A crucial banking bill is at risk when political rivals of environmentally sensitive President Bartlet attach a land-use rider to it that would allow strip-mining some of the Montana wilderness. C.J. tries to stamp out rumors that the Chief Executive chastised the Vice President during a cabinet meeting.
An overworked Leo isn't too keen on his independent daughter Mallory, dating the handsome Sam. C.J. continues to fend-off the romantic charms of a perceptive reporter with a knack for sniffing out juicy stories. Former lovers Mandy and Josh clash over the administration's attempt to jettison the land-use rider that might also ruin passage of the more important banking bill.
original airdate--November 17,1999 rating--8.7 million
music--Theme song--West Wing Main Title by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Goof--When the vice-president comes into the oval office, the president is annotating a report; he appears to write something in the margin but when the camera turns, the paper has no annotations on.