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. [1]




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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. [2] 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.


"The West Wing" The State Dinner (1999)

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