With the West Wing, every now and again an episode approached "perfection". What an opener to Season 2. The writing is superb, well paced, the flashback sequences fit into the story perfectly. Also they are revealing, telling us a lot about Leo and Jed's relationship, and showing us an insecure side to Toby.
Bartlet's speech is a sign of things to come from him. Donna, shown in the opening credits for the first time has a great scene when her worry for the President turns to relief and joy only to be shot down by the news of Josh's condition. The scenes with the secret service agents, especially Ron, are all well-acted and dramatic.