Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Threats of terrorism, and problems with a welfare-reform bill, lead to dissension and quarrels amongst the staffers. Donna (Janel Moloney) acts as President Bartlet's representative at a riotous North Dakota state-party caucus, while Toby (Richard Schiff) tries to prevent Bartlet (Martin Sheen) from coming face to face with political opponent Robert Ritchie at a New York fundraiser. Sam (Rob Lowe) must grit his teeth and vote against pro-ecological legislation. The search continues for a new secretary for the president. And FBI agent Donovan (Mark Harmon) proves his mettle in a most decisive fashion while guarding C.J. (Allison Janney).