Synopsis by Matthew Tobey
It's the night of President Bartlet's third State of the Union address, and from the outside, things appear to going better than well for the administration. However, behind-the-scenes, it's chaos. First, a rift is created between the president and first lady (Stockard Channing) over the contents of the speech. Then, Josh is unable to gather polling data to gauge the response to the address because of a blackout, and Ainsley (Emily Procter) has an embarrassing run-in with the commander in chief. All the while, Leo and the president attempt to deal with a hostage situation in South America.