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The US military's most recent contigency plan for invading Canada is actually from 1924, not 1815. "War Plan Red" was developed as an academic exercise by the Army War College. Its premise was the US going to war with the United Kingdom, and invading Canada since it was part of the British Empire.
The New Hampshire scenes (for this episode and Opposition Research) were shot in Toronto Canada.
This was supposed to be in New Hampshire, but when Smits and Whitford leave the clothing store, across the street there is a Shoppers Drug Mart. These stores are only in Canada and not the US.
In this series Miss World is Lyonpo Palden Wangchuk of Bhutan, outside of the West Wing The House of Wangchuk is the royal family of Bhutan.
When C.J., Hutchinson and Harper are in the Situation Room discussing the shot-down plane, C.J. refers to the RC-135 as "a 737 with a large dish on it". That would be an AWACS, or E-3 Sentry. The RC-135 doesn't have a radar dish on it and it resembles a four-engined 707, not a twin-engined 737.
Before Santos' speech, Josh says, "Matt, take the pledge." The closed captioning says, "Matt, take the oath."
There is a train wreck news story on TV in the background of this episode (appears in all 3 candidates experiences). Strangely, the day the episode first aired, a suicidal man caused the worst train wreck in a decade.
In this episode, there is a scene where Josh and Donna are checking into their hotel rooms. In the scene, Josh is having trouble opening his door using his key card so Donna comes over and helps him with it. This scene is reminiscent of a previous episode "20 Hours in L.A." where the same thing happens except at that time they were still working together and they had adjoining rooms.
Neither the crime of adultery nor the death penalty exists in Turkey. It is ironic that the U.S. is one of the few countries whose federal government (as well as most of the states) still allows the death penalty.
The plural form of "State of The Union," as used several times in this episode, is incorrect. The one used is "State of The Unions" while the correct one is "States of The Union."
The Santos house features three different staircases in three different episodes.
In the season 6 episode "Impact Winter", the staircase inside the front door to the house can be seen leading away from the door to the left of the hall.
In season 7, in the episode "Running Mates", the staircase can be seen coming down from left to right behind the door in a number of scenes,
Later in season 7, in the two "Election Day" episodes, the staircase has changed yet again, now curving upwards from the right of the door. Either Helen Santos has been doing some extensive remodelling, or different sets were used in each episode.
Senator Matt Hunt mentions an aircraft named the "3P-C Orion". It is actually called the P-3C Orion.
In the episode "The Ticket" (first episode seventh season) Annabeth corrects Leo how to pronounce "Santos". The assistant answering the phone in Congressman Santos' office apparently never got the same lesson because he pronounces it wrong in this episode.
When Farad asks Jed how old his children and grandchildren are, Jed tells him that Annie, Elizabeth Bartlet Westin's daughter, started high school last week. This does not fit in with the timeline of the series because Annie was twelve in the pilot.
Gen. Alexander makes reference to "The Kingdom of Syria", but Syria is a republic, not a kingdom.
When Leo and General Alexander are in the Situation Room, the monitor shows air strikes being launched. The voice over announces an F-14 launching while the monitor shows an A-6 Intruder moving towards the camera (which changes to an F-14 as it moves away). In the "real" world the A-6 is no longer in service with the US Navy.
Goof: Donna and Colin are drinking juice in the bar after just meeting. As Colin picks up his glass of juice, his fingers are at the top of the glass as he starts talking to her. As she replies, the camera focuses on her and now Colin's fingers are now on the middle of his glass.
In this episode, Donna visits the settlement of Kfar Darom. The issue of evacuation arrises, and the settlers say that they will never leave it because they believe it's their moral obligation to stay there. In reality, several years later the IDF began evacuating settlers in the settlements surrounding Gaza, and Kfar Darom was the last stand of the settlers, who barricaded themselves in a synagogue in town and refused to be removed from the town. Eventually, the IDF broke the barricade and evacuated the settlers by force.
More information on Kfar Darom can be found here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kfar_Darom
Yossi, the Israeli border guard soldier Donna speaks with, tells her about two female soldiers who were killed by a terrorist in their barracks.
This is in fact a true story. On the morning of the 24th of October 2003, a terrorist acting in the name of Hamas and Islamic Jihad infiltrated the IDF base at Netzarim (near the Gaza strip), and killed two female soldiers in their barracks. Their names were Sgt. Sarit Shnior and Sgt. Adi Osman, both nineteen years old. Also murdered in that incident was Sgt. Alon Avrahami, twenty years old.
The uniform worn by the Israeli border guard was accurate rendition of an IDF uniform apart from the head-cap. Soldiers at border passings wear full protective gear - which includes a ceramic bullet-proof protective vest, and a helmet.
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