It's not story line of Josh and Sam going to Laurie for information to try to cover Leo's butt was a little overdone, and they go a bit overboard with the "nerd" bit with the Prez going after obscure books, I love old books and some strange stuff, but this one just felt a little over-done. Laurie's a good character, though just say very easy on the eyes)
But what makes this one one of the greatest in the show's run is the story line of Toby and the dead veteran. It breaks liberal with a deep love for his country and respect for servicemen, the very gruff Toby with his heart broken for the disrespect shown for a courageous hero, Mrs. Landingham scolding Toby for exploiting his position, then asking in a voice that is the best of her great acting ability to go along to the funeral, the President placing his hand on Toby's shoulder, a great moment of caring and one just hits nothing but winners.
Then an episode that was already a great goes into the Hall of Fame with what becomes a trademark of "The West Wing," the closing music montage in which the children's voices singing "Little Drummer Boy" mix with the scenes from the funeral right up to people responding very naturally to the 21 gun salute, it was as good as television gets. Brilliant in every way possible. There would be other great music end of the episode in which Simon Donovan is killed, the tear-jerker as the President's family prays for the missing Zoey and Josh and Donna visit "The Fence" while contrasted with the violence of the Sit Room, and perhaps the finest and most underrated, the "Brothers In Arms" scene at the end of Season 2 Nobody else does this nearly as well, and it's why TWW will be remembered among the best series ever.