Original Airdate 10-06-99 Rerun 01-19-00 and 07-18-01 Still seething over the downing of an fully loaded American jet in the Mideast, a vengeful President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) overrules the joint chiefs' plan for a "proportional" military strike and demands a more severe attack that would result in thousands of enemy and civilian casualties.While Leo (John Spencer) and other advisers try to cool off the Commander-in-Chief, Press Secretary C. (Allison Janney) scolds a wayward Sam (Rob Lowe) over his potentially explosive private crusade to rescue a well-known call girl from her profession.Equally distracting is the inevitable disclosure of Leo's (John Spencer) former substance-abuse problem by political rivals, as well as the reappearance of the amusing Lord Marbury (Roger Rees) -- a besotted ladies' man who doubles as a key adviser on the India-Pakistan conflict. Original Airdate 01-26-00 Rerun 06-28-00 While President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) 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 (Bradley Whitford) and Sam (Rob Lowe) 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 (John Spencer) former substance-abuse problem. (Allison Janney) 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 (Timothy Busfield).The entire White House staff bristles with activity when it's learned that the President (Martin Sheen) injured himself during a bicycle accident, and his absence becomes a factor as chief of staff Leo Mc Garry (John Spencer) must juggle a host of impending crises, including a mass boat lift of Cuban refugees approaching the Florida coast and the reaction of conservative Christians to a controversial televised comment by deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford.Meanwhile, Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe), the trouble-prone deputy communications director, unknowingly spends the night with a call girl (Lisa Edelstein) and then makes another critical error during a children's White House tour. Cregg (Allison Janney) tries to defuse a potentially nasty public clash between the President (Martin Sheen) and his willful Vice President (Tim Matheson) concerning the Veep's quotes about a bill favored by the chief executive.Back in Washington, Leo (John Spencer) tries to convince a stubborn Vice President Hoynes (Tim Matheson) to break the Senate voting deadlock over an ethanol tax credit favored by the White House.Elsewhere, Josh (Bradley Whitford) learns that feisty campaign manager Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin) is staying in his Los Angeles hotel and he eagerly anticipates seeing her again.
Prior to an important press conference, Toby (Richard Schiff) voices strong opposition to many of President Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) plans for an upcoming California trip and later checks out the rumor that he was not the chief executive's first choice for the job.Mandy (Moira Kelly) floats a trial balloon among the staff to test their reaction to her notion of representing a liberal Republican.The President is surprised when Charlie (Dulé Hill) asks him if he can date his willing daughter Zoey (Elisabeth Moss).Elsewhere, a hearing-challenged, combative campaign manager (Marlee Matlin) demands an audience with the President when her Democratic congressional candidate has purposely been underfunded by his party before the upcoming election to unseat an incumbent.Original Airdate 02-16-00 Rerun 08-16-00 and 07-25-01 Sam (Rob Lowe) and Toby (Richard Schiff) are dispatched to Connecticut for some damage control and to secure the secret release of President Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) choice (Edward James Olmos) for the Supreme Court, who has been jailed for alleged drunk driving and resisting arrest.