The start of the international conflict takes place in the fictional country of Qular. Twenty years later "The West Wing" would use the similarly named nation of Qumar.
Art: How come they didn't throw out the French along with the Americans?
Charlie: You get more attention by throwing out Americans.
Dr. Lawrence: (Giving Billie a tour of the burns unit) Have you had lunch?
Billie: As a matter of fact, no.
Dr. Lawrence: Well, I'm not asking you to lunch. I just want to make sure you don't get sick.
Lou: I think all the nuclear talk is just a matter of deterrent.
Rossi: That reminds me of my mother. She used to say, "What are these nuclear detergents they're talking about?"
Lou: They sure get your shirt whiter than white.
Rossi: The United States Postal Service, in the event of a nuclear attack, will issue emergency change of address cards.
Animal: Just what I want. To get my junk mail in a mine shaft.
To increase the tension the date and time of each scene is superimposed on the screen.
Because of the unresolved plot involving potential nuclear war, it has been suggested that this episode may have been intended to be the series finale. In the episode, escalating military strikes have already occurred on both sides, people in a panic are making a run on supermarkets for supplies, and the episode ends with the staff staring out at a blood red sunset. There is no resolution to this, or even mention of it, in the remaining 4 episodes of the series, as the paper is back to covering only domestic stories.
However, according to cast members, they did not expect the series would be ending, and had been planning for another season. The cancellation of the series on May 6, three days after the airing of this episode, came as a shock.