Template:EpisodeNewTitle While President Bartlet and his staff debate the appropriate response to a controversial new sex education study, there are fears that the parents of a murdered gay teenager should be excused from attending the signing of a hate crimes bill because of the father's embarrassment about his son's homosexuality. Josh and Sam meet with an appropriations subcommittee which is investigating Josh's lack of cooperation in the White House staff drug probe -- all of which is designed to expose Leo's former substance-abuse problem. The President tries to convince daughter Zoey to drop a sociology class taught by a professor whose ideas offend him -- not to mention her new best friend Charlie. Toby relishes his verbal duel with some congressmen who have held up the newest appointments for the Public Broadcasting Corporation. C.J. is advised to save a few embarrassing stories for release on Friday to blunt the effect on the media over the weekend, but she also finds time to continue her frisky flirtation with a White House reporter. 
- Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn
- Moira Kelly as Mandy Hampton
- Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg
- Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler
- John Spencer as Leo McGarry
- Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman
- and Martin Sheen as President Jed Bartlet
- Timothy Busfield as Danny Concannon
- Janel Moloney as Donna Moss
- Suzy Nakamura as Cathy
- Dakin Matthews as Congressman Simon Blye
- James Handy as Congressman Joseph Bruno
- Ray Baker as Jonathan Lydell
- Liza Weil as Karen Larsen
- Linda Gehringer as Jennifer Lydell
- Renee Estevez as Nancy
- Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Landingham
- NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper
- Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick
- Kim Webster as Ginger
- Larry Sullivan Jr. as Hamlin
- Bradley James as Secret Service Agent Donnie
- Sheryl Arenson as Lock
- Jana Lee Hamblin as Reporter Bobbi
- Jacqueline Torres as Reporter Sondra
- Charles Noland as Reporter Steve
- Kris Murphy as Reporter Katie Witt
- Cast member Dulé Hill does not appear in this episode.
- Leo McGarry: I'm not cured. You don't get cured. I haven't had a drink or a pill in six and a half years. Which isn't to say I won't have one tomorrow.
- Karen Larson: What would happen if you did?
- Leo McGarry: I don't know. But probably a nightmare the likes of which both of our fathers experienced and me too.