Template:EpisodeNew As that night's stylish state dinner honoring the Indonesian president looms in the background, President Bartlet keeps his eye on a spate of potentially explosive problems: an FBI hostage standoff with dozens of militant survivalists, a Class-4 hurricane bearing down on a carrier group at sea and an impending national trucker's strike. Behind the scenes, the gracious First Lady prepares to host the dinner, a pushy reporter flirts with C.J., Josh and Toby corner an Indonesian government official to ask a favor, and a surprised Sam spies his call girl friend Laurie at the event. 
- Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn
- Moira Kelly as Mandy Hampton
- Dulé Hill as Charlie Young
- Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg
- Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler
- John Spencer as Leo McGarry
- Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman
- Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet
Special Guest Star
- Lisa Edelstein as Laurie
- Timothy Busfield as Danny Concannon
- Janel Moloney as Donna Moss
- David Rasche as Carl Everett
- Dennis Cockrum as Captain
- John Kapelos as Seymour Little
- Peter Kors as Rahmadi Sumahidjo Bambang
- Sal Landi as Chafey
- William Lucking as Bobby Russo
- Steve Rankin as FBI Agent #2
- Jeff Williams as Harold Lewis
- Kathryn Joosten as Dolores Landingham
- Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick
- Ariono Suriawinata as Rahm Siguto
- Nelson Mashita as Minaldi
- Rod Porter as Photographer Harry
- Tyler Bowe as Gomez
- Jacqueline Torres as Sondra
- Mindy Seeger as Chris
- Jana Lee Hamblin as Reporter Bobbi
- J.P. Stevenson as Reporter Jonathan
- Colin K. Gray as Reporter Bruce
The was the first episode to show Mrs. Bartlett on-screen.
President Bartlett threatens the striking truck workers that he would nationalize the trucking industry to avert the strike, using the precedent that Truman did it in 1952 to avert the coal mines. Truman actually seized the steel mills and his seizure was ruled unconstitutional in the Supreme court case Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer.  It is mentioned that the action was overturned in the episode.
Minaldi claims there is no such language as Indonesian, but this isn't the case. While it is true that most Indonesians speak a local language as their first language, nearly all of them do speak Indonesian.
- Sam Seaborn: Toby, do you really think it's a good idea to invite people to dinner and then tell them exactly how to run their lives?
- Toby Ziegler: Absolutely. Otherwise, it's just a waste of food.
- Sam Seaborn: Oh, for God's sakes. It's Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 US 335. You cite the precedent, you cite Black's opinion for the majority.
- Laurie: Thank you for that display of geek bravado.