After the Supreme Court refuses to stay the execution of a Federal prisoner convicted of killing two drug kingpins, President Bartlet must decide whether or not to commute his sentence in less than 48 hours, so he calls upon his sagacious childhood priest for guidance.
Meanwhile, even Toby feels the heat over the controversial issue when he hears a sermon on capital punishment from his rabbi.
Elsewhere, a hearing-challenged, combative campaign manager 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--February 09, 2000 rating--9.5 million
music--"West Wing Main Title" by W.G. Snuffy Walde