based on opinion polls. As Leo, Josh and Toby send everyone home, they remain uneasy as the President refuses to compromise -- until he arrives on a bold plan to personally and publically challenge the Republicans in the halls of the Capitol. Meanwhile, Abbey suddenly reappears from her self-imposed exile for a State dinner that she might have to cook herself.
The nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning. Among the nominees were Lily Tomlin for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Grace and Frankie, Elisabeth Moss for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on Mad Men, Felicity Huffman for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role on American Crime, Ty Burrell for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on Modern Family, Allison Janney for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mom and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role on Masters of Sex, Alan Alda for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role on The Blacklist and Bradley Whitford for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on Transpartent.
Those nominated in non-acting categories include Lesli Linka Glatter for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for her work on Homeland, Jane Lynch for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program for Hollywood Game Night, Laura Schiff for Outstanding Casting in a Drama Series for Mad Men and Anette Haellmigk for Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series for Game of Thrones.