Josh finalizes a $6B health care plan that has strong support from both parties in both houses and appears to be a slam dunk for passage, but 78-year-old Senator Howard Stackhouse pulls a last-minute surprise--he wants money added for autism research or he'll filibuster. Thinking it's just a bluff, Josh blows off the senator, who then filibusters for more than eight hours while the WW staff waits desperately to begin their weekend with the episode unfolding as staffers write e-mails to their family members describing the evening's action. Elsewhere, Sam tries to eliminate various costly government documents, for which he's taken to task by a very young intern.
Did You Know?
President Bartlett, while talking about what grandfathers will do to protect their grandchildren, complains that "there's no holiday for us." Grandparents Day has been a U. S. national holiday since 1978,occurring on the first Sunday after Labor Day annually. See more
(At around 13 mins) C.J. is saying writing to her father, and the voiceover says, "He has no hope, not to mention, I can't imaging what the hell he's fighting for." However, when the shot turns to show her screen, the letters are from the last line of the letter, "...and a guy with no voice, shouting," from after she learns why Stackhouse is filibustering. See more
President Josiah Bartlet
CJ, let me tell you something, don't ever, ever underestimate the will of a Grandfather. We're madmen, we don't give a damn; we got here before you and they will be here after you. We'll make enemies, we'll break laws, we'll break bones, but you will not mess with the grandchildren!
There was quite a bit of sugar in the crème de caramel.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more