|Season 5 Episode 176064
AN KHE 9/8pm 2/18/04
BARTLET O.K.S ATTEMPTED RESCUE OF DOWNED PILOTS IN NORTH KOREA AS LEO RECALLS HIS NEAR-DEATH IN VIETNAM -- When five crew members of an airborne Thunderchief are shot down by North Korean jets near the hostile country, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) dispatches an elite Navy SEAL team to retrieve them -- prompting Leo (John Spencer) to to remember his own harrowing experience when he was downed as a pilot over North Vietnam. Leo's good friend and fellow flyer (as Ken O'Neal, guest star TBA) saved his life and now is under fire for allegedly paying bribes to defense contractors to obtain military contracts. Meanwhile, C.J. (Allison Janney) accepts the challenge of dueling on live television with an opinionated and conservative talk show host (guest star Jay Mohr, NBC's "The Last Comic Standing"); Josh (Bradley Whitford) fumes when he briefs the President about a contested tax cut for stay-at-home mothers and is undercut by the brash young Ryan (guest star Jesse Bradford), and the Commander in Chief balks at posing for his official portrait. Richard Schiff, Dule Hill, Janel Moloney, Stockard Channing, Joshua Malina and Lily Tomlin also star.