Credits, now with both Alan Alda and Jimmy Smits. Enjoy these shots of the White House, because they're the closest this episode is getting to the actual West Wing or the people who work there.
We see a mess of blonde hair on a pillow. A phone next to the bed rings, and Donna (she of the blonde hair) reaches out to answer the phone. After a couple of seconds, we hear an automated voice telling her that it's 5:45. Donna sits up, turns on a lamp (a lamp that uses an energy-efficient fluorescent bulb), and puts on a sweater. A subtitle tells us that it's "Wednesday 5:46 AM." Donna turns the television on to CNN, and the newscaster starts talking about a woman in Turkey who was apparently convicted of adultery and condemned to death after having sex with a co-worker. At this point, the main thing wrong with that little sub-subplot is that Turkey abolished the death penalty a long time ago. Because they're more civilized than we are. And now we get to see Donna go through her morning routine, which apparently consists primarily of brushing her teeth before drinking her coffee. Nasty. It's also notable that Donna had the foresight to set up her coffee maker the night before, so that all she had to do to make the coffee was turn the machine on. That way she can ruin the coffee with the taste of toothpaste and stain her teeth much more efficiently. The pervs in the audience are probably interested in hearing that Donna sleeps in a t-shirt and boxer shorts. Newsguy tells us that the Bartlet administration is saddened by Turkey's decision to go ahead with the execution, but that it remains committed to strengthening ties with Turkey. I'm not sure who this Bartlet guy is. Does he have something to do with this show?
Russell for President campaign office. It was not clear to me if this was in a different building, or if the campaign had just rented out a hotel conference room to use for campaigning for a few days. But then I noticed how very blue the light was, and I realized that the campaign must have rented office space from the Arcadia Sheriff's Department. The room is crowded. Phones are ringing, people are talking, and there are a lot of jokes about corn and the Iowa Corn Growers Association meeting. Christine asks Will how the ethanol speech is coming, and Will tells her, "[The] V.P. loves ethanol. Showers in it every day." Maybe that explains Bingo Bob's apparent brain damage. Someone asks whether the campaign will issue a statement on Turkey, and Will asks Donna what the White House is doing. She repeats the "saddened but committed" line, and Christine is pissed: "'Saddened'? They're going to behead her for sleeping with a co-worker." Whereas Christine's candidate would take a much more courageous position if he were elected. The horn-dog from the earlier scene asks Will if he's sure that Hoynes is "going to flip." He'll certainly flip over the chicken casserole I'm making for supper. Call me, Tim. Will is positive that Hoynes will take "the ethanol pledge. This is a guy, who if he's speaking to a group of cannibals, is gonna promise them missionaries." Couldn't he just offer them Will instead? That would be a win-win situation for everybody. Will reminds everyone that it's five days until the Iowa caucuses, and nineteen days until the New Hampshire primary. As people file out of the room, Will asks Donna and Christine if they are off on their "Beyond the Fringe World Tour." Apparently, Donna's first stop is a guy who "wants the military to occupy our schools to prevent gun violence." Will thinks that an "M-1 Abramson tank seems like a worthwhile truancy deterrent." Campaign worker #46 says, "A 120-millimeter cannon'll blow the training wheels off any tardy sixth-grader's bike." Dude, if the sixth graders still have training wheels on their bikes, that school has a much bigger problem than truancy. On the way out of the room, Will tells Donna to stop by the Corn Expo so that Bob can thank her for her fundraising efforts.