Thursday June 6th at 8:00 PM
20 Hours in L.A.
It is time for a one-day trip to Los Angeles for the President, Josh, Toby, C.J. and Donna. The agenda includes a meeting in Orange County about flag-burning and a celebrity-packed reception and dinner at the house of the studio boss Ted Marcus. President Bartlet meets his daughter's new Secret Service agent, Gina Toscano.
The studio boss threatens to cancel the fundraising reception when he learns that the White House is not actively opposing a conservative congressman's bill to ban gays in the military. Josh is concerned by the threat, but cheers up considerably when he learns that Joey Lucas is in town and wants to meet her. Josh and Toby agree they cannot stand an aggressive pollster named Al Kiefer who says the President can guarantee his legacy by aggressively supporting a constitutional amendment banning flag-burning, and are very happy later when Joey Lucas produces data to show the issue is not very important to most voters.
Back in Washington, Leo and Sam note that the Senate vote on ethanol production is tied 50-50 and that Vice President Hoynes will have to cast the winning vote. The problem is that Hoynes has never been a fan of ethanol production, calling it wasteful and useless in reducing foreign oil dependence and even campaigning in Iowa against ethanol. Leo threatens his position, and the President says he wants to fire him, but Sam says that the Vice President is right. They decide to let some reluctant Senators vote "no", letting the VP off the hook. The President later actually compliments Hoynes for sticking to his guns, and then is unable to get a good night's sleep on the flight back to Washington.
Guest stars: David Hasselhoff, Jay Leno, Veronica Webb, Marlee Matlin, Bob Balaban, Tim Matheson, Jorja Fox, Janel Moloney, Elisabeth Moss, John de Lancie, Bill O'Brien, Michael O'Neill and Chris Hogan