Original air date: 11/12/2003 Runtime: 43:02 min. The President's staff wrangles with new Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley over the pending federal budget. Meanwhile, Toby dispatches former Supreme Court clerk and friend Joe Quincy to check on the condition of stricken Chief Justice Roy Ashland.
Original air date: 11/19/2003 Runtime: 43:01 min. A disastrous fiscal crisis looms when the federal government is shut down after the President and the powerful Republican Speaker of the House disagree over an extra two percent in budget reductions that would trim many of Bartlet's key social programs.
Original air date: 01/07/2004 Runtime: 42:39 min. When a former President of the United States dies, the two remaining ex- Presidents fly on Air Force One with Bartlet to attend the funeral. Onboard, Bartlet's two historic guests partake in a lively debate about their administrations.
Original air date: 03/03/2004 Runtime: 42:54 min. Bartlet becomes furious when a rival conservative congresswoman tries to end funding for a controversial National Institute of Health medical study by exposing the fact that Bartlet's daughter Ellie is working at the institute as a scientist.
Original air date: 04/28/2004 Runtime: 43:19 min. After attending a formal dinner at another location, Bartlet and his staff return to the White House and experience an emergency quarantine inside the West Wing when the environmental hazard monitor detects a dangerous foreign substance.