Anyway, Charlie's figures come back, and they're not what either of them expected. Rather than getting a $700 refund, Charlie actually owes $400. Jed wants Charlie to pay up now, but Charlie wants to check the numbers and figure out what happened. Just then, C.J. comes in and says she needs to talk to POTUS. He heads off to talk to C.J. in the Oval Office, but calls over two Secret Service agents to "help Charlie find his pockets." They stand menacingly in front of Charlie's desk. Heh. Who says Secret Service agents don't have a sense of humor? Charlie insists to them that there has been a mistake.
C.J. apologizes for coming straight to POTUS, but explains that Leo was unavailable. She tells him that he'll be getting a phone call soon from the Energy Secretary. C.J. explains that the wire services are reporting that "a heavy-haul vehicle carrying 'depleted uranium fuel rods' crashed in the Seven Devils Mountains in Idaho." Well, the wire service is wrong. Fuel rods aren't made of "depleted uranium." Although I'm sure the inaccuracy is likely unintentional on the part of the show's writers, it isn't much of a surprise that a wire service got little details like that wrong. Wire services frequently do, and end up updating the stories as they get more information. And I can't imagine that C.J. would know the difference unless somebody explained it to her. Bartlet's shocked. C.J. continues that it was hit head-on by another large truck in the middle of a tunnel. The town of Elk Horn is nearby, with a population of 20,000. Charlie comes in to tell POTUS that the Energy Secretary is on the phone. ["Man, this episode is Secretary-licious! I predict a spin-off -- The Cabinet -- for fall 2003." -- Wing Chun] POTUS tells Charlie to conference in the chief of the radiological assistance team, Fitzwallace, Nancy McNally, and some other bigwigs.