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The West Wing: Isaac and Ishmael / Season: 3 / Episode: 1 (2001)

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The West Wing: Isaac and Ishmael / Season: 3 / Episode: 1 (2001) (Television Episode)
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The West Wing

Isaac and Ishmael (Television Episode)

Season: 3
Episode: 1

October 3, 2001
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Special Episode.The main cast introduce the episode out of character by paying tribute to those affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks and informing viewers about what to expect from the delayed premiere of the third season. The cast also makes it clear that this episode doesn't fall within the regular West Wing story line. 
In the episode, the White House is "crashed" (locked down for security purposes) due to the mistaken identity of a White House staffer of Middle Eastern descent. This causes a group of teens who were visiting the White House to become stuck in the mess hall with Josh and Donna. Throughout the episode, several other White House staffers, as well as the President and First Lady, drop in to join the discussion which is related to the reasons behind terrorism. Meanwhile, Leo and presidential Secret Service agent Ron Butterfield confront the potential threat from within.